The perfect escape: a private drive off a lane on the outskirts of Belstone leads to a clematis-covered, detached, thatched, medieval, Grade II listed single-storey cottage 100 yards from the open moor. Small, flower-filled front garden and, behind, a larger, sheltered, enclosed, mainly lawned, private garden (picnic bench, table/chairs, garden games for all ages). You are also welcome to wander the 3 acres of gardens (pond, petanque/boules area) around the friendly owners' house (through gates), once home to author Doris Lessing. The cottage, originally a Devon longhouse, has been marvellously restored with great flair, unspoiled. Heating by biomass boiler using sustainably sourced fuel.
Small porch into flagstoned hall (washing machine, tumble drier); 2 steps up to special living/dining room with huge oak beamed ceiling, big fireplace (woodburner), original uneven flagstoned floor (rug), TV/DVD, window seats, toy box: a room to dream in. Step up to compact fitted kitchen (microwave, fridge, electric cooker); small shower-room (suite). Two bedrooms – a double (5' four-poster bed), and a small room with 3' bunk beds. A warm, cosy cottage.