3 (off peak)
Mardon is one of three wonderful 'home from home' holiday cottages at Clifford Barton, on north east Dartmoor. Recently renovated, the former stone barn sleeps five in two bedrooms and suits couples, families or friends whether holidaying on their own or with another group staying in one of Clifford Barton's other cottages. As well as beautifully appointed accommodation which features bespoke furnishings, guests can enjoy 50-acres of private grounds, including a stunning lake with a covered bridge where guests can sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity, watch the wildlife or use it as an exercise or yoga platform. There is also a large stone games barn with table tennis, table football, snooker table, music system and a lovely extra large woodburning stove.
A short walk from Mardon, an off-grid, wood fired hot tub 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 night sky in the Teign Valley is spectacular, with an almost total lack of light pollution. Clifford Barton has a bike pool with a range of adult and children's bikes (including a bike trailer for pre-cyclists) for guests to borrow to explore the area, which offers abundant off-road routes. Whilst staying at Clifford Barton you can also try your hand at a green woodworking course run from the site. Great fun for children and adults alike. Mardon is situated around a spacious Medieval farm courtyard. The property is at the end of a long private drive with no passing traffic and only a few minutes walk from the River Teign, Dunsford Woods nature reserve and Fingle Woods, and longer woodland walks up the river to the historic Fingle Bridge (and its famous pub!)
Dartmoor’s ancient, rugged beauty will get under your skin. It's a year-round favourite holiday destination for anyone who loves outdoor adventure, whether that involves hiking up spectacular granite tors, mountain biking through the wilderness, or taking a refreshing swim in the River Teign. The easiest way to appreciate the beauty of the local landscape is to walk out from Clifford Barton through Fingle Woods along the River Teign past the Salmon Leaps (a great location for wild swimming) and on up to Castle Drogo (for a National Trust cream tea?) before returning along the Hunter's Path. Stop en route at the legendary Fingle Bridge Inn for refreshments.
Over and above the endless walks/bike rides/wild swims/picnic opportunities Dartmoor offers, day trips include numerous family-friendly attractions. The Miniature Pony Centre is a treat for all ages, as are the high rope courses and mountain bike trails at Haldon Forest. Get your thrills at Woodlands Adventure Park and Crealy Adventure Park, or take it easy with a stroll in the River Dart Country Park. The vibrant cathedral city of Exeter is only 25 minutes from Mardon. Despite a history dating back to pre-Roman times, it still feels fresh and vibrant with lots of shops and restaurants to tempt you. Alternatively, throw your beach towels and surfboard in the car and in under an hour you can be on South Devon’s famous coast, with beaches like Bantham, Bigbury and Thurlestone.
Mardon is an attached stone barn conversion with a private garden and accommodation over two levels.
Outside: As well as the use of the shared grounds and facilities, guests staying at Mardon have a private enclosed garden with outdoor furniture and use of a shared family sized Webber BBQ. There is parking close to the cottage.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen, bath towels, and logs for the wood burner are all provided. Guests to bring towels for use at the beach/river and cot bedding if required. The hot tub costs between £40-£60 per session. 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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