Welcome to Headland Warren Farm – Dartmoor Holiday Cottages
Spectacularly beautiful Dartmoor farm (grade II listed) in the heart of the moor. Adjoining the house are two self-contained self catering Dartmoor holiday cottages, the Burrow (2 people), the Den (4 people) used for holiday letting accommodation.
Headland Warren is situated off a small open moorland road, in the heart of Dartmoor, between the Moretonhampstead to Two Bridges road and the Widecombe-in-the-Moor to Chagford and Moretonhampstead roads, to the south of the head of the West Webburn and close to the West Webburn/East Bovey divide. A few miles to the south is Widecombe-in-the-moor and about equidistant to the north and east are Chagford and Moretonhampstead. Widecombe is the touristic centre of Dartmoor and has to offer very good pubs, tourist shops and of course the Widecombe cathedral (with a service every Sunday). A drive of 40 minutes will take you to the university and cathedral city of Exeter where there is access onto the M5, stations with mainline connections to London and an international airport.
The Dartmoor farm is a leasehold property and owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. It has no mains facilities at all and is totally self sufficient. Electricity comes from a generator, Gas, which is used for cooking, comes from a bottle; water gets pumped out from the local stream. The sewage system runs on a septic tank.
HISTORY OF THE FARM
Down on Dartmoor, the ancient farmstead at Headland Warren Farm, Postbridge, near Yelverton, Devon, centres on a Grade II-listed 14th-century longhouse, set amid the 593 acres of Headland Warren Common a stretch of high moorland below Hookney Tor and Grimspound. Four thousand years of history have left their mark here, where the land is strewn with Stone and Bronze Age mounds, cairns, hut circles and the remains of ancient settlements, as well as some of the most spectacular mine-workings on Dartmoor. From medieval times, rabbits bred at Headland Warren were used to feed the locals. During that time Headland Warren operated as a pub, providing food and hospitality to the local miners. The building was situated on the left side of the road leading to the present location of the farm. Remains of the stone walls still can be seen.
In later years a Western Style riding school was based at Headland Warren Farm. At present the farm is owned by a Dutch family who keep Dartmoor Ponies in the enclosed fields.
From the farmyard there are lovely views on extensive unspoiled areas of the Dartmoor open moorland..
In the pasture paddocks enclosed by traditional stone walls, you can enjoy the site of 9 traditional Dartmoor Hill ponies, all born and grown on the moors.
The West Webburn River, being a tributary of the main river Webburn runs down in front of the house.
The boundaries of the 600 square yards of land belonging to Headland Warren Farm are marked by ancient boundary stones. Adjacent to the house are 5 stables, available for you in case you brought horses.
Usually there are hives put out in July and August by local beekeepers.
The heather is fairly common in this area and it is that which is attractive. Heather is good for the bees to overwinter and the honey is unusual and good flavour.