Dartmeet: where the East and West Dart Rivers meet in an outstandingly beautiful moorland/wooded valley. Car park and café where the road bridges the river (popular with canoeists), surrounded by some of Dartmoor’s most glorious scenery. Pub and riding stables, 1 mile; Poundsgate (good food pub), 2½; Ashburton, 8; Tavistock (good shops), 12; sea/beaches (south coast), about 20.
... Brimpts Farm is set on the hillside above Dartmeet, spectacularly positioned amid trees looking across the deep valley to open moorland and tors. It is one of five ancient tenements of the moor. In 1307 it passed to the Duchy of Cornwall. For more than 30 years it has been farmed by the same Dartmoor family. The 700 acres of forests, tors, stone circles, East Dart River and open moor are traditionally farmed (mainly pedigree beef cattle) and the owners have received a wildlife habitat award from Prince Charles, as well as farm diversification and food producer awards. Cream teas have been available in the farmhouse since 1914.
Half a mile of concrete drive leads to it. Across the yard from the farmhouse is this huge, L-shaped, detached house (once a hay store, granary, shippen) with superb views, accommodating 32 people if you bunk up, or 20 very comfortably in ten double or twin bedrooms, all en suite.
Part of the joy of staying here is the range of activities available (extra). Most popular are the farm tours by Landrover, but there is also climbing and abseiling instruction on the 30’ high climbing tower, guided walks, mountain biking tours or orienteering. Pony riding can be arranged. All this is set in the most beautiful of countryside.
If you prefer gentle recreation, the farm has waymarked scenic walks, including a biodiversity trail, and for the more adventurous, long walks start from the farm across Dartmoor to tors or down the Dart towards Ashburton. Indoor facilities at Brimpts include a sauna for relaxing, an efficient drying room (washing machine, tumble drier) and table tennis.
The accommodation: in front of the barn is sheltered and south-facing decking (picnic tables, barbecue), a hot tub and a courtyard. Main entrance into a huge room (35' x 20'6") with ceiling to the apex and glazed doors to a balustrade overlooking the terrace. This is the living/dining room with woodburner, TV/DVD, tables/chairs, drinks fridge, and can be a conference room. Off it is a small, efficient, stainless steel commercial kitchen with dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer (no grill), 6-burner gas cooker; hall and disabled loo; large hall/lounge area with TV, sofas and pool table.
Upstairs, a large bedroom with four single beds and en suite shower-room (suite), which can also be used as a sitting or TV/video room if preferred; loo. Downstairs are three more bedrooms – a twin with en suite bathroom (suite with corner bath and separate shower suitable for wheelchair users), a room with two singles and en suite shower-room (suite), and a double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite); and across the patio a door leads (same building, separate entrance) to a large glazed hall and two upstairs bedrooms – a twin (limited clothes-hanging space), and a room with three singles, both with en suite shower-rooms (suites) - and two downstairs bedrooms – double and twin with en suite shower-rooms (suites); and a few more yards away (again separate outside entrance) are two more bedrooms – a room with two singles and a double (5' bed), both with en suite shower-rooms (suites).
Ten bedrooms in all, four in the main barn, four across the paved terrace, two more private. Some bedrooms are reached by going outside, but never more than 20 yards. All are in the same building.
Full or partial catering and ready meals are available; also conference facilities (projection screen, overhead projectors, flipcharts, etc). Phone available, by arrangement (extra). Spring water. Extra charge for electricity (meter reading); heating provided free of charge. Damages Deposit £150. Arrival after 4pm. This is an outstanding place for large groups, family gatherings; brilliant gentle or tough activity opportunities; or you can do nothing much in one of Dartmoor’s most beautiful parts.