Earth and Fire, Bridford is a quintessential Devonshire farmhouse dating back 500 years and surrounded by countryside. Thick whitewashed walls create hidden crannies and inglenooks with log burners for cooler months. The furnishings are totally 21st century with velvet chairs, leather sofas and sleek bathrooms with freestanding tub in the master bedroom. Five ensuite bedrooms (three king-size and two family rooms with a king and two single beds) are tucked beneath the sloping ceilings and sleep 14. There are several living spaces including a beamed dining room and snug with leather-fronted bar and stools. The grey-and-white glossy kitchen has a host of appliances and a central island.
The garden is a real bonus. Relax and listen to the birds in this tree-lined spot and enjoy alfresco dining together on the terrace within sight of Dartmoor National Park.
Earth and Fire, Bridford near Exeter is the perfect base for escaping to the country. Enjoy bracing walks and fresh air on neighbouring Dartmoorwith its standing stones, wildlife and ponies at the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust. Alternatively, head into the cathedral city of Exeter for shopping and culture. Visit the theatre. Rougemont Castle Gardens and Royal Albert Memorial Museum or go kayaking, paddle-barding and cruising down the River Exe. Enjoy an afternoon cream tea in Chagford’s tearooms near the iconic market house or drive to Princetown and see the brooding Victorian prison. The nearest beach is Dawlish Warren, 15 miles away.