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Manaton - A quiet village on the north eastern side of Dartmoor.

Did you know that the author John Galsworthy stayed at Wingstone Farm 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 Tor. 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 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 review of Manaton's produce market, plus a food review of The Kestor Inn, and my walking page.


Little Holme Thatched Cottage, sleeps 4, Lustleigh, Dartmoor Little Holme

Little Holme has been described by the New York Times as 'The archetypal English cottage', and we would not disagree, it is thatched, has a log fire and has roses and honeysuckle around the door and is located on the village green in the heart of Lustleigh.  The quintessential Devon retreat.

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Little Holme is a picturesque thatched holiday cottage on the village green in the heart of Lustleigh, on Dartmoor in South Devon. Described by The Times and Daily Telegraph as one of the prettiest villages in England.

Photographs of Little Holme featured in both newspapers and Little Holme was once named by The New York Times “The archetypal English Cottage”. It has been featured on chocolate boxes, tapestries, photographs, paintings and cards. It has roses and honeysuckle round the front door.

The Cleave is an historic pub nearby serving excellent food. Up the lane from...

The Bothy, sleeps 4, Manaton, Dartmoor, Devon The Bothy

The Bothy is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom detached cottage beautifully converted from an old barn but all has all modern day creature comforts. It is set within 14 acres of woods and fields and has fine walks and a good pub on the doorstep!

Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

300 yards from the good food pub in Manaton, on a hedgerow-sheltered lane leading to the moors, a detached cottage beautifully converted from an old barn. It has the benefit of modern insulation/underfloor heating with the charm of ancient stonework. To one side, cobbled courtyard (table/chairs) and opposite, over a little lane, steps up to big, gently sloping garden (picnic table/chairs) with space for ball games or quiet reflection. Fourteen acres of woods and fields to explore (following the country code, dogs not permitted where livestock grazes); Hayne Brook runs beside the paddocks,...

The Hayloft, sleeps 6, Manaton, Dartmoor, Devon The Hayloft

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.

Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

400 yards from the pub in Manaton, in the peaceful hamlet of Water, a beautiful cottage converted from a hayloft above granite stables (horses/sheep occasionally) beyond the owners’ ancient farmhouse. Enclosed courtyard (table/chairs) immediately to the side and, beyond the owners’ walled garden, your own enclosed private garden (picnic bench). You are welcome to wander the 9 acres of gardens, pond (unfenced) and fields (sheep, horses, chickens). A picturesque ½ mile walk leads through woodland to Lustleigh Cleave and the River Bovey.
From parking area, 60 yards of gravel path and 3...

Water Barn, sleeps 4, Manaton, Dartmoor, Devon Water Barn

Water Barn is situated on the edge of Manaton and is an exceptional conversion of an ancient granite barn into a spacious cottage in a beautiful place. Peaceful, sheltered, it is on a lane in an hamlet of old cottages, farmhouses and trees, just 400 yards from Manaton's pub and about half a mile walk through woods from Lustleigh Cleave and the River Bovey.

Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

On the edge of Manaton, an exceptional conversion of an ancient granite barn into a spacious cottage in a beautiful place. Peaceful, sheltered, it is on a lane in a hamlet of old cottages, farmhouses and trees, 400 yards from Manaton’s pub and about ½ mile walk through woods from Lustleigh Cleave and the River Bovey. Next door to the owners’ former mill (working water wheel), it has its own charming natural garden (lawn, boulders, oak trees, daffodils, garden furniture, barbecue). Woodland/moorland walks from the cottage.

Inside, excellent decor, lighting, furnishings: comfort...

Moorhayes, self catering bungalow, Manaton, Dartmoor Moorhayes

Moorhayes is a family owned property in the heart of Dartmoor National Park in a secluded, quiet location between Bowerman's Nose and Hound Tor. Sleeping 7-10, the spacious bungalow offers private, enclosed gardens with direct access to the explore the moor by foot. It is a short drive to Widecombe-in-the Moor and Bovey Tracey and exploring Devon is part of the variety this holiday accommodation offers.  The location is popular with families, stargazers, cyclists, and photographers. Wifi available. 

Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

The accommodation at Moorhayes offers sitting room with log burner, dining room, fully equipped kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and 1 single, bathroom with over bath shower and toilet, and separate toilet and lovely enclosed garden, with parking for several cars.

Up to 7 people can be comfortably accommodated. Additional beds provide space for up to another 3 people (additional children perhaps).

Kitchen has ceramic hob top + oven, fridge, microwave, washing machine
Fridge freezer in porch
Dining room - piano, telephone & WiFi [which is free of...

Becky Falls Impressive Dartmoor Waterfall and woodland walks with quiz trail and letterboxing challenge for children.Cafeteria and picnics in the park. Boulders to clamber on. Craft shop and gift shop. Help feed the animals. Demonstrations and introductions to animals including the boa constrictor !!! DISCOUNT VOUCHER available on the voucher page Family Attraction


No visit to Devon would be complete without a visit to Dartmoor's famous Becky Falls, where we've been welcoming visitors since 1903. The falls are an iconic Dartmoor landmark, and a day out here can be as gentle or as adventurous as you wish. All of our activities and shows are included in the entry price, so there are no extras to pay once you're inside. 

So come breathe some of the purest air in England, see the most beautiful place in Devon and enjoy a very, very warm welcome!


Eastwrey Barton Country House Bed and Breakfast, Lustleigh, Dartmoor Eastwrey Barton Country House

There are some super rooms with equally super bathrooms here at Eastwrey Barton. It's in such a special valley on Dartmoor. Spring and Autumn are just heavenly here. This is a country hotel with evening dining and a licenced bar. Enjoy your gin and tonic on the south facing terrace taking in the view of the large attractive well tended garden. Off road car park. 


Situated within the heart of Dartmoor, Devon, Eastwrey Barton Country House features accommodation comprising of five luxurious well appointed en-suite rooms, guest sitting rooms, dining room and licensed bar, all with fine period furniture and original architectural features. 

Whether you want to have an active holiday or simply relax and enjoy the stunning Dartmoor scenery and gardens, Eastwrey Barton is the perfect location.

An excellent setting for a lengthy break on Dartmoor, to an indulgent overnight bed & breakfast, you can be assured of a warm welcome and genuine...

Holwell Bungalow Bed and Breakfast, Widecombe in the Moor Holwell Bungalow

This quality 2 room bed and breakfast has breathtaking panoramic view across Dartmoor, Holwell Bungalow is an architects Eco design house, set in the Becka Brook Valley at the foot of Haytor.  Each of the two newly decorated rooms has a larger than average en-suite, tea and coffee facilities, hairdryer, free sat TV and most important those guaranteed views over Dartmoor and their 23 acres of fields. Being believers of 'keeping it local' breakfast will consist of eggs from their own chickens and bread made fresh by hand.  All welcome - walkers, cyclists or those just wanting to relax and unwind.  

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In this beautiful setting, Holwell is situated at the foot of Haytor, with breath-taking panoramic views of The Dartmoor National Park. ‘Holwell Bungalow’, actually not a bungalow, but an architects designed Eco house which sits in the small secluded Becker Valley, 1.5 miles from the famous Widecombe in the Moor. At this secluded location Holwell Bungalow has been built to blend in perfectly with its surroundings. Whilst remote, it is also close to pubs, shops and amenities.

The ancient stannary town of Ashburton and Bovey Tracy known as ‘The Gateway to Dartmoor' are less than 8...

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