Yarner House near Dartmoor, West Devon, is an unusual and large house. Almost 800 feet above sea level, it occupies a stunning position on the edge of the Moor and overlooks gardens, woodlands and the Wray valley to the hills beyond. Approached from the south east, along a long private drive, Yarner is a sight to behold with its unusual, castellated, roofline. However, your eyes are immediately drawn on arrival to the spectacular view to the right.
This L shaped, house probably dates from the 17th Century but may have some remnants of an earlier hunting lodge. Victorian additions, along with the castellation, almost doubled the size of the original house. It has three storeys and a single storey extension that blends perfectly with the rest of the house.
Yarner House has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. This is a house with really good sized rooms and we love it’s interesting interior; the up and down in levels adds to its charm. All the accommodation, interior decoration and finishes are to a very high standard. The property has been decorated with a mixture of modern and traditional style which perfectly achieves a relaxing and calm ambience that is exactly what we think is required for a holiday! Although this is a large house which allows up to 15 people to stay, in comfort, it still manages to feel intimate and restful; a testament, we believe, to the taste and the skill of the interior design by the owner.
This is a house for a family get-together; there’s a wonderful family kitchen/breakfast room that runs down one side of the house with a lovely big Aga at it’s centre. On the second floor there is a suite of rooms which include a living room and separate, fully equipped, kitchen/dining room – so we can see this would make Yarner a perfect option for two families holidaying together, or an extended family holidaying together where a little bit of separation would be appreciated. There are not many houses that would provide for 15 in such flexible and comfortable accommodation. On top of that there is the magnifcent dining/drawing room which has been decorated with great effect in Swedish style, where everyone can get together for a family dinner or special supper. We are not sure there is a photograph that can do this room justice – it really is superb.
The Yarner Estate takes in the East Devon Nature Reserve and extends to just below the summit of Haytor on Dartmoor – a good start if you are new to the walking bug, as its not too steep but just enough to give you a taster. Having said that, if you don’t feel like doing much at all then Yarner is a good place to do not much at all. You could just sit and look at the views – it is hard to detail just how good these are but they are views you will remember always, absolutely stunning!
The house has: family kitchen/breakfast room; sitting room with large screen TV and woodburning stove; very large dining/drawing room; 1x triple bedroom (twin beds and a cabin bed), with separate bathroom; 1x ‘honeymoon’ double with en-suite; 1x twin with en-suite and freestanding bath; masterbedroom with en-suite and dressing room; 2 x further double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and another double with adjacent, large bathroom; second sitting room; second kitchen/diner. WiFi available.
Outside there is plenty of parking for several cars. There is a stone wall just beyond the edge of the drive below which, it should be noted, is a very large drop and caution should be taken around this area, particularly with children. The garden around the house extends to approximately 2 acres and is full of interest. Please note that there is an ornamental pond in the garden and, again, caution should taken around the pond, especially with children and no children under 12 years please.
Yarner House is licensed for weddings and the impressive extension to the house makes a perfect room for weddings or, if the weather is fine, located in the garden is an African hut where you can hold your wedding ceremony.