The Old National School is definitely a rural property with its moorland location, yet it is only an easy 10 minute drive to the market town of Tavistock, with its many independent shops, market and pubs/restaurants.
Dartmoor covers just over 86,000 acres and has had national park status since 1951. It is characterised by tors, granite strewn slopes, open moorland, bog and mires. There is much evidence of Bronze Age settlements with stone rows, circles and standing stones. With its unique environment, the moor is home to grazing livestock but also provides a unique habitat to rare butterflies and birds such as Snipe, cuckoos, stonechat, you may even be lucky enough to see fairy shrimp (true!) or the world’s biggest land slugs!!! Dartmoor is also heaven for moss and lichens. Where ever you are on Dartmoor, you will be astounded by the beauty of this ancient, rugged land.
Some things to see, visit, enjoy...
Drake’s Trail, the Granite Trail or the Tamar Trails…
at Crazy Well Pool close to, but not to be confused with (!), beautiful Burrator reservoir.
across the moor from Cholwell Farm & Riding stables
the famous and ancient Wistman’s Wood or the working village, mine and craft centre at Morwelham Quay, Ditsworthy Warren House (the filming location for Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’).
National Trust properties…Cotehele House & Quay, Buckland Abbey, Lydford Gorge, Saltram House
the delights of the Garden House, one of the finest gardens in Britain, or explore the gruesome history to be found at Dartmoor Prison museum.
If you need your day trip to the coast, then walking the coast path from Nos Mayo, playing on the simply huge beach at Bigbury on Sea or playing in the rock pools at Wembury won’t dissapoint!.
you are reminded of our
We enjoyed the tranquillity this place
brings in the beauty of Dartmoor.
We definitely hope to return”
so peaceful and relaxing.
The walk up to Pew Tor at sunrise
and sunset was a highlight!”
lockdown therapy. We leave with
many happy memories and having had the
chance to draw breath.”
location, which revives the spirits.
Enjoyed the bird song and
bells, some wonderful weather and
magical moments with wildlife”.
generous people. Everything I could
think of was here. It felt very much like home –
we had a lovely week , completely
restful, but with so much to do
and explore, the kids have
had the best time!”
house in a perfect setting –
thank you! We will be
recommending this fantastic place
and will definitely be back.”
were eggcellent, the chocolate was brilliant,
the wine for my mum and dad was wonderful
and our raspberry lemonade delicious.
We all loved it and want to come back again!”
location and coming back at the end
of the day to find ponies, foals
and sheep at the front door was