Whatever your reason for visiting Dartmoor National Park, you will find a warm welcome at Wooder Manor where five fantastic holiday properties sleep between one and six people and are as popular with couples as they are with families. The cottages are along a private driveway that leads off a quiet country lane just a flat, half-mile walk from the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Here you will find two excellent pubs (The Old Inn and the Rugglestone Inn) and two great cafes, one of which, the Cafe on the Green, has been in business for over 90 years. All of Dartmoor's best attractions are virtually on the doorstep whether you want to walk, horse ride, climb, mountain bike, or just make your way from pretty village to lovely town, tucking into fresh local produce at the wealth of cafes and pubs in the area. Wooder Manor's central location in the heart of Dartmoor National Park means you are never far from a fun-filled day out at places like Pennywell Farm, Buckfast Butterfly Farm, Haldon Forest Activity Park and Castle Drogo.
The Barn at Lower Harton Farm comfortably sleeps up to 10 guests in four bedrooms, each of whom enjoys fantastic views and exclusive access to a heated indoor swimming pool and a games room. There is plenty of space to relax and socialise with your family and friends, with the 16 acres of grounds including a huge deck and pond. The Barn is near Lustleigh in the Dartmoor National Park with direct access to footpaths and cycling routes and close to beautiful beaches and favourite attractions that include Paignton Zoo and Exeter Cathedral.
Sandwiched neatly between the English Riviera and Dartmoor National Park, this welcoming holiday cottage is ideal for families. 2 Dainton Elms is a three-bedroom semi-detached home sleeping six people, with an enclosed garden and beautiful views. It is within walking distance of five pubs and a golf course and is only three miles from Newton Abbott. Paignton, Torquay and Brixham are just a short drive away, as are favourite attractions like Buckfast Abbey, Paignton Zoo, and Greenway House. Walking, golf, cycling, fishing and horse riding are popular all year round.
The Bunny Barn near Ipplepen provides a peaceful place to escape to the Devonshire countryside for a holiday. The medieval barn has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable self-catering accommodation for couples or small families with young children, and includes flagstone floors, thick stone walls and original oak beams. Ipplepen village is a mile away with a favourite pub (The Wellington), church and village shop, while nearby Newton Abbot provides everything else you could need. Dartmoor National Park and the beautiful beaches of the English Riviera are both only five miles away, providing a wealth of walks, cycling routes, attractions and sightseeing.
Whether you're planning a self-catering holiday to walk the coastal footpath, mountain bike on Dartmoor, swim in the sea or take part in one of the owner's triathlon training events, Mill Cottage is a comfortable holiday home for all seasons. It is next to the owner's house with its own driveway and entrance. The garden is a peaceful spot with bird feeders and seating, and there are beautiful rural views from inside and out. You're within walking distance of country pubs and can easily reach beaches like Ness Cove and Shaldon. The cottage sleeps two people in one bedroom with a well-behaved dog welcome.
This lovely townhouse is close to the centre of Bovey Tracey on a quiet road with no through traffic. Guests can enjoy peace and privacy yet remain within walking distance of the town's market, shops, cafes and pubs. It is on the edge of Dartmoor National Park with miles of easily accessible footpaths and cycling routes. You can be on the open moors within minutes or, if you drive half an hour to the coast, sunning yourself on the beautiful English Riviera. The house can sleep up to eight people in three bedrooms and is perfect for families and friends.
Sleeping up to twelve guests, this gorgeous farmhouse oozes character and country charm and offers plenty of space for friends and family to enjoy holiday time together. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, Warmhill Farm has a very long history and sits in a picturesque setting in the Teign Valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, just a ten minute walk from Hennock village where there is a pub. A great self-catering base for relaxing, celebrating a special occasion or exploring the many attractions of Devon. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
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Do not miss out on the chance to get involved in Newton Abbot’s oldest tradition; the local market has been around since the 13th century and offers an exciting opportunity to pick up some fresh local produce and various other delights. These days, there are lots of indoor and outdoor markets regularly held in the town, with the most popular outdoor one taking place in Market Square on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
An 8-minute drive from the town will take you to The Devon Bird of Prey Centre where you can catch a glimpse of some of nature’s most glorious creatures! Between personal flying displays and opportunities to handle a few of the birds including the ethereal Eagle Owls, a visit to this facility is sure to be an exciting day for all.
Sticking to the wildlife theme, why not pay a visit to the Paignton Zoo Environmental Park to see some more incredible animals? Being home to 2,000 creatures (many of which are rare species) along with 80 acres of land, there is so much to explore at this centre that will go down well with adults and children alike.
Less than 30 minutes in the car will take you to Dartmoor National Park, an incredible unspoilt landscape where you can enjoy the unique opportunity to go walking with a llama or alpaca thanks to Dartmoor Llama Walks. A truly spectacular way to explore the park, your four-legged partner will join you on an adventure through wooded gorges, flowing rivers and idyllic farmland.
A former clay quarry, Decoy Country Park is a Green Flag award-winning country park and nature reserve that sits just on the edge of Newton Abbot, offering the perfect natural escape in a mere 5-minute drive from the town. The landscape boasts plenty of things to get up to, from watersports on the stunning lake to adventures in the stunning deciduous woodland.
If you fancy a spot of retail therapy, Trago Mills Family Shopping and Leisure Park is the place to go. You are sure to find what you are looking for here, with lots of shops offering everything from stylish clothes to kitchen accessories, along with plenty of places to grab a coffee and bite to eat along the way.
Best Time to Visit Newton Abbot
As some of the best activities in Newton Abbot rely on the weather to be on its best behaviour, it is advisable to visit the town at its sunniest. This part of England tends to get its highest temperatures between June and August, so try to plan your trip during the summer months.