Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Smithy is situated in the idyllic village of Ponsworthy in the heart of Dartmoor, and offers a magnificent base to enjoy rural peace and tranquility. With exposed stonework and beams, the cottage retains its original character, whilst providing all essential modern comforts and conveniences. Beautifully furnished and equipped to a very high standard, this peaceful 'home from home' boasts bright valley views from a private enclosed garden.
The Smithy is ideally placed for walking, cycling, pony trekking and other moorland activities, and comes with a dedicated team of staff to ensure that your stay is comfortable, as well as supplying local information, and organising a wide range of activities such as farm visits, llama walks, heritage sites, golf, abseiling and hot air ballooning.
For lazy days, there are plenty of books, games and DVDs to keep everyone entertained. Nearby Ashburton has a good selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, and Torquay, Exeter and Plymouth are all within easy driving distance.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter, Nearest railway: Newton Abbot|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The twin beds can be converted into a comfortable super king size bed.
There is a choice of bedding: feather or non-feather pillows and duvets/sheets and blankets – please pre-order.
Good selection of books/games/DVDs.
Good selection of local information provided.
The Smithy has been rated five star and awarded a Gold award by Visit Britain, making it one of the highest rated holiday cottages in Britain.
|Further details outdoors||
Beautiful private enclosed garden, with patio, lawn and flower beds.
Good quality teak garden furniture.
Gas barbecue provided.
A welcome pack is provided on arrival.
Concierge services are included to ensure that your stay is comfortable, to supply local information, and to organise local activities.
The West Country region
Dartmoor National Park is the biggest and wildest area of open country in southern England. An area of outstanding natural beauty covering over 350 square miles, this breathtaking landscape is home to a huge variety of wildlife, and featured on television's 'Seven Natural Wonders' as the top natural wonder in the South West.
The entire area is rich in history and antiquities, hosting more ancient monuments and archaeological sites than anywhere else in Europe. Many traditional tales, folklore and ghost stories stem from this unique history.
The broader West Country is home to England's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Dorset and East Devon Coast, and Devon itself boasts two dramatic coastlines with many fantastic beaches for relaxation and water sports, complementing the mild climate of the area.
Ponsworthy lies in the steep valley of the West Webburn river, about 2 miles from Widecombe-in-the-Moor, at the heart of Dartmoor National Park. The Smithy is in the centre of the village, one of a row of picturesque thatched cottages often pictured in calenders and postcards, climbing up a hill from a small stream flowing across the road (The Splash).
The Smithy is the perfect base for family holidays or for friends to get together, allowing you to experience the wonders of Dartmoor through the many activities available nearby. Footpaths begin at the front door and lead all over the moor, and there are local opportunities for cycling, pony trekking, golf, fishing, climbing and lots more.
For something more leisurely, there are heritage sites and National Trust properties in the area, as well as farms and miniature pony sanctuaries. Across the moor, there are restaurants, pubs and cafés in which to sample the famous Devon cream tea, and a rich variety of shops selling local produce, arts and crafts.
Widecombe-in-the-Moor is best known for the annual Widecombe Fair, (next held on Tuesday 8 September 2009) immortalised by the folk song involving a grey mare and 'Old Uncle Tom Cobley and All'. The village is steeped in history and local legend, and has several gift shops (including a National Trust shop), and a couple of pubs and cafés.