Devonshire estate that inspired Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ goes on sale
A picturesque nine-bedroom manor house on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park with links to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, one of the most famous stories ever written, has hit the market. The white-painted property situated in a protected Conservation Area has records of people living there from as early as the 1200s.
Legend has it that the granite outcrops surrounding the Hound Tor, situated at the west end of the farm, were originally a pack of hounds that were turned to stone by a witch’s curse – and it’s believed that this is what served as inspiration for Conan Doyle’s book starring detective Sherlock Holmes. The novel, originally serialised in the Strand Magazine from August 1901 to April 1902, is largely set on Dartmoor in Devon. It tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diaboloical hound of supernatural origin.
The house is part of the Leighon Estate and the scenery looks as wild, beautiful and secluded as you might find in western Scotland. On rambling walks across the 587 acre (plus) woodland, encounter lakes, moorland, ornamental ponds and banks of world-class rhododendrons. A Becka Brook runs through the stunning valley along with a series of magical lakes making it ideal countryside for walking and riding.
As well as the roaming surrounding landscape, there are also perfect formal gardens that encircle the house with herbaceous borders, immaculate lawns and beautiful mature trees. Behind the house is a sheltered walled garden with a productive vegetable garden.
The house is a beautiful period manor – ideal as a family home or place, in an especially scenic spot, to entertain friends on a large-scale. Around the house are a selection of traditional stone-built farm buildings, a cobbled courtyard and pretty period lodge.
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