Dartmoor Retreats

Staying near Chagford

Nestled on the northern edge of Dartmoor is the market town of Chagford. Thriving with history and character, and offering plenty of local pubs and independent shops, Chagford and its nearby attractions celebrate the best of Dartmoor. From National Trust sites waiting to be explored, to woodlands and waterfalls, and even a miniature pony centre; there’s so much to see! Here are some of our favourites activities nearby….

Walking Tours of Dartmoor

Dartmoor's Daughter

Connect with nature, surround yourself with wildlife and transform your wellbeing; all with the guided walks of Dartmoor with Emma Cunis aka – Dartmoor’s Daughter! Twinned with her Hill & Moorland Leader qualification, Emma’s passion for mindfulness, astronomy, history, and folklore come together to provide a holistic and immersive experience of Dartmoor that pamphlets simply can’t offer! So, get in touch to book a private walk, either solo or in a small group, or check out Emma’s upcoming experiences on the website!

Local Town


The vibrant town of Chagford is full of character and history. With traditional stone cottages, thatched roofs, a 15th century church, local pubs and independent shops, this quaint little town at the foot of the Moor is well worth a visit! And with a generous choice of local eateries and pubs, you’ll be sure to taste the best of local produce. For hikers and cyclists, this is the perfect spot to stop and take a break, with so many nearby trails to choose from. And if you’re just here for a visit, then park up and enjoy your stroll through the picturesque town, you won’t forget it!

For Nature Lovers

Fenworthy Resevoir

A haven for hikers, local wildlife, archaeology, and history; Fenworthy Reservoir is just a mile away from Chagford and has so much to offer visitors. With a pay and display car park just metres from the water… park up, put on your walking boots and grab the picnic basket for a day in the fresh air. Bird lovers can find the two bird hides to spot several wader birds such as Black Tailed Godwits, keen fishers can catch Brown Trout, as well as spot flying fish, all whilst the little ones can run free around the one-way trail that wraps the reservoir.

Dartmoor Ponies

The Miniature Pony Centre

Lose yourself in a world of unicorns, mini-Shetlands and their foals, mini pigs, donkeys and so much more at The Miniature Pony Centre near Chagford. Get hands on with all the animals; join feeding sessions, groom the ponies, hop on the tractors, herd the horses, and meet the bugs! To make sure your little ones are completely shattered, the centre even offers an outdoor play area for them to run wild in. Whilst they do that, you can take a seat in the onsite café where you can enjoy a range of sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, cakes, snacks, and a variety of hot and cold drinks.

National Trust

Castle Drogo

Discover the fascinating stories, unique history, and precious treasures of Castle Drogo on this excellent day out high above the Teign Gorge. Coming to the end of a large restoration project, the castle is about to reopen to visitors who are keen to discover the character, collection items and stories of this unique site. Outside the castle, stroll through the stunning gardens that are thriving with seasonal colours, explore the Teign Gorge which is rich with wildlife, and keep an eye out for their calendar of events that run throughout the year!

Stunning Waterfalls

Becky Falls Woodland Park

Voted the most beautiful place in Devon, Becky falls offers a day of stunning waterfalls, ancient woodlands and steams, scenic walks, animal shows, petting zoos and so much more! With a choice of walking trails suitable for all levels of fitness, stroll through the park towards the main event – the very dramatic 70-foot waterfall in the heart of the park. Stop for picnics, spot the wildlife, visit the gift shop, and even stop for a bite to eat in the Woodland Cafe! Suitable for all ages and welcoming dogs, Becky Falls provides an excellent day out for all the family, and most importantly… in the great outdoors!

Hear from our

Recent Guests

“The Shippen is a beautiful, well equipped cottage in a fantastic, peaceful location. It was super clean on arrival with the addition of a lovely welcome hamper. We had absolutely everything we needed for a week in Devon. We did have occasion to contact our hosts, who were super friendly and very helpful. I would thoroughly recommend and will definitely go back!”

Mrs. S

“The cottage is lovely and very well equipped. The owners were very helpful. We love this part of the country and this made a great base for a holiday here. Now we own a dog, it can be harder to find great accommodation which allows our pet. We will definitely visit again and have already recommended The Shippen to friends who are staying there next month.”

Mrs A

“Very well equipped cottage. Nice and bright living accommodation with tasteful furnishings. The welcome basket was a nice touch and really appreciated.”

Mr. P

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