Moorland View Cottage is owned and run by Suzy Bennett, a travel journalist and photographer based in Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor, Devon.
Suzy bought Moorland View in 2007 as a run-down cottage in dire need of TLC. An old miners’ cottage dating from 1705, it had had a paper-thin thatched roof, infestation of woodworm and severe damp problem. Suzy commissioned a raft of local traditional artisans including blacksmiths and thatchers to restore the 300-year heritage of the Grade II-listed building, before launching it as a luxury holiday cottage in 2009.
It was while commissioning for the renovation that Suzy realised some of the UK’s most talented artisans lived on her doorstep, a discovery which prompted her to go on to spend a year photographing them at work. Her portraits formed two solo summer exhibitions at the highly-regarded Devon Guild of Craftsmen, in Bovey Tracey, and Dartmoor National Park’s main visitor centre in Princetown.
Following huge public interest in her exhibitions, which included a BBC Countryfile programme, Suzy went on to launch the Dartmoor Artisan Trail, an art, craft and food trail linking Dartmoor’s finest craftspeople and producers. You’ll find many Dartmoor artisans’ products in Moorland View, including hand-whittled wooden spoons, curtain poles and hides. You can watch Suzy’s interview on BBC Countryfile here, and the full programme here.
Suzy works as The Telegraph’s Devon travel expert and has written several guides to the county, so is the perfect person to help with your travel arrangements.