Longhouse Farm Cottage

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Longhouse Farm cottage is a traditional Dartmoor longhouse, a type of Devon farmhouse where the livestock were kept in a barn or shippon that is attached to the main living quarters. The farm dates back to the 15th C and retains many beautiful ancient features. Whether you’re visiting Dartmoor for the first time or the fiftieth, Longhouse Farm cottage is a perfect place to stay, ideally situated for everything from hiking to climbing to going to one of the local pubs (see About the area). The cottage is suitable for couples, families or single-holiday-makers.

The farmhouse consists of:

  • sitting-room,
  • dining-room,
  • kitchen,
  • bathroom with half-bath, toilet and basin,
  • 3 bedrooms, 1 double and 2 twin

Services:

  • electric and immersion heating
  • wood burning stove in sitting-room
  • power included in rent
  • bed linen
  • towels
  • high-chair
  • travel-cot
  • washing machine
  • cooker – hob x 4, 2 ovens, grill
  • radio/CD/cassette player
  • fridge-freezer
  • microwave oven
  • colour television inc. DVD and video combo,
  • fully furnished
  • dog basket (please bring your own dog blanket)
  • selection of DVDs and videos
  • lawned garden
  • garden furniture
  • off-road parking for up to 2 cars
  • one basket of logs provided

The farm is approx. 3 miles from the shops, pubs, market and restaurants in Widecombe-in-the-Moor village.

Postal address: Longhouse Farm, Lower Cator, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TX

Directions to Longhouse Farm:
From Widecombe-in-the-Moor village centre when approached from Bovey Tracey, drive straight through the village past the village primary school and turn right up a steep hill called Southcombe hill. At the next crossroad turn right again and drive for approx. ¼ of a mile to another crossroad called Rowden cross (the crossroad name is given on the signpost). Turn left to Broadaford. After about a mile you will come to another crossroad with a big beech tree, go straight over and you will drop down into Lower Cator. The entrance to Longhouse Farm is on the left immediately after a large cow-barn.

Self-Catering Holiday Accommodation  Dartmoor

Inside the Longhouse

Dartmoor longhouses are accessed via a cross passage which was originally used to separate the longhouse living quarters from the adjacent shippon where livestock were housed. The cross passage at Longhouse Farm is very well preserved, having survived more than half a millennium, complete with cobbled floor. The longhouse interior has the original granite flag flooring.

The dining-room looks out over the courtyard and has a small wine-cellar under the stairs. In the dining-room, and throughout the cottage you will find some examples of Dartmoor paintings by local artist Desmond Haran, which are available to buy.

The sitting-room has a large inglenook fireplace with original bread oven. Perfect for creating a cosy fireside ambience!

The kitchen has a Rayburn stove, and electric cooker, as well as the appliances listed, and ample storage.

The bedrooms all have lovely views over the courtyard or the moor, as does the bathroom. The master-bedroom has a Kingsize double bed:

Eco-Tourism
N.B. The septic system at Longhouse Farm and Swallows’ Nest operates via a series of worm tanks, where tiger worms perform amazing all-natural purification, without the need for harsh chemicals. The system is extremely unusual and is one of the first of its type in Britain, though the technique is popular in Australia and New Zealand. We ask guests not to use harsh chemical cleaners in the kitchen and bathroom, as these hurt our lovely worms. We do however provide environmentally friendly cleaning products in both cottages.

Visitors’ comments:

Like the sound of what they got up to? Place names etc.  in the comments contain links to information about all these local activities.

Wonderful cottage, perfect for walking – many day walks and a pub lunch in a different pub every day. Never used the car, lots of rivers for the dog and it never rained once!” – Debbie & Terry, Berkshire. 

“A lovely cosy cottage, we had a wonderful week!” – Ian & Heather, N. Devon.

“Observing wild ponies, picking bilberries and wild flowers on Dartmoor; climbing Hound Tor and Kes Tor; building dams in the River Dart; listening to musicians and watching comedians at the Sidmouth Folk Festival; collecting fossils at the beach in Charmouth; riding ponies at the Miniature Pony Centre; eating ice-cream in Torquay; visiting the plants of the tropical forest at the Eden Project; building a pebble castle and defying the seawater temperature at Slapton Sands; feeling the breeze and defying the waves at Bantham Beach;… and last but not least, enjoying barbecues and lighting fires in the stove at Longhouse Farm. Memories to last for a lifetime!” – Lynn, Patrick, Mika & Selma, Luxembourg.

“Everything was beautiful in this part of England: Dartmoor, nature the Longhouse and on some days, the weather.” – Frank &Anneke, Netherlands.

“Had a lovely time walking and visiting family. Lovely weather and beautiful house!” – Suzanne, Paolo and Angus, E. Lothian.

“Loved it here! Wish we had longer! Enjoyed Fingle Bridge and its lovely walk by the river. (The pub allows dogs). Had a good time at Bellever Woods, Meldon reservoir and viaduct as well as Fernworthy reservoir. The Avon Dam at Shipley Bridge is a must. We both appreciated the peace and quiet in such beautiful surroundings.”- The Haywards & Bracken the dog.

“Very pleasant stay in this relaxing Longhouse. Enjoyed the tranquillity and the chance to enjoy Des’ excellent artwork. Would recommend Ring of Bells at North Bovey for Sunday lunch and a walk round Haytor to find the pools, currently full of tadpoles.” Paul, Jen & Kizzy the dog – St Agnes.

“We have been uncontactable whilst where, loved it, and we hope to come back” D.H.

Devon and the cottage have provided us with a relaxing week and the weather has been kind, the cottage is in a great location and is very well kept.” – Kirstine, Nicole, Darren & Brett – Bromley.

 “A great visit plus extras  like xmas tree etc. – very thoughtful” – Debbie and family – Devon.



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