‘Holwell Bungalow’, is actually not a bungalow, but an architects designed Eco house which sits
in the small secluded Becker Valley, at the foot of Haytor just 1.5 miles from the famous
Widecombe in the Moor. I went out to visit Jenny and Mick on a sunny Friday in June
and was very much looking forward to seeing this new B&B, and I was not disappointed.
Jenny showed me straight through to the breakfast room, via the porch where there is plenty
of space to leave muddy boots. I was immediately drawn to the stunning views
from the patio door and could just imagine indulging in the Holwell Bungalow breakfast
whilst enjoying these views. Being great believers in localism Jenny and Mick buy as many
ingredients as they can from local producers – the eggs come from their own chickens,
bread is home baked by hand (I am reliably informed this is Mick’s job), however there
is one exception, Granny Jane’s marmalade, which is made in Sussex.
Please note Jenny advised that the patio is due to be re-laid within the next month to make
it smoother and less of a trip hazard.
Taking the stairs up leads to the two B&B rooms they offer ...
At the top of the stairs and to the right you will find the West Room a lovely spacious
twin en-suite room with south facing views over the Holwell Estate tree.
The West Room has a lovely en-suite shower room – I always like to see a shower
that you can actually have a shower in and move!
Both rooms have tea and coffee facilities (and homemade biscuits), hairdryer,
free-sat TV and most importantly those beautiful views over Dartmoor
and their 23 acres of fields and woodlands.
Across the landing you will find the East Room which is a very spacious double en-suite room ….
with exceptional triple aspect views over Dartmoor. I don’t think you will want to get out of bed!
The large en-suite offers a very inviting bath along with a shower big enough for two.
As the wording on the wall invites you – I would love to soak away my troubles here
at Holwell Bungalow.
Being an Eco-house and wanting to preserve the stunning environment
they are located in, Holwell have their own water supply and generate their own electric
using solar too. A stay at Holwell will be very relaxing as there is virtually no mobile signal, however there is a BT Wi-Fi hotspot (although connection can be slow at times),
just make the most of this and truly relax and take in the scenery.
Whilst remote, Holwell is close to two good food pubs, village shop, post office
and various gift and coffee shops in nearby Widecombe