Local Attractions

One of Somerset’s finest historic houses, Cothay is surrounded by twelve acres of magically romantic gardens that are open to the general public.

Discover Somerset and loose yourself in fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, tranquil woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breath away.....

This is Hestercombe - a unique combination of three centuries of garden design: Coplestone Warre Bampfylde's Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.

Discover Knightshayes, a country estate on a grand, gothic scale

With acres of glorious gardens and parkland, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman's dream.

The house is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose richly decorated interiors have always inspired extremes in opinion. Full of quirks and curiosities, you can see gargoyles, corbels and a medieval inspired great hall.

The garden is one of the finest in Devon and its collection represents one of the most varied in the Trust; with over 1200 plant species unique to Knightshayes and riotous seasonal colour, it’s always worth a visit.

Whether you want a quiet gentle stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park. 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter.

Enjoy Two 235m Zip Wires with Views over Dartmoor National Park.

Go Ape’s first Tree Top Adventure in the South West. One of the best days out in Devon, if you’re looking for adventure activities near Exeter then you’ll enjoy an incredible 235m zip wire flying you from hilltop to hilltop followed by another (…just 15 minutes from Exeter)!

The classic and original Go Ape adventure experience. We brief you so you’re safe then you fly down our zip-wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle our high ropes in one of Britain’s most beautiful forests.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the forest after your adventure. Whether you want to monkey around on a bike or walk your way round the woods, you’ll have a great day out in Devon.

Welcome to Mansell Raceway, Devon’s premier outdoor karting circuit which has enjoyed a long association with former Formula One and Indy Car World Champion, Nigel Mansell CBE and his two sons.

Mansell Raceway is a fantastic venue for individuals (novice or experienced), stag and hen do’s, birthdays and corporate entertaining. Our outdoor track is 750m long, making it an impressive outdoor circuit which provides you with the experience of racing against the elements, taking you closer to the professional racing formulas. All of our products and packages can be tailored to suit your needs, just give the team a call for further details.

Come to multi award-winning Quad World where everyone can join in the fastest growing sport in the UK!

Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Park is an award winning family attraction located just minutes from junction 30 of the M5 near Exeter. The Park has over 60 rides and attractions set in over 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside. We are proud to be a park that caters for the whole family, from the smallest children to parents and grandparents alike. There are over 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and a variety of other activities to choose from. With heart-stopping rides for thrill seekers to soft-play and animal petting for younger guests, Devon's Crealy is the South West's number one family day out.

Wildlife and adventure park offering a puppet theatre and radio museum

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens

Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history.

The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years.

The castle boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol channel, the Quantock hills and up to the moors of Exmoor.

Always living in Somerset, the Sheppy family still continues the ancient combination of farming with cider-making.

Of course, modern technology helps with some of the hard work, but the underlying compatibility of our enterprises; beef, sheep, arable, orchards and cider-making remains; dove-tailing neatly over the seasons, maximising sustainability and minimising waste.

The West Somerset Railway (WSR) is a 22.75-mile (36.6 km) heritage railway line in Somerset, England. The freehold of the track and stations is owned by Somerset County Council; the railway is leased to and operated by West Somerset Railway plc (WSR plc); which is supported and minority owned by charitable trust the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA). The WSR plc operates services using both heritage steam and diesel trains.

A warm welcome awaits you at the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre.

Willow is as traditional to Somerset as cheese and cider, although perhaps not so much is known about it these days. Here in the tranquil, rural village of Stoke St Gregory, in the heart of the world re-known Somerset Levels, the Coate family has been working with willow since 1819. Come and find out how willow is grown, harvested and processed before it is crafted into beautifully practical baskets. Watch our skilled basket-makers create a willow basket before your eyes.

Welcome to Tiverton Canal Co, home to one of the last horse-drawn barges in the UK

Located in Mid Devon on the banks of the beautiful Grand Western Canal, Tiverton Canal Co is a truely unique canal park Tourist Attraction that offers an enjoyable family day out for everyone that loves Boats, Horses, Wildlife and Water, with FREE ACCESS to the Canal Park all year round.

Located in the Vale of Taunton Deane, Bishops Lydeard is a small village near the market town of Taunton. There were originally two mills in the village, Higher and Lower, supplying the area with flour. Higher mill has been subsequently demolished, leaving this excellent example of an overshot waterwheel at the lower mill.

Coldharbour Mill, a 200 year old spinning mill set in the tranquil Devon village of Uffculme.

Built by Thomas Fox to spin woollen and later worsted yarns in 1799, Coldharbour Mill is a rare surviving example of Georgian architecture, industry and enterprise.

Since reopening as a museum in 1982 the mill has continued to produce high quality worsted knitting yarn on its period machinery.

Take a fascinating factory tour to understand how the hand processes of spinning and weaving are performed on machines and the role of Thomas Fox in bringing these new inventions into the South West.

Learn about Victorian mill conditions and how Quaker attitudes influenced the treatment and welfare of mill employees, many of whom were children.

Places to Eat

Reopened under new management June 2017.  Exciting menu of fresh, locally sourced produce cooked fresh to order.  Open Tuesday - Saturday 12noon - 11.00pm.  Lunch served 12 - 3pm, Dinner 5.30 - 9.30pm.  Sunday lunch 12noon - 4pm.

Phone: 01823 673147

Country Chic bistro style pub/restaurant. Excellent food. Children & dogs welcomed. Food served Wednesday - Sunday 12noon - 2pm,  Tuesday - Saturday 6.30 - 9pm

Phone: 01984 623293

The Globe, Fore Street, Milverton, TA4 1JX.  A village pub with a difference. Excellent, extensive menu, from easy quick lunch to the sensational a la carte menu and traditional Sunday lunch.  Open lunch Tuesday through Sunday and evening meals Monday through Saturday.  More expensive than the other locals but top notch food, highly recommended.

Phone: 01823 400534

Holywell Lake TA21 0EJ.  Traditional country pub, good food, very friendly & welcoming.  Open Wed – Sat 6pm – 11pm, Sunday noon – 4pm.  Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Phone:  01823 672770

Langford Budville, TA21 0QZ.  Cosy 17th C village pub.  Good cooking & hospitality. Open Tuesday 7pm – 11pm, Wednesday – Sunday noon – 3pm & 7pm – 11pm

Phone: 01823 400262

Outdoor Pursuits

Birds Hill Days brings countryside sports to you. We’re based near Taunton in Somerset, at Bardon Manor. However, we are happy to provide archery, pistol shooting, clay shooting or fencing at The Cottage Beyond. We also provide a safe first experience of countryside sports for young people at schools and colleges, and at country fairs in the West Country, with highly-qualified, experienced instructors.

Oake Manor Golf Club – Located in some of  Somerset's most beautiful countryside nestling between the Quantock, Brendon and Blackdown hills, yet only a few minutes’ drive from junction 26 of the M5.A superb 6149 yard golf course with stunning rural views and featuring water hazards on 10 of the 18 holes. Oake Manor Golf Course is one of those special places that offers high standards of service and facilities, combined with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that welcomes all golfers, members or visitors, seven days a week.The facilities are first-rate, with an 11 bay covered driving range, 9 hole par 3 course, short game practice area and putting green. A warm welcome is guaranteed by our PGA Professionals in the golf shop which is an approved Titleist custom fitting centre.

Your first stop for horse riding in the beautiful Quantock Hills. Situated in the beautiful and historic village of West Bagborough, our 50 acres of glorious moorland lead directly onto the bridleways of the Quantocks. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers you some of the most stunning horse riding in Somerset.

Robin is happy to come to The Cottage Beyond to provide laser clay pigeon shooting, archery and bushcraft.  But for guests happy to travel he can offer a great deal more, including axe throwing and canoeing. 

Robin Harris
Somerset Adventures
07981 826919
www.somersetadventures.co.uk
www.somersetfirstaidtraining.co.uk

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