When's the last time you lost yourself in Grade II* listed gardens, dozed off by the River Dart and slept in a 14th Century palace? It's never too late to have a first time.
Dartington Hall Hotel is on the Dartington Estate – a truly inspiring retreat, set in 1,200 acres of rolling farmland and deer park with Bronze Age walls near the ancient market town of Totnes, in South Devon.
Dartington Hall Hotel offers a wealth of things to do, with walks along the River Dart; 25 acres of Grade II* listed gardens to explore; craft, gift, fashion, food and beauty shops; and an independent cinema in a 14th century barn.
The hotel bedrooms are arranged around a magnificent medieval courtyard – two of Henry VIII’s wives called it home for a short spell – with free Wi-Fi throughout (room service is not available). The White Hart Inn serves delicious cuisine prepared from fresh, local produce.
The Dartington Estate hosts over 1,000 events each year including exhibitions, arts festivals, food fairs, opera, films, plus events focussed on wellbeing, happiness and society. Dartington Hall is committed to supporting the arts and positively contributing to society and our planet.
Country style en suite bedroom, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, and hairdryer. Separate bath and walk-in shower. Single bed.
Cosy Double Room
Country style bedroom with private bathroom, 170 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. Please note that a separate, private bathroom is available a short distance from the room. These rooms are not en suite. Double bed.
Country style en suite bedroom, 170 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. Double bed.
Country style en suite bedroom, 170 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. Two single beds.
Country style en suite bedroom, 395 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, and hairdryer. Separate bath and walk-in shower. Queen-size bed.
Country style suite, 618 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, digital TV/radio, direct dial telephone, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, and hairdryer. The Florence Suite has a master bedroom, a separate lounge area, and an en suite bathroom with separate bath and walk-in shower. King-size bed.
With its flagstone floor, roughcast walls, lime-oak settles and crackling log fire, you can tuck in to delicious, locally inspired food in a warm, welcoming environment - using the freshest of ethically sourced produce, such as single-suckled beef and grass-reared lamb; fish from the nearby market; and local cheeses from speciality cheese-makers. Some ingredients are picked from Dartington's very own estate.
This light-filled space evokes Dartington's craft legacy - where seasonal ingredients sing in unpretentious dishes cooked from scratch. There's a big open-plan kitchen, and a large deli-style counter offering a full range of hot and cold meals. Perfect for brunch, cake and coffee, or an honest-to-goodness lunch.
Adjacent to the 14th-Century Barn Cinema, in the medieval courtyard, the country-style Roundhouse Café offers a selection of delicious hot and cold snacks. With free Wi-Fi, it is the perfect place to grab a drink - offering teas, coffee and bottled beers - and go online.
In the summer, dining at Dartington Hall reveals an altogether different flavour. Take a seat in the fresh open air – sunny or shade – and dine al fresco. A picnic area is available in front of the Roundhouse Café and refreshments and outside seating are available at the White Hart.
Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in a Devonshire afternoon tea whilst staying in this glorious setting – savour homemade scones with fruit preserve and cream, sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea. Both traditional afternoon tea and champagne afternoon tea are available to order and can be enjoyed in the Roundhouse Café, the White Hart, or any one of the hotel lounges. Afternoon tea can be booked in advance, at a special price, when booking your room via classicbritishhotels.com.
The unique surroundings of Dartington Hall present a wonderful setting for private dinners and celebrations. The hotel caters for reunions, anniversaries, family gatherings, birthday parties, charity and club events, and business dinners. Choose from a range of private rooms, each with its own individual character. Call Classic British Hotels on 0844 967 0984 for advice and let us help you organise a memorable private dinner.
Take a little time to explore the shops at Dartington Hall, offering everything from beautiful glassware, through to designer handbags.
The Dynamic Adventures office is located by the boutique shops on the Dartington Estate and affords guests the opportunity to paddle a kayak or a Canadian canoe on the River Dart, learn archery in the woods, or hire a bike and explore the cycle paths surrounding the Estate.
Set in a renovated 14th-Century barn within the grounds of the Dartington Estate, this independent cinema offers an eclectic programme of films, including arthouse, world and mainstream features, in an intimate setting. There are also live screenings from the very best of theatre, opera and ballet, as well as outdoor showings in July and August.
Take a romantic stroll through 25 acres of Grade II* listed gardens, with sculpture by Sir Henry Moore, Peter Randall-Page and Willi Soukop, and look out for the 500-year-old Spanish chestnut trees. Over the years, a number of leading landscape architects have shaped Dartington's gardens; from the formal Arts & Crafts style hedging of Henry Avray Tipping, to 'painting' with colour and form by famous American landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, or Percy Cane's vistas from the High Meadow and the Glade. In the gardens you may come across badgers, foxes, stoats, deer, rabbits, bats and a wide variety of birds, including three species of woodpecker. In spring, woodland walks are awash with spectacular displays of magnolias, camellias and cherry blossom, and wildflower meadows are adorned by carpets of bluebells, primroses and snake's head fritillaries. Come autumn, the maples of the high meadow and valley field turn burgundy and gold.
Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL, Great Britain
A unique landscape of water, woodlands and dramatic granite outcrops set against heather-clad high moorland, Dartmoor is the largest area of open country in Southern England. Explore this spectacular landscape through its abundance of walking and cycling routes, or go off-road with activities such as horse riding, climbing and kayaking.