I arrived at Sparrowhawk absolutely drenched after a long slog up the hill by bike, and received a warm greeting and found everything well kept and clean.
The large bunkhouse sits above a welcoming communal lounge/kitchen and is divided by curtains for a small amount of privacy, with bunks well spaced and lots of natural light from above. The sheets were fresh and clean and I had one of the best nights sleep in a long time.
Downstairs, there are boardgames, lots of information and maps of the local area, and the kitchen opens onto a courtyard which, on a fine morning, was lovely and sunny. At the back a secure bike shed is useful.
In the town three excellent pubs (the Union Inn has wifi and a very warm welcome), a well stocked co-op and a friendly tourist information centre. There is even a fish and chip shop if you're feeling too tired to cook.
Well worth the money, the owner should be very proud of Sparrowhawk. I'd return today if I didn't have to go to silly work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sparrowhawk Backpackers is a small, friendly, relaxed, eco-hostel, converted barn, more like a homestay, within the atmospheric Dartmoor National Park, Devon. Groups and individuals are welcome. An ideal base to explore all Dartmoor has to offer. The hostel is located in the village centre with several shops, P.O, cafes, info. centre and pubs serving good food/beer. There is a self catering kitchen, tea/coffee provided. Great place for cycling on and off road, hiking, climbing, wild swims, wildlife, archeology, high open moors and tors, chill out picnics by ancient woodlands, stone circles and rivers. Moretonhampstead is a lively village and home to many artists, craftspeople and musicians, so you may catch a music session in the pub and visit the gallery and studios. The bus stop is just 2 mins walk with frequent direct buses to and from Exeter. Trains - Paddington to Exeter, 2 hr. 15Min./ Waterloo- Exeter, 3hr.30Min. Bristol-Exeter, 1hr. The hostel also provides secure parking for bikes and motorbikes if you arrive on 2 wheels. Cars must be parked in the public car park (free at night). ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sparrowhawk Backpackers Hostel Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park