Dartmoor in Devon, a wide open space for you and your horse to trek. Quiet Moorland lanes and grassy country side with leats and granite tours to explore. If you are staying at a bed and breakfast, then chances are the landlady can make you up a packed lunch and flask to take in your saddlebag. Should you need guidance, then get in touch with one of the riding stables on my horse riding page.
A morning with a professional Dartmoor guide will set you up for the week.
The Hemphouse has a delightful open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area, fronted with beautiful windows looking out over the valley towards Brentor. Situated in a smallholding where Chris and Ruth have their own chickens, goats, horses and sheep and lead a very sustainable way of life. The Hemphouse has one single bedroom downstairs, with an en suite toilet and shower room. This room also contains the washing machine and tumble dryer. Upstairs, the landing area is bookended by a double bedroom on one end, and a twin bedroom on the other. There is one upstairs bathroom with sink, toilet and bath. “These are basic, without frills, solid and worthy lets. The curtains may well be slightly faded, but the welcome from Ruth and Chris is completely genuine. They want you to share their way of life, get close to their much loved livestock, go out and discover Dartmoor for yourself. Stay here and you will have a taste of the Good Life"
Ceylon, 2 bedroom, is one of two stylish, semi-detached, upside down cottages cleverly converted from a barn. Excellent for two family parties to share (interconnecting doors available).
Gorgeous Grown-Up Barn conversions for couples. Set in a fabulous location, Lurcombe remains totally secluded, charming & rustic. Hike, Bike, ride or simply switch off and relax. If you’re looking for a romantic break in Devon that’s peaceful and surrounded by nature, Lurcombe is a perfect countryside retreat. The Granary is a 5* barn conversion on the first floor of the 'Shippon', built in 1851. Ideal for couples, the barn oozes character and charm, and the extra little touches make it a real home from home.
Yelfords Cottage backs on to the moor, 2 miles from Chagford in a very peaceful setting with outstanding views, a superbly renovated, detached cottage with its own enclosed garden, in the 15 acre grounds of the owner’s country house and hidden by a high screen of rhododendrons.
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.
The Coachhouse is set on a lovely farmstead just 2 miles south-west of Lydford. You are invited to go anywhere on the 250 acre working farm and help is always accepted, or alternatively you can enjoy lazing by the outdoor heated swimming pool! If the weather takes a turn for the worse, never fear the Coachhouse has it's own indoor 'endless' pool, sauna and games room. The property has 5 bedrooms (1 ensuite, double, twin, single and children's room with two sets of 3' bunk beds). Tremendous freedom is offered and there are a number of activities for both children and adults. Meals are also available in the owners house that is a B&B.
In a small hamlet away from busy traffic. Trudie has been an excellent landlady for many years. Quality bedrooms. This is a real working farm in the heart of a quiet Dartmoor hamlet where the farming family keep their horses. Free range eggs, local bacon and wonderful home made marmalade on the breakfast table.
The Forest Inn is perfectly positioned with three comfortable en-suite bedrooms in which to relax and use as the ideal base to discover what’s on our doorstep.
Located in the Dartmoor National Park, The East Dart Hotelfeatures B&B accommodation sitting in a garden and offers a pub serving restaurant cuisine, a beer garden and shared lounge.
This property is ideal for a busy active family who will appreciate the fact that there is a swimming pool with endless flow in house, an outdoor pool in summer, a tennis court, a games room, multi gym with exercise machines, pool table, table football and table tennis, and a 250 acre farm to romp around. 2 double rooms plus a twin and a cot. If you have extra guests, the farm also has bed and breakfast on offer. This is a very well equipped house with the added benefit of an evening meal menu. A five star cottage.
Situated just 400 yards from the pub in Manaton you will find this beautiful cottage converted from a hayloft above granite stables. The Hayloft provides a beautiful, relaxed place to stay at any time of year with woodland and moorland walks from the door.
This barn conversion with good views gets plenty of repeat bookings. Room for 6 plus a baby. Ruth Boswell told me that the barn is very family friendly rather than chic accommodation, and looking at the prices I see that it is very competitively priced. The highest charge in the school holidays is just £678and as low as £304 in low season. Babysitting on offer and stair gate, highchair and cot on request. Bed linen is included in the price but towels are extra. Some electricity (90 units) is included in the rental then charged.
Lowertown Farm, a 93 acre working farm sits nestled in a valley in the heart of Dartmoor, where a peaceful walk can take you from the top of Blackator to the banks of the River Dart through gorgeous wooded paths and winding country lanes. When Luke and Hannah Fursdon opened a Bed and Breakfast in their 500 year old farmhouse in 2009, these were just some of things they were excited to share with guests. Others include a passion for activities such as diverse as horseback riding and kayaking as well as the joy of getting up close to the animals raised at Lowertown. In 2014 Lowertown began serving it’s very own farm reared bacon and sausages as part of it’s hearty and traditional full English breakfast, complete of course with farm fresh eggs. Lowertown is an ideal place to use as a jumping off point for a active or horsey holiday, with guests horses able to be accommodated, or to just relax and enjoy the dawn chorus.