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Haytor Self-catering Magical Dartmoor Cabin, The Secret Holt
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Off the beaten track and swathed in mystery, The Secret Holt is a luxury self-catering cabin in Haytor which truly makes the most of Dartmoor’s rugged romance. JRR Tolkien's family once lived at the owner's main house back along the lane, and one's imagination doesn't need to stretch too far to conjure hobbits, elves and other enchanting creatures when staying at this magical woodland cabin plucked straight from a fairy tale.

Romantic woodland hideaway in Dartmoor


Tucked away at the end of a beautifully unmade lane, this cute-as-pie woodland cabin is further dwarfed by the soaring Scots Pines that surround it. The whispers of magic and ancient folklore can almost be heard echoing through the forest... An enchanting Dartmoor cabin nestled on top of the world surrounded by woods, streams, moorland and rainbows; simply perfect for honeymoons and romantic self-catering breaks on Dartmoor with a difference. 

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The folksy Alpine flavour which flows through the cabin is continued in the master king-size bedroom with crisp white linens and splashes of passion flower and honeysuckle. Stare up through the branches of the surrounding ancient trees through the sky light in the bedroom and count shooting stars, before being blissfully carried into an uninterrupted slumber. The en suite bathroom has a double ended roll top bath and offers guests a cosy place to pamper. There is also a fairytale-like four-poster double bedroom with en suite shower room.


There are a handful of granite steps by the side of The Secret Holt which lead up to the garden that sits above the unique cabin boasting beautiful woodland views across the forest. The surroundings really come alive in springtime when the snowdrops, violets, bluebells, azaleas, foxgloves and tulips provide a riot of colour, with the giant bamboos in the garden adding an almost tropical feel. The neighbouring owners are passionate about the local area and will be only too happy to suggest places to visit which only a true local would know...

For Relaxation

Relax around the fire pit as night falls in the woods armed with marshmallows for toasting, and a miscellany of fireside stories to entertain your beloved. Follow the stream on your doorstep into the woods to find the little bridge simply crying out for a game of Pooh sticks. The wooden summerhouse at the top of the garden is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy the magic of the woods in all weather. 


There is ample parking for one car outside the gate. Whilst the area is private, the owner does use the gated drive for access to her own house, up the drive.  There is an excellent pub just five minutes' walk away (torches recommended!). The cabin has a dishwasher, fridge, cooker and atmospheric real fire, as well as there being central heating all throughout to keep guests cosy in winter.


  • SleepsUp to 2 guests (+1 child)
  • Your Home Stay IncludesDigital Property GuideA Gourmet Welcome Hamper and more...
  • BedroomsDoubles: One king-size bedroom, one second dressing room
  • BathroomsOne en suite bathroom with double-ended roll top bath, one walk-in shower room
  • FamilyChildren: Children and babies are very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA fire pit/BBQ
  • FeaturesA summer house in the garden
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs
    Each pet is charged at £60.00 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsApple TV, Sky, Digital radio, DVD, iPod dockInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Monday or FridayArrival Time: Arrival is at 4pmDeparture Time: Departure is 10am
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Style: With goat bells, reindeer skins and an eclectic mix of additions such as a mantelpiece fashioned from temple pillars and a 150 year old carved wooden door from India, The Secret Holt exudes a charm all of its own.

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Our Take

Property Owner Gemma says

Dartmoor is beautiful, even in rain the rainbows are magical. People come here to escape and relax in the romance and tranquility. It´s a joy to eat really well in all the local pubs. Guests feel they´ve been cradled in the top of the world and that’s part of the secret of the cabin.

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Unique Extras

Added extras to enhance your self-catering holiday... from fresh picnics to afternoon teas, seasonal wine selections to tried and tested caterers and more

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The kitchenette is hewn from an ancient – not just old, ancient – piece of granite, and the cupboard doors are fronted with tin wall tiles from the Empire State Building. Everywhere you look there is a fascinating piece of history to goggle over! Riverford Organic can deliver vegetable and meat  boxes for creating delicious romantic dinners for two.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).

Eating Out

The characterful friendly pubs around the area serve hearty home-cooked food and a good selection of local ales. The fine food and wine at Haytor Inn is just a five minute walk through the wood. Ullacombe Farm Shop is just a few minutes' drive away and has a lovely cafe serving fine locally-produced menus. For a Sunday roast to write home about, try Gidleigh Park.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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