Approached by a wooded drive of nearly a mile long, nestling in the hills of Dartmoor lies Yarner, a private two hundred and fifty acre estate with magnificent views overlooking the Wray Valley and ancient Yarner Wood.
Yarner House was built in the 16th century as a Tudor hunting lodge; the castellations and extra wings were Victorian additions.
The Yarner estate extends to just below the summit of Haytor, an imposing granite outcrop once visited by Queen Victoria and still enjoyed by many people. Stone used in the building of London Bridge (now in Arizona) was quarried on these moors, although today the silence is only broken by the cries of wheeling buzzards. The name Yarner comes from medieval French and means “where eagles soar”.
Yarner House has been Maja Holman’s family home since 1965 and as such it has a wonderfully warm and intimate atmosphere. In recent times Maja had a Victorian wing of the house demolished and replaced with an impressive single story extension with a delightful Swedish interior.
This provides a magnificent galleried drawing room with Canadian Maple floors and vast windows which offer spectacular views over Yarner Wood and the Wray Valley. Since 1996 this room and the African hut in the garden have been licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.
Conference facilities, private parties and location shoots also form part of the estate’s activities. See Event Hire
A Short Film About Yarner
This is a wonderful video about Yarner House capturing the beauty and seclusion of Yarner and it’s environs. With thanks to James Baudouy l1veproductions.co.uk.