Roses around the cottage entrance in the spring. The door to the games-room is on the left (not shown).
The open fire in the sitting-area.
The grounds are enchanting.
What could be more welcoming than a cream tea on arrival?
The full-size billiard table can provide hours of enjoyment.
The very comfortable living-room.
The bedroom can be either a double or twin.
The full-size tennis court which guests are welcome to use.
First floor Forda Hayloft is on the left (the top floor windows) with a swing on the patio in front of the games-room.
The Owners' grounds have loads of lovely walks - and the arboretum is just right for exercising the dog.
There is lots of colour in the extensive grounds for most of the year.
Stunning surroundings.
One of the two pretty ponds, providing a secluded sitting-area in the grounds.
The arboretum has some quite rare trees.
The church on top of Brentor is a local landmark.
Dartmoor is on your doorstep so put on those boots and explore.
The outside of the games-room opposite the cottage.
The rear of the Owners' house, Forda Hayloft is on the right.
The front of the main house as you pull into the gravelled driveway.
Dartmoor ponies grazing on the moor.

Forda Hayloft

1008

5.6 miles NW of Tavistock / Sleeps 2 (no children under 3)

7 Nights from £280 - £528

Nearest pub

The Harris Arms (2 ½ miles)

Award-winning ‘honest food’ with gastro gongs galore on the Tamar border.

Nearest beach

Hoodny Cove (19 miles)

This sandy cove is quite sheltered and offers a good safe place to swim. There are also great places to snorkel at high tide.

Nearest walk

Milton Abbot to Launceston Walk (2 ½ miles)

This walk is a nine and a half mile section (5) of the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail which starts from the Milton Abbot village post office and takes you through valleys and over hills with stunning views of Bodmin Moor. Follow the directions on the Web site but remember to arrange return transport unless you are planning to walk back.

Nearest town

Lifton (3 ½ miles)

Almost nudging the border of Cornwall, Lifton lies in the folds of the hilly Devon countryside. Despite the fact that Lifton is a small village, it has two major attractions to boast. The first, The Fairground Heritage Centre, is a magical exploration of the history of fairground rides and includes some mesmerizing examples of steam-driven carousels. Holding an entirely different appeal is the nearby Roadford Lake; 730 acres of water draws anglers, watersports enthusiasts, ramblers and cyclists throughout the year.

Also nearby

Lydford Gorge (5 miles)

A woodland trail through the South West's deepest gorge, alongside the River Lyd, past the spectacular 30m Whitelady waterfall to the 'Devil's Cauldron' whirlpools. Visit in May to see carpets of bluebells. Steep paths in places, can be slippery when wet - walking boots a must. Access to the Devil's Cauldron may occasionally be closed for safety reasons. The tea rooms located nearby offer some welcome refreshments!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Lisa August 2014

This is a beautiful wooded walk, although not for the faint hearted as it is steep and slippery in places. A great place to walk on a hot day as the trees provide a bit of shade from the heat. A really pretty place to visit if you're staying in the area.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011

A stunning walk through a hidden Dartmoor jewel.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011

National Trust delight

A steepish walk into the gorge but a lovely place once you're there. It could be quite mystical for children. Very verdant and if you are lucky you will see dippers and grey wagtail. At one end of the walk there is a delightful NT shop and tearoom. The waterfall and devils cauldron are captivating.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Lydford Gorge offers a beautiful walk through the valley - with short and steep or long and easy routes. Look out for the dormice boxes, part of the National Trust's nature conservation project.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Lovely picnic spot; the National Trust always provide good value and a shop!
- G Steele

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre (3 miles)

All the fun of the fair - an unusual homage to the weird and wonderful world of the fairground. Capturing the magic of a bygone era with vintage fairgound rides, artwork and exhibits.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Jo Rider May 2012

Wonderful rainy day fun

The best collection of old, working fairground rides anywhere, all under cover. Entry fee lasts all year. I would highly recommend the Dodgems!

The Royal Inn (5 miles)

This 15th Century Inn on the Tamar river is on the Tamar Trail. Stop off for some traditional home cooking and real ale.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Jo Rider May 2012

Traditional pub food in a lovely setting

Good traditional pub food, open fires, one side carpeted , the other with old slate floors so it's OK to have muddy boots and dogs. On the Devon side of the Tamar just next to the ancient Horsebridge.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011

A great traditional pub with a lovely friendly atmosphere and good food. Try the lamb shank if they've got it - it's delicious!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe May 2011

Very traditional but welcoming pub - good home cooked food and a nice open fire. Very atomospheric and popular with the locals - a beautiful setting that would be hard to beat. You must try the beer from the pub's own micro-brewery if you visit.

Endsleigh Hotel and Gardens (3 ½ miles)

Dine on exquisite traditional English food in the former home of the Duke of Bedford. The gardens are open to the public.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Jo Rider May 2012

Expensive but worth it!

Wonderful setting, beautiful house. It's expensive luxury for dinner but afternoon tea is well worth it. Be sure to book ahead.

The Barn Climbing Centre (3 ¾ miles)

An indoor climbing wall with bouldering and leading, plus a fully- equipped climbing gear shop. Taster sessions with qualified instructors available.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2012

Good rainy day fun

The best climbing wall in the SouthWest. There is also a giant boulder for free climbing. Great for children and adults alike - and they make good coffee too!

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