Many people come to North Devon on their way to somewhere else and then discover that they should have spent more time here. There is so much to do around here and we have put a list of some of the local attraction below. The coast paths are fabulous and are within very easy reach and there is generally a pub or tea room somewhere along the route to provide some extra refreshment! The coastal paths are exhilarating in winter!!
Exmoor also has some lovely walks with its clean air and also Dark Skies at night. Lynton and Lynmouth are down the road as are the Valley of the Rocks with some of the highest sea cliffs in the country. The Tarka Trail out of Barnstaple is ideal for cycling and you can hire bikes at a number of locations, one of the National Cycle Routes goes through the village and featured again in the recent Tour of Britain as one of the Kings of Mountain stages.
There are a number of really good restaurants with high profile chefs and pubs in the area so there is no shortage of places to eat for a amazing culinary experience. Come down a stay with us and see what there is to offer around here throughout the year.
In case you are looking to get married in North Devon, we have attached a link to the Registry Offices in the area and then there is the option to stay at Bracken House in the 'honeymoon suite' and take some of the other rooms at the same time for family and friends.
This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950's the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere. The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Castle Hill Gardens surround the magnificent Palladian house, seat of the Fortescues since 1454. The house was built in 1730 as the Earl Fortescue’s family home in North Devon. Today, Castle Hill is home to the 15th generation of the family. It is set in a spectacular 18th century parkland landscape punctuated with statues, follies and temples built by each generation of the Fortescues.
The newly restored 18th century temple - The Holwell Temple - is lit at night and with the removal of the trees is a spectacular sight on the edge of the woods. It is proving a very popular choice as a wedding venue.
The original garden at RHS Garden Rosemoor was created by Lady Anne Berry, and is a true plantsman's garden. The whole of Rosemoor is surrounded by woodland, and the acidic soil and valley-bottom location proffer their own challenges, as despite a generally mild climate, the garden is subject to frosts from October through to May.
Highly ornamental gardens with shrubs, roses, perennials and bulbs were established during the first ten years of the gardens' life, and now the emphasis has shifted to more extensive, long-term projects. For example, the surrounding woodlands have been purchased and are being carefully managed to reintroduce native trees and wild flowers - and of course encourage wildlife. Here we share some the highlights of RHS Garden Rosemoor.
Operating six days a week through most of the year the market offers a huge range of exciting fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, a fantastic range of antiques and collectables for all those Bargain Hunters among you and much much more.
With a proud history and tradition the market has been voted amongst the top ten food markets in the country and any visit will bring the chance to enjoy this famous old building and to sample the friendly atmosphere generated by the traders and shoppers alike.
As our website develops over the coming weeks and months you will get the opportunity to learn more about the market, meet some of the characters and keep up to date with the markets and special events.
So, come and visit us and enjoy BARNSTAPLE PANNIER MARKET - THE HEART OF BARNSTAPLE