The Local Area

April Cottage in the pretty village of Drewsteignton on Dartmoor National Park is an ideal holiday base for discovering the many delights of Dartmoor with miles of open moorland and pretty market towns and villages to explore.

Listed below are some of the best places to visit nearby.

Three Crowns, Chagford
Three Crowns, Chagford

The Market House, Chagford
Market House, Chagford

  • The charming town of Chagford with its iconic Market House in the centre, the thatched Three Crowns pub, cafes and independent shops is just a couple of miles away.
  • Castle Drogo (National Trust) near Drewsteignton was the last castle to be built in England, being constructed between 1911 and 1930 in a medieval style with turrets overlooking the magnificent Teign Gorge
  • If you are looking for a good walk, you can follow the Hunters Path from Castle Drogo deep into the Teign Gorge crossing the river at Fingle Bridge and returning along the river surrounded by oak woodland.

Kestor, Dartmoor near Chagford
Kestor, Dartmoor National Park

Clapperbridge, Kestor, Dartmoor National Park
Clapperbridge near Kestor

  • Fernworthy Reservoir lies close to Chagford and has beautiful walks and trails around the reservoir and woodland where you can see ancient stone cairns, hut circles and an abundance of wildlife. Nearby is Kestor with miles of spectacular moorland to explore.
  • Experience fine dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant, Gidleigh Park, situated in a magnificent Tudor style country house in its own extensive grounds on the edge of Dartmoor National Park not far from Chagford.
  • The city of Exeter with its magnificent Cathedral, thriving shopping centre and lively cafes and pubs on its historic quayside is well worth a visit.
  • For animal lovers, the Minature Pony Centre is definitely a must!
  • If you are looking for that perfect gift to take home, have a browse round the House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey with its visitor attractions, shops, museums and restaurants offering something for everyone.

  • For gastronomes, the Old Inn Restaurant is a near neighbour of April Cottage, offering gourmet fine dining and an extensive wine cellar, Wednesday - Saturday, and Bank holiday Sunday evenings. Chef's demonstrations can be pre-booked for small groups, followed by lunch.