Our country cottages are set in 6 acres and surrounded by common land, perfect for walking. Whilst being rural our family friendly cottages are not isolated and are less than a mile away from the small market town of Great Torrington with pubs, restaurants, take-aways, a Lidl supermarket, a traditional Victorian Pannier Market and a host of independent butchers, bakers, grocers etc. As well as Torrington itself, Dartington Crystal, Torrington Golf Course and the Tarka Trail are all walking distance from Hill Farm.
Darracott Reservoir is less than 2 miles away with fishing permits readily available.
Instow has a long stretch of sandy beach, sand dunes, parking beachside and plenty of spots for children to go crabbing.
Westward Ho! offers 2 miles of golden sand backed by a pebble ridge. Look in the rock pools, build sand castles, fly kites or have a surfing lesson.
We have complied a list of our favourites below, click on the pictures for the link to their website and more info. For an exhaustive list of Devon attractions you might like to download a great little app we found called simply ‘app for Devon’.
Cycling The Tarka Trail – Walking distance or 5min drive to bike hire
The Tarka Trail is a pedestrian and cycle way. It runs in a 163 mile figure-of-eight with Torrington roughly in the middle.
Cycle hire is available locally www.torringtoncyclehire.co.uk
Here at Hill Farm we provide a covered cycle rack (up to 5 bikes)
Atlantic Village and Atlantis Adventure Park – 15mins
Outlet shopping village with mini 10 pin bowling.
Next door is Atlantis a kids adventure park with soft play area, adventure playground, fairground rides, maze, pan for gold. Mum’s can shop and Dad’s can stay with the kids!
Southdown Adventure – 10mins
RHS Rosemoor Gardens – 7mins
Rosemoor is an internationally renowned collection of gardens in North Devon, England. Rosemoor Garden covers 65 acres and it hosts, apart from a range of gardens, a visitor centre, with a library, a plant centre, a shop, a restaurant and the Wisteria tearoom. Plenty of activities for kids too.
Dartington Crystal – 1min
For little ones they can paint glass items which can be taken away as a holiday souvenir. There is also a shop selling items at greatly reduced prices.
‘Air Extreme’ Trampoline Park – 20mins
The Gnome Reserve & Wild Flower Garden – 30mins
A great photo opportuntiy – they give you a a gnomes hat to wear! Woodland, stream, 30 yard pond, meadow and garden – home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies, and about 250 labelled species of wild flowers, herbs, grasses and ferns.
The Milky Way Adventure Park – 30mins
‘The Milky Way Adventure Park has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon Devon’s tallest, fastest & longest roller coaster. Have a wild time in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses & slides built for adults & children. Kick back & watch our amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent, plus fantastic displays from the North Devon
Bird of Prey Centre.’
North Devon Wakepark – 30mins
The Big Sheep – 20mins
They have recently installed a rollercoaster and laser battlefield to appeal to older children also.
Ultimate Adventure Centre – 20mins
Next to the Big Sheep. Focused on kids aged 8 & above. Assault Course, Climbing Wall, Water Zorbing, Kayaking, Laser Tag,
Canoeing and Kayaking – 15mins
From Bideford take a kayak for a leisurely paddle up the Torridge estuary towards the iron bridge at Landcross. Paddle inland towards Torrington as the tide is coming in then paddle back when the tide turns. Call the hire place (click on the pic for their details) or look online to check tide times and book your trip accordingly
Arlington Court – National Trust – 45mins
Our kids loved the playpark and assualt-like courses in the woodland, make sure they wear old clothes!
Quice Honey Farm – 30mins
The Eden Project – 1hr 30
Other places to see and things to do
Clovelly – www.clovelly.co.uk
Bideford – www.northdevon.com/places/Bideford.aspx
Appledore – www.appledore.org
Lundy Island – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lundy
Hartland – www.hartlandpeninsula.co.uk
Holsworthy – www.devonguide.com/holsworthy