Mill Barn is the perfect holiday cottage for exploring Dartmoor, South Devon and further afield.
The immediate area around Mill Barn is stunning. In January 2012 'The Telegraph' stated that Lustleigh was the 'best village' on Dartmoor. The East & West Wray and the river Bovey have carved deep wooded valleys studded with granite outcrops and tors providing a haven for wildlife. The houses are a chocolate box assortment of thatched roofs and granite walls. Lustleigh has often featured in lists of the UK's prettiest villages.
Dartmoor is a National Park often described as the last wilderness in Southern Britain. The moor reaches heights of more than 2000ft (600m) and provides a perfect environment in which to relax walking, riding, mountain biking, climbing and canoeing. For those looking for a more restful time there are wonderful drives taking in the stunning views of the moors and tors. Don't just take our word for it, Dartmoor has impressed a little known, up and coming film maker.
"I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor... And, with two-and-a-half weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me."
Mr. Steven Spielberg.
In fact Dartmoor has a long established reputation for providing beautiful and evocative backdrops for film and television drama. The critically acclaimed ‘Sherlock’ from the BBC starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman filmed their Hound of the Baskervilles episode just 4 miles away. Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’ used numerous locations on Dartmoor some of them near Mill Barn. Dartmoor has also been seen in episodes of 'Jam and Jerusalem' ‘The Comic Strip’ and 90’s Indie band Suede filmed the video for ‘The Wild Ones’ on the moor. Factual television programmes on Dartmoor have included ‘The Edwardian Farm’, ‘Springwatch’, 'Ben's Zoo' and every week Hay Tor (2.5 miles distant) features in the title sequence of ‘Countryfile’. In September 2013 Countryfile filmed a section of their programme less than one mile away in the Bovey Valley at the South Eastern end of Lustleigh Cleave.
Whilst not filmed on Dartmoor the Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson film ‘We bought a zoo’ is based on the real life story of the current owners of the Dartmoor Zoological Park at Sparkwell.
Dartmoor is also home to some wonderful towns and villages offering interesting places to shop and eat. Lustleigh itself has a great pub and an excellent tearoom as well as a thriving village shop with Post Office. The nearby towns of Bovey Tracey, Moretonhampstead and Chagford offer further choice for discerning shoppers and diners.
Those wishing to visit the coast are spoilt for choice. The beaches of Teignmouth and Shaldon are just 12 miles distant whilst the renowned beaches of the South Hams are less than 45 minutes away. Bigbury-on-Sea, Bantham, Burgh Island, Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge all being popular destinations for memorable days out.
We provide our guests with boxes of leaflets and books full of suggestions for great attractions and days out in the area.
May Bank Holiday
Saturday 7th May 2016
A lovely day out for all the family with a country fayre feel. Complete with crowning of the May Queen, Morris dancers, side shows and May Pole Dancing.
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August Bank Holiday
Monday 29th August 2016
The big day out in the country! Horse Show, Dog Show, Fun Run, Arts & Craft, Horticultural presentation, Bar, Local Produce, Side Shows and Attractions.
Every Tuesday in The Cleave
A quiz for all abilities where all are welcome to join in. Just a £1 to enter with cash prizes available.
Every other Saturday in Bovey Tracey. Market selling local produce including meats, fish, cheese, bread and cakes.
Monday 26th December 2016
A traditional village event involving the of racing of plastic ducks down the river Wray. Explore inaccessible parts of the village and enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine at the end.