“A great-value B&B on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, with chic rooms, crackling fires and fabulous home-cooked food”
Accessed via a pair of staircases twisting up from the dining room, the 5 rooms are named after the children of the first guests to stay in them. All are stylish and soothing, with pared-down décor, views over hills and valleys, and an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary furniture. Throws and artwork provide pops of colour, and little details - an embroidered footstool, an owl-shaped lamp - are dotted here and there. We particularly loved the sheepskin-covered window seats in every room; perfect spots for curling up with a book.
On our first visit we were treated to Orla’s Room, a vast space with a double-ended in-room tub and a TV which swivels so you can watch DVDs (there’s no signal) as you snooze or soak. On our return we stayed in Henry’s Room, which has an ancient hearth and double sinks beneath soaring rafters. Almost as large is Avalon’s Room, which has a bath and shower; Otis’ Room and Alfie’s Room are smaller but no less lovely, with ensuite rain showers.
Beds throughout are super-kingsize or kingsize; you also get toiletries and hanging space, plus tea- and coffee-making stations either in the room or on the landing outside. Best of all, though, is the near-total silence, with nothing but the gentle braying of distant cattle to wake you from your slumber.
Jo’s penchant for local, seasonal and organic fare, combined with her deft hand in the kitchen, produces mouthwatering results. If it’s not homemade then it’s sourced nearby, and she’s even creating a biodynamic vegetable garden.
Dinner, available by prior arrangement, is a real treat. It kicks off with tipples from the honesty bar, before everyone moves to the vast communal dining table, lit by flickering candles and flanked by a glowing wood-burner, with jazz playing softly in the background. The dishes are delicious: we tucked into Dexter beef pie and a fennel salad, followed by damson crumble - perfect comfort food after a day roaming the moor.
Breakfast is similarly hearty. Laid out on the table are bottles of fresh apple juice, jars of homemade granola, baskets of home-baked bread, local jams and preserves, steaming pots of tea, and cafetières of coffee. Hot dishes are cooked to order - succulent sausages and bacon, eggs from a neighbouring farm, and juicy slow-baked tomatoes. In summer, you can eat outside on the terrace.
For lunch and evenings out, there are plenty of good pubs within a short drive. Our favourite was The Horse in Moretonhampstead, which serves up Mediterranean-inspired grub. Jo also recommends The Ruggle Stone in Widecombe, where outdoor tables line the banks of a burbling stream.
Weeke Barton's laid-back ambiance makes it ideal for families seeking a stylish country base. Children of all ages are welcome; baby cots and extra beds can be added to rooms for a small supplement, though the steep staircases mean you’ll want to keep an eye on roving toddlers.
There are plenty of attractions nearby to keep little ones amused, and they may even spot a Dartmoor pony on the moors. Some of Devon’s best beaches are within striking distance, too.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms can accommodate a baby cot, and the larger ones (Henry's Room, Avalon's Room and Orla's Room) have space for 1 or 2 rollaway beds. Avalon's Room and Orla's Room are the only rooms with bathtubs.
Jo and Sam can recommend tried and tested babysitters.
Baby monitors work between the bedrooms and the lounge, bar and dining room – you'll need to bring your own.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Jo can tailor dishes to young tastebuds by prior arrangement, and will happily prepare simple meals like pasta with tomato sauce. Children's supper is served at 5.30pm, and kids are welcome in the dining room until 7.
All rooms are on the first floor, accessed via steep spiral staircases.