WHERE TO STAY
With panoramic moorland views and 10 acres of grounds, Ilsington feels like it's in the middle of nowhere, yet it's within striking distance of artisan towns Bovey Tracey, Ashburton and Moretonhampstead. Interiors have a traditional charm with original oak beams, high ceilings and country-style furnishings. Relax at the end of a day on the trail with a massage in the luxurious spa. Doubles rooms from £135 per night, including breakfast.
Owned and run by two ex-East Londoners, this guesthouse, in a medieval longhouse on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, melds urban cool with rustic comfort. The help-yourself bar, cosy lounge, communal dining and a warm, free-and-easy vibe make this one of Devon’s most relaxing hangouts. Weeke Barton is just a few minutes' drive from cider maker Ron Barter, and is a 15-minute drive from Moretonhampstead, where many artisans are based. Prices from £125 per room per night.
With collections of quirky vintage pieces adorning its walls, including bowler hats, drums and dolls' houses, Glazebrook is one of the funkiest hotels on Dartmoor. Its superb dining rivals its Michelin-starred neighbours, while the glamorous cocktail bar is becoming one of the county’s hippest hangouts. Doubles from £149 per night, including breakfast.
Helpful Holidays are award-winning holiday cottage experts that have more than 100 beautiful cottages for rent near the Artisan Trail. From romantic retreats for two, to big houses accommodating up to 47, the friendly local team know each cottage inside out and will help you pick your perfect location. Prices start at £192 per week for a one-bedroom cottage.
This romantic thatched cottage is in North Bovey, an idyllic 13th century village on the artisan cycle route and a few minutes' drive from trail hub Moretonhampstead. Sleeping four, the cottage has an open fire, huge copper bath, beautiful views from the window seats and a rose garden. Guests have complimentary membership of nearby five-star Bovey Castle country club. The closest artisan is woodturner Sharif Adams, a 10-minute walk away. Prices from £140 per night per group.
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