This charming country inn has just three cosy guest bedrooms, a restaurant where you can enjoy award-winning food made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and a bar serving local ales.
It’s located in the peaceful village of Lydford on the western fringes of Dartmoor National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Lydford is best known for its spectacular gorge and the 30-metre ‘White Lady’ waterfall, but the village also boasts a 12th century church and a medieval castle. All three are within walking distance of The Dartmoor Inn. Dartmoor is a rugged landscape punctuated by granite tors, deep wooded valleys, fast flowing rivers and vast open spaces. Not surprisingly, the area is a mecca for nature lovers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts as it offers everything from pony trekking to great opportunities for walking and cycling.
The historic market town of Tavistock is just a 20-minute drive away, and the cities of Exeter and Plymouth can be reached in around 45 minutes.
The restaurant is made up of a series of small, individual dining rooms, each with its own unique look and feel. It makes for a relaxed and private dining experience.
Owners Andrew Honey and Philip Burgess have worked hard to forge links with local farmers and artisan food producers, ensuring that only the finest, ingredients go into the dishes on the menu.
In the welcoming bar area, a log fire roars during the winter months.
The interior has a classic look that highlights the inn’s long and proud history but also offers plenty of 21st century home comforts, which will appeal to the discerning diner or overnight guest. It’s the perfect marriage of old and new.
The three guest bedrooms are light, spacious and decorated in a contemporary country style. They’re furnished with exquisite fabrics, antiques and hand-painted furniture from both England and France. The beds are dressed in quality Egyptian cotton sheets and you’ll find luxurious REN products in the en suite bathrooms. The guest bedrooms each have a plasma television, a Nespresso coffee machine, wireless speakers, a mini fridge and an iPod dock.
Toile is the most spacious room and features a king-sized bed, pretty toile de jouy soft furnishings, a quilted French throw and a restful French grey en suite bathroom.
Brocade is a comfortable room with a French double bed, a hand-quilted velvet throw and an elegant coral-coloured brocade sofa.
Ticking is a light and elegant room with a vaulted ceiling. It has a king-sized bed with a stunning crystal chandelier above it. It’s decorated in fresh paisley and daisy-sprig linens, and the en suite bathroom has a window seat where you can lounge on cushions made of ticking.
The Dartmoor Inn’s breakfasts are the stuff of local legend. In fact, Conde Nast magazine described them as ‘one of the finest breakfast you will find in the country’, adding ‘where else can you expect hake fillet with streaky bacon, or escalope of beef with fried egg?’. Praise indeed.