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Kingsteignton Ram Roast
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The parish of Manaton lies within Dartmoor National Park. Manaton village is at the East of the parish and is an excellent starting point for Dartmoor walks. The area is steeped in ancient folklore and some of the legends give rise to fascinating stories and places to visit. There is a Bronze Age settlement at Grimspound and at Becky Falls, a woodland park with Dartmoor ponies. The legend of Jay’s Grave is famous throughout Manaton. Kitty Jay, a serving girl, was seduced and became pregnant while working at Ford Farm, Manaton. Persecuted by locals, she hanged herself and according to tradition, buried at a crossroads. In 1863, workmen discovered bones of a young girl, which were subsequently coffined and reburied at the spot, with a mound erected to mark the place. Kitty’s ghost is said to wander by the grave on moonlit nights. The naturally formed rock formation at Bowerman’s Nose gives rise to another local legend. The formation resembles a man and according to ancient folklore, Bowerman was a kindly giant who outraged evil witches who pursued him across the moor and turned him into stone. The scattered rocks around Bowerman’s Nose are said to be his petrified hounds.


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Hazelcott Bed & Breakfast (0.68 miles)

Hazelcott Bed & Breakfast

Is a cosy and select bed and breakfast offering comfortable en suite rooms in the spectacular setting of Dartmoor National Park. Hazelcott is the ideal base for couples, families, walkers cyclists and business people.

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Ring of Bells Inn (1.70 miles)

Landlord, Simon Saunders, and his staff welcome you to the Ring of Bells. An early, thatched Dartmoor inn, the Ring of Bells has many period features including a 15th century arched door frame, heavy oak doors, low ceilings ... More | visit website
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The Rock Inn (1.89 miles)

The Rock Inn
This traditional English Country Inn has been offering travellers hospitality, good food and shelter since it's foundation as a coaching inn in the mid-eighteenth century. In this modern age we pride ourselves on a relaxed, ... More | visit website
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Eastwrey Barton (2.11 miles)

Eastwrey Barton
Eastwrey Barton is a 4 star Country House Bed & Breakfast with five spacious ensuite rooms, guest lounge, sun room, dining room and cosy bar, all with period furnishings. The house has beautiful views across ... More | visit website
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Bovey Castle (2.28 miles)

Bovey Castle

History, glamour, excitement and adventure - Bovey Castle is truly a luxurious award winning hotel set in beautiful countryside surroundings. A place where you can live out your dreams then put your feet up. In the ... More | visit website

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Moorlands (2.73 miles)


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This fine Country House is situated high on the moor below Haytor Rocks, one of Dartmoor’s best-known landmarks. It was this magnificent setting that inspired Agatha Christie to write her ... More

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White Hart Hotel (2.96 miles)

White Hart Hotel

The White Hart has stood in the Market Square of Moretonhampstead for over three and a half centuries. Formally a Georgian posting house, the Plymouth to London mail coaches changed horses here. During the Napoleonic ... More | visit website

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Ilsington Country House Hotel (3.64 miles)

Ilsington Country House Hotel

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The Ilsington Hotel, Dartmoor, is a charming English country house hotel located within the boundaries of Dartmoor National Park in South Devon. Set amidst 10 acres of landscaped grounds and ... More

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Edgemoor Country House Hotel (3.72 miles)

Edgemoor Country House Hotel

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On the boundary of Dartmoor National Park, less than 3 miles from the A38, this elegant Victorian country house boasts an award-winning restaurant, fireside bistro and an extensive wine list. In a ... More

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Coombe Cross Hotel (4.87 miles)

Coombe Cross Hotel

The Coombe Cross is a comfortable country house hotel with spectacular views of Dartmoor National Park, in a good area for walking, riding and golfing. Quietly situated in its own attractive gardens, the hotel offers ... More | visit website

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