The Lavender House Hotel brings holidaymakers into the folds of the Devonshire countryside, where national parks and old railways provide plenty of activities for adventurous outdoorsy types. A 24-minute drive from this country house, guests may visit the High Moorland Visitor Centre exhibiting life-size characters and photographs alongside computer interactive displays, providing insight into the natural and cultural heritage of Dartmoor.
With sweeping views across Dartmoor National Park, this hotel offers spacious en suite rooms fitted with carpeted floors, wooden furnishings and TVs.
The restaurant serves hearty meals prepared using locally sourced produce, while refreshing tipples may be savoured at the bar.
Guests may also enjoy walks in the hotel’s gardens or visits to the nearby town of Ashburton to browse through antique shops.
Groupon’s Guide To Dartmoor National Park
Covering 368 square miles, Dartmoor National Park is dominated by the cool wide-open spaces of the high moors made famous in the works of Emily Brontë. With miles of paths, tracks, 160 rocky outcrops or tors and open moorland for exploring on foot, bike or horseback, Dartmoor is a suitable place to try out activities such as climbing, caving and geocaching.
Across the moors, travellers will find small workshops and artist studios or galleries showcasing original artwork such as pottery, sculpture, leatherwork and textiles, while small farms sell fresh veggies, honey, breads, beef, lamb, cheeses, and other products in lively town centres. Boasting around 200 granite tors of all shapes and sizes, and a rich collection of bronze-age antiquities, history enthusiasts may discover a wealth of stone rows and circles, burial chambers and cairns, alongside the remains of roundhouses. In Bellever Forest, travellers may enjoy relaxing picnics by the East Dart River, while grazing Dartmoor ponies may be spotted in the area. After a day of exploration, tourists may tempt their taste buds with local dishes including the Dartmoor beef and local ale pies.