Our picks for what to do, drink & eat when in Devon
Food & Drink
Tried and tested on plenty of occasions, we’ve selected the only places we think are worth leaving The Barn for.
The latest rural chic hotel from The Pig Group is definitely worth a visit. Each hotel occupies a very different but characterful property; this is the grandest yet: former Combe House Hotel, an Elizabethan Grade-I listed house in Devon’s lovely Otter Valley. Great place for afternoon tea, drinks or food, as well as sun-terraces and fishing to enjoy. The kitchen garden is really quite incredible.
Gittisham, Honiton, Devon, EX14 3AD Tel: 01404 540 400
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Classic Car Hire
What could be more thrilling than driving through the countryside in a vintage car. Classic Days Car Hire in Honiton offer the a range of cars to be rented during your stay:
Tel: 07775 853333
Bookings must be made a week in advance with full terms and conditions here.
If you’re keen to play golf while you’re in Devon, Honiton Golf Club is on your doorstep. The mature parkland course is relatively flat providing easy walking but can still be deceptively challenging for the more ambitious player. Some of the holes offer wonderful views out to the moors, Hembury Fort and Blackdowns and on a good day you can see the sea towards West Bay near Bridport.
Tel:01404 44422 Honiton Golf Club, The Clubhouse, Middlehills, Honiton, Devon, EX14 9TR
The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth is a registered charity that provides sanctuary from suffering to donkeys and mules worldwide.
No charge is made for admission or car parking. The Donkey Sanctuary is open from 9am until dusk every day of the year.
Gifts and information about the work of the charity are available from the visitor’s centre, and the hayloft restaurant offers delicious meals and snacks!
Tel +44 (0) 1395 578222, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Burrow Farm Gardens
Burrow Farm Gardens offer almost 10 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that have been created from scratch over the last 50 years by the owner, Mary Benger.
great place for a peaceful day out with the kids, with lots of wonderful features to enjoy.
There is a fascinating woodland garden created in an ancient Roman clay pit, full of mature Rhododendrons and ancient field Maple, an Azalea Glade, plus a Pergola Walk with a beautiful stone statue in the centre. There is also a lovely Terrace Garden, the Millennium Garden (built in 2000) with a rill leading to a formal pond, and the Anniversary Garden, which was built in 2010 to celebrate 50 years at the Burrow!
Tel: 01404 831285, Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood, Axminster, East Devon, EX13 7ET
Whether you want to take a gentle stroll surrounded by classic English scenery or go kayaking in choppy waters, there’s scope to indulge your leisure preferences at Dartmoor National Park, which covers a whopping 368 square miles in south west England and is only a 40 minute drive from The Barn.
Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open land in this part of the country. There are more than 450 miles of public rights of way (so walking to suit everyone) plus many cycle routes on and off-road. Take a stroll in spring for the bluebell carpets, inhale the scent of pink heather and yellow gorse in summer, watch the wondrous colour changing on the trees in autumn and go star spotting in the dark winter nights.
Explore the area with a spot of geocaching or letterboxing, set up a tent and get right back to nature or saddle up and experience Dartmoor on horseback. And all this glorious nature doesn’t cost a penny!
There are a number of great local shops to pick up some fresh local produce. Here are the ones we recommend.
Complete Meats is dedicated to supporting Westcountry farmers and we only accept the highest quality meats. Many of their suppliers are local farmers with whom we have established a personal relationship and who are passionate about upholding the very best animal husbandry standards.
100 High Street Honiton Devon EX14 1JW
Ganesha’s three wholefood shops offer a comprehensive range of quality health foods and cater for restrictive diets, particularly sugar-, dairy-,wheat- and gluten-free. All three shops are certified by Organic Farmers and Growers for packing and retailing of organic foods.
Buying the freshest fish from local boats, Flying Fish provides a unique range of delicious gourmet fishcakes, seafood dishes, fish soups, pies and quiches.