Higher Westcott Farm is a traditional longhouse, located in the rolling hills of Dartmoor National Park. A spacious house, lots of natural light, great views, the perfect place for family or friends. Plenty of open space for kids and dogs. Your country home from home.
Our 300-year-old, granite, thatched Devon longhouse lies detached in a timeless hamlet in Dartmoor National Park, 3 miles from Moretonhampstead, surrounded by ancient woodland and rolling hills. To the front is a large, south-facing lawned garden with bespoke table and benches - a wonderful place for stargazing at night - enclosed by a sturdy stone wall displaying long-unused bee boles. The property has many original features and a wood-burning stove, but has also been updated for today’s lifestyle; it is spacious and is in an ideal location for families and friends to get together for a holiday or a celebration.
Dartmoor National Park offers everything you would want for an active outdoors experience. With 97,000 Sq hectares of open access land there is some of the most beautiful scenery England has to offer. Walking, climbing, horse riding and wild swimming. Only a 45 min drive to some of the South Hams most beautiful beaches, or an hour to the beaches of North Devon and Cornwall, for surfing. With a couple of great villages near the house (Chagford, Moretonhampstead), offering some great places to eat and drink, you will find plenty of things to suit all ages. Or simply relax in the garden with a book or curl up in front of the fire with a glass of wine.
Car is best on Dartmoor as it is so big. There are buses but not very often. Taxis’s are available by prior arrangement, there are cab numbers at the house.
Westcott is a tiny rural hamlet set in a beautiful quiet valley. There are 6 other houses in the hamlet with permanent residents, please respect their space, stick to public footpaths.
Having enjoyed much time here with family and friends, it is now your time in Higher Westcott Farm. You have use of the entire house, please respect our home and we hope you enjoy it.
The house has been designed to offer a contemporary but still traditional environment, focusing on comfort and style, with wood burning stove and leather sofas and plenty of space.
Filled with sunshine in the morning and evenings with family and friends or just a book for company, the lounge offers leather sofas, tub chairs and window seats in which to enjoy a drink and the views.
Filled with sunshine in the morning or lit with candles at night this cosy room features a huge stone fireplace and a bespoke square oak dining table with seating for twelve.
The stylish rooms feature sumptuous beds, Egyptian cotton and duck down duvets and all have window seats overlooking the garden, with views to the rolling hills beyond. Each room is a mix of old and new with exposed beams, double ended bath and a huge cherub mirror. Large recessed showers, en suite bathrooms and natural stone. We have 3 kingsize rooms with ensuite, 1 superking/twin with ensuite, 1 double with separate shower room and 1 kids double room.
The large farmhouse kitchen is well equipped to cater for large groups with plenty of space for hanging out and cooking up a storm. With a large window overlooking the garden, large central island, double oven and electric hob the perfect place to cook those social meals for family and friends
A small but useful room full of light with toys, games, bean bags and dvd player - directly connected to the kitchen with a downstairs toilet.
Higher Westcott’s south facing walled garden offers stunning views of the countryside and woods. During the day children are safe to play on the lawn without wandering off and at night it’s a wonderful place to watch the stars.
Style Large country farmhouse
Setting Lovely little Dartmoor Hamlet with walled garden
Suit Families, friends, parties, occasions, shooting groups, wedding parties
Stay 2 nights or more, Arrive Any day
Bedrooms 3 kingsize, 1 superking/twin, 1 double and small double kids room
Bathrooms 3 en suite, 1 family, 1 shower room
Highlights National Park, location, wood burning stove, walled garden, walks from the door, great local pubs, open space, great communal spaces in the house
Whats included Egyptian cotton linen, fluffy towels, WI-FI, SKY, BBQ and a welcome pack,
Rates From £300 per night
Payment Bank transfer, Paypal, cash
Journey time 20 mins from Exeter
Getting around Car recommended although bikes can be fun too
Dogs are very welcome with an enclosed walled garden for them to enjoy, please keep them off beds and clear up after them
Don’t miss Two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park, the beautiful village of Chagford, a trip to Hound Tor, The Horse - Moretonhampstead, a round of golf or a spa treatment at Bovey Castle, Lunch at the Rugglestone Inn - Widdicombe on the Moor. Castle Drogo and the Teign Gorge, The River Dart country park.
Just returned from a weekend stay at Higher Westcott Farm. It was just lovely, warm an inviting and tastefully decorated throughout. The playroom with DVD machine just off the kitchen very handy! I booked it for a large family gathering, it suited all of us from age 7 to 80! and everybody thought it was brilliant. I would highly recommend this property to anyone. The host Jo, provided detailed directions & house information, and a few complimentary local products for our arrival. I would certainly recommend this property & host to anyone considering it.
Just returned from an absolutely fabulous weekend at Higher Westcott Farm! We were there for a friends reunion (12 women & 1 small child) & it could not have been more perfect. The property is beautiful, well decorated, large & extremely comfortable. The house & rooms look even better than in the pictures, the whole property has been decorated to a high standard & the finishings & amenities are all of a high quality.
The house looks great and it didn’t disappoint: we found it well equipped and well-presented, Jo and Sam were helpful, the welcome pack was very welcome and the facilities were high quality. The wi-fi is decent and made up for the lack of phone reception (which we were expecting anyway). The rooms are full of character and the layout worked really well for our family of three generations. We loved the walled garden, a sun trap even in March, and the permeability of the house for moving around while retaining quiet corners.
A group of 11 of us stayed here for a long weekend and had an amazing time. The surrounding area is gorgeous and the farmhouse was perfect. Jo and Sam were incredibly helpful and even left eggs, milk, apple juice, cider and homemade granola which was a lovely touch. The farmhouse couldn’t have been better - would recommend.
Had a wonderful time at Higher Westcott Farm. The house is brilliant, and is a darn sight bigger than you think from the pictures and is very well done throughout, we rocked up and had a BBQ straight away and the weather heldout which was perfect. The local village is a charming little hamlet with a incredible pub/pizzeria called The Horse (thanks for the recommendation Jo) and the country side nearby is beautiful. Would recommend walking up to the nearby Tor and also to head down to Gidleigh woods which were about a half an hours drive away but definitely worth it.
What a fantastic house! Jo was amazing, gave us a detailed description as to how to get to the house and answered any questions I had promptly. The house excelled not only our expectations but also our needs and was the perfect place to stay. It is finished to a high standard and incredibly well equipped throughout.
The house was just as pictured, in a gorgeous surrounding. Plenty of space for 11 people. We were looking for a quiet weekend and certainly found that. Jo was brilliant at keeping in touch and answered all my questions quickly. Such an amazing time, highly recommended to everyone!
We stayed at Higher Westcott Farm with our three kids and some friends and their children. We all had the most amazing time. The kids couldn’t have been happier. The house is huge and absolutely gorgeous and is exactly as described. We couldn’t fault it if we tried - not that we would want to. The hosts Sam and Jo were great and we really enjoyed our welcome treats. Thanks for a fabulous long weekend. I’m sure we will be seeing you again very soon.
Fantastic weekend and a lovely place to stay. House has plenty of space and Jo is very accommodating especially with kids and dogs. Would stay again if around Dartmoor at some point in the future.
From the M5: Leave the motorway at the end (junction 31). Turn left onto the A30 towards Okehampton. Turn left onto the A377 to Exeter/Crediton, at the roundabout take the 1st left signposted to Moretonhampstead. At the T-junction turn left on to the B3212 signposted to Mortonhampstead. Drive on for 20 minutes or so and you will pass Steps Bridge. Just over a mile from there, you’ll see a sign for Westcott. Turn left up the leafy lane, then at the T-junction turn right. Higher Westcott is the house with the thatched roof at the top of the lane.
From Moretonhampstead: Take the B3212 from Moretonhampstead towards Exeter. Drive through Doccombe and continue for another mile. At the signpost for Westcott, turn right. Continue up the leafy lane to a T-junction and turn right. Higher Westcott is the house with the thatched roof at the top of the lane.
By Air: Exeter and Plymouth airports are 30 minutes away, Bristol about an hour.
By Train: Exeter St Davids is 20 minutes away, and just two hours from London Paddington.
Walk: There are some tried and tested walks for you to do. From 1 hour to 5. Feel free to use the O.S maps on the shelf in the hallway too if you want to freestyle your own route. There is so much varied terrain here, rivers, moorland, fields, hills, reservoirs, beach and Tors.
Cycle: Depending on your bike, riding here is very diverse. Haldon Hill (20mins) is a great woodland park for off road riding and you can hire bikes there. They also have a freestyle park, it’s good for all ages and levels call 01392 833768 www.forestcyclehire.co.uk . For road cyclists there are beautiful and challenging rides a plenty.
Fish: Fly-fishing at the reservoirs(Trenchford offers pike fishing and Kennick is a top rated premier rainbow trout fishery) both 20 mins from the house – drop your day permit cash in the box and off you go. Also Fingle Bridge Inn offers day permits to fish in the river Teign – a totally gorgeous spot. You will need your own equipment to fish both these spots and a degree of experience. Trout fishing on Dartmoor is easy – we like Tavistock lakes www.tavistocktroutfishery.co.uk as they have a good kids pond to fish in, only fly fishing in the adult lakes all equipment can be hired here, plus Tavistock has a great pannier market.
Golf: There are many courses in the National Park from the glorious Bovey Castle www.boveycastle.com, you can hire all your equipment from their Pro shop, it is expensive but a great course. The Teign Valley is our local course and only 15 minutes from the house www.teignvalleygolf.co.uk.
Horse riding: Horse riding on the moor is easily arranged to suit all capabilities, pub rides are a good day out. This is a fantastic area to ride www.babenystables.co.uk have good stables, take care of their horses and keep their prices down. Shilstone Rocks is also very good but a bit more pricey. www.dartmoorstables.com.
Climb: Dartmoor is 97,000 hectares of open access land, so if you want to climb you can. We have detailed maps of the area to help you but you will need your own equipment. You can also organize guides to take climbers to many different locations throughout the south west, or on our local crags. The local indoor climbing centre is 20mins away with routes to suit all. www.rockcentre.co.uk 01626 852717.
The Horse - (15mins) Moretonhampstead. An excellent pub in the heart of the village, with a large courtyard out back. Great Mediterranean style food and the best pizzas I have tasted. A great spot for dinner, service starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 9.00pm, it gets very busy so please book a table. Take away pizza is available call to place your order. www.thehorsedartmoor.co.uk 01647 440 242.
The Manor - (15mins) Lower Ashton. A friendly local, with a great atmosphere. Mick, Jan and Chris run a super pub, with a good menu and serves a great pint of Otter Amber. Dinner, service starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 9.00, it gets very busy so please book a table. www.manorinn.co.uk 01647 252 304.
The Nobody Inn - (15mins) Doddiscombeleigh. Low ceilings and open fires in the winter a huge Whiskey list and comfort food bar menu, set in the centre of the village with large beer garden. Dinner, service starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 9.00, it gets very busy so please book a table before hand. www.nobodyinn.co.uk 01647 252 394.
The Teign Hut - (10 mins) Teign Valley. A locals pub with a big outside area, with OK food and a good selection of local ales. Teign River runs right past the pubwith safe paddling/swimming and DIY rope swing over the river. Great pub for summer afternoons with plenty of space and river fun for kids and dogs to play. www.teignhouseinn.co.uk 01647 252 286.
The Bridford - (5 mins) Bridford. A friendly welcome awaits from Dean and Lynne, a great drinking pub in the heart of the village. You can walk there from the house in 45 mins taking in the local Tor (Heltor Rock). www.bridfordinn.co.uk 01647 252250.
The Artichoke - (15 mins) Christow. A charming 12th century, traditional thatched village inn situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Christow. Mike prepares and serves fantastic home cooked food using the freshest, seasonal, locally sourced produce - the Sunday roasts are a particular favorite! www.theartichokeinn.co.uk 01647 252387.
Bellever woods - (25 mins)
Head up to Postbridge on the high moor, Bellever is a lovely woodland area, with wide open river banks. Great space for picnics, frolicking in the river and some nice walks. There is small shop and pub in Postbridge and the famous Dartmoor clapper bridge.
Spitchwick Common - (30 mins)
Near Ashburton, mountain clean peaty water, easy access, also known as Deeper marsh it has been a bathing place for generations. A great day out with Ashburton nearby with great amenities and antique shops.
Salmon Leaps - (20mins)
A long river pool in the woods below Castle Drogo. The Teign cascades into three Victorian square stone plunge pools, each about 1m deep and smooth lined. Great for a pummeling massage.
Shilley Pool - (30mins)
Near South Zeal, a small, dammed plunge pool in a brook on the edge of the moor. Picnics, paddling and sheltered, balmy in the summer. Harder to find and about 40 min walk up hill to get there, for this reason it is always quieter.
Chagford Lido - (25mins)
River-fed swimming pool with café set in fields on the outskirts of Chagford. Largest outdoor pool in Devon. A beautiful pool with a small kids pool, loads of decked areas for sunbathing, and you can wear wetsuits, they have wetsuits to hire.
For directions to any of theses swimming spots just put the name into your search engineand you will find detailed driving and walking directions to all of them, and many more unbelievable swimming spots throughout Dartmoor www.wildswimming.co.uk .
Miniature Pony Centre - (10mins) great for children of all ages with over 150 animals and many activities.
www.miniatureponycentre.co.uk 01647 432 400
Woodlands - (50mins) similar to Crealy but set in woodland and never as crowded. With the best indoor climbing frame we have ever seen, suitable rides for all ages especially toddlers.
www.woodlandspark.com 01803 712598
The Eden Project - (1hr 20mins) it does much more than offer a memorable day out in Cornwall. Eden is also a charity and social enterprise. With its stunning gardens and amazing Biomes, fantastic
arts and music events with many fun and exciting learning experiences for kids and adults alike.
www.theedenproject.com 01726 811911
The National Marine Aquarium Plymouth - (45mins) UK’s largest aquarium, is very cool we have been many times with our son and we never get bored. Big tanks with big fish a great day out
www.national-aquarium.co.uk 0844 893 7938.
While there why not enjoy the Barbican area round the harbor, or book lunch at River Cottage Canteen & Deli in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. www.rivercottage.net 01752 252702
Dartmoor Zoological Park - (45mins) 30-acre zoological garden located near the village of Sparkwell, on the south-west edge of Dartmoor.
www.dartmoorzoo.org 01752 837645
Chagford Lido - (20 mins) Victorian outdoor pool, with toddlers paddle pool too. The water is filtered river flow so no chemicals but it can be chilly. Average temps around 20 degrees. Wet suits can be hired from the charming little hut café.
Shaldon & Teignmouth - (25mins)
Shaldon on Devon’s South Coast, a long rugged beach, cliff backed with good rock pooling. To get to the beach you have to go through an old smugglers tunnel. There is also a small Zoo.
www.shaldonwildlifetrust.org.uk, for food Café Ode www.odetruefood.com 01626 873 427
Teignmouth, on the other side of the Estuary to Shaldon, has a small beach, with good parking. A great kids play park and a very good kidfriendly skate park. For lunchtime bites try the Crab Shack
www.crabshackonthebeach.co.uk 01626 777956
Brixham - (40 mins)
A small beach with good clean and clear swimming. With a working fishing harbor and lots of other amenities all based round the big harbor, great crabbing off the harbor wall. Eat at Rockfish www.therockfish.co.uk 01803 850872 housed above the fish market with a great balcony perched over the harbor. All you need for a good family day out.
Bigbury on Sea - (50mins)
A stunning stretch of beach with a corridor of sand leading to Burgh Island with its Art Deco hotel and 13th Century pub. If the tide is in a sea tractor takes you over. There is a surf school here www.discoverysurf.com where you can hire all the equipment you need for a day in the water, next door is a beach cafe serving the usual treats.
Sandymouth - (60mins)
Sandymouth www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sandymouth sits along a stretch of coast between Bude and Morwenstow, one of North Cornwall’s wild and dramatic corners with a character all of its own. With a dramatic backdrop of sheer cliffs dating back millions of years, and a pebble ridge at the top of the beach with sand exposed as the tide recedes, Sandymouth is popular amongst surfers and rock-poolers alike.
We have included these places because they are some of our favorite places for lunch. These eateries are a little further away than the locals, so we tend not to use them for dinner. That said they are all open for dinner please check their opening hours should you wish to go, and book a table.
The Riverford Field Kitchen - (45 mins) Nr Totnes, TQ11 0JU
Eating at the field kitchen is a great experience, we have been here many times and always have a great meal and a great time. Tables are shared with other diners for a feast of the freshest seasonal produce from the surrounding fields. The chefs prepare different menus everyday, there is no menu or choices to make just arrive take a seat, order a drink and wait to see what turns up, you will not be disappointed.
www.riverford.co.uk 01803 762 074
Rugglestone Inn - (45 mins) Widecombe on the Moor, TQ13 7TF
A small but perfectly formed Dartmoor pub, our favorite on the moor. Cask ales and great pub food all housed in a granite flagstone floored pub. In the summer there is a great garden with ducks running around and a small stream for the kids to play in. www.rugglestoneinn.co.uk 01364 621 327
The Oyster Shack - (45mins) Bigbury on Sea, TQ7 4BE
This place is a hidden gem on a hot sunny day, the outside area is huge and almost cut into the side of a cliff. Seafood is the name of the day here, all fresh and locally caught what more can i say. Include a morning at the beach which is 5 minutes away then a late lunch outside in the sun, brilliant.
www.oystershack.co.uk 01548 810 876
Beach House Cafe - (1hr 20mins) South Milton Sands, TQ7 3JY
A great place to eat right on the beach, very small inside so booking advisable, lots of seating on bench tables out the front. All the food is excellent, but the seafood is the big draw, with a great wine list and friendly staff a very cool place to hang out. Adults can have a long relaxing lunch while the kids can be seen running wild on the beach in front.
www.beachhousedevon.com 01548 561144