Out & About

Out & About In Devon

Tea Rooms

Branscombe Bakery – Delightful ancient former bakery now owned by the National Trust. Sit in the rustic garden or on the first floor of this thatched bakery and plan your walk to the sea over excellent teas or lunches. The sea is a stroll through the orchard, along the meadows, past the working water mill and then down a path to the beach where you can order your ice creams from the thatched shop on the beach. Such a great way to spend an afternoon.

Toast – Honiton – Tea room, coffee shop, lunches all in a quirky café with a very continental style garden.

The Clock Tower Cafe, Jacobs Ladder, Sidmouth – If you want outstanding sea views and charming gardens then this is the place to visit. Situated on top of the cliffs just along the promenade of Sidmouth seafront this small café is a welcome coffee stop.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s first River Cottage shop and restaurant is in Axminster, 6 miles away – great for breakfast, coffee, lunch and teas and pre booked suppers.


The Holt – Honiton – an Alistair Sawday Inn where you will find superb lunches and evening meals served alongside our locally brewed Otter ales.

The Railway Inn – Honiton – is a pub with a difference where you can enjoy a pizza and a pint or indulge in a gourmet meal from their varied menu. Here you will find interesting guest ales on offer.

Kings Arms – Stockland – Former coaching Inn now owned by the village. 3 miles over the hill.

Tuckers Arms – Dalwood – Ancient low beamed pub only 5 miles away over the hill and along a bit!

The Pig – Gittisham – Hotel and restaurant in beautiful parkland. Also an Orangery where they serve excellent snacks.

River Cottage – Axminster – Hugh Fearnley -Whittingstall restaurant/cafe.

Wider Area

We are within the Blackdown Hills – a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and the famous Jurassic Coast  is only a half hour drive away. Could ramble on here forever as we have so much to boast about but will do some listing below and of course there is always that great know it all – Master Google.

Honiton – Only a 10 minute car ride. Lovely market town (Tuesday and Saturday) littered with antique shops, galleries and cafés. Main line station here to London Waterloo, Exeter and beyond. Also boasts, as does the rest of the country: Tescos, Lidl and the other one, Aldi. If you prefer Waitrose or Sainsburys you will have to travel a little further afield. Here you will also find a sports centre with public swimming pool.

Exeter – Roman walled cathedral city with great art house cinema, restaurants, large new Princesshay shopping centre, quayside area and award winning museum which if you are unlucky enough to have one rainy day in your stay is an absolute must to visit.

Seaside Resorts

Lyme Regis – famous for its walled harbour – The Cobb, beautiful architecture, fossil hunting, theatre, cinema, shops and gourmet restaurants.Sidmouth – Regency seafront with a small folk festival in the first week of August. Lovely shops and of course on the south west coastal footpath.Beer – Traditional fishing village still with small working fishing team and where you can hire your own boat for mackerel fishing. Also Pecorama for model railway enthusiasts and Beer quarry and caves to explore.

North Devon and Cornwall. – Strange to mention this when we are trying to promote our Devon farm holiday let but we often zoom across to north Cornwall, notably Trebarwith Cove near Tintagel for a days surfing. Only takes an hour and a half, mostly on dual carriageway and great waves too. Ok so we only take body boards for ourselves but I’m sure these two wrinklies can call themselves surfers!!

National Trust and other big houses. – We are awash with these, Stourhead being a favourite place for a picnic and if you want a whole day of architecture then Bath is only just over an hour away.


There are numerous golf courses nearby – Honiton, Upottery, Seaton, Lyme Regis to name but a few.Mountain Biking at Haldon Hill just outside of ExeterSwimming Pools – Axminster, Honiton and Exeter