Things to do
We have some games and puzzles in the cottages and a good range of leaflets to help you with your holiday activity planning. We even have a list of suggestions for places to go if the weather is wet! There are plenty of places to walk, run, cycle, enjoy water sports or simply relax or sightsee. You may like to consider visiting;
Museum of Dartmoor Life – Okehampton (appx 1.5 miles)
Open from April to November the museum depicts how life has changed over the years both for the people of Dartmoor and the moor itself.
Okehampton Castle – Okehampton (appx 2 miles)
The ruin of Okehampton Castle is an English Heritage property. Once the largest castle in England it is now a fascinating place to explore; bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful views or stroll through the woods and dream of times gone by.
Finch Foundry – Sticklepath (featured in Edwardian Farm – appx 4 miles)
Owned by the National Trust, the foundry is the last working water powered forge in England. Regular demonstrations are given and there is a tea room and free parking. There are also beautiful walks along the river.
Dartmoor Railway – from Sampford Courtenay or Okehampton to Meldon (appx 1.5 miles)
The train operates from Sampford Courtenay, via Okehampton to Meldon, the highest station in Southern England. There is a buffet facility at Meldon as well as a picnic area and beautiful views of Dartmoor. There are walks for all abilities from Meldon, which is also on the Granite Way Cycle Route.
Castle Drogo – Drewsteignton (appx 10.5 miles)
The last castle to be built in England, this is a fascinating place to explore in an amazing setting, with beautiful gardens and walks. Parking and tea rooms.
Lydford Gorge – Lydford (appx 12 miles)
Owned by the National Trust, Lydford Gorge is the deepest gorge in the South West. Take the short, steep path or the long, gentle route – either way you will enjoy spectacular scenery. Tea room and parking.
RHS Rosemoor (appx 21 miles)
65 acres of beautiful gardens in North Devon. Interesting in every season of the year. Tea room and parking.
Bude (appx 30 miles)
Sandy beaches, high cliff path walks, as well as some shopping.
Tintagel (appx 42 miles)
Even if you aren’t a King Arthur fan, Tintagel is worth a visit for the dramatic scenery – combine it with a visit to Boscastle and enjoy cream teas and cliff top walks.
Eden Project – (appx 54 miles)
With much to see and do here, the Eden Project has, amongst other things, the World’s largest conservatory.
Lost Gardens of Heligan (appx 60 miles)
Once overgrown, forgotten and neglected enjoy exploring Heligan’s 200 acres and marvel at how the amazing gardens have been transformed and become loved once again. Team room, parking.
You may think this is a sleepy hollow in Devon but Sampford Courtenay itself is home of the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549, and is worth exploring www.sampfordcourtenay.net. Perhaps followed by lunch at the popular New Inn www.newinnsampfordcourtenay.co.uk
North Tawton (5 miles) is home to the award winning cheese factory, www.tawvalleycheese.co.uk well worth stocking up and very good value, then perhaps a trip to Winkleigh, a little further on, to buy some cider to wash it down with! www.winkleighcider.com. Perfect picnic partners!
We have several farm shops in the vicinity selling locally produced meat, vegetables and ready meals if you like to cook and excellent quality pubs and restaurants if you prefer to eat out.