Life is lived upside-down at Tors House, with the living areas upstairs and the bedrooms below. But there’s nothing topsy-turvy about the Dartmoor views, the balcony meals and the glorious glass-and-stone façade. Nor the ability to bring generations together for indulgent group escapes on the cusp of Devon’s finest uplands.
Sleeping ten in five beamed and beautiful bedrooms, Tors House is a modern masterpiece worthy of a Kevin McCloud monologue on the rambling lawns. You’ll wax lyrical, too, about the toasty underfloor heating, the four acres of wild seclusion lit by vivid sunsets and the floor-to-ceiling windows that capture the essence of England.
Take in the views as you linger in the gardens over the bridge, fire up the Hi-Fi, then sleep in majestic bedrooms with flatscreen TVs. Pick carefully and get bedrooms with terrace access, Tors House comes with acres of space, buckets of wow and stacks of secluded sociability.
Life here is upside-down, with the living area on the first floor. The floor-to-ceiling windows with doors out on to the balcony are your entrée to the four acres of oh-so-English grounds.
Follow the bridge across to the garden at dusk and watch the sun dip over the Devon hills. Here in the secluded solitude you find at the foot of Dartmoor, all is silent. Picnic, party, play on the lawns. Just don’t disturb the wildlife.
Life here’s a topsy-turvy, inverted affair. You can’t see the views at night, so you’ll sleep downstairs or in the roundhouse annex. Up top, it’s a different matter. The reverse-level design brings you floor-to-ceiling windows and open-plan living that flood the space with light and landscape.
Get together around the 60” Freeview Smart TV on the soft sofas and the cuddle chair, get the fire going and pop a Nespresso. Head out through the patio doors to the balcony at night to watch the stars and listen for owls. As another day begins, get out there again with cappuccinos and croissants.
Bring your devices and keep up with the world with the superfast Starlink Wi-Fi. Or escape to a quiet corner with a book from the shelves and a burning sunset illuminating the room. Spaces at Tors House are designed so you can be as sociable or solitary as the mood takes you. So chillax, rekindle and reconnect with the people who really matter.
Budding Masterchefs will love the sleek facilities here with the view out over the Devon hills. Whip up your winter veg soup on the double gas oven, gas hob and microwave. Stock up the double fridge/freezers with meat and produce from Farmer Luxton’s or Strawberry Fields, raid the wine fridge, set to simmer, and repair to the balcony patio. Load the dishwasher when you’re done.
Prefer to skip all that and simply soak up the sunsets?
Call up the experts from Dineindulge or Côte at Home for drop-off meals, a one-off celebration or a fully catered break. Eat around the 12-seat table with the floor-to-ceiling Dartmoor views, or step out onto the balcony that seems to hang over the valley.
Head out to the Castle Inn, a relaxed, 16th-century country inn serving homegrown dishes and local ales, to The White Hart Inn for cider in the beer garden, or to The Oxenham Arms, a former medieval monastery offering everything from sandwiches, coffees and cream teas to fine-dining specials and a four-course Sunday menu.
Taylor’s in Tavistock is a fun restaurant providing breakfast, coffee and cakes, a bottomless brunch and Sunday roasts. Or head to the Arundell Arms, a hub for fly-fishing, for local game and fish caught on the Cornish coast. Or try the taste of two Michelin stars at Gidleigh Park with wine picked from one of the UK’s finest cellars.
Bedrooms here are on the ground floor, but there’s nothing upside down about a great night’s sleep. Here on the edge of Dartmoor, you’ll sleep like a rock, with only the sound of snipes and nightjars to pierce the dark skies.
Choose from five beautiful bedrooms sleeping ten. Be first in and bag the roundhouse, with its king-size bed, Smart TV and en-suite shower cubicle. Wake and pop a pod from the Nespresso machine.
In the main house, the master is an en-suite with king-size bed, TV, Hi-Fi, dressing area, freestanding bath and walk-in shower. Open up the doors in the morning for a pot of tea on the patio. Bedroom two is a double that converts to twins through zip and link and comes with TV and en-suite with walk-in shower.
Bedroom three is another zip-and-link double with TV and en-suite with double-ended bath and shower cubicle, while bedroom four offers a double, TV and en-suite with walk-in shower. All of the bedrooms in the main house have their own terrace’s onto the main lawn.
If there’s an antidote to screen time it must surely be the prospect of a free-range holiday with space and a few special features.
Head out there across the bridge for picnics and to say hi to the local livestock. Come back to eat and play on the balconies, explore the five bedrooms and get over-excited over the Bowers and Wilkins speakers controlled through the TV remotes. Tap into the Hi-Fi and stream your stuff on the 60” Smart TV via Apple TV.
Stay up way past bedtime to play cards and charades around the 12-seat table. Raid the shelves and escape with books to a quiet corner. Sleep in bedrooms that convert from doubles to twins. Let teenagers bag the Roundhouse (but make sure you take them home). Make some memories on remote Dartmoor straight out of your wildest dreams.