Visit Ashburton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ashburton, Devon. Serves with shops, schools and builders the south-east corner, which is the softest yet most spectacular one of Dartmoor. An animated little town, it was once an important place. From the 12th century, when the moor was the richest source of tin in Europe, till that mining finally petered out in the 19th century, it was one of the four stannary towns (Tavistock, Plympton and later Chagford were the others), to which all tin was brought to be assessed and taxed. It also, in medieval times, had nine cloth mills, and was a popular coach-stop on the Exeter—Plymouth road. This road now by-passes it, enabling it to remain tightly, medievally urban with many pleasant slate-hung build-ings and projecting first stories. Its big l5th century church has a splendid tower, tall and slender, framed by evergreens. The interior was restored by G. E. Street, but its medieval roofs — both waggon and flat — are fine. There is a small museum in the Little House, West Street. The ironmonger's at No. 4 North Street was formerly the Mermaid Inn, a headquarters of Fairfax during the Civil War.
Holne, 3 miles West, and Buckland-in-the-Moor, 3 miles North West, both have attractive small churches, both l3th century enlarged in the 15th, both with medieval screens bearing more than usually interesting panel paintings. Charles Kingsley was born at Holne vicarage. The drive between them, through deep woods beside the River Webburn, is very beautiful. Home Woods, ¼ mile North of the village and sloping to the Dart, are National Trust.
Nearby towns: Bovey Tracey, Buckfastleigh, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, Totnes
Nearby villages: Abbotskerswell, Berry Pomeroy, Broadhempston, Buckland in the Moor, Chudleigh Knighton, Dartington, Dean Prior, Denbury, Hennock, Higher Dean, Highweek, Holne, Ilsington, Ipplepen, Kingskerswell, Kingsteignton, Liverton, Lustleigh, Manaton, Marldon, Postbridge, Rattery, South Brent, Staverton, Teigngrace, Widecombe in the Moo, Woodland
Have you decided to visit Ashburton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Ashburton bed and breakfast (a Ashburton B&B or Ashburton b and b)
- a Ashburton guesthouse
- a Ashburton hotel (or motel)
- a Ashburton self-catering establishment, or
- other Ashburton accommodation