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The high ground of Dartmoor provides the backdrop for Prince Hall Country House. Vast landscapes, brooding skies and an abundance of wildlife; the national park covers some 368 square miles and is one of the UK's last remaining true wildernesses. Beautiful scenery abounds and every season brings its own delights and colours.
Right in the centre of the moor close to Princetown, Prince Hall is an excellent base for exploring the moor and the interesting towns and villages around its edge. Walkers are well catered-for and the hotel is dog friendly, with towels, washing facilities and Bob & Lush dog treats. Being so remote, the restaurant assumes special importance so breakfast, lunch, dinner and cream teas are all available.
The various lounges offer different perspectives on the ever-changing scenery that is all around. In winter there will be roaring fires while in summer guests might sit out into the late evening on the terrace.
Meals are available in the Bistro bar or the light and airy restaurant, all with views out towards the West Dart river. If the weather permits, the terrace is opened up for al fresco meals. Ingredients are either home grown, home reared or scrupulously sourced to ensure food miles are kept to a minimum. And despite the ample helpings, don't forget to save room for a Devon cream tea featuring freshly-baked crumbly scones, locally-made strawberry preserve, and Devon clotted cream.
Each individually decorated bedroom at Prince Hall has beautiful design and a king-size bed. Looking onto the gardens or the farm, each room has a flat-screen TV and a refreshments tray with fresh milk, a kettle and spring water from the hotel’s own well.
The history of Prince Hall goes far back into the dim and distant past, but the present building dates from 1787. In its time it has been visited by French officer prisoners of war, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who may have found inspiration for The Hound of the Baskervilles here), King Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson and Lord and Lady Astor.
There are mapped walks starting directly from the hotel. Electric bikes can be hired nearby or visitors can choose one-horsepower at the trekking centre close by. You can fish in the river Dart, play golf at various courses, or visit numerous National Trust and other houses and gardens. Best of all though is the untamed magnificence of the moor itself.