Hartwell is a former farmhouse which was built in the 19th century close to the village of Sydenham Damerel, just 12 minutes from the historic town of Tavistock. Tucked away in the heart of the Tamar Valley, this attractive part of the Devon countryside is officially an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’
We have a 10m outdoor heated pool available for the exclusive use of guests staying between May and October.
The house has modern facilities (including wifi and blu-ray player) but retains its traditional feel, including Inglenook fireplace, original slate flagstones and old wooden floors. There's a large well equipped kitchen containing a Rayburn, and two living rooms each with a cosy wood burner. Furniture is mostly antique or older style, in keeping with the overall feel of the house.
Comfortably sleeping 10 people, the bedrooms are as follows:
Bedroom 1 - (Double) Kingsize four-poster bed
Bedroom 2 - (Twin) 2 single beds
Bedroom 3 - (Twin/Double) 2 single beds (which can be made into a super-king double if requested)
Bedroom 4 - (Twin) 2 single beds
Bedroom 5 - (Double) Kingsize double bed
We also have a travel cot if needed.
The large attractive garden is great to explore or to play badminton or perhaps a communal game of cricket, football or rounders. Or you could just relax in the hammock next to the fish pond. And not forgetting the swimming pool!
Surrounded by wildlife, we are regularly visited by owls, woodpeckers, buzzards, pheasants, rabbits and occasionally deer and badgers. Neighbouring fields play host to a mixture of horses, sheep and cattle. Footpaths lead in various directions from the house making it easy to explore the local countryside. And there's a 15th Century pub down the hill which used to be frequented by Charles I while on his way to Cotehele to visit his mistress!
Near by, Tavistock is an attractive and historic rural town with a mixture of eclectic local independent shops and eateries as well as a few well known National stores. There is also a cinema/arts centre. Not to mention the wonderful Pannier Market which has been in existence since the 12th century!
A short trip in the car takes you to Dartmoor (Devon) in one direction or Bodmin Moor (Cornwall) in the other, and we're equidistant from the North and South Cornwall/Devon coasts, making Hartwell an ideal base from which to explore the West Country.
See the General Information page for some of the many activities and places to visit in the area. Or look up our site for more information.