Business has been taking me to Dartmoor almost every week since the start of the year and I've been staying at The White Hart regularly since Easter; it's become something of a second home.
I first wrote a review back on 29th April, after my first visit here. Six months (and several stays later) I thought it time to add another.
Okay, The White Hart has no gym, no swimming pool, no sauna, no gardens. Even the car park is a public car park 50 yards down the road. Do I care? No. Why? Because this hotel is so darned good in many other ways.
As hotels go, The White Hart is relatively small and a bit quirky. Located in the centre of Moretonhampstead, it's an old coaching inn that was totally (and tastefully) refurbished in 2012 and offers twenty-odd warm and comfortable, newly decorated rooms (some in a mews on the other side of the road) with the most incredibly comfortable beds.
That's not what makes this place feel like a second home though: It's the people who work there. I only stay over at The White Hart one or two nights a week but, every time I show my face there I get the same warm reception. They're warm and caring. All I do these days is pick up the 'phone and say "Hi, it's Duncan, will you book me in on......." It doesn't seem to matter who answers the 'phone, they all seem to know me!
I have to be honest here and say that the warmth isn't just restricted to the staff: The local folk who frequent the hotel make an outsider feel like an insider too. I have incredible memories of being taken on a tour of the local hostelry's and being in hysterics as my host teased one of the itinerants in a nearby public house with the prospect of a too-good-to-miss deal on a chainsaw.
If that's not enough to convince you to stay here, then The White Hart still has a trump card: The food here is (to quote my wife) "to die for". The menu's eclectic enough to cater for most tastes and as much of the food as is possible is locally sourced. It shows. The food served at The White Hart would put most top-class restaurants to shame. I've yet to have anything to eat that was less than outstanding. But don't think that that quality will cost you an arm and a leg. It won't.
I really can't praise this place highly enough. Hopefully, that's come across in this review. But, if anyone asks you about The White Hart just remind them: It has no swimming pool; no gym; no sauna; no gardens and no car park. We'd not want everyone to know how good it is, would we?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Hart Hotel is a traditional old posting house at the centre of the small moorland town of Moretonhampstead set within the spectacular Dartmoor National Park. Under new ownership since early 2012, the White Hart Hotel dates back to 1639 and this historic Grade II listed building is being sympathetically refurbished to provide all modern comforts within a traditional setting. Our comfy sofa-filled lounge has a roaring log fire where you can relax and combine the delights of a traditional cream tea with the convenience of free wifi. An ideal base from which to explore this beautiful area of Devon, the White Hart has 20 well-appointed bedrooms in the main hotel and a further eight in a separate mews building. Our restaurant features the freshest local, seasonal produce cooked in a style that lets the quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. A free house, we stock a range of local real ales and have a handpicked wine list. DOGS - Dogs and Dartmoor go together. Dartmoor is great walking country and dogs are welcome everywhere in the hotel, except in the dining room. CYCLING - Dartmoor is a great area for cycling and we can offer secure bike storage, and have a drying room. SHOOTING - The area is popular for the sport of shooting and the Hotel is used regularly by shooting parties and we have a gun safe and have a drying room. GOLF - There are a number of good golf courses nearby and we can offer special rates with Bovey Castle Golf course, just 2 miles away, and Okehampton Golf Course, 12 miles away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Hart Hotel
- The White Hart Hotel Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor National Park