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Restored longhouse in the heart of Dartmoor

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 2,980 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Judy Lomax
Member since: 2009
Speaks French, German
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 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 house 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Widecombe in the Moor in Teignbridge District

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2980 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • All gates to be kept shut
  • Beds to be stripped before leaving
  • Guests are asked to brig their own bath/shower towels (unless flying from abroad)
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite with Room 1
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , downstairs
  • There is underfloor heating in the ensuite shower rooms. The other shower room and the bathroom have wall heaters.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , double/family room
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Narrow singles, can be made up as double. Ensuite shower
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 3ft bunk beds. Additional folding floor bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , narrow single, pullout second single; single(s) or double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , king size and single beds
  • The house can sleep 12 in the 5 bedrooms, or spread into 7 rooms using a landing futon and a sofabed in the smaller sitting room. All bedding is supplied, Travel cot also available (no bedding). Room 1 is ensuite, with two 2'6" beds which can be made up either as two singles, or as a large double. Room 4 is small, with a narrow single bed and a pull-out second bed. The room can be made up with narrow single or twin beds, or as a double. It has a dressing table with drawers and a hanging built-in cupboard. Rooms 2 and 5 have large wardrobes. Rooms 1 and 3 have chests of drawers and hangers behind the doors. Rooms 1, 2 and 5 face south over the garden with farm and moorland views. Rooms 3 and 4 have low windows with child locks. There are 2 steps between Rooms 2 and 3, and 2 staircases with handrails on both sides.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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(7 traveller reviews)

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Restored longhouse in the heart of Dartmoor
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and attentive host.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Wonderful house for a Dartmoor escape

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place, wonderful for kids, warm welcome and fantastic source of local advice

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
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Absolutely brilliant!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous place for a family gathering!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We only had a weekend break, but certainly hope to return !

  • Review Submitted: 08-Feb-2011
  • Date of Stay: January 2011
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Widecombe, Rugglestone Inn, Old Inn
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Bovey Tracey
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Newton Abbot
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Widecombe: Rugglestone, Old Inn, Café on Green
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Devon south coast
Car: recommended

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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Widecombe in the Moor, South Devon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
6 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
7 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Autumn Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Autumn into Winter
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
Xmas & New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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