Updated: Mar 22
‘Holwell Bungalow’, is actually not a bungalow, but an architects designed Eco house which sits in the small secluded Becker Valley, at the foot of Haytor just 1.5 miles from the famous Widecombe in the Moor. I went out to visit Jenny and Mick on a sunny Friday in June and was very much looking forward to seeing this new B&B, and I was not disappointed.
Jenny showed me straight through to the breakfast room, via the porch where there is plenty of space to leave muddy boots. I was immediately drawn to the stunning views from the patio door and could just imagine indulging in the Holwell Bungalow breakfast whilst enjoying these views. Being great believers in localism Jenny and Mick buy as many ingredients as they can from local producers – the eggs come from their own chickens, bread is home baked by hand (I am reliably informed this is Mick’s job), however there is one exception, Granny Jane’s marmalade, which is made in Sussex. Please note Jenny advised that the patio is due to be re-laid within the next month to make it smoother and less of a trip hazard.
Taking the stairs up leads to the two B&B rooms they offer ...
At the top of the stairs and to the right you will find the West Room a lovely spacious twin en-suite room with south facing views over the Holwell Estate tree.
The West Room has a lovely en-suite shower room – I always like to see a shower that you can actually have a shower in and move!
Both rooms have tea and coffee facilities (and homemade biscuits), hairdryer, free-sat TV and most importantly those beautiful views over Dartmoor and their 23 acres of fields and woodlands.
Across the landing you will find the East Room which is a very spacious double en-suite room ….
with exceptional triple aspect views over Dartmoor. I don’t think you will want to get out of bed!
The large en-suite offers a very inviting bath along with a shower big enough for two. As the wording on the wall invites you – I would love to soak away my troubles here at Holwell Bungalow.
Being an Eco-house and wanting to preserve the stunning environment they are located in, Holwell have their own water supply and generate their own electric using solar too. A stay at Holwell will be very relaxing as there is virtually no mobile signal, however there is a BT Wi-Fi hotspot (although connection can be slow at times), just make the most of this and truly relax and take in the scenery. Whilst remote, Holwell is close to two good food pubs, village shop, post office and various gift and coffee shops in nearby Widecombe