Little Cresson Hayes

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Steeped in history, this ancient house is incredibly characterful and hugely romantic - both perfect for couples and families alike, and dog friendly too!

At a Glance

From £761 for a long weekend or mid week break.
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Step through the door of Little Cresson Hayes and you'll also be stepping back in time. This stunning Grade II* listed stone cottage on Dartmoor is a rare find, being one of only 7% of the UK's buildings having this status. Dating from the early 16th century, the current owners have sympathetically renovated this characterful cottage to create a sublime hideaway for four, with gasp-inducing original features such as the gorgeous flagstone floors, rugged beams, stone staircase and thick walls. With beautiful fittings and furniture - think plush velvets, roll top baths and wood burning stoves - this is a truly gorgeous getaway, perfect for couples or families.
Living and dining

This lovely space has bags of character and the stylish teal Loaf sofa juxtaposes nicely with the pretty Turkish rugs, whitewashed walls, inglenook fireplace with wood burner and oak beams. The room is completed by gorgeous antique furniture, soft lighting and a dining table tucked away in the corner, perfect for breakfasting or late suppers. Cool during hot summers and cosy during winter months, we can't think of anything better than lounging away an afternoon here, with only a book for company.

Eating

The fabulous kitchen is surprisingly spacious for an old cottage, with the mod cons and country-style cabinets blending perfectly with the heritage of the house. There's a handy breakfast bar for two for meals on the go, bags of space for cooking up a feast or five and the all-important Nespresso coffee machine to help you wake up in the morning. Just perfect!

Sleeping

There are two gorgeous bedrooms. The incredible en suite master bedroom has a sumptuous Loaf super king bed as well as a fabulously romantic freestanding slipper-style bath and even a wood burning stove, made for cosying up in front of on winter nights. The second equally pretty bedroom has a king size bed and light and airy vaulted ceiling and windows offering plenty of light. Both bedrooms are swathed in glorious linens, throws and cushions, offering a peaceful paradise for long lazy lie ins.

Bathing

There are two shower rooms, one being en suite to the master bedroom. Both have walk-in showers with large drench heads, perfect for wake-me-up showers in the morning or for soothing aching muscles after a day's exploring. Of course, there's also the pretty slipper bath in the master bedroom - just light the wood burner, run a bath and lie back - totally blissful.

Stairs

Please note, due to the age of the property the stairs are made of stone and are very old, winding and uneven with a rode handrail and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.

Children

Due to the steep stone stairs Little Cresson Hayes welcomes children over 12 only.

Outdoor space

Outside, you'll find a pretty little garden with a lovely patio area, complete with table, chairs and a barbeque for summer days and a spot of alfresco dining.

WiFi

Little Cresson Hayes has WiFi so you can stay in touch with the outside world should you need to.

Dogs

Two well-behaved dogs are very welcome at Little Cresson Hayes, we charge £30 per dog, per week or short break.

Parking

There's private parking outside the cottage.

In the Area

Being nestled in the heart of Dartmoor in Devon, there's rich pickings when it comes to places to eat, visit and explore. Ashburton is the nearest town and a lovely place to visit with a fabulous range of delis, local food shops, antique shops and arts and crafts. Of course, you have the whole of Dartmoor to explore with its hundreds of paths, tracks and woodland walks to traverse - great if you have dogs with you too or why not try horse riding.

If you like being on water, the River Dart is great for canoeists whilst there are beaches nearby to enjoy such as Bigbury and Bantham. Salcombe and Dartmouth are also exceptional sailing destinations.

Buckfast Abbey is well worth a visit. This Benedictine monastery is free to enter and has lovely gardens to explore. Nearby Totnes is crammed full of independent shops, places to eat and Devon's largest food market which takes place on the third Sunday of every month.

The South Devon Railway, which runs between Totnes and Buckfastleigh by steam train, is a lovely way to see the countryside.

Make sure to check out The Tavistock Inn in Poundsgate, a 25-minute walk across fields from Little Cresson Hayes. One of the oldest inns in England (it dates to about 1413), it serves excellent food and drink and dogs are welcome. Legend has it that 'old Nick', the devil himself, called in for a drink before striking the local church with lightening (this actually happened - the vicar at the time lived in Little Cresson Hayes which was attached to Cresson Hayes back in the 17th century). Other places to try are The Rugglestone Inn in nearby Widecombe in the Moor and The Old Library, an excellent restaurant in Ashburton.

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2018
2019
Weekly rates:
  • 1 Jan - 8 Feb £1015
  • 8 Feb - 24 May £1290
  • 24 May - 27 Sep £1680
  • 27 Sep - 20 Dec £1290
  • 20 Dec - 31 Dec £1680
Short breaks:
  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.
Payments:
  • A 13 deposit & £30 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £30 per pet per week or short break
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