Blytheswood, Dunsford, Devon, EX6 7EQ
Call Lewis or Sarah on 07758 654840
Formerly Steps Bridge Youth Hostel on Dartmoor, Devon.Blytheswood is set in secluded, ancient woodland on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by Woodland Trust and National Trust woodland, and neighbouring Dunsford Nature Reserve.
The woods are home to horseshoe bats, pied flycatchers, hazel dormice, wood ants, badgers and deer. The area is renowned for its wild daffodils in early spring, along with bluebells, wood anemones and wild garlic.
Two cosy, self-catering spaces are available: The Nest sleeps two in a double bed and has an outdoor kitchen, shower and bathroom, plus a shared outdoor fire area where you can sit and star gaze.
The Cabin sleeps two in a double bed and has a pull out bed for a child. It has a kitchenette, eating area, en suite toilet, outdoor shower, outdoor seating area and use of the shared fire area.
An extra fold out bed or travel cot is available if required.
Heated, beautiful and functional spaces with woodland views from every window, adult and kids alike will relish the adventure of sleeping in the middle of woods with birds and animals as neighbours.
A family-run business, you'll find Blytheswood friendly and peaceful. A place to switch off, relax and breathe in the woodland. Walk straight from the door up through the woods to Heltor and Blackingstone Rock, or along the River Teign valley towards Fingle Bridge and Castle Drogo. Cross the stepping stones to Dunsford village with its Post Office, shop and pub, or visit nearby Moretonhampstead and Chagford for lots of independent shops and places to eat.
For cyclists, Blytheswood is on the LEJOG cycling route and you can cycle along the river and through the woods.
An ideal base from which to explore the open moor and see wild ponies, visit the cathedral city of Exeter, and the beaches of South Devon. The surrounding National Trust woodland and nature reserve are rich in wild flowers, butterflies and birds, and home to badgers, deer and otters.
Be sure to bring a head torch!
Beds & Rooms:5: 1x2 (double), 1x2 (double) +1 (child's bed)
Price per night:£50 The Nest, £75 The Cabin (min 2 nights).
Directions:20 minutes drive from Exeter on the B3212 towards Moretonhampstead, one mile outside Dunsford. Park at Steps Bridge car park and walk up our drive opposite.
- Trains & coaches to Exeter. 359 bus from Exeter to Steps Bridge.
- Long Distance Walks Land's End to John O Groats on foot LEJOG Land's End to John O'Groats by bike Land's End Trail and Mary Michael Pilgrim's Way
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Romantic Woodland Retreat for Couples
October 10th 2023
Blytheswood has two enchanting wooden cabins, hidden in ancient woodland on the edge of Dartmoor. Immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of forest life. Forget the stress and strains of day to day life. Spend an enchanting evening by the firepit, try out the outdoor shower and retreat to your cosy cabin, with it’s comfortable bed for a great night’s sleep. Dreams will come easily to the sound of the owls gently hooting.