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5 Holiday Homes for the Dartmoor Beast, Devon, UK

When attending the Dartmoor Beast you need the perfect accommodation, so look no further. These homes are the best of the best


Stack of rocks on top of a hill in Dartmoor, Devon, UK

If you’re heading to Devon in September for the Dartmoor Beast, then we’ve got the perfect accommodation for you. When enjoying an event as incredible as this, your home has to match the standards, so heed our expert advice and book one of these gems to truly complete the experience.

Where to reside near the Dartmoor Beast

Take a look at 5 of the very best holiday homes in our Devon collection. If these don’t meet your high expectations, then nothing will.

Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Tom Thumb, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Click to book Tom Thumb now: from £175 per night This Victorian Gothic-style cottage in a former daffodil farm makes for the ultimate romantic escape. While we'd probably leave the kid with grandma this time, a sofa bed and cot are available should you wish to plan a cosy stay for three. It's a studio arrangement, yet a separate eat-in kitchen and private garden give you more options than your typical studio. You'll find a hot tub, patio table and chairs outside, so in the summer months you can sit and enjoy the sunshine for hours. And with all there is to do round here you may not make it inside until bedtime. You’ll have use of the tennis court, orchard picnic area, basketball hoop, woodland, nature reserve and river beach. Your hosts can also hook you up with discounted tickets for the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Eden Project, or organise special experiences such as foraging workshops, paddle boarding, spa treatments or afternoon tea. Did we mention that some of the most gorgeous Cornish beaches are just thirteen miles away? Whether you're here for a romantic couple’s escape or quality (small) family time, this home has so much to offer. Sleeps up to 3 | 1 Bedroom | 1 Bathroom

Cream Tea

Cream Tea, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Cream Tea, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Click to book Cream Tea now: from £1046 per night This is one for those who demand a quintessential English retreat from their country escape. A tranquil manor house located in the town of Ashburton, it's got Dartmoor’s wild landscapes right on the doorstep and the Devon coast just half an hour away. Original wooden ceiling beams and stone walls provide a historic backdrop to activities, whether that’s dining together at the large rustic table or relaxing in the free-standing bathtubs. Hosts offer a hotel service with breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper. The expansive grounds have a private swimming pool, crystal lake and a garden allotment, making it the perfect setting for weddings and parties, or even just coming together with loved ones for a well-deserved getaway. Sleeps up to 16 | 8 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms

From the River to the Sea

From the River to the Sea, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

From the River to the Sea, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Click to book From the River to the Sea now: from £200 per night Surrounded by ancient woodlands, meandering rivers, and a bohemian vibe that’s a charming contradiction to the ancient fabric of the town itself, this Georgian home in the heart of Totnes has been designed with guests in mind. There are two luxurious living rooms, plus a large kitchen and dining room for light lunches and social sharing suppers. The adjoining games room keeps the kids busy – and ensures plenty of nearby ‘volunteers’ to help lay the table. If you’d prefer to dine alfresco, head to the garden and gather on the veranda – it’s the perfect spot for morning coffees, too, and there’s outdoor table tennis to provide hours of family fun on windless days. Head across the River Dart towards town, and you’ll find charming pubs, independent shops, vintage boutiques and vegan restaurants as you make your way up Fore Street towards Totnes Castle. Britain’s first zero-waste supermarket is just a ten-minute walk in the same direction (if you aren’t tempted to stop anywhere en route, that is). If you’re looking to explore further afield, hop in the car and reach the south-eastern edge of Dartmoor in twenty minutes, or Bantham Beach in around forty (there are closer options, but this one is the best). Or perhaps a stroll along one of the riverside footpaths is more your thing – you’ll be able to contain the mess of muddy walks in the home’s bespoke boot room when you return. Sleeps up to 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Hen House Hideaway

Hen House Hideaway, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Hen House Hideaway, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Click to book Hen House Hideaway now: from £370 per night It’s clear that converting this traditional stone barn into a luxury home has been a labour of love. Set across two floors, it’s a warm and cosy space that’s the ideal base for enjoying the scenic Cornish countryside. The open plan living space is the home’s beating heart, dominated by beautifully restored original wooden beams that run along the vaulted ceiling, a lick of sophisticated red paint and cosy wood burner. And if it's cosy warmth you're after, the hot tub will be the perfect place to unwind. The great outdoors is the real draw here. The home makes up part of Lower Marsh Farm, which means chickens and ducks roam the grounds freely – and there are even Highland cows too. There are fantastic local walks (maps provided) on your doorstep and you can enjoy the amenities of the farm, including a tennis court, an orchard with a hammock, basketball hoop, woodland, and a private shingle beach right on the river. You can also book a foraging workshop, stand-up paddle boarding, wine tasting and more – just ask. Sleeps up to 8 | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Rose Cocoon

Rose Cocoon, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Rose Cocoon, Plum Guide home in Devon, UK

Click to book Rose Cocoon now: from £120 per night Rose Cocoon is a rural retreat with antique furnishings and stunning surroundings. Nestled alongside the barns and farmhouse of host Victoria’s organic farm, it makes for a great nesting place after countryside walks, wholesome meals and boutique shopping at nearby Tavistock. The master bedroom features garden views and gorgeous natural light. The second bedroom is quiet and cosy with comfy beds and quality bed linen. The home’s wooden panelling and landscape paintings reflect the traditional English setting and create a homely environment. Sleeps up to 4 | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

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