Pewson Barton

Torrington, Devon, England

Pewson Barton

Pewson Barton farm is unchanged as a landholding since 1086, which is was recorded in the Domesday book. It faces south on the highest ridge between Exmoor and Dartmoor, with an unrivalled view of the majestic North moor, including Dartmoor's highest points of High Willhays and Yes Tor.

The farmhouse is a cob and thatch mediaeval hall house from the 1400's and is surrounded by a completely unmodernised range of 18th century barns. The land has been managed for traditional low-input cattle grazing throughout the 20th century and has suffered only modest "improvement" (clearance of some hedgerows and orchard and loss of some traditional meadows).

The farm stretches from woodland pasture on the ridge down to a stream with rare Culm grass habitat in the meadows at the valley bottom and includes over 20 acres of woodland and moorland as well as permanent pasture. The land is a haven for wildlife (bats, owls, badgers, red deer, dormice) and native plan species (over 100 a t the last botanical survey). The farm is crossed by the Tarka Trail, a footpath linking the North coast of Devon with Dartmoor along with the route of Tarka the Otter in the book by Henry Williamson.

The neighbouring farm was the home of Ted Hughes, the poet laureate, when he wrote Moortown Diaries, and further down the valley is Iddesleigh where Michael Morpurgo, the children's laureate, lives and set his book War Horse. Local attractions include the War Horse Valley farm museum, the Stafford Moor coarse fishery, the Tarka line cycle trail to North Devon's surf beaches and several SSSI's and nature parks along the River Torridge.

Within twenty minutes drive are the towns of Torrington, with RHS Rosemoor and the Dartington Glass glass-blowing factory and Okehampton, gateway to Dartmoor and with the largest ruined castle in Devon. Both towns have supermarkets (Waitrose, Coop, Lidl, Aldi), swimming pools, leisure centres, cinemas etc.


Dowland, Winkleigh, Torrington, Devon, EX19 8PG