As part of a group of around 15 family and friends I stayed at Lower Blackaton for 4 nights over New Year. The weather was terrible, largely curtailing our plans to spend extended periods walking and rock climbing on the moors, however with a place as stunning as Lower Blackaton to come back to, all was not lost. The farmhouse drips character from every nook, and is very well appointed; the literally 1000's of books that cover many of the walls were a constant source of delight, the aga and wood burner both work extremely well, there are games and kids toys galore, and even the piano is reasonably in tune - certainly not ruining enjoyment of our (admittedly amateur) playing. When the weather is bad it is a joy to spend time in the house, warm and sure in the knowledge of those massive stone walls. There is a fantastic hi-fi stereo in the large kitchen, with an extensive collection of classical cd's, all the cooking pots, pans and accessories you could ever need to whip up a giant feast, and superb storage space. Upstairs things maintain their high standard. We were all comfortable, and suffered no overcrowding, despite filling every berth for a couple of nights during our trip. All the bedrooms are characterful, especially the superb master double room near the centre of the house. To stay in these surroundings you would normally have to pay far more. The entrance hall is another great feature and gives a very good first impression upon arrival; a good size, it swallows up rucksacs, equipment and muddy boots with ease, and is reached after first walking through a much smaller porch that can be used for really muddy boots if need be. We had sole use of the drive, immediately outside the property, and our vehicle maximum was 7, with this number it is possible to easily arrange cars such that any may enter or leave without conflict, much above this number and some shunting around will be needed, but I would guess 12 cars would easily fit. There is one other big plus I must note for those considering a stay in these parts and unaware of it - that is The Rugglestone Inn, just outlying Widecombe-in-the-Moor. This pub is, in my opinion, one of the finest in all England; for booze, food, and atmosphere. It is a short drive or cycle, and a decent walk away from Lower Blackaton, and should not be missed. I am struggling to think of any useful criticisms of Lower Blackaton, it is easily the best place on Dartmoor we have stayed in, and we will definitly be returning some day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lower Blackaton is a south facing 17th century granite longhouse set in informal grounds with magnificent views of some of Britain's wildest moorland. It has been refurbished to combine tradition with modern comfort. It has oil fired central heating, two living rooms with wood burning stoves, kitchen with Aga, microwave, fridge, freezer, WM and TD, 5 bedrooms, bathroom, two shower rooms, four toilets, TV, DVD, VHS, CD, radio, broadband, telephone for guests and an extensive library. Outside, there is a walled garden in a listed ruin, an acre of natural and grassed grounds (with swing, trampoline, open fronted BBQ barn), and ample off-road parking. Lower Blackaton is an ideal centre for gatherings of family or friends. It is a perfect base for people who enjoy walking, rambling and bird watching or simply appreciate the peace and quiet of Dartmoor, one of the most beautiful national parks in Britain. A beautiful restored barn can be rented with the house as a perfect venue for workshops, retreats, sit down or informal parties or just as an indoor play area with table tennis. There is instant access onto the moor, with stone age,bronze age and medieval ruins, spectacular tors, rivers and woodland all in easy walking distance. The village of Widecombe in the Moor is 3 miles away with cafés, pubs, church, village green and gift shops. Ashburton and Bovey Tracey are 7 miles, Tavistock and Newton Abbot (nearest train station) 14 miles, Plymouth and exeter 25 mies. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lower Blackaton Widecombe In The Moor, England