There are several variations of a story of why this house was called Snaily House. Originally it was called White’s Slade, then it became Snaily House when two sisters who were the last inhabitants to live there, they were believed to live on slugs and snails. Jars of salted pickled slugs and snails were found at the house. The main dwelling house is N 50° 34.249 W 003° 53.578 at the bottom of the hill, there are several ruined outbuilding attached to the house. In the house a fireplace and various alcoves can be seen, nearby there is a lane which goes up to another house which is partly hidden by tall gorse at N50. 34.241 W003.53.522. I could find no mention of a second house at this spot, so maybe it was an outbuilding.If you wish to visit the house, the best way is to go down to the river from the cache site take the riverside path downstream and you can’t miss it.
It is sad the Dartmoor National Park Authority have let these ruins become so overgrown, it is difficult to see inside the lower house because of the mass of brambles, in the summer bracken would also be a problem.
Maybe the DNPA should put some time and money aside to preserve these monuments, in a few years the gorse, bracken, and livestock would have destroyed them all!
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