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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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    Excellent! 4.7/5
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    House #8110086
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      • 2 BA
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      Barn #873529
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          Excellent! 4.5/5
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          • 2 BR
          • 1 BA
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          Barn #1984892
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            Very Good! 4.2/5
            (21 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Cottage #1887463
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              Excellent! 4.7/5
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              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
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              Cottage #416743
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                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
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                House #6121134
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                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                  • 1 BA
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                  Cottage #6481379
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 3 BA
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                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cottage #1709663
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                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                      • 3 BR
                      • 2 BA
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                      Barn #8156364
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 2 BA
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                        Barn #6511932
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                          • 1 BR
                          • 1 BA
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                          Cottage #6493882
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                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                            • 1 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Cottage #8147365
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                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.6/5
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Separate Toilet
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Cottage #8153650
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                                Very Good! 4.1/5
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
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                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
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                                  House #8171413
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
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                                    Cottage #1899219
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                                      • 5 BR
                                      • 3 BA
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                                      Farmhouse #6831669
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
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                                        Cottage #6769919
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                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
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                                          Apartment #1614937
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 1 BA
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                                            House #6774926
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
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                                              Apartment #1989561
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                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                Cottage #6113406
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                                                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                  Mobile Home #1901041
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
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                                                    Cottage #6484975
                                                    2 Reviews
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                      Cottage #1870776
                                                      2 Reviews
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                        Barn #1930475
                                                        1 Review
                                                          Excellent! 4.3/5
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                                                          • 5 BR
                                                          • 3 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 10
                                                          Farmhouse #1299427
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Barn #8138281
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                              • 4 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
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                                                              Barn #866497
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                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                Bungalow #6734692
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                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                  House #1088924
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                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                    • 3 BA
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                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #99637
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                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                                      Multiple rentals Cottage #99637
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                                                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                                        Multiple rentals Cottage #99637
                                                                        1 Review
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                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                                          Cottage #1192835
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                                                                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
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                                                                            Barn #6517403
                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
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                                                                              Barn #1645527
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                                                                                • 1 BR
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                                                                                Cottage #1732549
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 3 BA
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                                                                                  Chateau / Country House #1889218
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                                                    • 1 BR
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                                                                                    Cottage #8137441
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
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                                                                                      Caravan #1900635
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                                                                                        • 1 BR
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                                                                                        Apartment #8151199
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                                                          Apartment #6802503
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
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                                                                                            Cottage #1783431
                                                                                            1 Review
                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 4 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 10
                                                                                              Cottage #416304
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                                                Cottage #441777
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                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                  (19 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilets
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                                                                                                  Cottage #1688841
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                                                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                    (29 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                                    Barn #851169
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                                                                                                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                                                      • 3 BA
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                                                                                                      Cottage #410612
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      The property was warm and welcoming, as were Taryn and Barbara.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We rented Down House for a long weekend family get together. Taryn and Barbara were helpful from the start of the booking right until we left the house. The house itself was a little difficult to find in the dark, but we managed, as Taryn mentioned sat nav's don't find it. But old fashioned maps work! Maybe a brighter sign on the lane? The house itself was very roomy and in total we had 13 (11adults &2 children) staying, after an arrangement with Taryn. The kitchen was large enough to seat us all, it would be useful to have some more kitchen equipment such as baking trays, bowls for serving etc, there was however plenty of crockery, mugs and cutlery. We had a great stay, just a shame not for longer as we didn't have time to walk around the countryside from the house. Hopefully we will get another chance to visit and for longer next time. Thanks to you both.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Beautiful quiet location. Airy and cheerful cottage.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Had an absolute delight for a week this lovely cottage. Highly recommended as Rachel and Alex were very helpful in making the stay very pleasant.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect retreat in wonderful village

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      I stayed for four weeks at Wisteria Cottage as I was studying on a Cookery course at nearby Ashburton. The cottage was within easy commuting distance from Ashburton and I passed Buckfast Abbey every day on my commute- how cool is that? The cottage was perfect for me. It was warm, cosy, well equipped and a peaceful haven after a hectic day's cooking. The village is picturesque and very well placed on the edge of the moors. I went walking in the evenings and at weekends and visited the welcoming pub on a few occasions. The owners Dave and Maggie were the perfect hosts. They were welcoming and always there if I needed them but respectful of my privacy. They even ate my food! Dylan the dog deserves special mention for doggy friendliness. Ashburton is a wonderful foodie town and I enjoyed visiting Totnes and Buckfastleigh when not cooking. I can highly recommend the cottage and I am tempted to come back- this time for a proper holiday!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016