Lower Blackaton is the perfect place for family and other gatherings, an ideal base for walkers, and a relaxing setting for those who just want to enjoy the peace and quiet of Dartmoor. It was once part of a settlement with several other buildings, of which two barns have survived. One of these, originally an older longhouse, can be rented with the house for workshops, small conferences, for special meals and celebrations, or just as an extra indoor space with table tennis. There is a walled garden and picnic area in the ruins of another longhouse or shippen. The house, surviving barns and ruin are all Grade 2 Listed.
A granite porch opens into a book-lined hall, the original cross passage. To one side of the hall is the kitchen with Aga and farmhouse table. To the other side of the hall two steps lead down into the former shippen or animal barn, now a triple-aspect living room with three south-facing windows, wood burner, TV and DVD player, piano, bookshelves, and a door to the main staircase. Beyond the kitchen is a secondary staircase and a smaller sitting room.
Upstairs, there are five bedrooms (two with double and single beds, one twin ensuite, one with bunk beds, one with a single bed and second pull-out single). There are extra beds on the landing (futon) and in the small sitting room (sofabed).
BEDROOMS & BEDS
1. king size double & single
2. standard double & single
3. 2 singles (can be made as double); ensuite
4. single & pull-out single (can be made as one or 2 singles or double; small room)
5. bunk beds, plus fold out floor bed
Also landing, futon (privacy curtain) and sofa bed (privacy curtain) in dining room
7. snug (smaller of two sitting rooms)
sofa bed (1 or 2)