Love, Upgrades, and Early Openings: December 2023 Newsletter

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December 2023

Love, Upgrades, and Early Openings: Exciting News from Wray Valley on Dartmoor!

Welcome Reader
Step into a world of love, warmth, and excitement at Wray Valley on Dartmoor! As we embark on a new year, in this our first newsletter, we look back on the past year and we have thrilling news and fabulous offerings to share with you.

We hope you find it and enjoyable read and don’t forget to forward to your friends.

We’d be really grateful if you could like and follow us on social media (@WrayValley) and subscribe to our YouTube Channel as well.

Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year

Michelle & Kevin

Kevin and Michelle in matching blue suit and blue shift dress standing beneath a floral pergola

Love Sealed: Our 14-Year Journey to a Civil Partnership

After 14 wonderful years together, we are overjoyed to announce that we have finally made it official with a joyous civil partnership! The love that has always filled the air at Wray Valley has now been officially celebrated. This special occasion has inspired us to open our doors for more unforgettable moments, inviting you to consider our enchanting venue for your own special events.

Host Your Own Special Event With Us!

Inspited by this? Imagine celebrating a milestone or special occasion surrounded by the picturesque beauty of Wray Valley. Our grounds are available for private events, including blessings, receptions, and other gatherings. Create lasting memories in a setting that radiates love and natural charm. Contact us at [email protected] or call on 01647 277715 to discuss how we can make your special day truly magical.  

Devon Tourism Awards and Sustainability Recognition: A Glance Back and Forward

In November, we attended the Devon Tourism Awards Ceremony as finalists and were honoured with a Bronze for the B&B and a Silver for the campsite. Though up against larger and longer-running businesses, we were pleased with the accolades. However, we aim to do even better next year.

Devon Tourism Award B&B and Guest House of the Year Bronze Award for Riverside B&B.  The award is in glass and consists of a Devon Flag painted onto blue glass

B&B and Guesthouse of the Year Bronze Award

Devon Tourism Awards Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year Silver Award for Wray Valley Camping  The award is in glass and consists of a Devon Flag painted onto blue glass

Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year Silver Award

Disappointingly, we were not finalists in the sustainability category, and we’ve taken this as a challenge to articulate our eco-friendly practices more clearly. The winner in this category was a luxury new-build treehouse designed from scratch to be eco-friendly. While not feasible within the National Park where new builds are rarely permitted, we look forward to the feedback in February.

Community News: Lustleigh Irregulars Games Club at Wray Valley!

Lustleigh games club participant  seated in 3 groups of 3 or 4 participants playing board games in the guest lounge.  Alcoholic drinks on the tables.

Since the Cleave Inn in Lustleigh switched to its winter opening times, the Lustleigh Irregulars Games Club has been meeting in our Guest Lounge every alternate Monday night.

The additional lighting has been much appreciated and aided reading the very small print on some of the cards!

Give us a call on 01647 277715 if you are looking for a venue for your club.

Heating Upgrade Complete: B&B Reopening a Month Early!

If you’ve been following us on social media you’ll know we’ve been busy upgrading the insulation and heating in the guest bedrooms. We’re delighted to share that we’ve nearly completed the work with  just a few finishing touches to go. As a result, we’re reopening our Bed & Breakfast a month earlier than planned at the end of January! 

Now, you can escape to Wray Valley and indulge in the cozy comfort of our Riverside B&B on Dartmoor in winter. Look out for the detailed update on all the work by the end of January.

Michelle's head wearing a head torch is popping up from under the floorboads as she installs the underfloor insulation

🍹 Local Flavors: Immerse Yourself in the Best of Dartmoor and Devon

Discover the essence of Devon with our fully licensed bar, proudly showcasing a curated selection of exceptional local beverages. Obtaining our alcohol license earlier this year, we are thrilled to exclusively stock locally produced Devon spirits, with a preference for those crafted right here on Dartmoor. From craft beers and ciders to artisanal spirits and wines, each sip unveils a narrative of our region’s vibrant culture and unparalleled craftsmanship.

Did you know we sell award winning ice cream too? 

Cool down and treat yourself to the finest ice creams from Baskervilles, a local favourite made in Moretonhampstead. After a day of exploration on Dartmoor, savour the sweet delights of these handcrafted frozen delights—just another reason to make Wray Valley your ultimate getaway.

Here’s to savouring the true taste of Devon’s finest!

Heartwarming Meals: Pre-booked Evening Feasts

New for 2024. After a day of exhilarating exercise, savour the simplicity and heartiness of our pre-ordered evening meals. Limited but filling choices await you, providing the perfect fuel for your adventures. Simply reserve your spot at our table anytime between when you book your stay and a couple of days before arrival and enjoy a satisfying meal that warms the soul.

Join the Adventure: Nearly Wild Camping Club Members Weekend

Calling all Nearly Wild Club Members! Join us for a weekend of wilderness exploration with the Nearly Wild Camping Club members weekend which we are hosting on 5-7 April. Camp under the stars, connect with fellow members, and experience the beauty of Dartmoor’s wooded valleys. Spaces are limited, so book your spot for an unforgettable outdoor experience. If April is a bit early for you to camp, you can stay in the B&B and still join in the activities. And don’t forget that Nearly Wild Camping Club members get a discount all year on our camping fees. More details hopefully in the next newsletter.

Create Memories: Experiences to Remember

Elevate your stay with unique experiences tailored just for you. From guided themed walks, to campfire cooking and pizza making, coming soon we will be offering a range of bookable activities to make your time with us truly unforgettable. More information in the next newsletter.

And Finally: The Winner is….. 

Congratulations to Frankie Shaxted, the lucky winner of our feedback questionnaire prize draw! The draw was open to all our visitors and guests and your insights have truly made a difference, and we’re thrilled to express our gratitude by offering our winner, Frankie, a 2-night stay for two at our B&B.  To all our fantastic guests who participated but didn’t win this time, we want to extend our heartfelt appreciation. Your feedback means the world to us! Even though you didn’t win, you can still enjoy a delightful stay at our B&B and campsite. We’d love to welcome you for a memorable experience whenever you choose to visit.

So are you planning your 2024 getaways now?

Take another look at our website to see how much we’ve changed since your last visit.

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