The cottage is only a short walk from the charming village green of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, adjacent to the landmark church, the “Cathedral of the Moor” and a favourite place for ponies to graze. There is a general store in Sexton’s Cottage (National Trust) selling local/responsibly sourced groceries, gift shop, two excellent pub restaurants, two tea-rooms, a Post Office selling basic provisions and a working forge.
Widecombe is one of the oldest and most popular villages on Dartmoor, nestling in a green valley, protected by the mighty Hamel Down rising to the west. https://www.widecombe-in-the-moor.com/
You can walk and cycle from the door, and roam as far as you wish! Maps are available in the cottage to assist you, and here are some popular links:
Further afield, Bovey Tracey is home to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and well worth a visit. The cafe does great food. The Co-op garage (in Bovey Tracey) just before you turn left up to the Moor is also very useful for stocking up on all the provisions you have forgotten, it sells almost everything!
Ashburton is also easily accessible, famous for its antiques shops and good food – there are several good restaurants, a lovely tea-room, delicatessen, butchers and fishmonger. RHS Garden Rosemoor is also within striking distance.