House in Lower Town, Dartmoor, South Devon, England - Grade II* Listed Sixteenth Century House With Views Across Fields And Dartmoor
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About Will Lee
We are a brother and sister who have recently inherited this family house on the edge of Dartmoor. We love spending time here, but it is a long drive from London where we both live and neither of us gets down as much as we’d like. Until now, it has been used only by family and friends, but we’ve now decided to make it more widely available. It is very much a family home not a holiday let – not everything is new, not everything matches – and we hope that visitors will enjoy its character as well as its great location.
Will Lee purchased this House in 1991
Why Will Lee chose Widecombe in the Moor
For over twenty years Cresson Hayes has been the Dartmoor home from home for our large extended family. We love the whole area, particularly the river, moor and tors on the doorstep - you can hear the distant rush of the Dart from the garden - and the cliffs and beaches of the south coast, a 45 minute drive away. Cresson Hayes is the end house in a very quiet hamlet of old granite houses, with sweeping views from the garden and windows. You can walk straight out of the house up on to the moor or across the fields down to the river. It therefore feels very remote but is in fact only 15 minutes by car to the local town which has excellent amenities.
What makes this House unique
Cresson Hayes is a wonderful base for exploring Dartmoor. There are lots of places of interest and activities for children in the immediate area, and the A38 provides quick access south to the coast. The nearby small town of Ashburton has a wide range of shops - delis, hardware, antiques, books, walking gear. The early sixteenth century house has bags of character, with a granite spiral staircase, mullioned windows and carved and painted beams. The decor is comfortable not smart, and the rooms are full of antiques, books, artworks and curios. The long garden running down the hillside has many secret corners which are fun for children to explore. There is plenty of space inside and out, and it is a great place to spend time whatever the weather!
Please avoid late night noise & no parties please!
No smoking please
Dogs allowed on ground floor and on lead in garden
Stone spiral stair a risk for young children.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
October battery re-charge!
We have just returned home from the most fabulous four day break at the wonderful Cresson hayes. Everything that was described about the house was more than accurate and was just a delight to discover for ourselves. We are two families with teenagers and a couple of young adults who found walks, scenery, good pubs and local villages to keep us all more than occupied and happy. The only thing that was wrong was that we didn't book for longer! Never mind, we'll just have to come back for a return trip. Thankyou Will and Catherine, we had a ball.
beautiful house in a beautiful situation
not often you get to stay in such a spectacular house with mediaeval beams and fireplaces with immediate walking access to the most gorgeous countryside.
Amazing Dartmoor Cottage
This was the perfect location for a family get together. We cooked and ate most of our meals at the Cottage. The garden area was an added bonus. It does not get more authentic than this. This is a REAL Dartmoor Cottage. With cows in the field next door. Very convenient location to the River Dart (we went swimming), the various Tors, various Villages, and the south Devon coastal area. We stayed for a week. Wish it was longer. Cheers, Simon.
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay Simon - and entered into the spirit of Dartmoor weather! Thank you for your enthusiasm, and come back for longer next time! Catherine and Will
enjoyable stay in the South Dartmoor countryside
We had a most enjoyable weekend at Cresson Hayes - an excellent base for walking. Bedrooms were comfortable and spacious and the heating was easily boosted (important given the weather we had). The owners' guide was most comprehensive and useful. Would book again if returning to the area.
Wonderful holiday on Dartmoor
We had a really wonderful week in Cresson Hayes. It is a real gem - a unique and interesting house. It really was all we had hoped for - comfortable and roomy but very homely, with everything we could possibly need including maps and information about things to do. The garden is beautiful and we were able to eat outside almost all the time. We loved being able to walk straight from the house down to the river Dart or up to the Tavistock Inn, and although we did go further afield in the car we really didn’t need to go far to find plenty to do. A couple of other highlights for us were discovering the ancient oak woodland at Whistman’s wood, and a very good cream tea in the Cross Street Cafe in Moretonhampstead. Your neighbour Norma was friendly and helpful too. We would thoroughly recommend this house especially for anyone who likes walking and being outdoors.
fabulous family home
This is the perfect house to stay in on Dartmoor. Steeped in history and in a superb location but still close to Ashburton and the A38 for easy access. The description is accurate, all the rooms are very spacious and the property is very well equipped with tea towels, washing up liquid, plenty of crockery and utensils for cooking proper meals. The oven is straight forward to use. The property was clean, and is clearly well looked after. Communication from the owners was excellent with detailed instructions including step by step guidance for finding the house. We were also greeted on arrival by the owners representative and given a tour of the property and further information about the heating and oven operation. I would certainly recommend the property to family/friends and would love to stay here again myself for another holiday. The nearby pub (accessed via footpath through fields) served good food. All in all I cannot praise this property enough.
Coves, cliffs and resorts of South Devon coast (Prawle Point, Gammon Head, Salcombe, Dartmouth) – 45 mins drive.
Exeter International Airport - 40 mins drive.
Newton Abbot train station - 30 mins drive.
Use of a car is recommended, as the shops in Ashburton are 5 miles away.
Ashburton, local town with excellent food and antique shops, 5 miles
Widecombe, moorland village with “cathedral of the moors” and traditional annual horse fair, 3 miles
Dartington, cultural centre, 12 miles
Totnes, pretty hillside town, hub of “alternative” living, 12 miles
Coves, cliffs and resorts of South Devon coast (Prawle Point, Gammon Head, Salcombe, Dartmouth) – 45 mins drive
Exeter 25 miles, Plymouth 29 miles
Cresson Hayes is in a hamlet in South Devon, on the eastern edge of Dartmoor with sweeping views across the moor and the Dart valley. It is approximately 5 miles west of the small town of Ashburton which is on the A38 half way between Exeter and Plymouth.
From the house there is easy access to good walking on the moor, down to the river Dart (swimming in summer, canoeing in winter), and across the fields to the local pub in Poundsgate.
Local places and activities of interest include waterfalls at Lydford Gorge and Becky Falls, hut circles and other prehistoric remains at Grimspound and Merrivale, Castle Drogo and other properties of historical interest and, for children, steam engine rides on the South Devon Railway, the Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary, the Chagford Pool fed by spring water from the Dart, and the Miniature Pony Centre at North Bovey. There are also many stables nearby offering opportunities for moorland horse riding.
The Rugglestone Inn just outside Widecombe, The Church House Inn at Holne, and The Rock at Haytor Vale are favourite watering holes which also do food.
Ashburton has two delicatessens, one specialising in fresh fish, two small supermarkets, a health food shop, bakery, greengrocer, newsagent, chemist, bank, post office, second hand bookshop, outdoor adventure equipment shop, and numerous cafes and antique shops.
Within a 30 minute drive you are in the gentler landscape of the South Hams, where you can explore the hill town of Totnes, the Dart estuary, and Dartington Hall, which hosts music and arts festivals, and year-round cinema. If you drive on for a further 30 minutes or so, you reach the south Devon coast, with resorts such as Dartmouth and Salcombe, and access to cliff walking and sandy beaches suitable for swimming.