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“Weekend in May”
Review of Lower Blackaton

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Lower Blackaton
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Weekend in May”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Nice house and lovely location. If you're looking for a large(ish) farmhouse on Dartmoor this has a great location (halfway between Widecoombe and Postbridge). Not "cheap", but value for money. I could go on (in fact Tripadvisor makes me), but highly recommended, and I plan to return again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Cold Ash, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

Lovely Blackaton! Wild moors and warm Aga. Judy and David are wonderful hosts. Can't say better than that. We had a fantastic weekend with all the family and took our dog too.
Go there for rambling rural charm, not knobs n' bells sophistication. Full of charm, books and comfy chairs.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

During our family's Easter holiday trip to southeast England, One night staying in Lower Blackaton have been proved a wise choice and became the best part of the trip. David and Judy are best B&B hosts I ever met and sitting in the warm and comfortable room having chat with them was so pleasant. We all enjoyed the staying and my son wrote "brilliant" on the guest book before departure. He was deeply impressed by "very tasty breakfast" , "big room with comfortable bed" and especially tow friendly pet cats. There was no difficulty to get there with help of GPS. We had bonus of splendid Dartmoor landscape enroute only regret not stopping more times to take more pictures.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2013

Lower Blackaton is the perfect accommodation. We are a group of 15 max, young people and staff who use the farm house as our base for kayaking the river Dart once a year. It is always a welcome to arrive in a homely place late on Friday night to discover a warm house. There is ample space for us all to relax and enjoy ourselves and the kitchen table is big enough so we can all eat together. A well kept secret.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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riknobey
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

From the moment we arrived at Lower Blackaton we knew we were going to have a wonderful time. Judy and David were welcoming, helpful and friendly, giving us brilliant instructions on how to make the most out of our time in their beautiful house. Our group of 15 were all comfortable and cosy despite the fact that the weather outside could only be described as Siberian. They also gave us some great advice about venturing to the Rugglestone Inn, where many pickled eggs were purchased and local cider consumed. This then led to lots of dancing in front of the Aga, in various dressing up garbs which served our group well. Everyone agreed it was one o We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2013

This was the fifth time i have stayed at Lower Blackaton Farm and it never fails to delight, its packed full of character ( and first edition books in the fabulous library ) and original features yet manages to remain cosy and welcoming. Its also very useable with loads of room for 10 guests or more! We love the Aga based country kitchen and the snug room with woodburner for late night poker. Judy and David are perfect hosts who provide everything you could need but in essence really leave you to your own devices The position is great , secluded but not too remote and within easy reach of Widecombe and its great pubs. We cant wait to go back next year.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

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.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Lower Blackaton

Property: Lower Blackaton
Address: Widecombe in the Moor, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 7UB, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Widecombe in the Moor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Widecombe in the Moor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
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 
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Lower Blackaton Widecombe In The Moor, England

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