... Brimpts Farm is set on the hillside above Dartmeet, spectacularly positioned amid trees looking across the deep valley to open moorland and tors. It is one of five ancient tenements of the moor. In 1307 it passed to the Duchy of Cornwall. For more than 30 years it has been farmed by the same Dartmoor family. The 700 acres of forests, tors, stone circles, East Dart River and open moor are traditionally farmed (mainly beef - pedigree South Devons) and the owners have received a wildlife habitat award from Prince Charles, as well as farm diversification and food producer awards. Cream teas have been available in the farmhouse since 1914. As the Visitors’ Book of 1933-1947 catalogues, even in the war people found holiday refuge at Brimpts.
Half a mile of concrete drive leads to it. Across the yard from the farmhouse is a huge, L-shaped, detached, traditional barn (once a hay store, granary, shippen) with superb views which has been converted into accommodation for as many as 32 people if you are prepared to bunk up, otherwise for 20 very comfortably in ten double or twin bedrooms, all en suite.
Part of the joy of staying here is the range of activities which are available to you (extra). Most popular are the farm tours by Landrover, but there is also climbing and abseiling instruction on the 30’ high climbing tower, guided walks, mountain biking tours or orienteering. Pony riding can be arranged. All this is set in the most beautiful of countryside.
If you prefer more gentle recreation, the farm has a number of waymarked, scenic walks, including a biodiversity trail, and for the more adventurous, long walks start from the farm across Dartmoor to tors or down the Dart towards Ashburton. Indoor facilities at Brimpts also include a sauna for relaxing, an efficient drying room (washing machine, tumble drier) and table tennis.
The accommodation: in front of the barn are sheltered and south-facing decking (picnic tables, barbecue), hot tub on decking and a courtyard. The main entrance is into a huge room (35' x 20'6") with ceiling to the apex and glass doors to a balustrade overlooking the terrace. This is the living/dining room with woodburner, TV/DVD, tables/chairs, drinks fridge, and can be a conference room. Off it is a small, efficient, stainless steel commercial kitchen with dishwashers, microwave, fridge-freezer (no grill), 6-burner gas cooker; hall and disabled loo (washbasin); large hall/lounge area with TV, sofas and pool table.
Upstairs, a large bedroom with four single beds and en suite shower-room (suite), which can also be used as a sitting or TV/video room if preferred; loo (washbasin). Downstairs are three more bedrooms – a twin with en suite bathroom (suite with corner bath and separate shower suitable for wheelchair users), a room with two single beds and en suite shower-room (suite), and a double (5' bed) with en suite shower-room (suite); and across the patio a door leads (same building, separate entrance) to a large glazed hall and two upstairs bedrooms – a twin (limited clothes-hanging space), and a room with three single beds, both with en suite shower-rooms (suites) - and two downstairs bedrooms – double and twin with en suite shower-rooms (suites); and a few more yards away (again separate outside entrance) are two more bedrooms – a room with two single beds and a double (5' bed), both with en suite shower-rooms (suites).
Ten bedrooms in all, four in the main barn, four across the paved terrace, two more private. Some bedrooms are reached by going outside, but never more than 20 yards. All are in the same building.
This is an outstanding place for large groups, family gatherings; brilliant gentle or tough activity opportunities; or you can do nothing much in one of Dartmoor’s most beautiful parts. Full or partial catering and ready meals are available; also conference facilities (projection screen, overhead projectors, flipcharts, etc). Phone available, by arrangement (extra). Spring water. Extra charge for electricity (meter reading); heating provided free of charge. Damages Deposit £150. Arrival after 4pm.
- Number of Rooms / Units
|Room / Unit Type||Room / Unit Tariff*|
|A550||£1,425.00 per unit per week|
*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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- Group Establishments Helpful Holidays Inspected 2013
|a550 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|