Weeke Barton, Exeter, Devon
Plenty of hotels aspire to be a 'home away from home', but few manage to create that feeling as successfully as Weeke Barton. It all starts from the moment you arrive - the building is everything you want a Dartmoor house to be; rugged cob and stone on the outside, cosy and full of history on the inside. It sits in five acres of grounds on the edge of the national park, close to superb walks and the pretty towns of Moretonhampstead and Chagford. Owners Jo Gossett and Sam Perry have fully renovated the house, restoring period features and adding their own style with carefully chosen furniture and artwork. Look forward to delicious home-cooked food and don't miss the homemade granola.
Your expert reviewer
A 30-minute drive takes you to the start of the easy walk to the incredible Grimspound Bronze Age Settlement.
Set on the edge of Dartmoor national park, there are plenty of walking trails to embark on, while Devon's beaches are a 30-minute drive away.
By car: around 4 hours from London, 2 hours from Bristol and 4 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. Free parking available.
By train: Trains from London to Exeter take 3 hours. The hotel is 25 minutes' drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
It's a peaceful Dartmoor getaway for couples, but children and dogs will also enjoy it. Groups can rent the whole place. The sitting room is perfect for board games and family time, and there are maps so you can plan walks.
Service & Facilities
The option to rent the whole place on a self-catering basis is perfect for family get-togethers. Dogs can share your room and potter around the house. There's a special shower to wash muddy paws after walks.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
For families, the Orla Room has a bath in the bedroom, window seats and views. For couples, the Kota Room is a romantic hideaway. Little luxuries are welcome: sumptuous bedding, sheepskins on the window seats, Bramley toiletries and real milk for your tea/coffee.
Alfie, Otis, Avalon, Henry, Kota, Orla
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee facilities, flat-screen TV and DVD player, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Vegetarians are well catered for and Sam is happy to adapt his dishes to suit those with special dietary requirements. We loved the roasted organic Teign Valley Red Devon beef, green salad with roasted cherry tomatoes, lentils and parmesan, roast potatoes and salsa verde.
Restaurant: Dining room and terrace. Local produce, seasonal menu. Open daily for breakfast, 9-10am. Open Mon, Thu-Fri for dinner (pre-book only).
Rooms available from £189.75 per night
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