The quintessential English countryside pub, complete with local ales including Exe Valley Brewery and ciders. Food is locally sourced and the reviews are amazing. Children are welcome.
This sandy beach is easily accessed from Exmouth seafront, with plenty of parking and facilities nearby. At low tide, there are rock pools to explore and the forbodingly-named Conger Rocks. It's dog-friendly October to end-April and there are donkey rides and swing boats in the summer - a perfect beach for young families with calm, shallow waters and soft sand.
Fantastic sandy beach
It's easy to park - with a long and short stay area, and a long prom - ideal for strolling as well as a good sandy beach. It's also easy to walk into the town for a change of scenery and a bite to eat. And there's mini-golf!
We've found this lovely little walk (courtesy of DevonLife), through the gentle, rolling hills of mid Devon. Follow the details on their website and enjoy a three and a half mile ramble.
Always lively, the market town of Crediton has a thriving town centre with plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Food-lovers, golfers and fishing enthusiasts will all find many good reasons to visit Crediton – some of Devon’s finest fly, coarse and game fishing can be found around the area. Crediton is ideally placed for some fun days out; Dartmoor, with all its opportunity for outdoor activities, is on the doorstep, whilst the historic city of Exeter, great for shopping, is just a few miles down the road.
A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.
Free parking and walk for dog
We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.
One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!
The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.
One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.
Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.
Good National Trust property
Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.
Originally built for Henry I, this castle encompasses 900 years of history. Worth a visit to see the romantic ruins and beautiful walled gardens and you can book a stay through Classic Cottages as there are several cottages and apartments available. Tours can be booked in advance, with limited availability.
You can even stay here through Classic Cottages!
A really nice place for children to visit, very hands on. Visitors can try on Civil War armour, see the medieval loos, learn about the 900 years of history, the ghosts, secret passages; beautiful garden. Very moderate admission prices, and excellent value for money. Free visitor parking inside.
An old 16th Century coach house with low ceilings, open fires, comfy sofas, a sheltered garden and a great reputation for food. Listed in the Michelin Pub Guide and the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, 2010.
Wonderful, friendly pub, fantastic food. Go there and see for yourself! Look round the Church too while you are there.
A fine example of 18th Century architecture, Killerton House is home to a vast collection of period costumes - 9,000 items in all - spanning the fashions of the past 200 years. The gardens are the star of the show at Killerton. Beautiful all year round, they put on a wonderful display of rhododendrons and magnolias, set against the backdrop of Devon's rolling countryside. Open-air theatre is hosted here during the summer.
Really great for out of season walks - acres of woodland on the hill behind the house - discover that the hill is actually an iron age fort ! make sure you wear wellies at this time of year !
wonderful gardens, beautifully maintained and worth a visit.
One of Devon's great estates, Killerton was given to the National Trust by Sir Richard Acland. The famous garden was created by John Veitch and is beautiful all year round.
A National Trust property with beautiful gardens in rolling Devon countryside. Lovely for a walk in any season.
- J M Wynne
Local cheese and deli items all freshly prepared on the premises.
Fabulous. Try the Game Pie!
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