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Make a holiday cottage in Dartmoor your home away from home

Dartmoor National Park is a region of Devon that is characterised by unspoilt moorland, inviting villages, and wonderful historic sites. Covering nearly 1,000 square kilometres, the park is a major visitor attraction that is home to a seemingly endless range of possibilities. In addition to walking, hiking, and cycling, Dartmoor is also a popular venue for canoeing, rock climbing, and other adrenaline-fuelled activities.

HomeAway has a wide range of holiday cottages in Dartmoor available for visitors to book. Scattered across a number of lovely towns and villages, all accommodation comes fully furnished. Most Dartmoor holiday cottages have one, two, or three bedrooms, and start at well below £300 per week. Catering to all types of visitors, many cottages come with added amenities like access to tennis courts, internet connectivity, and close proximity to popular walking trails. With holiday homes in Sticklepath, Moretonhampstead, Lydford and more, visitors can choose to be in middle of the wilds of Dartmoor, or on its fringes.

Things to do

-Outdoor activities: Walks in Dartmoor range from easy, family-friendly strolls, to challenging treks through varied landscapes. Guided linear and circular walks are offered in the warmer months, with a variety of trails accessible from many holiday cottages in Dartmoor. Cycling, both on and off road, is another popular outdoor activity in the region, as is horse riding. Dartmoor is also a haven for adventure sport. Kayak and canoe fans can take to the River Dart, whilst rock climbers have their choice between a number of prominent sites.

-Historic sites: Sticklepath is home to the Finch Foundry, the last water-powered forge in England. The historic foundry is open year-round with demonstrations held each hour. Over in Buckfastleigh is Buckfast Abbey, which holds many works of art and contains three separate shops selling unique products related to the abbey. Buckland Abbey is not far away and is also an interesting historic site to visit. The former Cistercian monastery is also the former home of Sir Francis Drake.

-Family attractions: Kids will love a trip to the Miniature Pony Centre in Moretonhampstead. There are several play areas on site, as well as the opportunity to groom ponies, feed ducks, and engage in a number of other farm activities. Voted the most beautiful place in Devon, Becky Falls Woodland Park is another great family day out option in Dartmoor. The park contains 50 acres full of family-friendly trails, lovely streams, and an interactive petting zoo.

-Food and drink: Historic pubs and restaurants are commonplace in Dartmoor. In the beautiful town of Tavistock, there is a 15th-century pub called the Peter Tavy Inn that is a must visit for any foodie. Visitors in holiday homes in Moretonhampstead and the surrounds are close to Gidleigh Park in Chagford, a Michelin-starred restaurant that specialises in modern European cuisine.

Weather in Dartmoor

As a part of Southwest England, the weather in Dartmoor is temperate. High temperatures exceed 10°C from April to October. July and August are the warmest months of the year with an average daily high of 18°C. The winter months are quite chilly, and though frost is common, snow is not. Rain is prevalent throughout the year, and is concentrated in the winter.

Travel to Dartmoor

The region is well serviced by a series of A-roads, making it easy to reach holiday cottages in Dartmoor. Drivers coming from the east can take the M5 to Exeter, then take the A38 to visit the south of the park or the A30 to visit the north of the park. Holidaymakers can also take the train to Exeter or fly into Exeter International Airport before hiring a car and making the short drive down to Dartmoor.

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                                                              Lovely relaxing getaway holiday

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                                                              Just returned from a week at a The Hide. If you are thinking of booking do so, great location and extremely relaxing, we will be booking again. My husband and I went for a much needed week away, plus the dogs of course. We didn't eat out at the local pubs unfortunately but managed lunch in Widdecombe on the Moor which was fantastic. The Hide is beautifully decorated and just feels really relaxed, lovely little touches all over the place to make your stay enjoyable. The hot tub after a day walking on Dartmoor is a must!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                              Special property in the heart of Dartmoor

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                                                              Down cottage is a full size high quality stone house that's been updated, fully renovated and beautifully decorated; and is within an impressive estate and gardens. There's a separate kitchen, beautifully furnished dining room with a fireplace, plus going up an interesting set of stairs and room layout, there's a good size living room together with the two bedrooms and bathroom. All well equipped, and very tastefully furnished. While the cottage itself is a nice place to sit, relax and enjoy, we found it was a real treat to be able to wander the grounds and garden, in this lovely estate. That includes a walk to a formal lawn garden then down through a lovely meadow and woodland to the picturesque river Teign; while enjoying the sounds of a little babbling brook on the way. The location is along typical narrow roadways that predominate within Dartmoor, and is fairly close to the quaint village of Chagford. The hosts left lots of goodies, and it was nice to have many food extras and cooking aids supplied, to make it feel like home. We would have preferred a shower with a stronger flow, and a few other minor differences we mentioned to our host, but in the scheme of things these were almost inconsequential, and didn't detract from this very unique and lovely experience, one that we would definitely recommend.
                                                              • Review Submitted: 17-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                                              Stunning characterful holiday home

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                                                              A wonderful place for all ages to admire, explore and relax in comfort and style. Idyllic large lawned garden with fun areas for the kids to explore. The house is also surrrounded by extensive woodland and stream. This unique house is large and the rooms are all very spacious, clean and nicely furnished. The beds were exceptionally comfortable and the house felt truly grand yet cosy! It was really great to have access to so many children's books and games plus a wide range of adult's books and games too which all made for a very homely feel. The wandering peacocks added to the special atmosphere. Great for family holidays or get togethers or celebrations - we would definitely like to come back. The owner was also very generous in her provision of welcome gifts and pre arrival information - we felt very at home and very welcome. Thank you!
                                                              • Review Submitted: 16-May-2016
                                                              • Date of Stay: Apr 2016