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Dartmoor is one of the UK's 15 National Parks. Covering nearly 1,000 square kilometres it is an area of dramatic scenery, wild moorland, remote hill farms and tucked away villages. It is also home to herds of Disney-cute Dartmoor ponies. The River Dart rises high on the moor and spills into the sea at Dartmouth on the south coast of Devon. The best places to stay in Dartmoor are all set amidst spectacular scenery.
The moor is covered in rocky granite outcrops known as Tors. The granite from Dartmoor has been used locally to build houses - many of the best places to stay in Dartmoor feature the local stone -roads, enclosures for animals and large fortunes for 19th Century quarry owners. Visitors and locals use the Tors now as picnic spots, climbing challenges, shelter and even hiding places for secret letters.
One of the most famous granite buildings on Dartmoor is Castle Drogo, the last castle built in England in the 1920s. Erected by a wealthy retail entrepreneur to improve his social standing and designed by the architect Edward Lutyens, unlike every other castle in England it has never been attacked or had to endure a seige. Outisde it is an imposing medieval style fortress and inside a comfortable family home with all early 20th Century mod cons. There is a room of granite and steel and a Norman style library is among many historically themed rooms in this unique house.
Buckland Abbey outside Yelverton is also worth a visit. Originally built as a Cistertian monastery, it was later home to Sir Francis Drake. Now a museum it tells the story of Drake and also of Sir Richard Grenville. Lovely gardens and shop. A top picnicing spot.
- The Horn of Plenty is situated on the edge of Dartmoor, but is perfectly placed to take full advantage of all it has to offer. Here you'll find wonderful views and fabulous food - ideal for a country getaway.
- One of our favourite places to stay to enjoy the sea and Dartmoor is the five room Henley at Bigbury on Sea. With easy access to the moors and a great sea view it is homely and as welcoming to dogs as it is to people. Immaculate and efficiently run, dinner is a home-cooked treat usually involving locally cuaght fish or shelfish.
- For some laid back luxury or a special occasion, Gidleigh Park near Chagford has newly refurbished spacious, comfortable rooms, beautiful gardens, a lovely tennis court and a two Michelin starred restaurant. A great spot for a spot of great pampering.
- Vast Bovey Castle built by the family who set up the newsagent chain WH Smith has been converted into an impressive 60 room hotel with every imaginable service and activity on tap. Inside is the spa, swimming pool and restaurant and outside activities range from golf to egg collecting to fishing, hawking and croquet. It may look imposing but it's a house of fun.
Best Hotels in Dartmoor
Mill End Hotel 15 rooms from $110Devon
Nestled in the Teign Valley sits this lovely hotel and restaurant. Open log fires and cosy interiors makes this the most welcoming place to come back to after a day exploring Dartmoor. Enjoy a delicious cream tea or gastronomic delights for dinner in the restaurant. Beautiful scenery all around.Fishing - Upper Teign Fishing Association has six miles of fishing for brown trout, sea trout and salmon.Sights nearby - Visit Castle Drogo, Fernworthy Resevoir and Buckland AbbeyGreat walks - The hotel is surrounded by scenic walking trails.Local markets - Visit Tavistock, an award-winning market town.Recommended by - Sawdays
Horn of Plenty Hotel 16 rooms from $135Tavistock, Devon
Luxury and elegance make up this country house in rural Tamar Valley on the edge of Dartmoor - a peaceful stay in stunning grounds. Modern, comfortable rooms are unique in style and capture the view. Fine dining at the 2 AA Rosettes restaurant. A perfect adult retreat.Exclusive offer - Luxury Gourmet 3 night BreakGroups - If you want your own country house just for the weekend then this is the place for you. Exclusive use is avaliable.Foodies - The award winning restaurant tantalises your taste buds with its locally sourced, seasonal and inventive menu.Great walks - With all of Dartmoor on your doorstep there is no excuse for sitting inside.Sights nearby - Dartmoor National Park and The Eden Project are both nearby.Recommended by - Johansens, Sawdays
Weeke Barton 5 rooms from $147Bridford, Devon
One of the finest b+bs in Devon - small thatched country house on Dartmoor, eco friendly with organic produce and lovely views and walks. Ride, walk, fish or just chill out.Great walks - Dartmoor ramblingViews - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Full of characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays
The Henley 5 rooms from $151Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon
Small and friendly owner managed seaside bolthole of just five rooms, with a beach house feel. Cosy rooms are comfortable and clean with wonderful sea views. Cooking that finely showcases the Devon produce. Private beach access. A great weekend escape.Romantic Break - A magical seaside escape for two, with charming rooms, fantastic food and phenomenal views and walks along the coast.Birdwatching - The hotel provides binoculars in every room, so make the most of your large windows!Great walks - Step out of the hotel and onto the pretty garden path tumbling down to the beach.Surfing - Surf or kite surf on Bigbury, Challaborough and Bantham beaches.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Percy's Country Hotel 7 rooms from $171Virginstow, Devon
Eco friendly, organic restaurant with rooms in the heart of rural Devon, between Dartmoor and the North coast. Spacious well appointed bedrooms and fabulous organic food, much of it produced on site. Wonderful spot for total relaxation after a day exploring the area.Great walks - Both Dartmoor and the South West Coast Paths are within easy reach.Sights nearby - Plenty of National Trust Houses and gardens in the vicinity.Cooking classes - Courses available year round.Restrictions on children - Over 10s only.Recommended by - Sawdays
Bovey Castle 64 rooms from $280North Bovey, Dartmoor
Family friendly country hotel with something for everyone: lego room service for the little ones & bespoke spa treatments for the adults! Ideally situated for exploring the wilderness of Dartmoor and more activities on site than you can imagine.Child friendly - Daily egg collecting, meet the ferrets and falconry displays. Colouring books & crayons for little ones at meal times!Spa - UK's flagship SUNDARI spaFamiliesGreat walks - Complimentary walking guides and dog towels.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
Gidleigh Park Hotel 24 rooms from $331Chagford, Devon
Super luxurious and pampering Dartmoor retreat, on 107 acres of mature grounds. The plush rooms come with antique furnishings, original art and huge sash windows. The Michelin stared food is served in an atmospheric and grandiose dining room. Peaceful, restful and totally heavenly.Fishing - Fly fishing on the River Teign - licenses and tuition providedRestaurant - Michael Caines award-winning restaurantGarden - Beautiful landscaped gardenGreat walks - There are inumerable lovely walking trails both on thr 107 acres of mature grounds and on nearby Dartmoor.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Frommers, Johansens, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Sawdays, Michelin Travel