Places to stay: Damp on Dartmoor

It was my birthday last week (oh hello middle-to-late twenties!) and a big gang of us went to stay on Dartmoor for sunshine and barbeques. And then it rained a lot, so instead we went walking in bogs, met the Hound of the Baskervilles and drink a lot of gin by the fire.

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We stayed at the wonderful Powdermills bunkhouse (so wonderful that I’m rather reluctant to tell anyone else about it) an old gunpowder factory turned into a cosy stone cottage nestled right in the middle of the moor, complete with a crackling wood stove which we spent approximately 90% of the weekend sitting next to, drinking Leo’s homemade gin.

We made epic forays out into the fog, fell into rivers and got lost on the way to the pub, which was home to the biggest, blackest, cuddliest dog I have ever met (hound of the baskervilles, is that you?). Then we went back and drank more gin. As Lucy of My New Addiction (check out her wonderful blog) put it, it was a weekend of ‘board games, homemade gin, shedloads of wine and bolognese, wood fires, leaping over bogs and laughing til your insides ache.” Huzzah!

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3 Comments

  1. April 8, 2014 / 10:13 am

    Happy birthday! Fab photos and sounds like an awesome trip! I love staying in bunkhouses – even if the beds are more uncomfortable than sleeping on a bed of nails- I just love how basic and welcoming they are. I know what you mean about not wanting to tell too many people about a good spot. There’s a campsite we go to regularly in the Yorkshire Moors. It’s basically a field complete with sheep and a stream and a block of toilets. Hardly anyone knows about it and I love how quiet it always is. We are probably going there over Easter and I want to blog about the trip but on the other hand don’t want to shout out too loudly about the place!
    Miss Tulip x
    The Thrifty Magpies Nest

  2. April 12, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Just saw this – thanks for linking to me 😀 xx