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Lydgate House Hotel, Postbridge Lydgate House Hotel

Set in its own 36 acres of heaven in the very heart of Dartmoor National Park, Lydgate House, built in the 1800s, is a small and unique country house hotel with spectacular views across Dartmoor moorland and river valley.  Peace and quiet, spectacular Dartmoor views, delicious home cooking using the best local produce, warmly cossetting bedrooms, romantic breaks, walking, fishing, dog-friendly, child-free hotel, in a relaxed, tranquil and secluded setting. This lovely Country House Hotel offers splendid dinner bed & breakfast accommodation. The ideal break for those wishing to get away from it all within the beautiful surroundings of Dartmoor Devon.


Lydgate House is perfectly situated to enjoy all that Dartmoor has to offer. A stroll down the pretty lane from Lydgate House brings our guests to the small but beautiful village of Postbridge with its famous Clapper Bridge that straddles the East Dart River. This is the very heart of Dartmoor with its sunning scenery and ancient history, this is the place to free the mind of the stresses of modern day life. Stroll, Ramble, Hike, Bike, Bird Watch, Fish, see the Dartmoor Ponies, ride a horse over the moors, Climb a Tor, you choose and we’ll organize it for you.

The House...

Mill End Hotel and Restaurant, Chagford Mill End Hotel & Restaurant

Relaxed country-house hotel with stylish rooms, lovely food, open fires and great walking all around - dogs are very welcome


A Dartmoor hotel on the banks of Devon's majestic River Teign, Mill End Hotel and Restaurant is your perfect Country House hideaway.  Escape to Dartmoor.  Immerse yourself in the wild glory of Devon’s own Dartmoor National Park, whilst soaking up the hospitality, comfort and warmth on which we pride ourselves here at Mill End.

Fifteen individually-styled bedrooms, comfy lounges, log fires and beautiful riverside gardens. Book your hotel room on-line or call to choose your perfect room.

Our hotel restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and non-residents are very...

St Raphael, sleeps 2, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor St Raphael

If you love traditional Dartmoor, then you will love this bijou self contained annexe decorated in Shaker style. Sleeps just two. Good food pubs nearby. Completely private with very pretty garden and fresh produce which you are invited to gather. Off road parking. Bliss for artists, cyclists and walkers

Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

Located in the picturesque village of Mary Tavy, David and Pat Woodhouse look forward to welcoming you to St. Raphael; a simple and uncluttered shaker styled retreat nestling in the slopes of Western Dartmoor.

Set in half an acre of garden, the self contained annexe that adjoins the main house comprises a very well equipped kitchen/diner, shower room and comfortable lounge/bedroom. Finished to a high standard throughout, St. Raphael is an excellent base from which to explore the unrivalled walking that wild Dartmoor offers, the charming stannary town of Tavistock and any number of...

The Horn of Plenty Country House Hotel and Restaurant, Gulworthy, Tavistock The Horn of Plenty

The Horn of Plenty is a beautiful 19th century manor house on the Devon/Cornwall border.   Located in stunning surroundings overlooking the Tamar Valley, 5 minutes' drive from Dartmoor,  it offers a high standard of excellence to make your stay in the West Country all the more relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable.

Each of the 16 en-suite bedrooms is unique in it’s country chic design, displaying both contemporary richness and classic sophistication. Great care has been taken to restore the original period features, whilst installing all the modern comforts you expect and appreciate.  Rooms are light, fresh and airy, and most enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful countryside.

Food features high on the agenda, with a 2 AA rosette fine dining restaurant featuring the best of local, seasonal produce.


Close yet still a world away

The Horn of Plenty provides outstanding food, accommodation and service in a stunning location.

Located on the Devon/Cornwall border and surrounded by stunning country views, The Horn of Plenty is a beautiful, independently owned 4-star Country House Hotel with a 2 AA Rosette fine dining restaurant where contemporary meets country chic.

You'll feel right at home here; this luxury manor house hotel offers a welcoming vibe of quality, relaxation and comfort.

The Rooms

The Horn of Plenty is a...

The Elephants Nest The Elephants Nest

The Elephant's Nest Inn is a quintessentially English - and Devonshire - country pub.  The 3 generously sized en-suite B&B rooms are located in a newly built extension.  Beautifully furnished with solid oak floors and under floor heating, all rooms have large Vi-Spring beds, soft goosedown duvets and pillows and luxurious soft furnishings. Being located in as remote a place as it is, great emphasis is placed on good food, although the pretentious 'gastro pub' description will not be heard here! The garden at the Nest is a 'must see'. 

Pubs with rooms

The newly built extension respects the original 16th century pub in both proportion and use of materials with the exterior clad in local stone. However inside they have some of the most up-to-date facilities in three generously sized rooms each with it’s own en- suite bath or shower room. Beautifully finished with solid oak floors and under floor heating. Dogs are more than welcome in the rooms for an additional supplement*

The breakfast menu, which is included in your tariff  is truly exceptional and includes the following options:

  • Smoked haddock with poached egg...
Brook Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast Brook Farmhouse

I paid a visit to Penny at Brook Farmhouse and absolutely loved it!  Ancient thatched farmhouse full of charm. Homemade biscuits to have with your tea. Easy access into Exeter. I thought that it had only one bedroom on offer, but actually there are 3 bedrooms which Penny will only let to one party, so it is most frequently used just as a double. Apart from the huge main bedroom there is a spacious double and a child's bedroom, again with a double bed on offer. They share a bathroom, but it's a great space at the top of your own private, steep, charming staircase plus your own roomy guest lounge.

Bed & Breakfast

A glorious Devon cottage: huge fire, ancient spiral stairs, homemade juice, local bacon...with Dartmoor and the Cornish coast so close

Tuck yourself up in the peace and quiet of Paul and Penny's whitewashed, thatched cottage, surrounded by glorious countryside. Inside find your own charming sitting room with a huge inglenook, good antiques, fresh flowers, and comfy sofa and chairs; breakfast here on homemade apple juice, eggs from the owners' hens and delicious local bacon and sausages cooked on the Aga. Up the ancient spiral stone stairs is your warm, beamed bedroom with smooth...

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