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“Lovely food and good views.” 5 of 5 stars
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Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9XT, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Haytor Vale B&B and Inns
Merstham Surrey
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“Lovely food and good views.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed here as part of an organised HF holiday group and loved it. We went walking whilst our daughter attended a really well organised multi activity week which included canoeing, rock climbing and body boarding amongst other things. Food really great and plenty of it. All the staff really helpful and the entertainment really good. We enjoyed a falconry display one night and a harpist during dinner on another evening. OK our bedroom and bathroom was fairly basic, and carpets a little threadbare in places, but they were clean, comfortable, functional with a hairdryer, radio, television, tea making facilities and there was plenty of hot water. The public areas were very nice and we enjoyed sharing our dining table with other guests. Views were truly stunning and the gardens beautiful. We throughly enjoyed our walks and were with a really nice group of people. Also an easy walk up to Hay Tor and to the national park visitors centre next door. We also enjoyed afternoon tea at the dandelion cafe which was on site.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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CHESHIRE
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I stayed here on a short walking holiday with HF Holidays, who own the property. I felt the room was better than the other HF property I stayed at in the Lake District. The common rooms were very smart and the food served was good. One minor grumble was that internet access was very slow. The hotel is between Bovey Tracey and Hay Tor - a very nice quiet location - there is a bus stop close by, though I travelled by car.

Staff were friendly and helpful. Hotel is set up to serve HF guests and does this very well - not sure whether it would have suited non HF guests so well. They did have a folk group playing in the attached cafe on the Friday evening which livened things up, but otherwise the atmosphere was maybe a bit too quiet for a holiday.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

beautiful location and I mean, truly stunning. We arrived at what seems the back of the Hotel, parked, entered and found our room key on the sideboard. No sign of a Reception or Receptionist. We asked another guest where the rooms were (it wasn't signed at all) and went up to our room (34). The room is very dated and unclean. The carpet had hairs in it, the radiator enamel is all chipped, mustard coloured coving, green pearl effect headboard, grouting in the bathroom either black or missing...disappointing as it wouldn't take a lot to turn the rooms around. I went downstairs to ask if there were more modern rooms, found the lovely Receptionist who said that "all the rooms are the same I'm afriad". The Hotel is clearly catering for the walking market and that's a shame. We went to the bar at 10pm and the average age must have been 70. Because of this, we had the best night's sleep ever in a hotel. Noone charging through the corridors at 3am, no doors slamming by inconsiderate guests. If the Moorlands could just shell out some money on the rooms they'd be full every night I'm sure. We overlooked the gardens which were a real pleasure. The Staff were outstanding, the barman, when I asked him, gave me a short, interesting history on the link to Agatha Christie, the breakfast staff were attentive, the breakfast was superb (everything you could possibly want) and the downstairs was very elegant and charming.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Heavenly location right on the moor - just cross the lane to walk right over the hills! Simple, clean, comfortable rooms, house and gardens redolent of the 20s and 30s. Very good breakfast, and cafe on site. Warm. Staff could not do enough, friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

Obviously set up for walking holiday parties, this hotel is located by Haytor just on the edge of Dartmoor and an ideal location to explore the area. Room was a bit small and bathroom a little retro, but great views out across the grounds, friendly staff, free umbrellas to borrow and all the wax dubbing for your walking boots you'd ever need. Try to get to breakfast before the stampede.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here on a walking holiday for 4 nights. The place is located perfect for this. The staff and manager esp go out of their way to make your stay perfect.
The rooms are spacious and clean and the food is wonderful.
Would recomend if looking to stay in Dartmoor just for the grounds and surrounding area.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed for a friends wedding and we pleasantly surprised at the beautiful grounds. The gardens are lovely! Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the rooms. The hotel inside is a mix of old and new with a really dated interior. The rooms downstairs are large and perfect for a wedding and there is two bars and a nice modern cafe on the side. The stairs up to the rooms are horrid and felt like a school dormitory. The rooms are old fashioned and basic plus our carpet was filthy which would be fine but we paid £100 for the room!!! Why so expensive? Surely the fact that the wedding party filled the hotel warranted some kind of discount?? The beds are really uncomfortable too with cheap, scratchy linen.

The food in the evening was very good and the staff were friendly and helpful however at breakfast it was a different story. Breakfast is served until 11am so we arrived at 10.30am. There were dirty plates and glasses, what little food was left was cold and dry and there were no place settings. I had to ask for cutlery and I never got a cup of tea because I never received a cup despite asking twice. They started packing away around us!

Over all the hotel is in a lovely location and the staff are mostly very good but it needs a complete revamp or they need to reduce their prices and if they are going to serve breakfast until 11am then they need to serve it until 11am!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sarah D, Manager at Moorlands, responded to this review, March 26, 2012
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HF Holidays Ltd
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Address: Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park TQ13 9XT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Haytor Vale
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Haytor Vale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With its magnificent location, Moorlands has always been attractive to walkers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who enjoy peace and tranquillity. The Country House has welcomed guests for just over 100 years; indeed our most famous visitor, Agatha Christie, wrote her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, here in 1916. ... more   less 
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