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