Holiday cottages in Bovey Tracey are perfectly positioned for exploring South Devon. To their west, Dartmoor National Park is an enchanting expanse of woods, fields and open moorland scattered with ancient standing stones. To their east, sandy beaches, hidden coves and fishing villages await discovery. Bovey Tracey – or simply ‘Bovey’ – is a small town, roughly 10 miles west of the city of Exeter. It lies on the banks of the River Bovey, which runs westward into Dartmoor and eastward toward the sea. Known as The Gateway to the Moor, the town is a popular base for walkers, with several footpaths leading directly into the national park.

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Wander into the historic centre from your holiday cottage in Bovey Tracey and you will discover a friendly community with a variety of independent businesses. There are several cosy, old pubs, including the Cromwell Arms, The Bell Inn and the Claycutters’ Arms, where good food and local ales can be enjoyed. You will find delis and butchers where you can pick up fresh produce from the Devon countryside. Home Farm Café, Brookside Tearooms and Gardens and the Old Pottery are among the town’s best places to eat.

Exploring the narrow, winding streets of Bovey Tracey, you will discover a thriving creative community with galleries and arts and crafts shops. At the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, you can watch the creation of jewellery, textiles and other items in a converted mill. 

You may notice that a number of local landmarks bear the name ‘Cromwell’ – a reference to the invasion of the town by Oliver Cromwell and his troops during the English Civil War. 

Holiday cottages in Bovey Tracey are popular among outdoor enthusiasts, thanks to the superb walking on Dartmoor, as well as opportunities to horse-ride, kayak and climb. Exmouth, Teignmouth, and Torquay are all a scenic drive eastward from Bovey Tracey.