On our trip to Devon, we will discover a magical landscape with breathtaking views, imposing tors. A place to escape and find tranquility and extreme beauty. Dartmoor ponies are an iconic image, living in semi-wild herds throughout the territory. Dartmoor has a smooth course, with picnic areas, easy-to-follow trails, bike paths, and spaces where kids can run and play.
Wistmans Wood takes its name from an oak wood. This impressive forest is important for the mosses and lichens that adorn the trees and granite rocks. This 170 hectare National Nature Reserve is a prime example of a highland pattern and has a large number of birds. Wistmans Wood sits in the valley of the River Dart and overlooks wild Devon that we won’t find anywhere else in the country.
The Garden House has an extraordinary variety of plants of more than 6,000 different varieties that guarantees a party of color. At the heart of this magical place lies a walled garden, designed and planted by Lionel Fortescue and his wife Katherine in the mid-1940s. Lionel’s successor, Keith Wiley, added his own stamp with the Ovals Garden, a stone sculpture and plantation centered on a thatched summer house.
The stone tower offers us a view of the entire garden and the Garden House has a bar where you can enjoy a coffee, a light lunch and afternoon teas in a beautiful mansion.
Beyond the walls of the old vicarage is a glorious garden offering a wealth of delights, such as the Cottage Garden and the magnificent South African Garden. The Garden House is at the forefront of a revolution in naturalistic planting: it works in harmony with nature, allowing flowers to blend together to provide vivid kaleidoscopes of color.
Where to stay?
The Tor Royal Farm is a unique lodge that serves as the gateway to the mighty Dartmoor Nature Park. Built in 1785 by Thomas Tyrwhitt, secretary and friend of the Prince of Wales, the Royal Farm Tower has hosted many historical figures.
Georgian in construction, the Tor Royal Farm features walled courtyards, features a granite bell tower and a lounge with a vaulted glass ceiling, plaster friezes and an impressive fireplace. All rooms have their own bathroom and are decorated with period furniture.
Its location, high in the moorlands of Princetown, is perfect for visitors who want hiking and biking trails. The area offers many activities, to discover them just ask your charming host Justine. And it is that they offer excursions on horseback or walk through the grounds where War Horse was filmed, and for Sherlock Holmes lovers we will be able to discover where the Baskerville Dog lived.