Things To Do

Places to Visit:

Vist South Devon

In our opinion, the best source of where to go and what to do in the area is the Visit South Devon website but we have also listed a few of our personal favoruites below.

The Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast stretches 95 miles from Exmouth in East Devon to Stobden Bay in Dorset and is one of the most spectacular coastlines in England. Recently awarded World Heritage status in recognition of its geological importance, this stretch of coastline includes dramatic cliffs and spectacular rock formations and sea stacks. For walkers, fossil hunters, water sports enthusiasts and beach lovers, the Jurassic coastline is full of interest.

Coastal towns of particular interest that are within easy reach of Woodhayes include:

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbor, which featured in the film ‘The French Lieutenants Woman’ in 1981.  Lyme Regis (and neighbouring Charmouth) are also famous for their geology and fossil finds and, with a bit of patience, it is perfectly possible to find your very own fossil on the beach.  You could also visit the Marine Aquarium or the Fossil Museum, or take a boat trip and go fishing for mackerel.  And for a special treat, when you’ve worked up an appetite, Hix Oyster & Fish House has arguably the best view of any restaurant on the South West coast…

Sidmouth

Poet Laureate John Betjeman described Sidmouth as, ‘A town caught in timeless charm’ – and it still is.  No amusement arcades here, rather, beautiful beaches and gardens, fine regency hotels, a wide choice of friendly independent shops, and limitless leisure opportunities – from croquet to rock climbing and from theatre to delicious cream teas.  Sidmouth has it all, is totally unspoilt and is well worth a visit.

Budleigh Salterton

Budleigh has a beautifully clean beach (with pebbles like sugared almonds) offering safe bathing and set against a backdrop of majestic red sandstone cliffs. Explore the quaint town with its independently owned shops or take a leisurely walk along the River Otter to Otterton Mill, keeping your eyes open for the many estuary birds that live and breed here.

Exmouth

Situated at the mouth of the Exe estuary, Exmouth, with its magnificent 2 mile stretch of golden sand, is known nationally as a regional centre for water sports activities – especially sailing, windsurfing, diving and kitesurfing.  But for the less energetic, the sand dunes, beach and rock pools provide plenty of scope for pottering about and relaxing. The Exe Estuary itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, noted in particular for its wading and migrating birds.  Join a bird-watching cruise or take a ferry to the historic port of Topsham with its Dutch houses and eclectic range of bars, cafes, shops and antique centres.

National Trust Properties

There are three National Trust Properties within easy reach:

A La Ronde

This unique sixteen-sided house was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe in the late 18th century.  It contains many objects and mementoes of their travels. The extraordinary interior decoration includes a feather frieze, gathered from native game birds and chickens, and a fragile shell-encrusted gallery, said to contain nearly 25,000 shells, which can be viewed in its entirety on closed-circuit television.

Knightshayes Court

Knightshayes Court is one of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses and was built by the eccentric architect William Burges for the grandson of pioneer lace-maker John Heathcoat in 1869.  The house itself reveals extraordinary medieval romantic interiors, rich decoration and beautiful ceramics. And the vast garden is renowned for its rare trees, shrubs and seasonal colours.

Killerton House

Killerton House, built in 1778–9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families.  Take a look at the collection of 18th- to 20th-century costumes shown in period rooms, or blow away the cobwebs with a walk around the wooded estate and climb to the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort. Admire the formal gardens – with their abundance of rhodedendrons, magnolias, herbacious borders and rare trees – created in the 1770s by John Veitch, one of the leading landscape designers of the time.

Other Places Worth Visiting…

Escot

Enjoy the natural gardens and fantasy woodland which surround the ancestral home of the Kennaway family at Escot.  Situated within 220 acres of parkland you’ll find unusual animals, interesting trails, beautiful flowers and shrubs and champion specimen trees.  Get up close and personal with magnificent birds of prey, otters, red squirrels and wild boar, get lost in the 4000 beech tree maze, or try your hand at the Escot letterboxing challenge.

Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle is located in a unique, picturesque setting just outside Exeter, beside the Exe estuary. Built in 1391 by Sir Philip Courtenay, six hundred years of history are contained within the walls of one of England's oldest family homes. It has remained in the same family to this day and is currently home to the 18th Earl & Countess of Devon.  Regular guided tours offer a fascinating walk through the Castle's majestic rooms, where you can admire the most amazing architecture, hear some remarkable stories and learn about the family history.  And outside there is acres of space to discover and explore too – you can even join a Deer Park Safari to get a better view of the resident 600 fallow deer.

Otterton Mill

Otterton Mill is an historic working watermill set in the pretty village of Otterton on the banks of the River Otter and within easy walking distance of the coastal town of Budleigh Salterton.  As well as milling and baking its own delicious bread (on sale in the artisan bakery), the Mill has a highly acclaimed restaurant and café and a gallery and craft shop exhibiting some of the finest local talent.

And Things To Do…

We’re blessed with miles of glorious coastline and acres of unspoilt countryside in Devon, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Some favourites include:

Golf at Woodbury Park

Enjoy golf in fantastic surroundings.  Golfers without a handicap can pay and play the 9 hole Acorns Course or if you want an even bigger challenge, play the 18 hole Championship Course.  Learn the game on the driving range, or putting greens, or brush up your technique with a golf lesson from the teaching pro.  Click here for more details

Horse Riding at Hitts Barton

Lessons and hacks for all standards of rider in the beautiful Devon countryside.  Click here for more details

Watersports with Edge Watersports in Exmouth

The tuition on offer at Edge is second to none.  Whether it be kite-surfing, wind surfing, sailing or power boating, you can be assured of an extremely knowledgeable, professional and friendly approach – and the thrill of a lifetime.  Click here for more details