Win a relaxing Dartmoor hotel stay
PUBLISHED: 15:48 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:48 14 September 2015
One lucky Devon Life reader can win a stay in the heart of Dartmoor at the historic Two Bridges Hotel, a member of the Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association.
There can’t be many counties where getting away from it all is possible in less than an hour’s drive. For many Devonians, that’s a reality.
Just a short journey away is a wilderness where we can properly escape, experience stillness or the thrill of mountain biking, hiking or geocaching.
Having our very own doorstep wilderness means that we often nip across for a few hours or a day but miss the chance to fully immerse ourselves in Dartmoor.
There’s real restoration to be found in booking a weekend or week’s break and staying on the moor. We’ve rounded up some of the best hotels for those turning to Dartmoor for a bit of a recharge, whether for you that’s a few nights away or a special meal out.
Hiding away in the valley is the Two Bridges Hotel. This month the team are celebrating Devon’s queen of crime, Agatha Christie’s 125th birthday by hosting a Murder Mystery weekend. For those not set on becoming the next Poirot, the Two Bridges has a tasty looking menu created from delicious local produce and was recognised with a Gold Award in the Taste of the West Awards 2015. It’s perfectly located for a stop on a Dartmoor hike to refuel (you’ll need it to climb the surrounding hills).
Few locals won’t have heard of Bovey Castle, but since being bought by the Eden Hotel Collection, owned by Sir Peter Rigby (also owner of Exeter’s International Airport) this hotel is set to reach new heights of luxury. The ultimate place to indulge and escape, Bovey has it all, from the spa to the championship golf course. It’s the epitome of glam and, yes, you need to pack your Hunters.
A former Benedictine Abbey, the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock brings a twist to Sunday lunch with its Jazz Sunday lunches. This month’s is on 6 September when house band, Desperate Measures will be entertaining diners. A great little place to escape to for lunch before exploring the traditional town of Tavistock.
The Moorland Garden Hotel & The Wildflower Restaurant is aptly named, set in nine acres of moorland garden with expanses of manicured lawn any gardener would be proud of. A tranquil place to lay your hat after a gentle walk on the moor, the Wildflower Restaurant keeps it simple and classic with a traditional menu using local produce.
The Fox-Edwards family have run the Arundell Arms & Hotel at Lifton for 50 years so it’s safe to say they’re pretty passionate about what they do. There isn’t much missing from the offer here: fishing, top notch food and a chance to find your inner cowboy (or girl) with the annual Spring Cattle Turnout – a cattle drive tipped as one of the events of the year on the moor and for which you need to be a ‘seasoned rider’.
The gem that is The Mill End Hotel has a boutique feel (check out the gorgeously designed rooms on the website), is friendly, relaxed and tranquil. A peek out of the restaurant window gives a glimpse of stream, greenery and Castle Drogo. For those of us with canine friends in need of a relaxing break, this place is dog-friendly. If you’re angling for a fishing break then have a look at the hotel’s special packages including fishing permits and packed lunches.
Near Haytor, The Ilsington Country House Hotel, is a charming and elegant bolthole. Spa breaks in the hotel’s new spa are on the agenda here with an ‘ultimate escape’ three night package including treatments and, naturally, a bottle of Prosecco on arrival. For those more at home marching across the moor than being pampered, there’s the ‘Dartmoor walkers package’ which includes a walking guide, packed lunch and a DVD of War Horse to chill out in front of when you get back. The family that run this hotel have recently invested in a second eatery, the Blue Tiger Inn, which includes sharing platters from their own smoke house and is a big hit with regulars.
Dartmoor Lodge Hotel in Ashburton is perfectly placed to explore the ancient stannary town with its artsy vibe and beautiful antiques stores. For adventurous types, it’s the perfect base for kayaking and thoughtfully has its own drying room for guests to leave their wetsuits. Members of CAMRA, the hotel has at least four (mostly local) well-kept real ales at any one time. w
Exeter and the Heart of Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association represents more than 50 of the area’s best quality establishments. To choose your favourite visit devonhotels.com
One lucky Devon Life reader can win a stay in the heart of Dartmoor at the historic Two Bridges Hotel.
Nestled in 60 acres of private grounds, the hotel offers fine hospitality, sumptuous food and relaxing surroundings with the stunning backdrop of Dartmoor National Park.
You and a guest will enjoy a night’s stay in this tranquil hotel, a full English breakfast and, on your arrival, a decadent afternoon tea.
To enter, answer this question correctly: ‘Which river runs next to the Two Bridges Hotel’?
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Devon Life Dartmoor Competition’ or post your entry to Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association, c/o One Voice Media, 31-32 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NS, giving us your name and a contact telephone number. The deadline for entries is 1 October, 2015.
Terms and conditions: Accommodation is one double or twin room. Must be redeemed by 30 November 2015. Must be booked in advance. Transport not included. Prize is non-transferable. Subject to availability
By entering this competition you agree to receive communications from Devon Hotels & Restaurants Association and Two Bridges Hotel.