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Chagford

Chagford - On the north of Dartmoor with easy access from the A30 and A382.

On the Two Moors Way coast to coast footpath, Chagford is my top recommendation for a walking holiday base on Dartmoor. A most attractive 'Stannary town', which means that the tin miners used to bring their tin to be assayed, weighed and sold here. Most locals think of it as a village although it has two banks, four pubs and several places for tea, coffee and a slice of cake. Plus two of most amazing hardware shops, Bowden's and Webbers which between them sell absolutely everything you need from an ironmongers, including fork handles and 4 candles! 

Each Friday morning you will find a busy little Flea Market in the Jubilee Hall next to the car park. Castle Drogo (National Trust) the last castle to be built in England, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, sits high above the River Teign valley to the north within the most breathtaking setting. Stand outside the Three Crowns when you are in town and you will see the castle sitting high on the gorge, beyond the ancient graveyard. All very photogenic. Do find time to see inside the 15th century church where the carved screen and fine stained glass windows are utterly beautiful.  

Also home to Chagstock - quoted by The Boomtown Rats to be "The most fun you can have with 5,000 people with a great rock band in a field in Devon in the entire world"

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Monks Withecombe Bed and Breakfast, Chagford, Dartmoor, Devon

2 miles out of Chagford offering a suite on the ground floor and rooms above. Impressive house. Fresh flowers throughout summer from their own very beautiful gardens where you are invited to relax. Horse riding locally.  Helpful owner keen for you to enjoy your stay.

Rookwood Cottage, sleeps 4, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor

Rookwood Cottage is a 400 year old thatched romantic cottage in an attractive row by the churchyard in the pretty village of Drewsteignton. The village has an excellent pub - The Drewe Arms within walking distance.  The cottage has two pretty bedrooms - a double and a twin and for those cooler nights in you can curl up in front of the inglenook fireplace in the lounge.

A great place for young children with activities such as feeding the animals, pony grooming, collecting the eggs, pony rides, putting the donkeys to bed at the end of the afternoon, and the pets corner is a delight for children of all ages. Kids love the play area, ride on tractors, and the playpark with it's climbing wall. Cafe with good food too. Visit our discount vouchers page for a discount of £1.50 per person
Enjoy Two 235m Zip Wires with Views over Dartmoor National Park. Go Ape’s first Tree Top Adventure in the South West. One of the best days out in Devon, if you’re looking for adventure activities near Exeter then you’ll enjoy an incredible 235m zip wire flying you from hilltop to hilltop followed by another (…just 15 minutes from Exeter)!
Gibhouse, sleeps 4, Drewsteignton, Dartmoor, Devon

2½ miles from Chagford (last ½ mile private farm-lane) and 1½ from Drewsteignton, an idyllically situated, thatched cottage 200 yards from a very beautiful stretch of the River Teign (entrance to Fingle Gorge; Fingle Bridge, 1½ miles by footpath). Beautiful, good-sized and mostly completely secluded enclosed garden (trees, mown grass, stream and pond with waterfalls). Long views over the valley. Farmland and Nat. Trust woodland and heathland all round, Castle Drogo on the hilltop above.

Bluebell Cottage, sleeps 3, Chagford, Dartmoor

Bluebell Cottage can be found just 300 yards from Chagford village centre.  It has been lovingly restored to reflect its 1750s origins and the owner's fondness for things from a bygone age.  It is cosy and homely inside, with a small gravelled patio and pretty lawned garden to the rear.  It has 1 double and 1 single bedroom.

Sandsgate, sleeps 12, Chagford, Dartmoor, Devon

Sandsgate, a magnificent detached house with superb sweeping views across the river Teign valley to Chagford, Castle Drogo and the moors beyond. It has been beautifully refurbished and extended with attention to detail and is large and roomy for one family, or flexible accommodation for groups of friends or family gatherings. Swanky, large, with kitchen to die for, beautiful well kept garden with terrace. Private, sheltered, electricity and heating included in the price. All the white goods you could possibly want. All bedlinen and towels provided. 6 bedrooms in total. 4 twins, one a master bedroom with 4' beds. 1 double and another double with an extra single bed, so great as a family room, or as a twin with one extra size guest! Jacuzzi bath, games room, large comfy sofas, dining area perfect for a family get together. 3 storeys high sitting in 18 acres.  What a treat for some lucky guests.

Serving home-cooked and locally sourced food, The Globe Inn is popular with locals and visitors alike. It offers an exciting, regularly changed menu, a choice of Devon real ales and a comprehensive wine list. Food is served throughout the Inn, so you can choose where to eat – enjoy the banter in the bar, relax in the lounge bar or take your time in the dining room.
Highbury Bed and Breakfast, Chagford

A fine country residence on the outskirts of Chagford with off road parking and gardens. Three rooms, one double en-suite, one an en-suite shower twin/kingsize the other a large four poster bedroom with swish private bathroom over the landing, bathrobes provided. A short drive into town. Wedgewood crockery on the breakfast table along with a full English. Quintessentially English.

Cyprians Cot, Chagford

Bed and breakfast in one of Chagford's oldest houses with loads of character. Beams and a real fire in an inglenook fireplace. Very pretty garden with far views to Kestor Rock. Short toddle into town and 4 pubs for good evening meals. 

The National Trust property Castle Drogo is at Drewsteignton where the Gardens are open all year. Do see the gardens in the Autumn when they are full of rich colour. There is an interesting seed collection day each year, when the Castle gardeners explain how to do just that later on in the year. You need to bring envelopes! Find the date on my what's on page. There is a brilliant cafe at the reception. Read my food review about it.
Easton Court Bed and Breakfast, Chagford

Evelyn Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited whilst staying here. 5 en-suite rooms, all with flat screen TV and Sky freeview channels. Views over the garden to the Deer Park. Good walking area. Castle Drogo and the wonderful River Teign are all within walking reach. Open all year round. Chagford is a just a short drive. 

Stone Lane Gardens Arboretum, near to Chagford. Off the A382 - "It's well worth a visit" Open from 2 - 6 p.m. Stone Lane Gardens is the setting for the National collection of wild-origin Birch and Alder trees. A unique and comprehensive collection of Birches and Alders, the best of it's kind in the UK. The garden holds an interesting sculpture exhibition each year starting early May.
Mill End Hotel and Restaurant, Chagford

Relaxed country-house hotel with stylish rooms, lovely food, open fires and great walking all around - dogs are very welcome

VW Campervan hire, Dartmoor

Choose any of our campsites on Dartmoor and pay a visit with your own accommodation in a vintage, restored VW campervan. Collected from Southampton or Sidford you will soon be down the M5 and onto the open roads of Devon in one of the fleet - Ruby, Reginald, Gertie or Bertie. Take your pick. Hook up your MP3 player to the stereo speakers and live the dream. The campers can sleep 4 plus you can add a popup tent or awning if you wish. With cool box or fridge, gas hob and grill, crockery, cutlery, pots, pans, tea towels!  Including extras such as campbeds and chairs (free) cycle racks, child seat, even a travel guitar... What more could you want for a classic Summer of Love experience? 

Open this year from 23rd May to early September, this is the largest outdoor, freshwater swimming pool in Devon. The temperature of the water is maintained with solar pool covers. It is just 10 minutes walk from Chagford town centre and a few minutes drive from the A30. There is a small tea hut with snacks and Lifeguards always in attendance. There is a special pool for babies and young children and all children under 9 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Please be sure to check the pool's website for admission fees and opening times.
Monks Withecombe near to Murchington. Licenced for a civil ceremony with space for any size of marquee. A country location for a wedding. It has a fantastic garden, a courtyard bursting with Spring and Summer flowers and a large smart indoor gallery for a civil ceremony.
The White Hart Hotel is a delightful setting for your tailor-made wedding reception on Dartmoor. With 20 bedrooms in the main hotel and a further eight in the Mews, we can cater for families and groups, large and small.
With a national park as large as Dartmoor with so much to learn and enjoy, you may prefer, as many visitors do, to walk the moors in the company of a knowledgable guide who can explain the moorland in as much detail as you want. Our expert guides run a vast range of activities all across the moors and beyond. Join us and find out why the only way to really discover the real Dartmoor is to join the Moorland Guides on one of our walks.
Mill End weddings are something quite exclusive and very special. A small, romantic country-house marriage ceremony in one of their beautiful rooms. Or a magical venue for a wedding-day celebration if you are getting married in one of the local churches.

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