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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"

Where is this?: 
Situated in Chagford within the majestic Dartmoor National Park, The Old Forge is a converted blacksmith’s forge offering food and drink of the highest quality, homemade and locally produced wherever possible. We have lots of homemade cakes on offer, and our breakfasts, lunches and dinners are freshly cooked to order. We provide daily newspapers and magazines, and free WiFi. Fully licensed. "Britain's best cream tea" The Telegraph (September 2015). WINNER of the UK Café Life Awards Afternoon Tea Experience Challenge 2015.
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.

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.
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

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
The Chagford Inn, Chagford, Dartmoor

Recently refurbished The Chagford Inn now offers three comfortable en-suite bedrooms, two doubles and one twin. The rooms are all light, bright and airy. Breakfast in the morning will be a  full English. The Inn prides itself on the quality of its ales, beers and wines and also provides one of the most imaginative menus to be found in Devon. 

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.

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.

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.
Fox Hat Cottage, self catering cottage, Chagford, Dartmoor

This delightful 17th Century thatched cottage is nestled in the heart of Chagford, aptly known as 'the Jewel of Dartmoor'.  The charming 2 bedroom grade II listed cottage can sleep up to 6 adults.

The White Hart Hotel is a traditional old posting house at the centre of the small moorland town of Moretonhampstead . Their Dartmoor restaurant menus change with the seasons, plus they always have special dishes on offer to make the most of fresh local produce as it’s available. Their chefs work closely with local suppliers and producers to source the best fresh, local seasonal ingredients for their dishes.
Bed and Breakfast Plus, Moretonhampstead

Short toddle from centre of Moretonhampstead town. Perfect for bookworms as the house is stacked with great books. My idea of comfort. Guaranteed good breakfast as Victoria is a good cook. Victoria offers a single whenever available. This accommodation is not suitable for small children or any size dogs, sorry. Parking is on street or in one of 2 car parks within 3 minute walk.

Parford Well Bed and Breakfast, Chagford, Dartmoor

Close to Castle Drogo. Charming house with garden to match. Elegant Bed and breakfast in truly excellent walking country. Tim has 3 gorgeous rooms on offer, 2 en-suites and one with a private bathroom. All rooms overlook the beautiful garden.

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? 

Woodland Springs Touring Park, Adult only,  Dartmoor

Perfect for visiting nearby Castle Drogo, this AA 5 pennant and 5 star site is for ADULTS ONLY. Camping, tourers, and dogs all welcome. Open all year. Small but well stocked shop. Calor gas agent. Smart toilet and shower block with the best disabled facilities I've seen so far. 5 minute drive from the A30 one way, 5 minute drive to Chagford the other way. Dartmoor on the doorstep.  Check out our Discount Voucher page for £1 off per night

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. 

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.

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.

Greenbank Bed and Breakfast, Chagford

With views all around, this is a happy family house with pets and a country living lifestyle.... Say hello to 'Egg' the parrot, choose a good book and take a tray of tea into the garden. It's a place to relax. Legendary breakfasts cooked on the Aga. Walks up to Meldon Common with stunning Dartmoor views.

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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