2 (off peak)
Bridesmere is a proper home from home, welcoming families and friends to enjoy the natural beauty of north east Dartmoor's Teign Valley in all seasons. The accommodation is beautifully appointed with bespoke furnishings, and sleeps eight guests in three bedrooms. It is one of three extraordinary holiday homes in the 50-acre grounds of the Clifford Barton Estate where you can take a stroll down to the stunning lake and enjoy the peace and tranquillity sitting on Bridesmere Bridge watching the wildlife or use it a yoga platform.
Have fun in the stone games barn where you can battle it out at the snooker table, table tennis or table football. Play your own tunes on the music system and gather around the woodburning stove. The property is at the end of a long private drive with no passing traffic, a stone's throw from the River Teign and National Trust Fingle Bridge. It's packed with idyllic rural charm yet is only around 20-minutes from Exeter.
An off-grid, wood fired hot tub is located a short walk from Bridesmere that can be booked out (separate charges apply) for the afternoon and/or evening, offering an extraordinary opportunity to unwind immersed in nature, watch the sun set over the Teign Valley and star gaze. The Teign Valley night skies are well known for their spectacular stars given the lack of light pollution. You can borrow adult and children’s bikes from Clifford Barton's bike pool, they also have a bike trailer for the very young guests. This is a great way to explore the many off-road cycling routes, or to cycle down the river track to the pub. Green woodworking courses are also run from the site, why not have a go, great fun for both children and adults.
Dartmoor attracts visitors to explore its breathtaking wilderness all year round. The 950 square kilometre national park is a magical mix of moors, granite tors, rivers, and woodland. Wander through Fingle and Dunsford woods down to the River Teign and the stone arched Fingle Bridge, built in the 1600s for packhorses to cross the river safely. Another favourite local walk circumnavigates Teign Gorge, passing Castle Drogo using the Hunters Path. Dartmoor is also a magnet for mountain bikers, climbers, wild swimmers, adventurous souls, and lovers of huge views. Although you don't have to leave the grounds of Clifford Barton to see a wide variety of flora and fauna; badgers, bats, deer, butterflies and wildflowers. The nearest beach is Bantham, around 45 minutes from Bridesmere and easily within reach for a fun day at the seaside.
Spend a day exploring the shops, restaurants and attractions of the cathedral city of Exeter, which also has a thriving music and nightlife scene. Local family-friendly attractions include the Go Ape high ropes courses and mountain biking trails at Haldon Forest Park, Crealy and Woodlands Adventure Parks, the River Dart Country Park, the Miniature Pony Centre, and Clip and Climb.
Formerly a barn and stables, Bridesmere is now a stylish holiday home set over two levels with an upside-down layout that enhances the natural light and rural views.
Outside: Guests staying in Bridesmere have use of all the onsite shared facilities, but in addition Bridesmere has an enclosed rear fenced garden with outdoor seating and a fire pit barbecue. There is parking behind the house.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are provided. Guests to bring towels for outdoor use if going to the beach or wild swimming. The hot tub costs between £40-£60 a session. A travel cot and a high chair are available on request, with guests to supply cot bedding. Well-behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement. There is a £25 charge per dog per stay. Smoking is not permitted in the accommodation.
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