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"
Down Cottage is a delightful granite cottage in an idyllic setting with stunning views across Dartmoor. Part of a magnificent estate built in 1911 for the Jameson whisky family, Down Cottage sleeps four people and offers the perfect mix of luxury and seclusion. Set just 1.5 miles outside the pretty Stannary town of Chagford, it’s a great base for walking on Dartmoor and for generally relaxing and getting away from absolutely everything!
All very swish... this bed and breakfast is "lush". Between Chagford and Fernworthy Reservoir. Stunning detached chalet in the grounds of the main house with most impressive giant wetroom and sauna. Very fabulous indeed. Superb garden with lake and stream. Quiet, peaceful. Eat outdoors on your own decking. Top notch. I loved it.
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.
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.
Relaxed country-house hotel with stylish rooms, lovely food, open fires and great walking all around - dogs are very welcome
The Globe Inn has a most pleasant view overlooking the churchyard. Public car park 50 yards. Good bar food, friendly atmosphere. Dogs welcome in the pub, but check if your dog is allowed in the bedrooms when you book. Seven en-suite bedrooms in total, family room, doubles and twins. Evening meals in a most pleasant dining room. This pub has regular quizzes and musical entertainment - open mic nights etc.
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.