Manaton A quiet village on the south eastern side of Dartmoor.
Did you know that the author John Galsworthy stayed at Wingstone Farm (now a Bed and Breakfast
see below) in 1922 whilst writing The Forsythe Saga ? Many authors have used Dartmoor as the inspiration
for their books, probably the most well know being Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for his Hound
of the Baskervilles murder story, and Agatha Christie, the 'Queen of Crime' who features Dartmoor
in all 3 of her whodunnits, 'The Big Four', 'Dead Man's Folly' and 'The Sittaford Mystery'.
Several really attractive walks start from the Manaton area especially the walk around Lustleigh Cleave and nearby Rippon tour. Get hold of a good map and park at St. Winifred's Church car park. Long and short walks abound.
Manaton to Lustleigh is a good leg stretch. With the Primrose tearooms or the Cleave Inn at Lustleigh (see my food review) as midway places to eat. There and back will take you about 3 to 4 hours. Hound Tor, Jay's Grave and Grimspound are all walkable but I must stress that a good map is the key to the best day out. Not only will you know where you are going, but you can recognise points of interest along the way, for instance the site of the Bronze Age settlement of 24 huts at Grimspound, which is acknowledged to be one of the outstanding bronze age sites in Britain.
If you walk to Widecombe you might enjoy, as I did, the Rugglestone Inn. See my Rugglestone food review.
See my review of Manaton's produce market, plus a food review of The Kestor Inn, and my walking page.
Also my ££ discount vouchers page for nearby Becky Falls
If you want total seclusion, Blissmoor is the cottage for you. You can walk or moutain bike directly onto the moor. Inside it is exceptionally comfortable, with a lovely beamed living room with woodburner. There is a double and two twin bedrooms. A summer house in the garden is available (at extra charge) which offers two more single beds - fun for older children or pioneering adults!
Children Accepted, Dogs Welcome.
Prices from £420 per week - Friday changeovers
This is a pleasantly converted old granary barn on a working farm with impressive views overlooking Hayne down and up to Bowerman's
Nose on the horizon. A prime position for walkers to enjoy the Moors. With free range hens, so children are welcome to collect eggs.
All bedrooms are on the ground floor - double bedroom, a twin and a single room are on offer plus cot and highchair provided.
Linen & towels are included. Ample off road parking and dogs are welcome.
Children Welcome, Dogs Welcome, Livery Available.
Price from as low as £295 off peak to £790 Summer weeks in 2014. 3 night breaks prices too.
Price for livery overnight £10 and weekly £60
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