If you are with your family a visit to a youth hostel might suit you.To keep everyone happy then try one of the local organised activities such as canoing, climbing & white-water rafting down the River Dart or say let's go learn falconry, the sky's the limit. More sedately you could go pony trekking or just visit one of the open air swimming pools.
Holiday Cottage Dartmoor
At Exclusively Dartmoor we continually strive to find the best self catering holiday cottage for you. Whether you want luxury, remote, character or pet friendly holiday cottage you are sure to find the perfect and relaxing holiday accommodation.
Use the Holiday Cottage by location to discover the stunning Dartmoor villages and towns - Tavistock, Widecombe in the Moor, North Bovey, Lustleigh, Ashburton and many more.
Many Dartmoor Holiday Cottage properties have traditional features such as open fires or log burners, while others have a more modern feel allowing you to discover your ideal self catering Holiday.
Come and roam free, walk your dog where you can enjoy the freedom of the open country along the ridges to the Tors or the footpaths along the roaring rivers. There are many a Devon Holiday Cottage that accept well behaved and clean Dogs just look in our Dartmoor Pet Friendly Holiday Cottage section.
Dartmoor National Park is synonymous with quiet, beauty and space to breath and what better way to enjoy the stillness of the morning than to wake up to views of lush green fields or vast moors. To make toast and wander outside to enjoy your breakfast with a cup of hot tea, a holiday cottage provides this remote and peaceful addition to a holiday over the hustle and bustle of a hotel break.Of course you have to make your own tea and toast, but it's made the way you like it and it replenishes body and soul. Holiday Cottage accommodation varies in type and size from the small cosy remote cottage to the large luxury open plan cottage barn conversions. You may prefer a olde worlde cottage refurbished with oak beams and plenty of character. The position of the cottage is also important, if you don't want to use your car and require superb walking from your door, you may like a cottage on the high moors. These can often be found within walking distance of the many Dartmoor Pubs to refuel and eat fine food after a long hard day hiking over the moors. Whichever type of holiday cottage you favour they are on Dartmoor. Made to relax in after a hard days walking, with log burners or open fires to warm up by, and space outside for the children to play with views to savour. Delight in your new home for a week or more, rise late, relax. The cottage holiday is made for those of us who are constantly harassed by the crowded worlds we have to work in.
Some cottages are designed for the luxurious romantic break in mind if venturing out is not on the agenda, these quiet warm type of cottage excel in providing the ideal environment to unwind with your partner, away from the daily grind and chores that are never far away when at home.
No matter what sort of cottage you choose or the location of the cottage you are never far away from peace and quiet or a good pub with real ale and fine food.
If you want to book a holiday cottage but also would like to be not far from the Devon or Cornwall coast lines, then Dartmoor is the place for you. Away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside resorts Dartmoor offers a more romantic and serene alternative to a holiday. You can be on a remote beach in 45 minutes or experience a busy seaside resort, but at the end of the day you can return to the peace and quiet of the moors and Tors, its lovely little pubs.
You can alternate between country living and walking and beach time, there’s no better mix, locally grown and reared produce being served at the pubs and restaurant of which the quality is second to none in Devon. Go to the local butchers return to your luxury holiday cottage and have yourself a BBQ in the open air, peace and tranquillity in the remote romantic landscape.
But why Dartmoor? The answer is simple beauty and space, this is the largest uninterrupted green space in Britian. If you’re a lover of landscape, stands out in the National parks. Climb as high as you can on Dartmoor and still you can’t see the lights of a mass conurbation. It’s not just the scenery of either, it’s the places you can stay, unlike the High Peak Park or Cumbria, the villages of the National Park are quiet. You can find Cottages in stunning villages like the famous Widecombe in the Moor, the historic masterpiece which is North Bovey with its thatched Cottage’s around a beautiful village green and Local Pub. Stay in a Cottage in the village of Lustleigh or the opulent surroundings of Chagford or Gidleigh. Cottage’s come in all shapes and sizes, old, new and thatched but always in the luxurious quiet which is the Dartmoor National Park.
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So come and enjoy the splendour and quiet of Dartmoor.
Eco Friendly Holiday cottage
Ever fancied making less on an impact on the planet? "Green Holidays" or "Green Tourism" are new ways of reducing your carbon footprint when your on holiday. The eco-friendly accommodation and Holiday Cottages have been designed and developed as a way of providing a quality eco friendly holiday accommodation to provide an indulgent stay whilst still caring for the environment by using sustainable, locally sourced or organic products wherever possible. The Dartmoor eco-friendly accommodation providers will have included as many energy efficient appliances as they can with plenty of economy settings, thermostats and timers, and various carbon neutral heating sources.
Dartmoor’s eco-friendly accommodation will not be basic or overbearing, but should be a surprising mix of luxury and comfort and still remaining environmentally friendly and energy efficient!
Many eco Friendly awards are available and Dartmoor’s eco-friendly accommodation is up-to-date and efficient offering quality fixtures together with helpful advice on in the area and public transport to maximise your enjoyment.
If you wish to enjoy a holiday whilst being careful and considerate of renewable energy resources and using local products, then eco-friendly accommodation is definitely for you. Put footprints all over the Moors and Tors of Dartmoor, but enjoy the feeling of having made as little an environmental impact as possible. Have a wonderful and satisfying ‘Green Holiday’ in eco-friendly accommodation or environmentally sound Dartmoor Holiday Cottage and help to minimise your carbon footprint on the world!
A Cottage with a hot tub?
Dartmoor Cottage hot tub holidays are an ideal way to spend you holiday time. With the flexibility that cottage breaks offer this ensures you spend your holiday enjoying exactly what you and your family, partner or friends like doing.
You can tailor your accommodation and location on Dartmoor to suit your needs and wants. Cottages with hot tubs can be found in locations which will suit your expectations and aspirations of a hot tub holiday break. A Cottage with a Jacuzzi an ideal choice for a luxury romantic cottage break.
What to do on a Cottage Holiday
With the flexibility of hot tub cottage breaks you can set the agenda or throw the plan out of the window and do what you feel like doing as and when. Dartmoor Cottage holidays are set within the national park and located within idyllic villages or remote areas which just about cover every setting and location you could want.
Depending where in Dartmoor you chose to holiday, your cottage, log cabin or luxury accommodation will determine what activities and attractions you will encounter. There are no boundaries to your cottage break. Tire your self out during the day with a strenuous hike or relax and enjoy a BBQ...either way you can unwind and wave good bye to stresses and strains when you enjoy a glass of wine whilst star gazing in your jacuzzi hot tub.
Dartmoor Cottages with Private Swimming Pools
A swimming pool can be the making of a family holiday: splash about and have some fun with the kids, relax with a gin and tonic or glass of wine in hand bask in the glory of the Dartmoor countryside in you're stunning Luxury Holiday Cottage surroundings.
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Dartmoor offers a range of stunning hotels in which to indulge yourself, either in a town, village or out in the open countryside. In an area of unrivalled natural beauty there is a wide choice of Dartmoor hotels to suit all needs and budgets. Whether nestling in the heart of the Dartmoor national Park hills or alongside the fast running Dartmoor rivers there will always be a warm welcome in a Dartmoor hotel.
Whether you are looking to stay in the smaller family owned and run hotel or large and luxurious Country House retreat with swimming pool and leisure facilities they are all here in the Dartmoor National Park. Family friendly or dog friendly Dartmoor hotels pride themselves on the warm welcome they extend to each and every visitor, proud of the hospitality for which the people of Dartmoor in the heart of Devon are renowned.
Many Dartmoor hotels have their own restaurants using locally sourced ingredients to provide outstanding food. Whether you want morning coffee, a light lunch, an afternoon Devonshire Cream Tea or a delicious evening meal, all your needs can be catered for.
Look at our Hotels by Location section to find great Hotels in Tavistock, Hotels in Ilsington and Bovey Tracy to name a few. With warm open log fires burning in the winter months a country hotel can be just the place for an autum break.
Have a look at the Dartmoor Hotels Special Offers page for current and up to date seasonal offers and late deals from the Dartmoor region.
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Dartmoor Pub Stays - Bed and Breakfast
Finding a good pub on Dartmoor is like shooting fish in a barrel –easy! The finest beer and food can be found all over Dartmoor, the choice just seems endless. The welcome you receive in a Dartmoor Pub takes you back to the old days; many of the Dartmoor Inns haven’t changed in decades, still serving beer from barrels behind the bar in jugs. Yes the standard of the Pub food has gone through the roof but it’s the old fashioned atmosphere in a traditional Dartmoor Inn that does it for me. It’s something that makes the real ale taste its best, drinking, listening to local musicians and having a pint with the locals, magic!If you are looking to stay on Dartmoor in an historic location or building you can't go far wrong if you choose a lovely old Dartmoor Inn to settle. With superb facilities great central locations and history built in they are a great way to not only visit Dartmoor but be a part of the community for a while.
Fine real ales, warm fires and welcomes await in these traditional old Dartmoor Inns, not to mention the great food. Dartmoor pubs offer a the spectrum of food, from the traditional to the Gastronomique, gastro pubs are becoming more popular and numerous on Dartmoor. Finding one of these pubs with B&B accommodation and you really are assured of a fine breakfast to start the day.
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Dartmoor Farm Stays
For a real experience, why not consider a farm stay? Staying at a farm will be a real change of scene for most people, and will give you a real feel for the country. Very often the food provided will be the freshest you'll have come across - nothing can beat having your egg for breakfast and seeing the chicken that laid it that morning strutting past your window!
Holidays with Your Pet
Taking your dog on a holiday with you has its benefits luckily Dartmoor with its wide open spaces can be both a rewarding but testing experience.
It is important that your dog is well behaved and well mannered. Many holiday cottages and campsites will not tolerate disobedient dogs. Ensure you do your research before you go away. Careful planning will prevent disappointment and stress. You don't want to arrive at a holiday cottage Hotel or Campsite on Dartmoor after a long drive to find out you cannot bring your dog onto the premises. Look in the Dartmoor Dog Friendly Hotels or Dartmoor Holiday Cottages that are pet Friendly sections to make your selection.
When exercising your dog in a dog friendly area always read any signs you see before entering. These signs are there for a good reason. Dartmoor National Park is homes to numerous native wildlife Maps, books and guides to help you get the most out of Dartmoor, because of the sheer scale of Dartmoor a targeted approach makes sense, the maps, books, guides and equipment listed in this category are the ones we have found best for Dartmoor. Whether you are cycling, walking, running, climbing or even kayaking down some of Dartmoor's great rivers this is the section for you. Any of the Dartmoor Activities you want to try are listed in various maps and guides, we hope to have made the task easier in the selection of these maps to conquer the Dartmoor wilderness. we will continue to add to the selection of maps and guides as we read or use them. And when your dog is good and muddy you could take him for a holiday hair cut to one of the many Dartmoor Dog Grooming parlour's situated around Dartmoor.
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Dartmoor Maps, Books & Guides
Maps are always useful in understanding more fully the landscape in which you select Dartmoor Holiday Cottages, Dartmoor Hotels or Dartmoor Bed and Breakfast Accommodation. You may wish to leave your Holiday accommodation and have instant access to the moor without the need of a car, or perhaps you might want a holiday cottage near a Dartmoor cycle route. You can also plan visits to various Dartmoor Bed and Breakfast accommodation if you are walking the coast to coast path or two moors way.
Try our Dartmoor News section for information on Holiday Cottage and Hotel deals, information on what's on in and around Dartmoor any special markets being held or local exhibitions. Any organisers of local events can email information to us and advertise for free on Exclusively Dartmoor in the Dartmoor News section.
So if you are looking for that last minute getaway or bargain break check out our Dartmoor Offers pages. Any of our holiday cottage owners who have a last minute vacancy or low season deal advetise on these pages.
Historic Dartmoor Towns and Villages
Why not visit the many towns and villages of Dartmoor, shops, cafes pubs and markets galore. The lovely Tavistock with its splendid and varied privately owned shops, restaurants and famous pannier market. You could stay a while, find one of the many Holiday Cottages In Tavistock and live it up a little. Each town offers unique Dartmoor holiday activities such as Indoor Swimming Pools or Outdoor Swimming Pools, walking on Dartmoor horse riding, Dartmoor Cricket Clubs
Dartmoor has a mixture of Markets around and on the Moor, the largest and most popular being the Pannier Markets in Tavistock, Widecombe in the Moor and Bovey Tracy Farmers Market.
From Farmers to Craft Markets displaying the finest local produce to the visiting ever more popular French and German Markets you’ll find scattered around the towns and villages of Dartmoor.
Okehampton Farmers’ Market was one of the first to be set up in Devon. Once in the old market hall it now is in Fore Street around St James Chapel Square in the centre of Okehampton, just off the A30 and gateway to North Dartmoor.
Between 10-20 local food and craft producers meet on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, throughout the year.
We have locally produced cheeses, yogurts, eggs, cakes & savoury bakes, preserves including jams, jellies, marmalades, chutneys & pickles, meat & meat products including lamb, pork, beef, rose veal, chicken & duck, handmade pasties & pies, ready cooked meals, herbs and spices, perennial & beddingplants (during the growing season), local timber products for the garden and a fantastic selection of hand crafted soaps. Want to stay? Find Holiday Cottages In Okehampton
Tavistock Farmers Market is held in Bedford Square, at the heart of the bustling historic market town. The markets take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, from 9.00am to 2.00pm in summer, 1.00pm in winter
Everything you will find on sale here is produced within the local area, and our stallholders are the farmers, growers or producers themselves. All products sold have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders. Find Holiday Cottages In Tavistock
When you a Dartmoor Cottage, you may decide to do nothing, if it's winter you may just sit back and relax in front of a log fire with a glass of wine, and that’s fine. You venture out from your Dartmoor cottage hideaway and perhaps take a gentle stroll or a great big hike, but if you’d like to venture away from your Cottage or hotel and see a little more of Dartmoor, and the surrounding area, we’ve put together a short list of hand-picked experiences to enhance your stay with us here and drag you out of your Holiday Cottage, B & B Hotel or tent.
Do remember that opening times and facilities vary according to the time of year.
Experience a walk and take a packed lunch some Hotel, and Bed and Breakfast Establishments will prepare these for you. The walking on is very varied From Reservoir walks to Tors to Rivers.
Fishing on Dartmoor
Whether you are looking for river, reservoir, fly or coarse fishing there will be somewhere on Dartmoor to cater for your needs. For a start, you can fish the River Teign directly from the hotel’s own riverbank – or you can fish miles of river upstream or downstream by purchasing an Upper Teign Fishing Association permit. Dartmoor is renowned for its sparkling clean rivers, noted for their fishing of wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Dartmoors reservoirs also offer very enjoyable fishing, of course there is sea-fishing from Devon’s south coast.
Experience a round of golf on Dartmoor
You’ll find a good handful of very satisfying golf courses within easy reach of Mill End. Bovey Castle offers one of Dartmoor’s best golfing experiences but for a more informal day on a nine hole course try Bovey Tracy Golf centre 01626 836464 email@example.com,
Experience Heritage Railways Okehampton Station – 12 miles from Mill End
South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh – 21 miles from Mill End (Postcode for your SatNav: TQ11 0DZ)
If heritage railways are your thing, you’ll find Dartmoor Railway, based at Okehampton Station, very satisfying. The station alone is worth a visit – faithfully restored, including a welcoming station cafe and model shop. Heritage diesel trains run along the short lengths of track from Okehampton to Meldon Quarry and Sampford Courtney.
For a more immersive experience, the South Devon Railway offers a 30 minute steam train ride along the beautiful Dart Valley from Buckfastleigh to Totnes. At Buckfasteigh Station there is plenty to satisfy the railway enthusiast, including sidings, engine sheds, a model railway, a specialist shop and charming “ride-on” miniature steam railway.
Markets at Tavistock, Dartmoor’s award-winning market town, Dartmoor has no shortage of delightful towns and villages you might like to visit. But we think that Tavistock deserves a special mention. The perfect Devon market town, with a proper bustling community, an award-winning Farmers’ Market, a tranquil park, plenty of independent shops, and good places for bite to eat.
Miniature Pony centre
You can see, meet, touch and learn about these delightful miniature ponies and miniature donkeys in gorgeous Dartmoor countryside.
Experience Buckfast Abbey
A thousand-year-old abbey, still home to Benedictine monks. Acres of beautiful gardens, well-tended lawns, and local arts, crafts and gifts. A delightful day out.
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