Distance from Cottage Hotel: 19 miles / 31 kilometres (40 minutes by car)
Moorhaven Village is quite special as it was created by transforming a number of Victorian hospital buildings to form a village of about 100 homes set in 65 acres/26 hectares of landscaped grounds. Within the village are communal gardens, a sports field for both football and cricket. It has tennis courts, a boules pitch, a croquet lawn, and also a nursery for the under fives.
Wrangaton Golf Course is close to the village and there is direct access from the village to the moors for walking and riding.
History of Moorhaven:
Moorhaven was originally the Plymouth Asylum, which was built in the 1880s in response to the Mental Health Act which requireed each major county and city to build an asylum for their own patients. The main buildings were built between 1886 and 1889. The asylum was designed to hold some 203 patients and was formerly opened by the Mayor of Plymouth J T Bond in 1882.
Included in the first build were: the Superintendent’s house, lodges, mortuary, gasworks and various farm and maintenance buildings. In 1908 the existing single storey wings had an additional level added. In 1932 Moorfields Hospital a separate unit was built. It contained 12 single storey brick wards with verandahs enabling patients to sleep in the open air.
The NHS took over the hospital in 1949. During the next half century considerable improvements in treatments were developed.
Today all this has been transformed into Moorhaven Village and each property owner is a shareholder in the Management Company, which owns the communal gardens, sports facilities, internal road lighting etc.
Places to Visit:
Wrangaton Golf Course is nearby and has 9 moorland holes and 9 parkland holes which is quite unique. It is situated on the southern slopes of Dartmoor and was founded in 1895. Visitors are most welcome.
The unspoiled Dartmoor National Park with direct access from the village to the moors for walking and riding is on one side of the village and the South Hams countryside on the other.
For further details contact Ivybridge Information Office, Watermark. Ivybridge.