Outside the House

 

 

APPROACHING THE HOUSE

Moorland Butts is on a shared driveway with two other houses, on a quiet lane.  From the centre of the village, turn left just before the postbox, and continue up the lane until you reach Sunnyside Cottage, ignoring the first two entrances on the left.  The driveway is the third on the left, opposite Sunnyside: drive straight through to the Moorland Butts parking area at the end.

All of these photos were taken this year, but the house has just been repainted (Sept 2020) and due to a shortage of blue paint, is now a cream colour instead.

View from the lane. There is shared parking below the houses, and four spaces at the end of the shared driveway belong to Moorland Butts.

House sign at the end of the driveway, just visible from the road
If extra parking is needed, removing the beech hedge by the gate would allow vehicle access to the lower lawn, creating a further 1-2 spaces.

GARDEN – FRONT on two levels. Parking area for four cars surrounded by shrubs leads via gate to lower lawn with potential for additional parking if required, steps to upper front garden, a shady lawn with views and front step to porch.

A spring evening view of the path from the house down to the parking area
View looking over the village over the hedge from the upper front garden area.

 

SIDE OF HOUSE

A concrete path leads along the left side of the house to a gate that divides the back and front gardens, and past the shed to steps up to the patio and greenhouse.

GARDEN – BACK. Lowest level by the house, suntrap patio with fig tree, grape vine and flowering pomegranite bush and greenhouse.

 

The patio behind the house is sheltered and offers ample outdoor space for barbecues.

Path across the sloping lawn leads down to the house. Greenhouse to the right behind the pond. Solar panels on the roof are owned by the property, and monitored via a box in the utility room.

 

SIDE GATE. A path at the level of the patio leads behind the greenhouse to the side gate onto a private lane. At present this is a pedestrian access and the garden is enclosed on that side by a beech hedge.  However, there was previously vehicle access and parking on this side of the property, and this could be restored if required.

Above the patio is a sloping lawn with wildlife pond and productive apple tree leads up via either the steps or the ‘secret path’ to the ‘shady glade’ and the upper garden.

View across the valley to Dartmoor through the spring apple-blossom.
… and later in the year, once the apples are ripe!
Sloping lawn framed by azaleas and camellias.
The beech hedge framed by generous numbers of wild daffodils

Upper Garden

This is a natural space with apple and cherry trees, hazel hedges, snowdrops in spring. Woodpeckers, owls, frogs, slow-worms, butterflies of all kinds and many other wild creatures to be spotted here. As a low-maintenance wildlife area, this has lots of potential as a private space for having fun building dens, having mini-adventures or watching the stars come out over Dartmoor beside the bonfire.

View from the top of the steps that lead to the Upper Garden.

The Shady Glade, under the mature cherry tree, leads through to the top of the secret path.

Alternatively, this area of the garden has enormous potential for conversion to a more formal garden style, as you prefer.  In the past it was a very productive vegetable garden.

Looking down at the house from towards the top of the upper garden.