In England’s West Country, Devon is a firm favourite thanks to its astonishing contrasts and diversity.

In the south you have the quieter resorts of the English Riviera and the Jurassic Coasts as well as the long estuaries with the picturesque waterside towns.

Inland you will discover the ancient wilderness of Dartmoor and Exmoor, places of legend and folklore, where you can witness wild ponies grazing and running free.

Last but not least you have the rugged north coasts, with its rocky headlands, outstanding sandy beaches and sea. 

Wherever you decide to visit you cannot leave without sampling the delicious tea and scones with Devon’s sumptuous clotted cream. 

Here are just four of what we think are the top places for you to visit during your stay with us, which we think will leave you wanting to come back for more:

Britain’s very own Galapagos

Lundy Island is a beautiful three-mile-long marine reserve off Hartland Point in North Devon.  No roads, cars or pollution makes this an absolute pleasure to walkabout. This is the place where twitchers, divers and snorkellers get up close and personal with some amazing wildlife.  Seals, Puffins and Seabirds are just some of the few inhabitants, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna to see at this wonderous scenic place.  Well worth a visit with the family.

Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland with more sunshine and less rain

Book a day trip with the national trust   

Entry price -£

See website for sailing times

Cycling the Tarka Trail

The Takra Trail was ins inspired by the route travelled by Takra the Otter, with 180 miles of unspoiled countryside, dramatic sea cliffs, and gorgeous beaches.  This southern loop incorporates the longest, continuous off-road cycle path in the UK.  The Tarka Trail still has the colourful Thomas the Tank Engine style signal boxes and carriages on the sidings.

As the trail is largely flat it is perfect for children with plenty of cafes on route.

You don’t have to cycle; you can walk this trail and experience the best this beautiful place has to offer.

The day trip between Great Torrington to Meeth is a good way to start if you are a novice with a regular bus service to take you back.  There is also a bike hire service available.

To book a visit contact Takra -Trail

Entry price – Free

Opening times – daily 24 hours

Dartmoor National Park

There is no place better in Devon to blow the cobwebs than the wide-open spaces of the Dartmoor National Park.  This is 365 square miles of wilderness of wooded glades, wild moors, fairy tale castles, quaint villages and ancient hamlets.

Look out for wild ponies, birds of prey, otters, kingfishers and rare butterflies.  A camera is a must when visiting this unique place, rich in history and rare wildlife.

To visit contact Dartmoor National Park

Entry price – free

Opening tiles – daily 24 hours

The English Riveria

The English Riviera as it is known comprises of the seaside towns of Torquay, Toray, Paignton and Brixham, this is the closest thing you will get to being abroad in England.

With their busy harboursides, palm trees dotted about here and there making it totally reminiscent of the Mediterranean. 

Enjoy traditional fish and chips whilst taking a stroll along the 22 miles of stunning coastline, described fondly by the locals and visitors as “The Bay”.

If this isn’t enough for you The English Riviera has plenty of other leisurely pursuits on land and water, including sailing, paddle boarding, scuba diving and rock pooling.  There are pleasure cruises, mackerel fishing and many sightseeing trips to be had around the bay to give you a true flavour this wondrous part of the West Country has to offer.

The English Riviera is exhilarating and a must-see all-year-round destination with plenty to offer all ages and interests any time of the year.

For more information visit English Riviera


As you can see there is plenty to see and do in Devon, you’ll be spoilt for choice.  There really is no other place like it in the UK.

When looking for serviced accommodation in Exeter, you needn’t look any further. Book a stay with us at the Isca house, a lovely 2 bedroom house, providing luxury accommodation for you to 5 people, located within walking distance of Exeter City Centre and close to all facilities

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