Good Hotel Guide Review
At the centre of a row of quarrymen’s cottages, built in 1820 of the same local granite, this ‘charming hotel’ is true to its motto, ‘steadfastly traditional’. It is in the small village of Haytor Vale, ‘just below the famous Haytor rocks’ on the south-eastern edge of Dartmoor. The Graves family have owned it since 1983, ‘long enough to know what people like’, and a reader who has known it for years rates it ‘eleven out of ten for cosiness’. Bedrooms have exposed beams, views over the garden or moors. They don’t have all the latest gadgetry or swish bathroom fittings (a shower room was ‘a miracle of turning a cupboard to greater use’), but a ‘beautiful’ room with oak four-poster had ‘antique furniture, a delightful sitting area’. The highest praise is reserved for staff who ‘really know what they are doing’, and for ‘seriously good cooking’. ‘The food was top rate, the people were lovely.’ You can eat in the bar (if you’re over 14) or in one of the dining rooms, such dishes as Devonshire lamb rump, fondant potato, asparagus, pea purée, baby gem, red wine jus. There is a good children’s menu and ‘lots of wine by the glass – how sensible!’ In short, ‘Highly recommended!’
all year except 25/26 Dec.
bar, 3 dining rooms, lounge, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ¼-acre garden, bar, dining rooms and lounge wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed, not under 14 in main bar area.
allowed in some bedrooms, bar, 1 dining room.
per room B&B £110–£170. À la carte £35 (fixed price £19.95–£24.95, for 2 or 3 coures, selected dishes from main menu). 1-night bookings sometimes refused.