With easy access from London and Bristol, the Airstream Retreat is situated in the heart of the Teign Valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. We are in the perfect spot to explore the beauty that this part of Devon has to offer and within walking distance of a Good Food Pub. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to stay for those in search of tranquility, yet so close to many special places to visit. If you want to explore, there are a large number of beautiful places for walking and cycling on our doorstep, including Canonteign Falls, Dartmoor National Park, Haldon Forest and plenty of South Devon beaches and countryside - the list is endless. Whether you want a break exploring the great outdoors, or simply just to relax at the Airstream Retreat - it is the perfect place to do whatever you please!
Haldon Forest Park
Haldon Forest Park is a beautiful Forestry England woodland and is the perfect place for those who enjoy the outdoors, with plenty of walking and cycling trails of varying lengths and difficulties - from leisurely strolls and cycle routes to hiking and mountain biking. Haldon is also home to the beautiful Haldon Belvedere (aka Lawrence Castle), which you may be lucky to spot from one of the many viewpoints. Feeling a little adventurous? There’s also Segway tours and the Go Ape Treetop adventure - perfect for exploring the forest from a different angle!
Plymouth is just a 45 minute drive from the Airstream Retreat and is home to the National Marine Aquarium (the UKs Biggest Aquarium), the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery and The Box - a new £46 million museum and gallery. Known as Britain's Ocean City, there are some breathtaking views to be enjoyed around The Hoe and The Barbican and Sutton Harbour areas, which are beautiful to enjoy on a sunny day. All of this is centred around the Drake Circus Shopping Centre in the heart of the city, offering plenty of shops for a little retail therapy.
Dartmoor National Park
Just a stone's throw from the Retreat, Dartmoor National Park offers 386 square miles of wild open moorlands, perfect for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors. From leisurely strolls and wild swimming to challenging hikes or even a spot of rock climbing on the famous tors, Dartmoor has something for everyone. There are also plenty of local myths and legends to learn about over a spot of lunch at a cosy Dartmoor pub - just remember to drive safely across the moors, as traffic jams here usually start with ponies or sheep wandering in the road!
The nearby town of Chudleigh has a range of shops, cafes and restaurants and access to plenty of countryside walks. The beautiful Ugbrooke House & Park can be found in Chudleigh, which offers beautiful gardens and architecture to explore. If you fancy something a little more relaxing, Chudleigh is also home to the Siron Spa at Finlake - perfect for a day of pampering!
The Airstream Retreat overlooks the area of Canonteign Falls, so it is literally on our doorstep - a true gem in the Teign Valley. Canonteign Falls is a beautiful outdoor area to explore with woodland walks, lakes and waterfalls including one of the highest man made waterfalls in England, sitting at 220 feet. There are unmissable panoramic views of Devon from the top of the waterfalls, making this a truly magical place that is definitely worth a visit if you are staying at the Airstream Retreat.
Ashburton is a lively but small ancient stannary town surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside. As Ashburton is located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, it is known as one of the gateways to the Moor, making it the perfect place to stop off before an afternoon exploring the moors. The town is quirky and has plenty of quaint little shops full of unique finds and lovely places to grab a bite to eat.
The city of Exeter is only a 20 minute drive away from the Airstream Retreat and although it is a small city, there is plenty to do. From exploring the history with a visit to the RAMM Museum, underground passages or the beautiful Exeter Cathedral, to enjoying a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants situated along the Quayside or within the city centre - Exeter is home to plenty of award-winning independent restaurants and with Devon being known for its delicious local produce, be sure to make the most of your visit!
Fingle Woods is a beautiful ancient woodland situated within the Teign Valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this is a stunning place to escape reality and soak in the beauty of nature. Owned by the National Trust, Fingle Woods is also one of the largest woodland restoration projects in the country. After a day exploring the area, the Fingle Bridge Inn is a peaceful place to stop and eat before heading back to the Airstream - situated on the bank of the Teign River alongside the 17th-century stone arch Fingle Bridge.
Stover Country Park
Stover Country Park is a local nature reserve situated on the outskirts of Newton Abbot, with around 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh and plenty of wildlife to be spotted. There are plenty of short walks to be enjoyed here, whether strolls around the lakes or exploring the woodland. As well as this, there is the Ted Hughes Poetry Trail, a bird hide and an aerial walkway, which are perfect for spotting wildlife.
Bovey Tracey is a beautiful little market town known locally as "The Gateway to the Moor" due to being located on the edge of Dartmoor. Bovey is home to the internationally renowned Devon Guild of Craftsmen, a working glassworks - the House of Marbles and the National Trust's Parke estate, perfect for a peaceful stroll or cycle along the river. You’ll also find the lovely little Home Farm Cafe within the estate, full of delicious local produce.