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Castle Inn

Station Road, Lydford, Dartmoor National Park EX20 4BH England
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#1 of 4 B&Bs in Lydford
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The Castle Inn, Lydford is a quintessential 16th century inn with thirteen bedrooms resting on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park. We are surrounded by invigorating walks, horse trails and national cycle routes, with cosy corners and roaring fires in the winter months and large beautiful gardens to enjoy in the summer, there’s something for everyone year round. The pub has a main bar, snug, restaurant and lounge, thirteen bedrooms and large beautiful gardens. Our menu is full of pub and British classics, our food is traditional, homemade and honest and our ingredients sourced from local producers. The bedrooms offer a calm, simple space to unwind and relax at prices starting from £80 including breakfast. We are family friendly and four legged friends are very welcome as well. Most importantly we aim to provide genuine, warm and friendly hospitality to all our guests, so whether you are a local from up the road or a visitor from afar we hope to welcome you time and time again.
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Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Non-smoking hotel
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Flatscreen TV
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English
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Spencer W wrote a review Jan 2024
Plymouth, United Kingdom105 contributions39 helpful votes
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We stayed here for one night. The food was very tasty, we had an evening meal and breakfast. The whole building is well decorated for such an old building. The staff were friendly. Our only disappointments were the heating in the room which only had one radiator so it was rather chilly. The main issue though was the shower. It kept going between hot and cold so you couldn't stay in it. As breakfast we realised we weren't the only people with the shower issue. If it wasn't for these issues we would of given it five stars.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jilly & Ed wrote a review Jan 2024
Exeter, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
Really lovely pub and restaurant in the heart of Lydford in Dartmoor with great walking the moor and also Lydford Gorge (National Trust waterfall. Superb Sunday lunch with all locally sourced produce (Taste of the West gold hospitality winner 2023) and great service from a hard working team, including real attention to detail. Can’t recommend enough. The team work hard to make this special! And it is!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sue J wrote a review Dec 2023
Brixham, United Kingdom41 contributions9 helpful votes
Superb lunch with friendly service in this beautiful and characterful Dartmoor pub. Fires blazing in the hearth and great selection of local ales and craft lagers. Picturesque village with lots of history. We will be back!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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jo_g_Cornwall wrote a review Dec 2023
Penryn, United Kingdom22 contributions
We had a lovely stay. We stayed in the building opposite the pub and would definitely recommend those rooms. They are kitted out to a high standard. Great location and breakfast. Loved the extra touches like homemade cookies. Hope to visit again.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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vicky t wrote a review Sept 2023
124 contributions38 helpful votes
Having just spent two nights at the castle Inn, I can highly recommend, very cosy, and a very warm welcome. Our room well equipped with everything. Fresh milk delivered outside your bedroom door at 7 in the morning. We also booked our evening meal with them. Food hot and first class. Nothing to much trouble. Breakfast cooked to perfection full Devonshire highly recommend sets you up for the day. Chole checked us in and checked us out when we left, plus served us at meal times along with the rest of the lovely staff. I have to say Chole very professional and so very pleasant. Thank you all for our lovely stay and looking forward to coming again. Keep up the good work.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jenny S wrote a review Aug 2023
Bristol, United Kingdom4 contributions1 helpful vote
Friends and I had a thoroughly nice one night stay. We were greeted with a very warm welcome and thoughtful touches like being handed fresh milk for the room which was replenished in the morning. The rooms and beds were very comfortable and clean and the food was very good indeed. A varied and interesting menu and we enjoyed an excellent evening meal. We went horse riding the next morning at Cholwell stables at Mary Tovy - only 10 minutes away and also highly recommended. After a lovely ride across the moors we came back to the Castle for lunch which gave the option of the full menu or reasonably priced lighter options, also extremely good. We will certainly be back and appreciated the very friendly and helpful staff. A first rate experience all round.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Rodney F wrote a review Jul 2023
12 contributions179 helpful votes
A country inn with lovely staff and a great atmosphere. There was a warm welcome from the hospitable staff who were very helpful and obviously know the meaning of the word hospitality. We loved the pub-style food. We would highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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culturevulturelady wrote a review Jun 2023
kingston71 contributions41 helpful votes
Such a comfortable bed, such a lovely welcome, such great food. A large quiet garden with an extensive covered area. Convenient parking. Lots of walks nearby and so kind and friendly to our small dog. Our favourite place to stay on the way to Cornwall
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Tom M wrote a review Feb 2023
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I stayed at The Castle while travelling down from Bristol to Cornwall - it was a last-minute booking (literally, booked by phone about an hour before I arrived!) On arrival I had a very warm welcome and was shown to my room (Room 5). The room was perfect for me travelling solo and would be fine for a couple. The bathroom is tiny - literally a shower and toilet, with the basin in the room, but absolutely adequate for my needs. It was lovely to have the old exposed beams and little touches like freshly ground coffee and a cafetiere (rather than horrible instant coffee!), fresh milk delivered in the morning (again, rather than horrible UHT!), a Smart TV, and Bramley products were all nice touches and not "expected". The best thing about The Castle, though, is the atmosphere, food, and drink downstairs. I was seated in the "snug" for dinner, which was lovely and cosy (I would probably have preferred to be in the restaurant or even the bar, but given I was a very last minute booking, I was just pleased to be able to eat when I wanted to, as the pub was quite busy). I had a couple of pints of Jail Ale (well kept) and the Steak and Jail Ale pie, followed by the cheese (some really nice local cheeses). The food was brilliant - the steak pie was beautiful, and among the best I've had. The staff were friendly and attentive (without being obtrusive), and being in the snug, I didn't feel bad that I was sitting there reading my book!) Yes the prices are reasonably high - but this is definitely not "pub grub" - it's a good balance between good value for money and really great food. Breakfast in the morning was equally delicious and a very generous Full Devon Breakfast (it made me laugh that the eggs were Cornish - I guess Lydford's not far from the border!) I ate here about five years ago and haven't been back since (just due to circumstances - nothing they did wrong!), and I can honestly say I will be back sooner this time!
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Zel-Kel wrote a review Jan 2023
Milborne Port, United Kingdom38 contributions47 helpful votes
I havent been to the Castle for 30 years until recently. The pub still has wonderful character and full of interesting locals. Great selection of beers. Now the not so good, we stayed in a room in the cottage, room nicely decorated but cold and noisy neighbours. We booked a table in the bar online when I booked the accommodation. We wanted the bar for the ambience and to feel comfortable with our 2 well behaved dogs. The booking was 8.00pm. After 3 requests to see if our table was ready at 8.15pm we were told no tables and so you will have to go in the restaurant. Slightly grumpy I did what I was told and we ended up at the far end of the restaurant next to a drafty door and little pub ambience.......not an apology or care in sight. Now then the food, a tad on the expensive side, but the menu looked good and so that was ok, until it turned up (if your hungry then have a burger or kebab before you get there). I had breast of a very small malnourished guinea fowl with sautéed brussel sprouts and lardons, to be exact 4 half brussels and 2 burnt lardons. However, the taste was good but if you want to charge slightly high prices then give the Customer a fair portion. So this might appear to be a winge but I was looking forward to a revisit to a pub that I remember being one of the best I had ever visited. And to top it all young staff, void of charisma and a devotion to pleasing the Customer.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Castle Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Castle Inn?
Nearby attractions include Lydford Gorge (0.3 miles), The Granite Way (2.9 miles), and Lydford Gorge Alpacas (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Castle Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Castle Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Castle Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Castle Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Dartmoor Inn at Lydford, Peter Tavy Inn, and The Mary Tavy Inn.
Is Castle Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Lydford.
Are pets allowed at Castle Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Castle Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tavistock Town Hall (6.7 miles), Drake's Leat (9.3 miles), and Tavistock Guildhall (6.7 miles).