• Walking distance to Ashburton and its many independent shops
  • Superb location for exploring Dartmoor
  • Short drive to the Jurassic Coast and South Devon’s gorgeous beaches
  • Just minutes off the A38.
  • 20 minutes to both Exeter and Plymouth.
  • River Dart walks and wild swimming just one mile away
  • Numerous family attractions within easy reach
  • Near Ashburton’s heated outdoor pool (May to Sep only)

Hound Tor, Dartmoor National Park

This restored and converted barn is part of the medieval farming settlement of Headborough, just to the north of Ashburton, the largest town within the Dartmoor National Park. Whilst it is within an easy, five minute walk to the town, it is surrounded by fields and wooded hills…still an active farming community all around you.

Ashburton is a vibrant and historic country town, with an unusually wide variety of unique dwellings built in periods of economic success based on the historic tin and wool trades. There is a range of interesting food shops providing for your daily needs…apart from the two small supermarkets, there are two delicatessens, an organic food store, an artisan baker, two butchers, a vegetable shop, an outdoor market, etc. There are several good cafes and restaurants, a fish-and-chips shop, and a variety of takeaways where you can sample good Indian, Chinese, and Italian meals. Both in Ashburton, and in the surrounding villages there is a range of historic pubs serving excellent food and beverages. Ashburton also has an unusually large number of antique shops!

The Tithe Barn is conveniently located for exploration of Dartmoor’s vast open spaces and sheltered wooded valleys, whilst being only a short drive to many beautiful beaches and seaside towns. Here you have the advantage of fast and easy travel to all parts of coastal Devon, without the inconvenience staying in a seaside tourist town where parking and access can be frustrating and expensive at peak times.

Nearby, there are numerous family holiday attractions including a steam railway, butterfly farm, otter sanctuary, children’s petting farm, adventure parks, etc. Further afield across Devon, the list of leisure activities is endless, but a guide is provided in the house which sets out and provides information on over 100 local attractions, restaurants, cafes and pubs!

Getting Around

The nearest Great Western Railway stations are both around 8 miles away in Newton Abbot and Totnes; they have taxi stands.

There is a bus service to Exeter and Plymouth, hourly during weekdays.

Other Things to Note

You can walk into Ashburton in around five minutes from the house. There you will find excellent local shops covering most needs, including an artisan baker, butchers, greengrocers, two delicatessens, two supermarkets, etc.

Most major supermarkets will deliver orders to this location. By prior arrangement with Jane, you can arrange for a grocery delivery to come on your arrival day (usually a Friday), and we will ensure that any items requiring refrigeration or freezer storage are put away for you.
Please note that we supply all your weekly needs for: toilet paper, washing up liquid, dish washer tablets, washing machine detergent, and cleaning materials. We would ask you not to use any form of bleach in the cottage.

External links:

Dartmoor National Park

Ashburton town