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The Horn of Plenty
The Horn of Plenty

Gulworthy, Tavistock PL19 8JD

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (19 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cotehele House and Gardens, Brent Tor, and The …

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Future Inn Plymouth
Future Inn Plymouth

1 William Prance Rd, Plymouth PL6 5ZD

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,352 reviews)

Situated in Plymouth, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Tamar Science Park and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Home Park. University of …

£67
Lydford Country House
Lydford Country House

Lydford, Okehampton EX20 4AU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (35 reviews)

Located in Lydford, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Lydford Castle & Saxon Town and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lydford …

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Mary Tavy Inn
Mary Tavy Inn

Lane Head, Tavistock PL19 9PN

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tavistock, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tavistock Farmers Market, Tavistock Pannier Market, and Brent Tor …

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St Mellion International Resort
St Mellion International Resort

St Mellion, Saltash PL12 6SD

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (273 reviews)

This family-friendly Saltash hotel is located near the airport, 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Depth Well, and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

£60
The Hope Cove Country House
The Hope Cove Country House

Hope Cove House Burleigh Lane, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HH

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Kingsbridge, this country house is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hope Cove Beach, Thurleston Beach, and Historic Salcombe …

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Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1AR

3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Plymouth hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of University of Plymouth, City …

£50
Lewtrenchard Manor
Lewtrenchard Manor

Lewdown, Okehampton EX20 4PN

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Lewdown, this country house is within 6 mi (10 km) of Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Lydford Castle & Saxon …

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Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa

Colebrook, Plymouth PL7 4DP

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (36 reviews)

Located in Plympton, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Plympton Swimming Pool and within 3 mi (5 km) of Saltram House …

£99
Tavistock House Hotel
Tavistock House Hotel

50 Plymouth Road, Tavistock PL19 8BU

5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tavistock, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Tavistock Farmers Market and Tavistock …

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Pocket Guide: Dartmoor Brent Tor Hotels

The rich and varied seascapes and landscapes of Devon, and the county's diverse cultural heritage, attract visitors from far and wide. Based in any of the hotels, B&Bs or guesthouses here, you can explore Devon's delights in depth, including Dartmoor, a region of unimaginably ancient settlement. The people who lived on this wild and untamed moorland have us left a legacy of standing stones, mounds and Tors that fascinates visitors to the region today, and Brent Tor is one of the most famous of these.

Brent Tor from Devon Hotels

Dartmoor is full of tombs, ancient settlements and strange, convoluted rock outcrops. Brent Tor is probably the most impressive one, and unusually it has the added attraction of a church on top of it, so it's a really interesting site to visit from your hotel or B&B in Devon. The Tor and its church form a distinctive silhouette on the skyline of Dartmoor, reminiscent of Wuthering Heights or Castle Dracula, and one can well imagine the Hound of the Baskervilles roaming the area at night.

Another unusual property of Brent Tor is that, unlike the rest of Dartmoor's Tor structures, it is made of basaltic lava rather than granite. This lava flowed into the area some 350 million years ago, and as it later flowed down to the sea it left behind 'pillow lavas', globular masses of solidified lava. The sea water would have explosively broken many of these up at the time, but others like Brent Tor survived to inspire awe in visitors to this day.

Devon Hotels for a Day Out at Brent Tor

Of course there are many different versions of the story of how that tiny church came be stuck to the top of Brent Tor. Most of them involve the Devil and a sailor he was hoping to shipwreck as he tries to land his boat in a storm. The sailor in desperation prays to his saint, who builds the church as a beacon on top of the nearest high point on the moor, which is of course Brent Tor, and all turns out well!

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