things to do

things to do

Here are just a few of the things you might like to do during your stay with us.


This privately owned village has been in the hands of the same family since 1738. Their aim now is to maintain Clovelly in the style of the mid 19th Century.

The village is well known for its cobbled streets, quaint cottages, its impressive quay dating back to the 14th Century and of course the famous Clovelly donkeys which in by gone days carried all goods up the steep main streets from the quay.

Lundy Island

Lundy Island, lying just 10 miles off the coast of North Devon, is three miles long and half a mile wide and has been designated the UK's first Marine Conservation Area. The island is home to a fascinating array of birds and seals and can be reached on Lundy's own ship, the MS Oldenburg.

Dartington Crystal (Torrington)

Enjoy a day out at Dartington Crystal and hear the story of its over 40 year history following its establishment in 1967. Watch the talented expert master engraving demonstration or enjoy the factory experience and see expert craftsmen at work.

RHS Rosemoor (Torrington)

Keen gardeners can enjoy a day at Royal Horticultural Society Rosemoor set in a steep wooded valley, with restaurant, tea room and shop.

Eden Project

Described as the eighth wonder of the world, the Eden Project is an exciting, inspiring play ground in which to explore mankind's relationship with nature

Gardens/Country Houses

Tapeley Park House and Gardens

Set in beautiful North Devon countryside near Barnstaple and Bideford, Tapeley Park dates back to 1316 and has been owned by the Christie family since 1855. The house is probably best know for its extensive gardens

The Castle Hill Estate

Situated in Filleigh near Barnstaple, Castle Hill is the home of the Earl and Countess of Arran. Built in 1730 as the Fortescue family home in North Devon the Palladian house is set in a spectacular 18th century parkland landscape.

Arlington Court

Arlington Court is an intriguing Regency house near Barnstaple which includes the National Trust Carriage Museum. The house also boasts three gardens in one including the picturesque pleasure grounds, the formal Victorian flower garden and working walled kitchen garden.

Hartland Abbey & Gardens

Situated 5 miles west of Clovelly, Hartland Abbey, with its beautiful gardens and parkland leading to the sea, is the historic home of the Stucley family. The house can be originally dated back to 1157 when it was founded by Augustinian monks and became a private home following the dissolution of the monasteries. Following extensive restoration after years of neglect the gardens can once more be enjoyed as they were over 100 years ago.

Dunster Castle and Gardens

There has been a castle at Dunster since Norman times though the castle today was remodelled in the 19th Century but has been a family home to the Luttrell family for over 600 years. The castle is the host of numerous events during the year including Siege and Surrender Tours re enacting the Civil War.

Marwood Hill Gardens

Created in 1949 by Dr James Smart VMH, the land that is now Marwood Hill Gardens consisted of an old broken down walled gardens and a few fruit trees on an 8 acre site. Since then additional land has been purchased and planted with a variety of moisture loving plants and 3 lakes have been created. The garden boasts a large collection of Camellia numbering over 800 different cultivars and is the host of 3 National Collections in association with the NCCPG (The National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens).

Outdoor Activities

Golf Courses

There are a number of top class golf courses in close proximity including the historic Royal North Devon links course at Westward Ho!, the Championship East Course at Saunton Sands or the local courses at Libbaton, Chumleigh, Torrington, High Bullen and Portmore at Barnstaple.

Tarka Trail

Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available traffic free to cyclists and walkers between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon, passing through the largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter’ first published in 1927.

Cloister Park

Cloister Park, Frithelstock, North Devon EX38 8JH
Tel: 01805 622518