(anciently Moreton Hampstead) is a market town, parish and former
manor in Devon, situated on the north-eastern edge of Dartmoor,
within the Dartmoor National Park. The parish now includes the
hamlet of Doccombe, and it is surrounded clockwise from the north by
the parishes of Drewsteignton, Dunsford, Bridford, Bovey Tracey,
Lustleigh, North Bovey and Chagford.
At the 2011 census the population of the parish was 1,703, and
Moorland electoral ward, in which Moretonhampstead lies, had a
population of 2,806. The parish church is dedicated to St. Andrew.
Moretonhampstead is twinned with Betton in France.
he Domesday Book of 1086 records the manor as MORTONE. This part of
the name derives from the Old English for a farmstead in moorland,
referring to the town's situation on the edge of Dartmoor. By 1493
"Hampstead" had been added to the name. This addition simply means
"homestead", and The Oxford Names Companion (1991) speculates that
this may be a family name, or a nearby place. However The Cambridge
Dictionary of English Place-Names (2004) simply says the reason for
the addition is unknown.
Belmont Bed & Breakfast
Tel: 01647 441271 / 07766
Belmont Bed and Breakfast, in the heart of Moretonhampstead welcomes
you to a relaxed and comfortable stay. The double rooms have king
size beds. The bathrooms are newly refurbished and contemporary. All
the rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, TV and wifi.
Full English breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients is
always on the menu. All our rooms have tea and coffee making
facilities, TV and wifi.
Owner and host Antony has recently refurbished one of
Moretonhampsteadís town houses into a lovely, stylish bed and
breakfast, welcoming you to a relaxed and comfortable stay. Rooms
have king size beds and the bathrooms are contemporary. Room rates
are reasonable, including fair rates for singles.
Belmont Bed & Breakfast is a few minutes walk from excellent pubs
and restaurants, charming antique shops, tea shops, a deli and
butchers and candlestick makers (AKA Arnolds Hardware Store!), a
good sized Co-op and cash point. Moretonhampstead is in the heart of
the Dartmoor National Park.
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