Oakdown has long been known as a retreat for discerning country lovers. Set amidst the spectacular coast and countryside of the East Devon Heritage Coast and within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the beautiful Weston Valley and much of the coastal path are National Trust property. The area abounds with a wealth of wildlife, quiet beaches, history and geology which the discriminating visitor can explore from this ideal holiday base. Unspoilt ancient villages like Otterton and Sidbury nestle in secluded valleys, where olde worlde pubs serve mouthwatering meals and cosy thatched tea rooms will delight you with delicious cream teas.
Branscombe, England’s longest village, also boasts a working thatched forge, one of the finest Norman churches in Devon and a drive on beach where the licensed Sea Shanty offers meals all day.
Website: Sidmouth Folk Week
The ancient cathedral city of Exeter, Devon’s county town, boasts high class shopping including a John Lewis store, museums and a superb leisure centre.
Website: Exeter City
Take a tramway trip from Seaton through the picturesque Axe and Coly valleys to Colyton or spend time at Cricket St Thomas near Chard for a memorable day of wildlife discovery.
Website: Seaton Tramway
The more adventurous can explore the wilds of Dartmoor with its granite tors, Bronze Age settlements, ponies, heather and sparkling rivers.