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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Wonderful, welcoming hosts and a peaceful Easter break with family.

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                                                                                                      We have just returned from a blissful week at Lower Willsworthy and I can confirm that the reviews are all true! I'm normally a little sceptical of these things but this place really is an absolute gem. We arrived to a warm welcome and an immaculate well appointed property , including a beautiful welcome basket of goodies, home made Easter cakes and half a dozen freshly laid eggs! The property is located in extensive grounds and the cottage benefits from a beautiful private garden and guests are encouraged to explore the lake and fields leading to the river Tavy. My two children had a riding lesson with Sophie which they absolutely adored , the equestrian facilities are outstanding. Lower Willsworthy is ideally situated to explore Dartmoor and its surrounding areas of interest including the picturesque Market town of Tavistock and the beautiful Tamar valley whilst also being within easy reach of some beautiful beaches around Plymouth sound. Thank you Mike , Sophie and Callan for a wonderful stay- we hope to see you all again soon.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      Spacious and comfortable barn, ideal for two families.

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                                                                                                      Well situated property for exploring the South West Coastal walks and beautiful Dartmoor. Nicely furnished barn with lots of seating areas, big enough to allow the kids space to play pool or other games whilst the grown ups can still have their own space too. The swing chair in the window is a wonderful thing and there was even some dress up clothes for the children that were great fun. There was table tennis outside that we weren't expecting either. We enjoyed the barn so much that although we had many fun days out, the kids were always very keen to get back to the barn to carry on playing. The bedrooms were very nicely decorated and the most comfortable beds we have come across in 6 years of renting holiday cottages. Many thanks to Wendy and Graham for their beautiful barn and help with everything.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017