With its vast and varied landscape swathed in folklore and myths, a holiday on Dartmoor will have you falling in love with the area’s mystical charm.
A National Park, Dartmoor features mile-upon-mile of rugged terrain, open spaces and wild flora and fauna, and it’s these unique surroundings that have inspired so many and ensure its visitors are willing to return year after year. With so much natural beauty to encounter, many choose to explore the area by foot, bike or even on horseback, with a huge number of trails and routes at your disposal.
Here, we outline why we think Dartmoor is the ideal holiday destination for those looking to get back to nature.
Why choose Dartmoor?
There’s so much to enjoy not only on the moorland but in its surrounding locations, too. While wild, open moorland, deep river valleys and rare wildlife await you on the National Park, a stay here will put you near of key Devon destinations, including the maritime city of Plymouth, Exeter and its beautiful cathedral, and the stunning English Riviera which hugs the South Devon coastline.
A stay in one of the many hotels in Dartmoor opens a whole host of possibilities for visitors. We have a great range of Dartmoor Hotels, including hotels near Dartmoor Zoo, luxury rooms and dog-friendly accommodation. See our list of featured hotels below or browse our full range of Devon hotels covering the rest of the county.
Where is it? Newton Abbot
Highlights: Smith’s Brasserie serves up a range of tantalising dishes in a relaxing, Art Deco environment; try the ‘Off Road Experience at Bovey Castle’ where you drive a Land Rover around the newly-created timber extraction tracks in the outer-estates woodlands; explore the beautiful Edwardian gardens and meandering championship golf course set in the valley of the River Bovey.
The Horn of Plenty
Where is it? Tavistock
Highlights: Undisturbed views of the surrounding Tamar Valley offering tranquil views all year around; the restaurant is famed for the quality of the food served with 2 AA rosettes to its name; all 16 bedrooms at the hotel are en-suite, with most having spectacular country views.
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
Where is it? Plymouth
Highlights: The Gaia Spa offers luxury wellness facilities and the finest spa treatments, rituals and holistic therapies; The Gallery Restaurant, with head chef Scott Paton, showcases inventive British fare using locally sourced ingredients; a Grade I listed Elizabethan 5* country manor house, it’s a beautiful building with reams of history.
Where is it? Okehampton
Highlights: The elevated setting of the house provides impressive views over the wonderful gardens and parkland; the light and spacious bedrooms have their own unique character, from burnished oak panelling to exquisite ornamental plasterwork via extraordinary furniture; the hotel holds a wedding licence providing a beautiful location to hold the ceremony and reception under one roof.
Mill End Hotel
Where is it? Chagford
Highlights: The restaurant at Mill End Hotel offers a classic English menu with modern twists and a heavy emphasis on the finest local produce; the comfortable lounges enable you to relax next to warming log fires emphasising the country house feel; you’ll be perfectly positioned for exploring the best that Devon has to offer with activities such as walking, cycling, and fishing on your doorstep.
Ilsington Country House Hotel
Where is it? Newton Abbot
Highlights: The hotel is ideal for weddings with rooms suitable for both the ceremony and reception; the two AA rosette restaurant offers the perfect balance between traditional classics and contemporary dishes; it’s ideal in all seasons, with its unique countryside location, wide open spaces, rushing rivers and steeping valleys all on offer.
As well as hotels, we have a great selection of self-catering cottages on Dartmoor, ideal for those independent holidays to the rugged Devon countryside, while we also have a range of holiday parks and B&Bs around the county.