THE BEST BEACHES (30/40mins drive)
Swim, play, paddle board, surfing, coasteering, kayak or just relax!
Putsborough sands is the best and ticks all the boxes for a perfect beach, Croyde Bay= surfers beach, SauntonSands huge beach with Braunton Burrows at the other end good for dune walking and sand surfing , Barricain Bay intimate with a good cafe selling curries, IIfracombe Tunnels beach voted the best rockpooling in UK with victorian natural swimming pool. Instow beach on the estuary good for easy access and sandcastles but not swimming.
Watermouth Castle an eccentric collection of all sorts, like no other theme park on earth! words can't really describe it! set in a beautiful sheltered bay www.watermouthcastle .com
The Rams Head at Dolton (10m) posh pub grub set in pretty village and next to Halsdon nature reserve , excellent walks by the River Torridge, ...01805 804255 theramsheadinndolton.co.uk EX19 8QS
The High Bullen Hotel & Country club for £6 ph you can use the indoor swimming pool, with hot tub, sauna and steam room. There is also a gym, cafe, restaurant and Golf course www.highbullen.co.uk check out Dip and Dine deals for sunday lunch....
Exmoor National park. 267sq miles of jawdropping landscape to explore. The medieval Lanacre Bridge is a favorite spot to pic-nic and paddle in whilst watching the wild ponies and red deer (www.exmoornationalpark.gov.uk)
OUT AND ABOUT, THINGS TO DO...
Fisherton farm is within easy reach of the best beaches in Britain, Exmoor National Park, the famous Tarka cycle trail, The SW Coastal Path and RHS Rosemoor, there is something for everyone!
We have a huge collection of boogie boards, buckets & spades, wellies & waterproofs for you to borrow....
Walk into another world. Set in the heart of our 100 acre working farm in stunning North Devon countryside, located within easy reach of the best beaches in Britain and Exmoor National Park... proper Glamping!
THE VINTAGE VARDOS AT FISHERTON FARM
Tarka Cycle Trail 30 miles of traffic free cycle track, to suit all ages and abilities. We recommend starting in Torrington following the river Torridge along the estuary and mashlands arriving seaside at Instow. (www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail...www. torringtoncyclehire.co.uk)
South West Coastal Path 50 miles of which are in North Devon. Challenging, moderate and easy walking through stunning varied coastline (www.southwestcoastalpaths.com)
Wild Swimming in the river Taw less than 2 miles from the farm, riverside beaches where children can catch minnows, skim stones and adults can take a proper dip in the deeper pools.
RHS Rosemoor a mecca for garden lovers, 40 acres of formal, wild, wooded and vegetable gardens, activities for all ages and a good place to eat too (www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor)
Clovelly an ancient and fascinating village. A labyrinth of steep cobbled streets, with almost tropical sheltered gardens leading to a beauiful harbour and stoney beach (www.clovelly.co.uk)
Instow and Appledore facing each other accross the Torridge estuary, the seaside village of Instow is busy with pubs, boats, dog walkers, ice cream, buckets and spades. Appledore has a growing artists colony with a maze of small streets, shops and crab fishing by the harbour.
Tennis court, football pitch and swing park are a short stroll up our quiet lane to the village of Atherington, there is even a new cycle track around the football pitch , great for kids
ON RAINY DAYS we recommend
Cobbaton Combat Collection one man's obsession and now museum stuffed with WW1&11 memorabilia, plenty of tanks, a shop selling allsorts of interesting gear and a Naafi bus cafe run by his long suffering wife! www.cobbatoncombat.co.uk
North Devon Arena roller skating, skateboards and scooters. An excellent indoor venue for all the family and winner of 2017 tourism awards
Quince Honey Farm and museum for all bee lovers, with live hives for you to see (behind glass!) and all aspects of honey making/bee keeping. There is also a large soft play area for your little bees... quincehoneyfarm.co.uk
Arlington Court National Trust Regency Stately home with a carriage museum, formal gardens and 20 miles of footpaths and family activities. nationaltrust.org.uk/arlingtoncourt
Exeter and Barnstaple linked by the Tarka Train line ( Umberleigh Station 2m) the historic city of Exeter is prosperous and vibrant. Barnstaple has a pannier market most days and the famous Butchers Row. South Molton a small town with an excellent pannier market on Thursday and Saturday MORNINGS. good local produce .
The Bell at Chittlehampton (5m) always popular, good ale, good atmosphere and good grub. Voted Pub of the year 2013 ('Devon Life magazine') wise to make a reservation tel 01769 540 368 www.thebellatchittlehampton.co.uk
The Rising Sun at Umberleigh (1.5m) a bit hit or miss however it is on our doorstep and has good views of the river Taw. www.risingsuninumberleigh.co.uk tel 01769 560 447 EX37 9DU
The New Inn at Roborough (5m) winners of Devon Life food and drink awards 2013, good locally sourced food tel 01805 603247 thenewinnroborough.co.uk EX19 8SY
Chichester Arms at Bishops Tawton (5m) under new management, so far so good...tel 01271 343945 chichesterarmsbishopstawton.co.uk EX32 ODQ