Mill End

Newton Abbot, Devon
+44 (0)1647 432282

A country-house hotel wrapped up in Dartmoor's northern hills where dogs are welcome, the food is delicious, and the walking is divine


21 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Order a hearty packed lunch the night before, and set off on the Two Moors Way. This is a walkers’ hotel run by generous people in a glorious patch of Dartmoor. Tara and Nick give you cream teas, maps of walks straight from the door, high tea for children, and a boot room for your muddy things – including the dog.

Outside the river Teign runs alongside the gardens (yes, you can fish; there’s even an in-house fly fishing school if you want to learn) and homemade scones with clotted cream and jam are served in the sunshine. Inside are three dapper lounges where fires crackle and burn on chilly days. Order your gin and tonic, play a game of Scrabble then step into the restaurant for fresh fish, locally reared meats and gorgeous West Country cheeses.

Bedrooms – some with garden views, others with French windows opening onto the lawns – are all a good size and have comfortable armchairs or sofas if you’d rather stay private. 

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We think you'll love

  • The effortless welcome for you and your dog
  • The menu. Modern British food, accompanied by new and old-world wines
  • The service – it’s on castors
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You should know

  • The hotel is on the A382 – best ask for a room facing the gardens at the back
  • Dogs are welcome in one part of the restaurant


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Minimum stay: 2 nights on weekdays.

Personalised ‘Mill End’ biscuit bones from Buddy Bakery, welcome pack with dog chews, more chews in the ‘boot room’, spare leads, towels and throwers.

Dogs £8 per night.

Amazing walks start directly from the hotel onto miles of Dartmoor. Riverside rambles too - usually safe, but in times of spate be cautious.

Lunch from £6. Dinner, 3 courses, £30-£40. Sunday lunch £22-£26. Afternoon tea £18.95.


Nightly price
from £105
Singles from £80. Extra beds from £25.
15 Twin/doubles
From £105
6 Suites for 2
From £190



Our second visit this year! We love it! - the fabulous food, comfortable bedrooms, warm, cosy, welcoming environment and friendly, helpful staff. Walks with the dog from the hotel are ideal. Planning next year's visits now!


We revisited Mill End after a 5 year break and what a difference. It is still as comfy and charming as ever but the newly refurbed rooms are lovely. We just love the location for walks in Dartmoor and the path to Fingle Bridge is stunning. The food was excellent and staff very friendly. We will go back much sooner next time!

Sarah, Bristol

We had an awesome time in our first foray into Sawdays. It was a bizarre moment when we realised we were the only people WITHOUT a dog staying at the hotel. We’ve spent 18 years looking for a truly dog-friendly place to stay. We’ve booked to go back again next Christmas as we loved it so much. We are definitely converts 


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The neighbourhood

Close to Dartmoor, and on the banks of the river Teign, Mill End is a big draw for cyclists and walkers. Green hills surround you; Castle Drogo peers down. A leafy river path straight from the garden brings you to Fingle Bridge and back again, with wildlife on the way (exciting for dogs), while Chagford is an easy walk downstream.

Local points of interest from Tara & Nick Culverhouse

  • The beautiful Castle Drogo estate (National Trust) is an easy walk or a short drive away.
  • Ancient and captivating Dartmoor town of Chagford is a five minute drive, or a very pleasant 25 minute walk along the riverbank.
  • Only 25 minutes by car from the splendid Cathedral city of Exeter.
  • Mill End is in a leafy river valley on the edge of Dartmoor. The spectacular high moors are only 20 minutes away.
  • Fernworthy Reservoir can be found just the other side of Chagford, and offer miles of easy walks, and a bird hide from which to enjoy the wildlife.


Tara & Nick Culverhouse

Once upon a time, Tara and Nick Culverhouse used to escape urban Devon hurly-burly for peaceful Mill End. Now they own “this comfortable hotel with a charm all of its own.” Good food is their passion. What’s more, they always hoped to create a country house hotel where dogs were as welcome as the guests, and dripping coats not out of place. In this they have succeeded. They and their team spoil every guest rotten.