ABOUT BLACKSLADE MANOR
Ancient and remote with glorious views, a comfortable house that sleeps 10 – and up to two toddlers too. Visit the beaches, hike from the door…
It's the sort of place where you long to pull on your boots or jump on a horse and head for the horizon. This historic 400 year old Manor House, forms part of the 6 Manors of Widecombe. This important Manor has been in existence since early medieval times. It is situated half way up the hill in an isolated and quiet position, yet is within easy reach of local amenities. The views across Dartmoor and Widecombe are among the best in Devon. The property is set within its own grounds of about 30 acres and has direct access to the moor, some of which belongs to the property.
There are five main bedrooms (two with doubles, three with twins), two storeys and an attic, linked by a medieval stone stair. There is a further small bedroom which can either be used for babies or young children on fold-out beds. Note the wonderful granite flags as you enter the hall, and, through the window ahead, your first glimpse of the moor. In one sitting room cosy with a wood-burner and a TV with Sky – are oatmeal walls and comfy sofas. There's a kitchen for cooks (an Aga and a separate oven and hob), a lovely long oak table that seats 14, and a sunroom with views you'll never want to leave. There is also a utility room and boot room.
Outside, lawns for children to tumble on, paddocks all around, and a table and chairs for the setting sun. After a day fixing tees to greens (golf is close) or building castles in the sand, how gratifying to come home to fresh flowers, crisp linen and fluffy white towels. What's more, Widecombe, home to the Rugglestone Inn, is a ten-minute walk downhill – a babbling brook, beer from the cask and chips to die for.
Dogs are welcome as long as they are dried off before entering the main house (an extra charge is payable for dogs).
Children welcome - Kids of all ages can stay
WiFi - Wireless internet access available
EE Mobile Reception (other providers intermittent)
Pets welcome - Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets
Public transport - Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Open fire / Woodburner
Local chef available (please ask for contact details)
LOCAL POINTS OF INTEREST
The famous Rugglestone Inn is just a 10 minute walk down hill to the village of Widecombe. They serve great food, great beer and all with a friendly smile. It's best to book a table and don't forget to mention where you heard about them.
The thriving small town of Ashburton is only a 10 minute drive away. It has some excellent specialist shops, tea rooms and plenty of antique shops. It makes a great day out.
If you're into outdoor adventure, then why not try the River Dart Country Park. Many outdoor activities including kayaking, zorbing, high ropes course, assault course and much more. Great for children, teenagers and adults.
If you want larger shops and supermarkets, then visit Newton Abbot, about 20 minutes drive away.
If you're into big mega-market style shops then you must visit Trago Mills. They sell virtually everything and there's also a children's fun park. They have some amazing prices and even their own petrol station, which is the cheapest for miles around.
The walking around Dartmoor is fantastic and you can walk straight out of our garden and onto the moor. However you should visit the biggest Tor for miles around, Haytor, there's also a visitor centre which is worth a look.