Visiting Dartmoor, Tavistock and Plymouth
An ideal base to visit Dartmoor, the Historic city of Plymouth and Tavistock
The Harrabeer Country House is located in the village of Yelverton on Dartmoor National Park, positioned half way down a narrow residential road and well placed for outdoor activities on and around Dartmoor, with shops and a pub all within walking distance.
There are a host of interesting places to visit such the National Trust Properties of Buckland Abbey, Lydford Gorge, Castle Drogo and Cotehele, The Garden House is minutes away, with the Eden Project further afield in Cornwall. There are plenty of attractions for children including Pennywell Farm, the River Dart Country Park, the Dartmouth Steam Railway, The National Marine Aquarium, Greenway, Powderham Castle and the beaches of both North and South Devon and Cornwall.
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor is a moor in southern Devon, England. Protected by National Park status as Dartmoor National Park, it covers 368 sq mi.
The granite which forms the uplands dates from the Carboniferous Period of geological history. The moorland is capped with many exposed granite hilltops known as tors, providing habitats for Dartmoor wildlife. The highest point is High Willhays, 2,037 ft above sea level. The entire area is rich in antiquities and archaeology, full of varied habitats, from wooded valleys and haymeadows to magnificent mires and the wild open moor.
Discover the full story by visiting the National Park Visitor Centre at Princetown, explore Widecombe, a typical Dartmoor village or stroll around Fernworthy Reservoir amongst its Bronze Age remains and wonderful wildlife
The Nearby Town of Tavistock
Our lovely ancient stannary town of Tavistock, past winner of the “Market Town of the Year” award, possesses world heritage status and is packed full of independent shops and restaurants with amazing, locally produced food. Only a short drive away or on the local bus route, it a great place for lunch or dinner and well worth a visit to the market and shops.
Our Location in Yelverton
The Harrabeer House is set in the village of Yelverton within the Dartmoor National Park and is ideally placed for exploring and touring Dartmoor. The immediate area offers beautiful walks across the open moorland of Roborough Down, where wild Dartmoor ponies are a delightful feature and wander freely across the former Second World War airfield at Harrowbeer, which is also famous for the huge mass of stone called “The Rock”.
Hire bikes or walk part of the 21-mile Drakes Trail, linking Tavistock with Plymouth the trails take you through wooded river valleys and across open moorland, up close to fascinating wildlife and history.
Princetown, the highest village on Dartmoor is close by, most famous for its austere and forbidding prison which was built during the Napoleonic Wars, but also for being the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found his inspiration when he came up with the idea of writing Hound of the Baskervilles. Princetown is also home to the Dartmoor Brewery famous for concocting beers such as Jail Ale and Dartmoor IPA. Walk or cycle along the old disused railway with its fantastic views across the moor, sample the beer of have a cream tea in Princetown and catch a local bus back.
There are opportunities for golf, riding and fishing all within easy reach of the Harrabeer Country House, give us a call and we will help plan your holiday here on Dartmoor.
Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City
The historic Naval City of Plymouth is only 9 miles from the Harrabeer Country House, also and easy bus ride. Sir Francis Drake masterminded the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. According to popular legend, he played bowls on Plymouth Hoe as the Armada sailed up the Channel. No visit to Plymouth Hoe is complete without visiting the 72-foot-high Smeaton’s Tower a lighthouse originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759.
The Royal Citadel is also on The Hoe, a dramatic 17th century fortress built to defend the coastline from the Dutch, and keep watch on a recently rebellious town, the Royal Citadel is still in use by the military today. Guided tours are available but need to be booked in advance.
Perhaps the most celebrated expedition to leave Plymouth was that of the Pilgrims who set sail from the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican area for the New World on board the Mayflower in 1620. Captain James Cook sailed out from Plymouth on 3 voyages to the Southern Scean and the Pacific as well as Charles Darwin, who went to the Galapagos Islands, where he formulated his revolutionary theories of natural selection and the Origins of Species.
The Plymouth Gin Distillery is close by to the Mayflower Steps and open for guided tours, enjoy a tutored tasting of the range and then relax in the Refectory cocktail lounge or Brasserie afterwards.
Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula you can take a passenger ferry over to explore, enjoy, learn its history.
Visit the National Marine Aquarium the UK’s largest, connecting us with our oceans, delivering fun, interactive learning experiences and well as helping and promoting marine conservation.
There are plenty of boat and fishing trips, both out to sea and up the rivers, along with diving, guided canoe trips and water sports, beaches and pools. In August Plymouth is home to the British Firework Championships which takes place over two days.
Plymouth will also host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, the race village will be located at Yacht Haven at Mount Batten and will be open to the public from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 August, with live music, family friendly activities and opportunities for local people to try their hand at on-water activities like sailing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Plymouth is also home to lively nightlife, live music, comedy and culture with the outstanding Theatre Royal, serving the South West with a wide range of theatre including classic and contemporary drama, musical productions and the presentation of national opera, ballet and dance companies.