Dartmoor National Park (UK)


Discover South Devon: the wilderness of Dartmoor National Park and the scenic South Hams

22/10/2021 - 29/10/2021, Available: BOOK NOW

27/05/2022 - 03/06/2022, Available: BOOK NOW

12/08/2022 - 19/08/2022, Available: BOOK NOW

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Single Parent Family Holiday in South Devon

Dartmoor is a unique place with its wild, open moorlands and deep river valleys, pretty medieval villages and rare wildlife – an  exhilarating place with much to do for our single parent families. Join us on a single parent holiday in the UK, hosted by one of our team members and enjoy a fun-packed activity programme exclusively for our families.


Our large barn is part of a collection of 5 farm house cottages and can accommodate up to 10 families. Located on the southern boundary of Dartmoor National Park near Ivybridge, the farm enjoys panoramic views across the moor on one side and the South Hams, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the other. It is the ideal starting point for walking the moor as well as visiting some of Devon’s most beautiful beaches and attractions. The site is an oasis of rural tranquillity, and a safe place for children to roam. There is a separate barn for guests to unwind and play games, a lovely south facing courtyard great for relaxing, a guest lawn overlooking the countryside, a BBQ area, private woodland and three resident donkeys!

Our Programme:

Your Single Parents on Holiday host will help you make the most of your stay by organising scenic walks, a day at the beach, horse riding, and briefing you on the many local attractions you can visit. For more information on what we suggest for your stay, s. Our Programme.

Our Prices:

Adults are £390, first children £350, and second children £175 in the week of 22-29 October 2021. In the week of 27 May to 3 June 2022, adults are £460, first children £420, and second children £210. In the week of 12 to 19 August 2022, adults are £490, first children £450, and second children £225. Prices include accommodation in The Great Barn, and the services of your SPoH host. For more details on what is included, please click on Prices & Dates.

For more information on this single parent activity holiday, please click on the drop down menu/tabs, fill in our contact form, email us or simply call us on 0333 370 3701.

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Our Programme:

Your SPoH host will organise several activities and excursions for our single parent families. We understand that some families may want to do their own thing, so feel free to join or explore on your own, as you wish. Below is a sample programme planned for your stay. This is just an outline, which may change depending on weather, ages of the children, COVID restrictions, etc.:

  • visit of one of the unspoilt local beaches, such as Mothecombe or Bantham
  • Cheston Farm Equestrian Centre for a hack or other horse related activities (depending on ability)
  • local walk of the South Hams taking in the views of the coast
  • visit of Pennywell farm with its miniature donkeys and pigs, hedgehogs, ‘funky fowl’, goats, ponies, Alpacas, etc.
  • River Dart Country Park with pirate ship, wooden play fort, agility trail, rope course, assault course and much more
  • Hound Tor (the inspiration for the Hound of the Baskervilles) with walk to Bowerman’s nose and visit of Widdecombe in the Moor, a lovely historic Dartmoor village, where you will likely meet ponies and cattle

It is also possible to organise a visit of Burgh island, an alpaca experience, kayaking, a Devon sea safari, and much more. Please also check Prices & Dates for more information.

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Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is a vast moorland in southern Devon, and has been protected as a national park since 1951. An area of 954 km2 of heather clad moors, steep hills, and rugged tors, it is one of the last great wildernesses in the UK. The region is dotted with pretty villages, abandoned medieval farmhouses, Bronze Age stone circles and castle ruins. The landscape is best known for its wetlands and rock formations (tors), forests, rivers and roaming Dartmoor ponies. Its bottomless mires, craggy tors and thick mists have, no doubt, stirred the imagination of locals over centuries leading to colourful tales of pixies, ghosts and witchcraft, some of which are kept alive today through local tradition and folklore.

The region has something for everyone from gentle walks to steep climbs, hacks over the moor on horseback and cycling, to kayaking and wild swimming. There are lots of outdoor activities and family attractions in and around Dartmoor park as well as some excellent beaches within easy reach, such as Wembury, Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea, Mothecombe and Blackpool Sands.

The farm’s surroundings

Our farm is located on the southern boundary of the Dartmoor national park just outside the village of Moorhaven. It enjoys unrivalled views of the unspoilt moorland on one side and the rolling South Hams countryside on the other, including views to the sea to the south in the distance. The nearest town is Ivybridge, which is a 10 minute trip by car.  The ancient town is rich in history with a medieval packhorse bridge that gives the town its name and a number of characterful pubs offering speciality ales from local brewers. It is also the starting point of the Two Moors Way – a long distance walking route to Lynmouth on the North Coast of Exmoor.

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This is the first time we are staying in the Dartmoor National Park. The testimonials below are from similar single parent holidays abroad - to give you an idea of how we run these.

"This was a fantastic holiday from start to end. Our guide, Thomas, was incredibly helpful and very friendly and his input really made the trip memorable. The activities were fantastic and my 7-year old son absolutely loved them all. We normally left mid-morning for excursions and were back at the hotel by 3 pm (still time to have lunch) and then to swim in one of the 3 great pools. The kids especially loved the pool with the slide! The food at the hotel was of great quality and changed each day. The accommodation and facilities at the hotel were also great - as were the views from the terrace, where we enjoyed cocktails in the evening! All in all this was a fantastic holiday for both the adults and the children. We will definitely go back and would use SPOH again without any doubt."
- Jenni & Jack (7) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"Jack and I had a fabulous time on the holiday. Was great for Jack to have other children to enjoy the experiences with, and I loved being able to talk to other grown ups. Thomas was a wonderful host and nothing was too much trouble for him."
- Unity & Jack (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"My son Fin, 8, and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Alpendorf. The hotel facilities were great and activities were fun and interesting. Fin's highlights were the day spent swimming at the lake and the slides into the salt mine but he was equally happy enjoying himself around the hotel with his new band of pals. Our guide Thomas ensured everything ran smoothly. Thank you for a very fun week!"
- Lynn & Fin (8) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"The hotel was a friendly, typically Austrian hotel in the Alps. Great views. Food choice was amazing. SPOH arranged some great day-out activities for the families, and you did feel obliged mostly to all do the trips together. If you do not like spending long days with / as a group then this holiday is not for you, because you do not get much time alone. Our kids bonded really well as did the adults and we enjoyed every minute. Our guide, Thomas was a very welcome addition to our group and we appreciated everything he did for us. He could not do enough and he made our holiday seamless and very relaxed and enjoyable. We made some very good friends in our group (including Thomas) and we miss everybody and are already talking about our next trip away together with SPOH!"
- Kate & Sebastian (10) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2019
"Kristina age 11 - thank you for a lovely holiday. Me and nanny enjoyed ourselves so much. The slides in the salt caves were the best. Water rafting was so much fun and jumping off the rock into the river was very scary and exciting at the same time. I made friends and they are coming to visit us when we get back home.
Nanny age 55 - I was nervous at first, and wondered how I would get on with strangers but I had a lovely time, was never on my own, and watching my granddaughter enjoy herself with the other children was a bonus. The organised trips were very exciting; I especially loved the trek up the mountain and the picnic. We also managed to get some time just the two of us so couldn't have asked for a better holiday. Massive thank you to our 'guide' who was with us at meal times and on the excursions; organising us and making us laugh!"

- Karin & Kristina (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"Another thoroughly enjoyable holiday with SPOH. Friendly, like-minded adults, happy and excited kids. There was something for everyone on this action-packed holiday: hiking, rafting, summer tobogganing, or just floating in the infinity pool with one of the most stunning views I have ever seen. Despite all the action, it was the most relaxing week I've had all year thanks to the expert organisation skills of our lovely host, Thomas. Along with the almost, non-stop, delicious food, I hardly had to think or lift a finger all week. I'm ready for next year's holiday now!"
- Katrine & Marius (7) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"Alpendorf is a great location for this type of holiday, being on a mountain side enjoying fantastic views. The hotel has everything both the kids and adults could want including superb pools, one of them an infinity, a well-run gym with free classes and a wellness area. It’s full-board with the breakfast and dinner being excellent. The lunch is basic but runs for five hours leaving you to catch it before or after your day out; they’ll even make a packed lunch for you too. There are kids rooms and a park with mini golf, cars etc nearby that the kids can spend lots of time in whilst the adults relax in the hotel bar area.
Our guide, Thomas, organised daily activities which ranged from hikes to white-water rafting to tree-walking. My nine year old enjoyed all of these and was about the average age of the kids in the group. We had a large group with 14 adults so the girls and boys formed separate groups but everything worked well with both kids and adults being able to interact with different people during the week. Thomas had a laid-back approach which suited us and we never felt compelled to the activities.
Overall, it was a great week and I would recommend this to any single-parent, especially whose kids enjoy activities."

- Trevyn & Timothy (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"The view from the hotel was beautiful and Fin (age 11) loved the infinity pool overlooking the mountains. The age ranges of the children meant that he had plenty of children to play with and had a great time during the day and evenings, playing endless games of Uno (leaving the adults to relax over dinner and at the bar!) and careering about in the local park which was full of activities and situated right below the hotel. Our guide Thomas kept us informed about the daily activities and meeting times and was very relaxed and great company. "
- Laurie & Finlay (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"One of the best holidays I have ever had. The company, hotel, scenery and activities were all excellent. The rafting was so exciting. Both myself and my son loved this holiday. The organisation was superb and it was nice to just relax and enjoy it. "
- Julie & Jonny (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"This was an enjoyable holiday with my son!"
- Ryan & Kyle (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, July 2018
"My son and I had a fantastic time and it is one holiday we will truly remember. You wake up to spectacular scenery and you can continue to enjoy the views from the rooftop infinity pool. The hotel facilities are first class and the mini club caters for children of all ages. We loved all the varied activities and hikes that were on offer on this holiday to Alpendorf, which were all organised by our wonderful guide, Daniela."
- Donna & Amaar (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2016
"A fantastic, action-packed week with friendly like-minded, people. An almost overwhelming choice of things to do – no two days were the same. Excellent hotel with a water slide that on its own would have kept my four-year-old happily occupied for a week. Delicious breakfasts and five course dinners every night kept us well fed for our packed agenda. A thoroughly enjoyable experience – one which I am looking forward to repeating!"
- Katrine & Marius (4) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2015
"I could not recommend Alpendorf summer break highly enough. Myself and my 4/almost 5 year old daughter had a great week. There was plenty of company for us both – a lovely rapport within the group. Our “leader” Daniela was simply great – she facilitated everyone and ensured all went smoothly without ever dominating the group. Meals with separate adult and children tables (which evolved quite naturally!) were very welcome – it meant both children and parents had breathing space! We were blessed with weather in Aug 2012 and it will go down as my first real holiday since my daughter was born in that I was not responsible for organisation and decisions etc. A no brainer for a single parent looking for a nice break and a change of scene. Activities suitable for all ages of children – something for everyone from lake trips to paragliding and rafting for the more adventurous. Food was very good and varied. Hotel is beautiful – family feel – small. Our room had a great view and was tastefully furnished in alpine style etc. Can say no more than that!"
- Anita & Grace (4) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2012
"We just got back from a wonderful week of activities and fun in Alpendorf. Beautiful place, great weather, wonderful hotel and the fantastic Daniela ensuring everyone has a great time, and it was simply superb. Anyone thinking about travelling there, just do it! You will not regret it. My kids and I have memories now that we will keep forever and I cant put a price on that (don’t miss the rafting day!)! Single Parents on Holiday clearly have this one nailed. Kids have unlimited fun, adults relax too and my kids are insisting that I book 2 more for next year already! – we will be going again."
- Nick & Harry (10), Lillie (10) & Molly (9) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"I just wanted to let you know what a brilliant time we had in Alpendorf. Everything far exceeded my expectations, hotel, food, activities, people AND we were very fortunate with the weather. Charlotte had a ball and has slept a lot since we arrived home.

- Hope & Charlotte (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"This was the first time I have gone on a group holiday of any sort and I was a little apprehensive. Also my son is 13 almost 14 and I was concerned that the other children were quite a bit younger and he might feel a bit left out. I shouldn’t have worried. I can honestly say that this was the best holiday I have ever been on. The activities were plentiful and exhilarating and the Adults and equally the children were absolutely lovely. Daniela played a large part in making us all feel comfortable and organised everything extremely efficiently."
- Maureen & Peter (13) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"We had a brilliant time in Alpendorf! My daughter absolutely loved it and didn’t want to go home. The people we met were lovely and the activities excellent, particularly the white water rafting. Daniela was a brilliant host and we would most definitely go back!"
- Andrea & Holly (10) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
"This was the 1st time using “single- parent holiday”. I truly really loved it. Very well organised and loads of avtivities for the children. Safe environment and very good hotel."
- Judith & Elvie (11) - single parent activity holiday in Alpendorf, August 2011
Departing ReturningAdult & Child 1 16+Child 1 (0 – 15)Child 2 (0-15)Availability
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To check if you are eligible for our loyalty or early booking discount, please go to single parent discounts.

Please note that on this holiday 2nd and 3rd children up to the age of 15 are reduced by 50%.

Included in our price

  • double or twin rooms with ensuite bathroom
  • welcome drink
  • breakfast essentials provided
  • fully equipped kitchens incl. dishwashers and Nespresso machines
  • gas central heating
  • south facing courtyard, guest lawn, BBQ area, heated barn with table tennis, etc.
  • smart TV in the shared lounge areas – you can hook up your Netflix
  • laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • car park
  • services of a Single Parents on Holiday host

NOT included in our price

  • any fees relating to excursions and activities, such as as car park fees, entrance fees and cost of activities
  • meals (meals-to-your-door service available, incl. vegan menu)
  • transport

As most of our single parent families will arrive by car from the UK, we will not be organising airport or train transfers for this holiday. Naturally, should you require help with booking a transfer from a local airport or train station, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to assist!


Our Financial Protection Insurance

Single Parents on Holiday Ltd. is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with the “The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018” all passengers booking with Single Parents on Holiday Ltd. are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation invoice. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Single Parents on Holiday Ltd.

In the unlikely event of Insolvency of Single Parents On Holiday Ltd. please follow the steps set out on our insurance page.

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