Sumptuous Comfort with Practical Facilities for Dartmoor Explorers

The Ramblers’ Rest

Guest House

Princetown, Dartmoor
9 Self Contained Rooms

Self Catering Devon

Google Reviews for Ramblers’ Rest

Reece Dryden
Reece Dryden
March 19, 2024.
The owner is really kind helped me and my friends a lot. Going out of her way to make us feel comfortable. The room was big and the beds were very comfy. The hot tub made our entire trip even better. Would stay here again amazing hotel.
February 26, 2024.
Thank you guys for a brilliant 2night stay. Great size room beds were very comfy. Could do with a little more storage a few shelves or hooks for hanging. But over all lovely. Hot tub was devine, kind and helpful hosts. Thank you again, we will definitely be back to Prince Town - Dartmoor is outstanding.
February 16, 2024.
Camping on the moors gets hard when you're down to your last litre of water but stopping off at the ramblers rest made our journey 10x better. Nikki was an amazing host, the rooms were cozy the location was perfect. We strolled through the town after an all dayer (Sunday not so keen) said "hello" to the vicar, watched the kids play in their spinny top hats then got home for a cuppa and a nice long nap. Overall an absolute gem of a stay, that what I'm saying me chavy!
ruan gyllmurray
ruan gyllmurray
January 29, 2024.
Did exactly what it said on the tin. Simple accommodation at a good price. The massive hut tub was a godsend after a 10 hour hike from Plymouth. Would highly recommend for walkers.
Zwelibanzi Radebe
Zwelibanzi Radebe
January 13, 2024.
Thanks you my birthday was great.
Lucy Atkins
Lucy Atkins
December 10, 2023.
Another fabulous stay at the Ramblers' Rest. This time with the added bonus of an amazing hot tub. It was heavenly sat in the bubbles underneath the stars! After a very good nights sleep we took advantage of the links with local businesses for a delicious breakfast. Without doubt, we'll be back soon. A Two Blondes Walking, Christmas tradition has begun.
ben marsh
ben marsh
December 4, 2023.
we stayed here to see the first snow. This is highly recommended. the owner Nikki and Terry were friendly, nice and helpful. the hotel is nice quiet and very clean, the SPA was amazing, which we like the most. it was -3 snowy so cold but worth it. that was really good though. close to the pub and easy access to anywhere. we would definitely come again. Lovely!!

Amenities & Services

Spa pool (hot tub seats 8)
Luxury mattresses & linen
Tea & coffee provided
Coffee machines
Smart HD TVs
Simple self-catering
Drying room
Ice cream kiosk
Outdoor kitchen
Pizza ovens
Fire pit
Outdoor terrace
Outdoor covered seating
Board games
Free high speed Wi-Fi
Free parking
Pet friendly
Walks from the front door
Non-intrusive service
Honesty shop
Extended checkout

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. 

Family Room @ Ramblers Rest, Princetown

 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 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!

Triple Room @ Ramblers Rest, Princetown

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 @ Ramblers Rest, Princetown

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.

Superking Room @ Ramblers Rest, Princetown

 Super King

Our Super King rooms 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.  We now also offer a Superking Suite which also offers a corner sofa, so everyone can enjoy down time comfortably together. Additional beds can be added.

Twin Bedroom @ Ramblers' Rest, Princetown

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 Bedroom @ Ramblers' Rest, Princetown

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.

The Apartment @ Ramblers' Rest, Princetown

The Apartment

Ramblers rest has two fully self-catering studio apartments. One that can sleep two people in a double bed with the option of an additional put up bed.  The other studio boasts a superking bed with two pull out single beds.

Single Bedroom @ Ramblers' Rest, Princetown

Single Room

Our larger rooms are available for single occupancy, with the added comfort of  a spacious room. 

Double Bedroom @ Ramblers' Rest, Princetown

Double Room

Even our smallest room, now boasts a king size bed, along with a bath ensuite.  The perfect way to relax after a day of exploration on Dartmoor.


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.

Map showing location of Ramblers' Rest Guesthouse in Princetown, Dartmoor