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Romantic Things to Do in Devon

Monday 12th February 2024

When it comes to finding the perfect romantic getaway, Devon is an idyllic destination that offers rolling landscapes, unusual villages, and plenty of activities for couples looking to enjoy some well earned time together. Whether you're seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventure-filled escapade, Devon has everything you need to create lasting memories with your loved one.

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The best pubs on Dartmoor with fires

Monday 15th January 2024 / Author: Oli Pyper

Pubs on Dartmoor are special. They're as far from the faceless urban hostelry as you can get. Here, the pubs are pillars of the community – and the beer is cheap (or, at least, cheaper than in London).

Let us paint you a picture. You've taken a long hike. Your calves are sore and your throat is dry. You crest the last hill you can muster – and then you see it: a cosy Dartmoor pub.

Does it get any better than that? Yes, actually. If it's a chilly winter's day and the pub has a roaring fireplace, you'll feel like you've stumbled upon a little slice of paradise.

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The top 4 Dartmoor trail runs

Tuesday 19th December 2023 / Author: Oli Pyper

Dartmoor is a chocolate box for outdoorsy types.

Devon's largest and oldest National Park serves up 368 square miles of deliciously challenging terrain. And among those towering tors and lonely moors, there's a little something for everyone.

You can hike it. You can bike it. You can even paraglide it. But if you really want to work those legs, you've got to slip on some sturdy trainers and tackle one of the many Dartmoor trail runs.

Not sure where to start? No problem. We've picked out four scenic running routes to suit all skill levels.

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Benefits of a Devon Weekend Break in Autumn

Monday 30th October 2023 / Author: Brock

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a reinvigorating Devon weekend break. Before the snow and frost strike, there’s still plenty of time for an autumn adventure with a Devon weekend break. Get a taste of the scenic splendour and foodie feasts that Devon offers over a jam-packed weekend away.

So, what are the benefits of a Devon weekend break? And what can I get up to during my getaway?

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Top Wildlife on Dartmoor

Friday 09th June 2023 / Author: Alice Beresford

Planning a trip to Dartmoor? What’s on your packing checklist? Hiking boots, warm socks, raincoat, maybe even a picnic. But have you thought about a pair of binoculars? As well as Dartmoor’s famous hiking routes, tors and natural landscapes, you should expect to bump into some of the National Park’s residents during your visit. 

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Why Visit a Countryside Hotel in 2023

Tuesday 21st March 2023 / Author: Oliver Pyper

Romantic poets had the right idea. To Wordsworth, Shelley and their ilk, the countryside was an expression of the sublime – a natural haven, far from the thrum and bustle of the city. But that's ancient history. Is it still worth visiting a countryside hotel in 2023? We think so – and here's why.


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Spring Walks With the Best Pubs on Dartmoor

Thursday 23rd February 2023 / Author: Oliver Pyper

There are loads of excellent pubs on Dartmoor – and plenty of rewarding walking routes too.

Put the two together and you have a recipe for a great day out. You'll see some stirring views, get a bit of exercise and – to cap it all off – enjoy the best of our local hostelries. After all, what's a walk without a pint or some hearty grub waiting for you at the finish line?

Get your OS Maps ready. Here are five walks that either pass a pub or take you directly to the bar.


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Why should I stay in Devon in 2023?

Monday 16th January 2023 / Author: Alice Beresford

Devon, home to two National Parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, some of the most scenic sections of the South West Coat Path and surf sports to rival neighbouring Cornwall. From exploring rockpools one day to conquering Tors the next, Devon spoils locals and visitors alike with its varied landscape and many many year-round activities.  

If you’re still asking why should I stay in Devon in 2023, read on… 

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The couples’ guide to romantic walks on Dartmoor

Friday 28th October 2022 / Author: James Matthews

All you need for a romantic walk is the company of the person you love and the willingness for adventure. And while this is true, exploring a stunning location at the same time certainly doesn’t hurt.

Between the sweeping river valleys, ancient woodland and iconic stone tors, you won’t find a setting like Dartmoor National Park anywhere else in the world. There’s a reason it’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

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3 AA Rosettes for The Horn of Plenty Hotel in Devon

Wednesday 21st September 2022 / Author: The Horn of Plenty

The Horn of Plenty Hotel near Tavistock has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. It is one of only a dozen destinations in Devon and Cornwall to achieve the accolade. The luxury manor house adds the 3 AA Rosette award to an impressive list of regional and national achievements in recent years...

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