Self Catering Dartmoor

The Ramblers’ Rest

Guest House

Princetown, Dartmoor
8 Self Contained Rooms

Self Catering Devon

Self Contained Rooms & Apartment

The Ramblers’ Rest in Princetown

The Ramblers’ Rest stands proudly in the centre of Princetown overlooking Duchy Square.  Princetown is the highest settlement on Dartmoor and one of the highest in the UK.  This fantastic location is located remotely in the centre of the moors, however, Princetown itself offers a few but diverse range of shops and services, a range of dining is minutes from the doorstep including The Prince of Wales public house.  There is a good convenience store and post office, an outdoor activity store and there’s even a beautician and hairdresser.  Princetown even boasts its own brewery – The Dartmoor Brewery, home to the esteemed Jail Ale.  Even more well-known is the infamous Dartmoor Prison and the Dartmoor Prison Museum.  The Market town of Tavistock is just 15 minutes drive and again, there is a wealth of individual shops and eateries.  Tavistock also has beautiful river walks and a fantastic pannier market with goods to suit everyone.

Dartmoor Self-catering Bedrooms

The Ramblers’ Rest has been created to offer comfortable accommodation after a day of exploration.  We are geared up to cater for a range of visitors and can even accommodate large groups of up to twenty-seven people. We are mud and pet friendly and we welcome dogs in the majority of our rooms.  We know that you want to explore our local landscape and so have introduced a concept of ‘simple self-catering’: we provide you with a sink, fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave, giving you flexibility and freedom.  This allows you to prepare packed lunches, organise hungry children and enjoy fresh milk with your complimentary tea or coffee. There is a great local shop and post office that offers a wide choice of supplies if you need anything else.  In addition, we are located within 3 minutes walk of a fantastic pub, The Prince of Wales, who offer excellent food and local beverages.  For anyone that wants a cooked breakfast, we have the additional bonus of being located right next door to the dog-friendly Fox Tor Cafe.

Hosts Nikki & Terry

“We look forward to welcoming you to

The Ramblers’ Rest and to showing you the Dartmoor village that we love”.

Nikki & Terry, The Ramblers' Rest
Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon

Self Contained Rooms & Apartment

Our bedrooms are all ensuite and our main beds are all 6ft long divans (we have a lot of tall friends).  We offer king sized and even superking bedrooms and our guests frequently comment on the comfort and how well they slept. 

Super king Sized Bed in Family Room at the Ramblers' Rest, Dartmoor

Family Room

Many of our rooms are ideal for family groups.  Parents can enjoy the spacious luxury of a superking bed and children can be accommodated in rooms with up to three additional beds.  One of our family rooms has a children’s bedroom area with a curtain, allowing the parents to stay up a little later than the youngsters!

Group Room, Ramblers' Rest, Dartmoor

Triple Room

We have rooms that can offer additional beds.  You can either book a room that sleeps four comfortably on full size single beds or we can offer two single beds with an additional smaller bed.  All beds boast a sumptuous pocket sprung mattress.

Group Room at the Ramblers' Rest

Group Room

We offer a variety of rooms for groups.  Our rooms can offer a clever variety of sleeping options with some rooms accommodating up to six individual beds.

Super King BedRoom at the Ramblers' Rest

Super King

Our Super King Suites have a little bit of everything.  A very large and luxurious super king bed, together with fabulous views over the main square in Princetown and out to the moor.  Additional beds can be added.

Twin Room at the Ramblers' Rest

Twin Room

Our twin rooms are perfect for two people to share, with a small dining area and comfortable single beds.  Sometimes we may also be able to offer a Superking twin.  If you want something a bit special, please email us to discuss your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

King Sized Room Room at the Ramblers Rest

King Room

Our super comfortable bedrooms with king sized beds are ideal for couples or just for one person to enjoy.  The beds have all been selected with your comfort in mind, perfect for a relaxing break.

Self catering apartment at the Ramblers' Rest, Dartmoor

The Apartment

A large apartment that can sleep up to 8 people with a bedroom and  living area.  The apartment boasts both a shower room and a bathroom ensuite.

Single Room with Double Bed at the Ramblers' Rest, Princetown

Single Room

Our larger rooms are avalable for single occupancy, with the added comfort of  a spacious room. We are happy to offer you a discount if travelling solo.

Double Room at the Ramblers Rest

Double Room

Our smallest room but big on comfort.  The double room boasts a Tempur mattress and a bath ensuite, the perfect way to relax after a day of exploration on Dartmoor.

Guest Reviews & Testimonials

“This was such a lovely stay! The location is convenient in Princetown to see the moors and the prison museum. Food and a shop nearby as well. Nikki and Terry are literally my favorite hosts I’ve ever met. They have a lovely family and were so accommodating and helpful. We will definitely return!”



“A truly lovely stay in a stunning village. Fantastic location with big spacious rooms (perfect for our cycling team). Nikki was so helpful booking us in to the local pub for when we arrived and super speedy to respond to all of my questions. Highly recommend staying at this old inn. We’ll definitely be back!”



“I just have to say Nikki & Terry a great big Thank You, having such lovely accommodation made my weekend. It was great, you were so welcoming and the room was lovely, very well equipped and a lovely touch with tea coffee & milk. Dartmoor is a beautiful place to explore and Princetown is a great place to stay. I wish you a great summer and plenty of guests as we continue out of this pandemic and you can be sure I will be back….:-)”



“Nikki was a fabulous host. Great communication before we stayed and during our stay she was brilliant too. The rooms are perfect for couples and small families. The beds are super comfy and the rooms very clean with all that we needed and Nikki could not do more to help us! Thanks again we will be back next year!”




Amenities & Services

Free WiFi
Free Parking
Tea & Coffee Provided
Simple Self-catering
Smart HD TVs
Extended Check-out
Non-Intrusive Service
Outdoor Seating Area
Luxury Mattresses


Activities on Dartmoor

Dartmoor is a world-renowned region with it’s dramatic tors and far-reaching views.  Driving from Princetown to Plymouth, you get a real vision of the land beneath you, with perspective through the valley to the sea; if you are lucky, you may catch sight of a morning mist and watch it rising from the city below.  The challenging and vast terrain offers amazing opportunities to enjoy open rivers, steep climbs and dense and ancient forests.  There is an abundance of legends and myths to immerse yourself in, and many of the locals will enjoy regaling a tale at the bar of any of the local hostelries.  No wonder Conan Doyle chose to write The Hound of the Baskervilles in the Duchy Hotel (now the National Park Information Centre, where you can view interactive displays as well as find out where you will be visiting next).  Dartmoor is the place of extremes; snow falls frequently in the winter and into the spring, dense fogs are renowned and when the sun shines, it shines so beautifully that it offers a breathtaking backdrop with stunning and dynamic skylines.  There are a multitude of activities to participate in from the clearly marked walking and cycling paths to embarking on whatever challenges you choose to undertake; nordic walking, hiking, running, horse-riding, letterboxing, geo-caching, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, wild swimming, climbing or orienteering.  The guest house is located right on the Nuns’ Cross Farm Track (aka The Ivybridge Road), that leads directly up to South Hessary Tor. 

Ramblers’ Rest Map

Moor to Sea

Another factor to consider is that Princetown is just thirty minutes from the coast and approximately one hours drive from several of Devon and Cornwall’s beaches.   Although spoilt for choice with activities in and around Dartmoor, many of the main tourist attractions of the South West are within a short drive for example Tintagel in Cornwall with it’s legendary castle and coastline, just one hour away.  The cities of Plymouth – Britain’s Ocean City (30 minutes) and Exeter (45 minutes) are both easily accessible by car and indeed supported by a local bus, the Dartmoor Explorer.

Ramblers' Rest

Two Bridges Road,



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