‘The Hidden Valley’ of Ashcombe is a 2,500 acre estate with beautiful scenery and a friendly atmosphere. Find fun outdoor activities or lose yourself walking in the woodlands and miles of country lanes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Family Run Estate
Three generations of the Rayner family have been the custodians since 1932. Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner served in both world wars was MP for Totnes. Lady Elizabeth Rayner was involved with great charitable events and village life. We can only try to do as well!
Following the mechanisation of farming, our population dropped, but in the last 25 years holiday cottages and other Ashcombe Estate enterprises have reversed the decline. Ashcombe is once again a thriving local economy. The estate has diversified into a number of different areas including holiday cottages and outdoor activities. There is also traditional cereal, sheep and cattle farming in Ashcombe.
Features and Facts
Within the Estate you will find the 12th Century St Nectan’s Church, the Castle Dyke Iron Age fort, woodland walks, rambling footpaths and pretty moorland all with expansive views of Dartmoor to the west or the Devon coast to the east.
The estate works with Natural England and The RSPB on a number of environmental projects such as promoting rare Cirl Bunting habitats found within the valley. The Estate and village also raise thousands of pounds for various charities with special events held throughout the year at the Village Club. Check the “Our News” section to see what’s on during your stay.
Ashcombe is only 4 miles from the South Devon coast, 10 miles from Exeter and 15 miles from Dartmoor National Park so it is perfectly located for many activities. The unique location also creates its own micro-climate which generally means more sun and less rain. The local bee-keepers say it is the perfect place!