About the property
- Farmhouse2980 sqft
- Separate WC's1
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
South facing century granite longhouse in the heart of Dartmoor National Park.
• South-facing 17th century Devon longhouse in spectacular Dartmoor National Park
• Perfect for gatherings of family and friends, walkers, riders or kayakers
• Add a beautiful 47ft converted barn for workshops, special occasions, table tennis.
• Surrounded by wild open country and farmland with superb views.
• Beds for 12 in 5 bedrooms.
• The smaller of two sitting rooms (sofa bed) and a landing (futon) can also be used as bedrooms.
• Farmhouse kitchen with Aga
• Two setting rooms with wood burning stoves
• Comprehensive library of books, CDs and games for all ages and a piano.
• Informal grounds (1 acre with picnic tables, BBQ, swing, trampoline
• Walled flower and herb garden in a listed ruin
• Widecombe-in-the-Moor, medieval village, bronze age settlement, tors, rivers and forest in easy walking distance.
• Low, mid and high season rates for smaller groups (up to 6), or for up to 12 (larger groups by arrangement).
• Short breaks in mid and low season.
• B&B available outside the main holiday seasons.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few days
- French, German
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 5, 2018
About Judy Lomax
My husband David and I first lived on Dartmoor in the 1960s, when David was a reporter for the BBC in Plymouth. Later while the BBC took him all over the world (for 24 Hours, Newsnight, Panorama), we lived for 36 years in Berkshire. We returned to Dartmoor in 2003, when we bought and renovated Lower Blackaton, and started doing B&B and S/C lets in 2006. Our extensive family often gathers at Lower Blackaton, where we celebrated our golden wedding in 2012 with a party in and outside our recently converted 45ft barn. After David died in 2014, the family celebrated his life with another big party. Friends, family and guests continue to be welcomed to the house and barn, which has been used this year for workshops and informal weddings, complete with party tents on the grass and massive bonfires. I still own the yacht David and I bought in 1985, when we crossed the Atlantic to spend the winter afloat in the Caribbean with our four children. Most of our later sailing was in the far north, researching for a pilot book of the coast of Norway now it its third edition.
Judy Lomax purchased this Farmhouse in 2003
Why Judy Lomax chose Widecombe in the Moor
When we decided to move back to the west country from Berkshire, we were dreaming of somewhere with a wow factor, on or near the high moor. We wanted to be able to walk from the front door without using a car, to have room to gather our large family together, and to savour the space and freedom of Dartmoor's wide open spaces. From the moment we leant over the gate we knew Lower Blackaton could make that dream come true.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Wonderful house for a Dartmoor escape
Lower Blackaton has a relaxed, friendly feel to it, we felt at home as soon as we walked through the door. Lots of space, with a huge kitchen and lounge. It was just a short walk to a footpath over the moor, enjoyed by the collie we took with us. We had a lot of snow over the weekend, but the house stayed beautifully warm. The house is very isolated which we loved. We had to leave a little early as the snow was coming in thick and fast and the roads over Dartmoor can be treacherous - a 4X4 can come in useful! This is a real getaway house, sheep and Dartmoor ponies wandering free and all the peace and quiet you could ask for. Would love to stay here again.
Amazing place, wonderful for kids, warm welcome and fantastic source of local advice
Wonderful, cosy house - perfect for kids who loved dressing up, jumping on the trampoline, dancing in the barn and exploring the local area thanks to the great local advice from Judy. Can not recommend highly enough - perfect getaway.
The whole family stayed for a week in this wonderful, slightly eccentric house. There were more than enough rooms to go round and a fabulous, lovely and warm kitchen to collect in to eat an socialise. And Dartmoor in winter? That's something else!
Fabulous place for a family gathering!
A wonderful large farmhouse, perfect for our family gathering for my husband's 60th birthday. The kitchen was so cosy with the Aga and the living room with its wood burner. Everything there that you could possibly need plus toys, piano, books,games, big trampoline, swing and more. The kitchen was very well equipped. A very spacious longhouse with many rooms.
The garden and views were stunning, lots of room for parking and there is a barn to hire for functions.
A perfect location with many beautiful walks nearby.
Would definitely recommend.
We only had a weekend break, but certainly hope to return !
Great family holiday
We were very happy at Lower Blackaton. We have rented (and enjoyed) many places over the years, but this one felt like home, rather than a rental. Plenty of beds, plenty of rooms for our kids to spread out in. The Aga in the kitchen was cosy and warm, the house was comfortable and full of books on all subjects. The wireless internet worked perfectly. The owners could not have been more friendly and helpful. It was a good central location from which to explore Dartmoor and South Devon. We had a very tasty lunch at the Old Inn in Widecombe, and great Indian food at Spice Bazaar in Bovey Tracey. For foodies, we recommend a trip to Ashburton & Rodney Cleave's butcher shop. Great hiking on the moor, beautiful long views on clear days.
Dartmoor National Park is England's largest area of unspoilt wilderness countryside. Ponies, sheep and cattle roam the open moor, on which there is excellent walking and rock scrambling. Prehistoric sites include Grimspound, a bronze age settlement above which the Two Moors Way runs along the top of Hameldown. Widecombe 3 miles away has a post office, souvenir shops, cafés and two pubs including the renowned Rugglestone Inn. The tower of the 15th century church is visible from surrounding tors, Dartmoor's rugged granite outcrops from which there are spectacular panoramic views. Among the nearby tors are Haytor, Hound Tor, Hookney Tor and Bonehill Rocks. Lower down there are beautiful walks along the Dart valley, popular with kayakers, and Wistman's Wood, an ancient forest of miniature oaks embedded in moss covered granite boulders. The best way of exploring the high moor is on foot or on horseback. Buzzards soar and swoop everywhere in the clean fresh air above Dartmoor's gorse and heather, rocks and rivers.
Other Activities: hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, Pilates, golf, mountain biking
Additional pricing information
Short breaks may be 2 or 3 nights. The minimum charge is for 3 nights. For 4 or more nights, the weekly rates apply. Base rates are for up to 9 people. Add £10 per extra person per night for 7 to 12 people (£70 per extra person for a weekly booking, £30 per extra person for a short break). Well behaved dogs £10 a visit. Add 45ft barn from £50 to £200 (perfect for workshops or celebrations, or just extra space). Cancellations are refunded if another booking is secured.