Explore north devon


Amazing location

The Game Keeper’s Cottage is perfectly located for many great spots in North Devon. From the stunning white sands at Saunton Sands to picturesque seaside villages such as Appledore, Clovelly and Bude to the world famous Dartmoor. 

Dartmoor offers beautiful walking trails, wild swimming spots and cycle tracks, as well as the popular activity of letterboxing. It’s a great place to view the many vistas of Devon from the top of one of the 160 tors that dot the landscape.  

Guide books and walking routes are available at the cottage, and we are also happy to recommend our favourite spots. 

Local attractions

On the doorstep of the Game Keeper’s Cottage are some lovely walks that take in local sights, such as Buckland House, and give stunning views across to Dartmoor on a clear day. 

The Tarka Trail is a 10 minute cycle away and provides a lovely, accessible cycle track that travels from Braunton to Meeth. RHS Rosemoor and The National Trust’s Castle Drogo are also close by and are popular with locals and visitors alike. 

The popular market town of Okehampton is around 30 minutes away where you’ll find local amenities including a Waitrose. 

A visit to Lundy Island is a must while staying during the summer months. A boat trip can be organised from Bideford or Clovelly. During the trip you may be lucky enough to see seals, dolphins and puffins. 

Great Torrington is 15 minutes away which is situated on an inland cliff top with steep drops to the River Torridge which has lovely riverside walks. 

Bustling towns to visit all within 30 to 60 minutes away are Barnstaple, Exeter and Tavistock. Offering shopping, places to eat and historical buildings.

Local Eateries

North Devon is not short of great places to eat and drink. Locally, in Sheepwash, you can find the Half Moon Inn. A short cycle ride or 2 mile walk from the house. 

The Black River Inn in Black Torrington is a gastro pub and is just over 5 miles away. 

The Rams Head Inn is another gastro pub which is around 15 drive or a 45 minute cycle ride. 

A bit further a field, around 30 minute drive, you will find The Farmers Arms in Woolfardisworthy. They do an excellent sharing style Sunday roast. They offer great pub food and also a fine dining menu in the vaulted dining room. 

If you’re looking for something special take a look at Gidleigh Park for a five star afternoon tea or The Mason’s Arms for a Michelin star dining experience. Also Hotel Endsleigh offers a wonderful place to have a leisurely lunch and walk around their grounds. All within an hours drive from us. 

Other local attractions

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