Our B & B / Accommodation is 10mins from Okehampton which has been greeting visitors for over 2000 years. Some were invaders rather than visitors! The area was initially settled in the Bronze Age. Saxon rule came in the 7th century the settlement was probably built up around the parish church, which still stands over half a mile from the modern town.
Like many towns in the West Country, Okehampton grew on the Medieval wool trade. Notable buildings in the town include the 15th century chapel of St. James, and Okehampton Castle. There is the site of a Roman fort close to the Town at SX5996. The town is also home to the Museum of Dartmoor Life.
Okehampton's location at the edge of Dartmoor makes it a superb entrance to the Park, Bearslake Inn Accommodation is 10mins from Okehampton. Okehampton railway station is on the former northerly rail route from Exeter to Plymouth via Tavistock. In summer, and at weekends throughout the year, the Dartmoor Railway operates a heritage railway service between Okehampton and Meldon Quarry.
Visiting from our Accommodation; Okehampton is also characterized by the large number of smaller villages and towns that surround it. Notable examples are the villages of Folly Gate, a small picturesque village which lies in close proximity to the village of Inwardleigh and Abbeyford woods, Belstone, known for its location on the very outskirts of Dartmoor, and Sticklepath which runs in parallel fashion to the A30 dual carriageway.
Okehampton Castle (English Hertitage) is a ruined motte, the castle has Norman origins and dates from the late 11th century. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book (completed in 1086) which states that at that time it was in the possession of Baldwin de Brionne, the Sheriff of Devon. Much of the surviving masonry, including the bulk of the Keep and the curtain walls, is of fourteenth century construction.
The Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton is a great place to visit. On offer are a range of exhibitions exploring the working lives of Dartmoor residents - you can get a real sense of the hardships through the many photographs and ephemera. Check out the little art gallery as well with paintings and photography by local artists.
For further information on visiting Okehampton from your Accommodation please contact us