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North Tawton - Unspoilt Dartmoor area in West Devon - Jam and Jerusalem country

Dating back to Roman times, North Tawton is a wonderful little town in the centre of Devon where the comedy drama Jam and Jerusalem is filmed. Some of the stars stay at our cottages. On the outskirts of Dartmoor, between Okehampton and Exeter, its "Blood red soil" was made famous by the poet laureate, Ted Hughes who lived here until his death a few years ago.

The village boasts three pubs in or around the town and is within easy reach of a number of gourmet pubs and restaurants, including the Michelin starred Gidleigh Park, so lots of lovely places to eat and drink! There are also lots of beautiful walks across fields or along the river Taw which flows through North Tawton. The Tarka Trail is only 50 yards from us and is 180 miles long! Dartmoor is also only a 10 minute drive away. Nearby there is horse riding, tennis and fishing and as the vilalge is in the middle of Devon there are loads of tourist attractions within a 30 minute drive. In fact even the Eden project in Cornwall is less than an hour away.

Written by Piedy Somerville – Owner of Property 99928 in North Tawton, Devon

A holiday rental home or holiday cottage in North Tawton, Devon is the perfect resting place after a long day of sightseeing

North Tawton is a small but charming town nestled in a secluded valley between Exeter and Okehampton. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and is where the sitcom starring Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders was made. It is now a thriving town surrounded by spectacular countryside in the heart of Devon between the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Towns and villages within five miles of North Tawton include Sampford Courtenay, Wembworthy, Exborne, Bow, Broadwoodkelly, Zeal Monachorum, Coldridge, Winkleigh, Spreyton, Jacobstowe and South Tawton.

Places to holiday in North Tawton

North Tawton's location high above the Taw Valley in the centre of Devon makes it an ideal base to explore all that the county has to offer. There are a number of hotels, inns and bed and breakfast establishments offering holiday accommodation in and around North Tawton. However visitors often prefer self-catering accommodation for holidays and cottages offer home from home comforts, usually have a garden and much more space than a hotel room.

Rural cottages are perfect for walking, fishing, horse riding, photography, golf, boating and nature and birdwatching short breaks or longer holidays. They are only six miles from Dartmoor National Parks, half an hour's drive to Exeter, an hour's drive to the Eden Project in Cornwall and within easy reach of both the coasts.

Cottage holidays can mean stable conversions, thatched cottages, barn conversions, luxury and stone cottages, but whatever you choose you can be sure they will have all mod cons and will be the perfect resting place after a long day of sightseeing.

Things to do in North Tawton

North Tawton has a post office, pharmacy, shops and pubs. The fine church has remains of medieval stained glass and the Broadhall is also of this period and has an old oak door and huge chimneystack. Cyclists will love the Tarka Trail. The Tarka Line links to the Dartmoor railway serving Exeter, Newton St.Cyres, Crediton, Yeoford, Copplestone, Morchard Bishop, Lapford, Eggesford, King's Nympton, the Portsmouth Arms public house, Umberleigh and Barnstable.

Hatherleigh, renown for its Silver Band, have a festival at the end of May with art exhibitions, classical concerts, street theatre, stalls with live music, comedy variety shows, kite flying and picnics. You will have to book early to make sure a holiday cottage is available for this festival weekend. Church House in South Tawton hold concerts throughout the year in a cosy venue for a maximum of fifty people. If you are looking for somewhere special to eat, the Rydon Inn in Holsworthy is a Gastro pub and restaurant and Tin Hay Mill is a unique restaurant converted from 15th century mill cottages.

Attractions near to North Tawton include Dingles Steam Village and Fairground Museum in Lifton, which has working displays and indoor steam, the Lydford Gorge has a mile and a half long gorge leading to a ninety foot high waterfall, Okehampton Castle is the remains of a Norman mote and keep and Winsford walled gardens.

Climate in North Tawton

North Tawton's climate is mild but unpredictable. The North Devon coasts will be slightly cooler than inland and it is likely to be damp on the moors.

Travel to North Tawton

Exeter and Bristol airports are convenient for North Tawton, as is the ferry port at Plymouth. Exeter St Davids is a mainline station and the Tarka Train line operates Exeter and Barnstable and Coleford junction has a branch to Okehampton. There are good bus links to Exeter, Crediton and Okehampton.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      nice cottage well appointed great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      well furnished super comfortable beds very clean substantial welcome pack very clean super helpful owner
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      A beautiful retreat in stunning surroundings

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a wonderful stay at Gidleigh Park for our honeymoon, and were delighted we were able to take our dog along too. It is not often you find such luxurious, dog-friendly accommodation. It is the perfect place to get away from it all. The property is beautifully presented and Adam provided a welcome hamper which was a nice touch. We also loved all the recommended walking routes which Adam provided and used them to explore the immediate area and Dartmouth. The whole place was very comfortable and relaxing. We went in Autumn when the colours in the surrounding area were spectacular..
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect New Year's getaway!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was the perfect place to get away from the pace and stress of London for the new year break. My girlfriend and I drove down from London on New Year's Eve and although the roads were dark and we did mistake another cottage for this one, once we had arrived we knew we had booked the right accommodation for our long weekend. The cottage was the perfect size for the two of us and could comfortably fit a small family. The bed was huge and very comfortable and warmed up nicely on those cold winter nights. The bathroom is reached via the bedroom and we had no problems at all. The kitchen also comes fully fitted, with glassware, cookware and utensils. In the living room, there is a TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs and a small choice of puzzles and board games, which are perfect for couples and families as well as some books. One thing I would advise is to bring slippers as the living room and kitchen floors are stone so do get cold in the winter. The location of the cottage was extremely practical, with the main road from Tavistock to Okehampton close by. The cottage sits on its own is totally peaceful. Animals do come and go as mentioned in the listing. It is also a great location to drive or walk further into the park. However, a lot of the walks mentioned on the internet do fall further south and east of the cottage. This should not be much of a problem if one has a car. We spent a day and a half walking the moors and as inexperienced walkers, we were lucky to have a wonderful day of sunshine and clear skies to tackle one of the easier walks from Princetown. We also took a day trip to Cornwall, with Land's End a two hour drive away, on another gloriously sunny day and this is also a perfect option for those who wish to see a different type of beauty on their trip. The hosts, Helen and Robin, were friendly but not intrusive. The welcome pack of biscuits were much appreciated. Finally, my girlfriend and I must thank them once again for helping us to jump start our car after a particularly cold night. I would highly recommend anyone thinking of a break in this part of the country to seriously consider this listing. It is a cosy retreat in acres of space. Again, the perfect getaway for two city dwellers to escape from it all.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016