There’s no shortage of things to do on Dartmoor and the surrounding area. For the energetic, there is unlimited walking, hiking and climbing in an area of stunning beauty. There are several good golf courses nearby and all manner of other pursuits such as horse riding, fishing, falconry and cycling. If you prefer a more relaxed approach, touring by car is equally spectacular and the many small moorland towns and villages are generously stocked with cafés, pubs and restaurants.


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The closest town to Down Cottage with a good range of shops, pubs and cafés. As a famous Stannary town, Chagford has an exciting and vibrant history and, over hundreds of years, has evolved into a very special, popular and charming place you won’t want to miss!

See: The Chagford website


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The next closest town to Down Cottage, again with a good range of shops, pubs and cafés. Moretonhampstead is an ancient market town on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Its fascinating history goes back over 1000 years to Saxon times. It has a good range of potters and other artisan crafters.

See: The Moretonhampstead website


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The county town of Devon and some 16 miles away from Down Cottage. It has all you would expect to find in a cathedral city – excellent shops, great places to eat and drink plus plenty of history and culture.

See: The Exeter website

Castle Drogo

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One of a number of National Trust properties in the area, Castle Drogo can be seen clearly from Down Cottage! Currently ‘under wraps’ as part of a major restoration project, the Lutyens’ designed castle, built during the early part of the 20th century, is well worth a visit.

See: The Castle Drogo website

Gidleigh Park

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One of Britain’s top hotels, Gidleigh Park is a short drive from Down Cottage. Renowned for its superb food, under Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines, Gidleigh Park is definitely worth a visit for that really ‘special’ meal out.

See: The Gidleigh Park website

Bovey Castle

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Bovey Castle – is big and bold and well worth a visit! It has a championship golf course and a SUNDÃRI spa as well as restaurants and bars.

See: The Bovey Castle website

The Three Crowns, Chagford


Behind its imposing granite facade, the Three Crowns is a magical mix of 13th century features and contemporary comfort and style. From beamed ceiling and huge inglenook fireplaces, to a glass atrium and stunning courtyard garden, the Three Crowns is a delightful place to enjoy great food and a comfortable stay.

See: Three Crowns Website

The White Hart Hotel

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The White Hart Hotel is a traditional old posting house at the centre of the small moorland town of Moretonhampstead. Its restaurant features the freshest local, seasonal produce cooked in a style that lets the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. A free house, it stocks a range of local real ales and has an extensive wine list.

See: The White Hart Hotel website