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Staying near Tavistock

The ancient town of Tavistock has so much to offer its visitors. Featuring a 900 year-old pannier market, a Benedictine Abbey, and a whole host of hiking and cycling trails, Tavistock is the perfect place to start your Dartmoor adventure. Within just a few miles of this thriving town are so many natural and historic attractions waiting to be discovered! Here are some of our favourites…

Featured Business

Secret Stable Pizza

This open air, rustic, wood fired pizza restaurant is nestled in the beautiful outskirts of Dartmoor, and offers a truly unique dining experience! Running throughout the year, join the family-run restaurant for one of their many Farm Pizza events where you can enjoy the incredible views as you lose yourself in a world of pizza dough, fire and wood. A typical night involves a selection of irresistible starters, rustic pizzas, delicious desserts, and a range of hot drinks to keep you toasty – with the option of bringing your own bottle!

Local Town


Nestled on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park, the vibrant town of Tavistock is thriving with local independent shops, a 900-year-old pannier market, as well as plenty of local history and architecture waiting to be discovered! Visit the scattered remains of the West Country’s most important Benedictine Abbey, stroll along the River Tavy, visit local churches, and explore the many rural trails that surround the town – perfect for a day’s hiking or cycling. Bursting with character and heritage; Tavistock is definitely worth a visit!

Fantastic Day Out

Tamar Trails Centre

The Tamar Trails Centre is a fantastic day out for all the family, with over 15 miles of trails to explore on foot or bike through old mineral tramways, mining landscapes, and abandoned railways. From gentle strolls to treetop adventures, and stunning bike rides, the centre offers the most exciting ways to take in the scenery of the Tamar Valley AONB! Mountain bikes are available for hire to use on all trails and are suitable for all ages and sizes. Visitors can also take a seat in the Beech Café which is nestled above the trees looking over the valley, here you can treat yourself to drinks and a delicious lunch!

National Trust

Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey is an ancient gem of the West Country, with over 700 years of history and tranquillity to be discovered. Founded by Cistercian Monks in 1278, the abbey has been a place of worship, hard work and farming that modern day pilgrims can still enjoy. As for visitors, the now-National Trust site is a fantastic day out with so much to offer! Discover the ancient woodlands of the estate, stroll through the stunning gardens that change through the seasons, or visit the famous Abbey and the Great Barn. Make sure to keep an eye on their calendar of events which is full of local food markets, crafts stalls, tours, and so much more!

National Trust

Lydford Gorge

Well known in the area as the deepest river gorge in the South West, Lydford Gorge offers a breath taking experience enjoyed by many for over 150 years. With so many myths and legends to discover in the steep-sided gorge on the edge of Dartmoor, visitors should pack their walking boots, ready for a day surrounded by nature! Hike along the fast-flowing River Lyd before you reach the renowned White Lady Waterfall and Devil’s Cauldron, spot the abundance of local wildlife, stop for a picnic, or head to the Devil’s Cauldron Tea-room to enjoy a range of drinks, light snacks, and sweet treats.

Area of natural Beauty

The Tamar Valley

75 square miles of breathtaking scenery and waterways that divide Devon and Cornwall; the Tamar Valley AONB should definitely be on your list of places to visit during your time in the South West. Marked by ancient towns, steam railways and castles, the valley is rich with history, natural beauty and wildlife all waiting to be discovered. So pile in the car, or preferably dust off your walking boots, get the dog on the leash and head out for a stunning day in the great outdoors. Don’t forget to keep your eye open for local events such as markets, festivals, and other seasonal events where you can lap in all the local culture.

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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