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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Home-cooked breakfast

    Dog-friendly house

    Extensive garden

  • Kids will love

    Outdoor space

    Chickens and pigs

    Relaxed atmosphere

  • Don’t expect

    Traditional decor

    Late check-out

    To pay by card


The traditional granite longhouse at Weeke Barton might be a 500-year-old rural home, but its interiors are pure modern city chic. The owners, a creative young family who hail from London’s hip Hackney, have packed plenty of Shoreditch style into their historic guesthouse… and it works.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Weeke Barton with us:

A bottle of Dartmoor ale or cider, and a party bag with home-made treats and a toy for the kids


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Weeke Barton – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Weeke Barton – Devon – United Kingdom

Need To Know




12 noon. Earliest check-in, 4pm. If you arrive early or leave late, you can stash your luggage at the house.


Double rooms from £110.00, including tax at 20 per cent. Weeke Barton is unable to accept payment by credit card.

More details

Rates usually include full-English breakfast. Children Under-9s stay for free in extra beds or cots in their parents’ room, and public areas are easy to access with a pram or pushchair.

At the hotel

Pétanque pitch, garden, library, DVDs to borrow, WiFi.

In your room

DVD player, TV (only for watching DVDs), stereo, St Kitts Herbery toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

All the rooms are family-friendly right from their names: each one is christened for a child from the first guests’ families. Orla’s and Avalon’s room have the most space for extra beds or travel cots for small guests, and both have in-bedroom freestanding bath tubs. They’re also next to each other so are ideal for a larger group. Be warned: all the rooms have some steps, and heated towel rails.


If there’s any specific kid kit you need, make sure to bring it with you.

Book ahead

Book your babysitter at least three days in advance.


Dogs can stay free on request, but are not allowed in bedrooms.


Ecologically sound cleaning products, toiletries and light bulbs are in use throughout the house, and most ingredients are sourced locally. Heating is provided by a biomass boiler.

Food and drink

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Weeke Barton – Devon – United Kingdom


Chef (and co-owner) Jo Gossett serves home-cooked British classics (think Dartmoor lamb with roast vegetables or catch of the day with baby leeks and new potatoes) for dinner every night. For lunch, head out to one of the surrounding pubs or restaurants. All dinners need to be booked in advance of your arrival.

Family fare

Children’s supper is served at 5.30pm; little ‘uns are welcome in the restaurant until 7pm. Booster seats and highchairs are available, and Jo will be happy to heat up milk or baby food on request.

Hotel Bar

Pour yourself whatever you like from the fully stocked honesty bar in the Snug.

Last orders

Breakfast is served in the dining room from 9am–10am, or earlier on request. Dinner is from 7.30pm, with a children’s supper served at 5.30pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Sit wherever you like at the dining room’s long communal table. In warm weather, there are tables outside on the patio.

  • Also

    Stock up on snacks at the shops nearby if you fancy eating out of hours.


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Weeke Barton – Devon – United Kingdom

Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Weeke Barton – has been selected and approved by parents.


Local sitters can be booked for £10 an hour (there's a three-hour minimum).


Bring your own baby monitor if you'd like to hang out around the house while the kids are (supposed to be) sleeping.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Changing mats

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Travel cots • Changing mats • Booster seat • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• DVD library • Craft supplies • Books


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Weeke Barton – Devon – United Kingdom

Things to do

There’s plenty of room to spend half the day lounging around without getting cabin fever, so bring your favourite toys, games and books to keep little ones entertained on lazy mornings indoors. In the lounge, there’s a stack of National Geographic and Lonely Planet titles ideal for armchair travelling by the fire.

Hotel activities

The house is a cosy and comfortable place to while away the hours, and there are DVDs and books to borrow. Outside, the terraced garden is a safe space for children to run wild; there’s plenty of room, a pétanque pitch, and there are pigs and chickens to admire on the grounds, too.

Local Guide

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Weeke Barton – Devon – United Kingdom
Smith tip

Rent a bike and explore Devon on two wheels with Forest Cycle Hire ( Take a guided ride, or use one of the purpose-built cycle tracks. Plan a family day out on the beginners’ trail.

Don't miss…

Eat in the bistro upstairs at the Trouble House Inn (, or pick up delicious morsels to go at the downstairs deli. There are highchairs and baby changing facilities.

Devon is a wonderland if you like getting outdoors: from river swimming to horse riding, you can do it here. Borrow a map from the hotel if you’re heading out for a roam around in the glorious English countryside.

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Weeke Barton
Weeke Barton, Nr Dunsford, Dartmoor, Devon EX6 7HH, United Kingdom
Hotel setting

Windswept moor’s edge

Getting There

Devon, in England’s southwestern corner, has all the sandy beaches and rugged moorland you need for a traditional British country holiday. It’s home to Dartmoor National Park, on the edge of which you’ll find Weeke Barton.


The closest airport is Exeter (, a 25-minute drive from the hotel. You’ll be able to fly here from many UK cities, including Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh.


Great Western trains from London, Bristol, Bath and Birmingham pull into Exeter St David’s station, 20 minutes from the hotel by car (


If you’re planning some scenic country drives or heading down to the beaches, bring your car; there’s free parking on-site. Exeter’s about four hours from London via the A303.


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Weeke Barton – Devon – United Kingdom

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Weeke Barton – has been selected and approved by parents.

After a hearty home-cooked breakfast by co-owner Jo to start the day, you’ll be thoroughly set up to do as much, or as little, as you like: get out and explore the gloriously wild moorland, meet the pigs and chickens in the field next door, drive to one of Devon’s sandy beaches, or just lounge around in the guesthouse’s garden (there’s plenty of room for kids to run around safely – the owners have a young one of their own, so this is a decidedly family-friendly stay).

But while the great Southwestern outdoors is well worth roaming, this isn’t the sort of place that’s merely a bed for the night: both the bedrooms and the communal spaces are comfily, coolly stylish, with interesting art dotted throughout, and the book and DVD library’s at hand in case of bad weather (there’s no TV reception, but you can borrow DVDs to watch in your room). And you won’t go hungry, either: excellent dinners of classic British favourites are cooked by Jo on request. And, the owners (parents themselves) keep rates the same year round, so if you’re restricted to school-holiday travel you won’t find the prices hiked up.

Smith & Family

Reggae music and warmth of the log-burning fires put me under the illusion that we were at this B&B to wind down. No chance! I’m dragged by a tiny hand outside into the green, lush fairytale setting of Weeke Barton. After a locally sourced breakfast fit for king, it was time for a wild walk up on Dartmoor before a beach stroll... This is a land where there are camps to be built and picnics to be had. And for older children, bike rides and fishing awaits.

Back in the B&B it was so relaxed we sometimes wondered if anyone else was there… Kids can run free, and there’s no need to worry about noise – the walls are so thick you’d have trouble blasting them with a cannon. Later when the kids are arguing in the snug over the enormous DVD collection, gently close the door, and sit at a table under the stars, and thank your lucky ones you’re there in Devon.

Anonymously reviewed by Lara Cazalet, actress

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Weeke Barton in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

High quality accommodation. Relaxed surroundings and nice gardens. Easy come as you go arrangements, eg. self service bar on honesty basis. Travelled with two grandchildren - the dog was very popular with them! Recommend Bovey Castle Golf Club nearby, good afternoon tea (a little expensive). Some attractive holes on golf course. 

Don’t expect

Easy access to hotel, it's up a country lane, but sort of adds to its charm

Rating: 9/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Wonderfully warm welcoming place. Jo sorted out dinner arrangements straight away and a much needed cup of tea after a long journey . We felt so well looked after. I travelled with a 15 and 9 year old. Both loved it.

Don’t expect

To Walk to the village shop, its is isolated, which makes this place feel like your own.

Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

House and surroundings were beautiful, Jo was very helpful and sweet, food was outstanding! Highly recommended!

Rating: 10/10 stars