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

Nicole de Villier
Nicole de Villier
October 23, 2023.
Highly recommend for customer service, convenience, options for a variety of budgets, and THE HOT TUB!!! We booked for an October holiday on the moors. Nikki was great with communications when I sent a list of questions about what we might need to bring for our stay in the teeny caravan. When we arrived, we found out that they normally block out October for the caravan, but we’d booked the holiday back in July before they’d had a chance to block out the dates. Instead of cancelling with us, Nikki and Terry went above and beyond to honour our booking, ensuring we had electric hookups, a heated fan, and a big fluffy duvet. Despite the infamous Dartmoor weather, our stay was cosy and warm. The caravan is quite private and peaceful, with amazing views of the stars at night. All the amenities at the main building were nice (indoor toilets, shower and changing room and a sheltered outdoor kitchen with hobs, pizza oven, fridge, sink, etc). And the spa!!! Omigosh! The whole booking was worth it just for that! We spent two of the three nights drinking prosecco in the spa. Cannot talk this up enough! The hot tub is huge and deep with incredible sky views. It was so peaceful. We had fun playing with the lights and fountain settings, too! While we were in there, Nikki and Terry checked on us a few times to make sure we were enjoying our stay. They are really attentive hosts and really personable. We had a wonderful chat with Nikki at one point. It was great to get to know her better. The place is located right next to a public footpath that leads into the moors, so it was perfect for our walking/foraging holiday. It is also central to town, making it easy to hit up the Prince of Wales pub for dinner (the pies are incredible!) and breakfasts at the Old Police Café. Both were great and deserve reviews of their own but are worth mentioning in this review because guests of the Ramblers Rest receive discounts at these establishments, as well as a few other shops and restaurants/cafes (including the renowned Two Bridges Hotel, down the road) with their bookings cards. If you are avid campers, the teeny caravan is the place for you! If you like something a bit finer, maybe consider staying in one of the rooms they offer. When booking the caravan, it is as described – teeny. It is also more of a glamping than hotel experience. We felt it was great value (especially with the spa! What a stellar addition! You don’t get that a Premier Inn!) but were told some guests have been surprised by the size and slightly more rustic nature of the caravan, despite it being very clearly described on the website. The bed takes up most of the space in it, though when the weather is dry, there is outdoor seating with a chimnea as well as woodstove. Be aware that in the teeny caravan, storage is limited, so it is worth packing savvy for the small space. Terry has said he has plans to improve the caravan, so we’ll be excited to see what happens with it. In the meantime, we’re already thinking about another stay, mid-winter in one of the very smart looking rooms, as the caravan is now blocked out for the colder season. Many thanks to Nikki and Terry for an excellent holiday!
Sophie Mallory
Sophie Mallory
October 1, 2023.
Wow, where do I begin?! This place is a lovely hidden little gem 💎 We stayed in the family room, which is very well equipped with a kitchen & dining area. Room is very spacious with a lovely king-size bed. Bathroom is also very spacious with everything you need. The amenities outside are a nice touch and the hot tub is an absolute must!!! Biggest hot tub I have ever seen - it was incredible to sit and relax in. In terms of price, I would say it is very good value for money. The owners Nikki and Terry are so nice and are very welcoming. There is lots to do in the local town, Dartmoor moors is a breathtaking sight and yhe National Trust Visit Centre was a great place for the kids to look around. Would definitely book this place again!
Nena Kuhr
Nena Kuhr
September 30, 2023.
We stayed at The Railway Rambler's Rest for two nights and seriously considered changing the remainder of our itinerary to stay longer! Unbeatable location with direct access to the moors, incredibly friendly hosts and super clean and thoughtful facilities. I would highly recommend to anyone considering an excursion to Dartmoor.
Gareth Stevens
Gareth Stevens
September 19, 2023.
Great room for a family. Very friendly staff. Highly recommended
Hildegard Roozen
Hildegard Roozen
August 22, 2023.
Wunderschöner Platz direkt im dartmoor mit wunderschönen eckchen die man direkt besuchen kann. Außerdem gibt es herrliches Eis! Preis ist absolut fair. 15pfund pro Nacht
Paula Șpac
Paula Șpac
August 16, 2023.
Such a cozy place to stay. Staff are absolutely lovely and will make you feel so welcomed. When they say pet friendly, they mean it 😊
Tammie Loughlin
Tammie Loughlin
July 26, 2023.
This place is a hidden gem, amazing rooms. Even the dog was given a bed and treats/bowl for water in the room. Hot tub is beyond stunning. Helpful and at hand owners and fantastic grounds. Would not hesitate to recommend or go back.
Claire Grayson
Claire Grayson
July 6, 2023.
Would highly recommend Ramblers Rest to anyone looking for a restful night in mid to high end accommodation in Princetown. I stayed here with two others in a three -person bedroom, and we had a fantastic stay. Nikki and Terry have thoughtfully designed accommodation that catered to all of our needs. The hot tub is a great addition to a lovely spa area which will be even better when the changing rooms are in place. Terry made us feel very welcome and was a fantastic host.
July 2, 2023.
A great weekend trip! Terry (owner) was very helpful & made us feel very welcome & relaxed. The spa area is a great addition, especially after a day of walking! Thanks!
Laurie montag
Laurie montag
June 14, 2023.
Lovely place, lovely people. Our room was super comfy and the bed was great! We didn't try the hot tub, maybe next time! great location in the heart of Dartmoor. Don't miss the ice cream!

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