Bridesmere is located in the beautiful Teign Valley on Dartmoor. Recently converted to a very high standard. Set in 50 acres of private nature reserve with lake. Woodland and riverside walks, or cycle (borrow our bikes), Dartmoor, Fingle Woods. Excellent walking, biking, horse riding, golf, wildlife, best wild swim spot in South West, games barn.
Bridesmere was restored in Spring 2015. A former barn, it retains many of its original quirky features, and provides spacious accommodation over two levels, comprising of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate toilet and utility area and a large upstairs open plan kitchen/living/dining room.
Bridesmere is detached and located on the western side of Clifford Barton courtyard with its own parking and a private garden to the rear. The garden is fenced, with views down the Teign valley and Fingle Woods towards Fingle Bridge, and features a fire pit perfect for BBQs or cooler evenings and a patio ideal for outdoor dining.
On entering Bridesmere there is a good sized entrance hall with plenty of space for coats and footwear. A wide wooden staircase leads directly up to the first floor. Halfway up the stairs is a large glass door that provides direct access down some stone steps onto the patio and garden.
The first floor is open to the eaves and comprises a double bedroom, a shower room and a large open plan living/dining/kitchen area.
The double bedroom has a king sized bed with a very comfortable 1500 pocket sprung mattress. There is a wardrobe, chest of drawers and a sofa.
The modern shower room comprises, shower, sink and toilet.
The upstairs floor retains its original slope from North to South and this is particularly noticeable in the kitchen/living room. The lounge area has two huge, soft tan leather Italian sofas and matching armchair to sink into, a 32 inch flat screen TV, DVD player (please note Bridesmere does not have a woodburner). Beyond this is a large dining table with 4 benches able to accommodate up to 12 people. The end of this room has an open plan handmade kitchen with large wooden breakfast bar on which there is an BOSCH induction hob, and ample open shelving so that you don't have to go rummaging around in cupboards for utensils. There is a large fridge (and freezer in the utility room), BOSCH oven, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster and NESPRESSO coffee machine. Beyond the kitchen a large glass door allows exit/access down a stone stairway to the parking area.
Downstairs is a large double bedroom with kingsize sleigh bed and 1500 pocket sprung Harrison mattress giving you an in credibly comfy night's sleep. There is a wardrobe, chest of drawers and sleigh day bed/ sofa. This can be used as an additional bed for a child.
The other large downstairs bedroom has 4 single beds, 3 are long singles (European length 200cm) and the 4th is a standard single size (190cm long). All are 3 ft wide. This bedroom has a large en suite family bathroom with bath, shower, toilet and sink.
There is also a separate downstairs toilet and a washing machine and utility room.
Bridesmere has a telephone which accepts incoming calls only and has WIFI.
Thought has been given to the property's restoration throughout, with great attention to detail, and all soft furnishings are handmade.
Guests are welcome to wander around the lake and the 50 acres of private Nature Reserve at Clifford Barton. Guests also are welcome to use the games barn with table tennis table, snooker table, table football, a rustic piano and a stage for any budding actors/actresses.
We have a bike pool of kids and adult bikes which guests are welcome to borrow (there is a great cycle along a track next to the River Teign to a riverside pub). We don't have helmets and other safety equipment so please bring your own.
Interaction with guests
We are very happy to help plan walks, trips etc and are on site to help in any way we can.
Other things to note
The cottage is very well equipped with plenty of pots, utensils, microwave, fridge freezer. We are on hand in case there is anything you might need for your stay. There is also a nespresso coffee machine.
The cottage also has a radio/speaker that you can bluetooth music to from your device.
We have a small library of wildlife identification books, local interest books, maps, walk books and mountain biking guide books.
We expect guests to look after our cottages and to leave them cleanish and tidy.
We do not allow smoking in the cottages.
Only the guests staying at the property are allowed on site, unless agreed in advance.
We do accept a maximum of 2 dogs by agreement. There is a £25 charge per dog for each stay.
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Myself, my husband Gavin and 3 kids live at Clifford Barton. We fell in love with the place in the summer of 2013, as a wonderful location to raise our family. Having renovated the 3 cottages to a high standard, we are delighted to invite others to come and enjoy the peace and quiet and rich natural environment that this part of the Country has to offer. We manage the 50 acres of woodland, meadows, lake and ponds for wildlife and its enjoyment. We are all on hand to help you make the most of your holiday and advise you of local walks, pubs, activities.