Welcome to Clifford Barton

A family run wildlife haven and rural retreat on Dartmoor

Experience nature close up – ancient woodland to flower filled meadows and stunning lake, all framed by the big sky’s and dramatic backdrop of the renowned Teign Valley and Dartmoor National Park.

Family run holiday destination with an emphasis on space and tranquility for guests to relax and immerse themselves in the area’s stunning natural environment.

Our 3 cottages, each with their own private, fenced garden, are set in 50 acres of private nature reserve: ancient woodlands, hay meadows and the beautiful Bridesmere Lake, for our guests to explore.

We manage our 50 acre woodland-dominated valley for wildlife and our guests’ enjoyment, so it’s perfect for enjoying the area’s wealth of nature: birds, woodland, badgers, bats, wetlands, wildflowers, deer…

Superbly located to walk or cycle directly out to the huge expanse of Fingle and Dunsford Woods, to wild swim in the stunning River Teign, as well as to explore Dartmoor and further afield in Devon and Cornwall.

Cosy Cottages

A world away from the bustle of modern life, you are truly on holiday in a cosy, stylish cottage, surrounded by beautiful peaceful Dartmoor countryside.

Furnished as a home, not a holiday let, with meticulous attention to detail, allowing you to spend quality down-time with family and friends, re-charging the soul.



A stay at Clifford Barton is not just about the accommodation, explore the 50 ha of woodland, wildflower meadows and stunning lake. Chill out on the yoga platform. Explore the local area using bikes from our bike pool or battle it out at snooker, table tennis or table football in the games barn.

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Explore the Area

Located in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park there are stunning woodland, river and moorland walks from your doorstep, wildlife watching, hiking, wild swimming, all without having to get in your car.

If you’re looking for some more organised family entertainment there are lots of great attractions close by. Get ready for some serious fun!


Dog Friendly

Your dog will love a stay at Clifford Barton. There are walks from the doorstep up onto Dartmoor, swimming opportunities in the lake or River. Places to wash them down when you get back, before settling down in front a roaring log fire. And if you fancy a day out without your dog there is doggy day care 5 mins up the road.


Child Friendly

For tinies we have high chairs, travel cots, stair gates and a designated play area with books and games in each of the cottages.

Teens will love the games barn where they can plug in their own music. The yoga platform and exploring the area by bike.

There is space to play for all ages, in all weathers.

For Kids

Green Woodworking Courses

A great opportunity to learn traditional green woodworking skills and make something beautiful to take home as a memento of your trip, from light pull, to chair and dining room table.

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Wood Fired Hot Tub

Relax with friends and family in our newly installed Off -grid Wood Fired Hot Tub.

Located in a secluded spot with great views down the Teign Gorge, beautiful at sunset and then when the sun goes down the stars and fairy lights come out.

Hot Tub


There are great opportunities for both road biking and mountain biking with mountain bike lessons available, or mountain biking guiding tours.

Either bring your own bikes or borrow child and adult bikes from our bike pool.



Tie the knot by the lake on Bridesmere Bridge and have a reception for up to 110 in Swallow Barn.

Weddings require exclusive use of the venue so you’d have all your friends and family staying on site to extend the celebrations.


“What a gorgeous spot! If you want to relax, yet have a number of nature activities in close proximity, this is the place to be. We’ve very much enjoyed our week in Clifford Barton, hiking, swimming, playing table tennis and table football. When you return after a day hiking, sitting outside by the fireplace and gazing in the flames while the silence of the night embraces you, is a wonderful experience. Gavin and Vicki have created a gem in Dartmoor, with lots of options to spend a day in any kind of weather.”

Jochen, Germany, July 2019

“Wonderful place, photo’s can’t do it justice. I’m just worried that if everyone else realises how great this place is it will booked up too quickly…”

Steve, July 2019

“A real home from home, with the exception of it being set in the beautiful national park! The cottage was full of charm and nice little touches, including cake when we arrived and a folder on local amenities, restaurants and things to do – very handy! The cottage is spacious, tastefully designed and not to mention immaculately clean. Although cosy and private, Vicki and Gavin are there if you need anything!”

Kelly, Farnborough, July 2019

“Fabulous hosts. Beautiful place with so much wildlife and peace….. I enjoyed the tranquility whilst the children loved the games room. The house was very clean with lovely large communal area with everything we needed provided. Small, lovely touches including a wonderful welcome were much appreciated. Thank you.”

Rebecca, Sheffield, May 2019

Please note that due to the current uncertainty with COVID travel restrictions/lockdown/Tiers, we are currently refunding in full if COVID local restrictions are in place to prevent guests from travelling or us from hosting.







Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you. Vicki and Gavin.

Clifford Barton, Drewsteignton, Devon EX6 6QB 01647 272886, 07799 841688 vickijbloomfield@gmail.com

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