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Exploring the area

We’re located in the heart of Devon and there are few locations in Britain where you can get a mixture of wild moorland with lush, deep, wooded valleys, pretty cottages, rivers, acres of farm and woodland, and seascapes too.

Bampton – photo by Steve Lee

The great thing about Bampton is it’s in the middle of nowhere, but not far from anywhere.

It’s a small town, although some do call it a village. It has its own heritage centre right next door to us in St Michael’s church.

Exeter is the principle city of Devon, with its history, culture and stunning cathedral, and it is just 35 minutes away. The city tours and the underground caves are well worth exploring. If it’s shopping you’re after, Exeter has it all with its High Street and undercover Princesshay Shopping Centre.

We’re not far from the north coast with its surfing (lessons can be arranged for all ages), sandy beaches and natural beauty. In fact, both sides of the Devon coastline are 45 minutes away. We also love the south coast with its pebble beaches like Seaton.

Devon has two moors: Exmoor and Dartmoor. The gateway to Exmoor starts at Dulverton, which is 10 minutes away. This pretty town has great shops and a tourist centre where you can get walking advice, maps and more. There is plenty to see up on the moors, from the world-famous Exmoor ponies to Tarr Steps, or you could visit Exmoor Zoo, which is a bit further, but a bit different than your average zoo.

Dartmoor with its prison and rugged landscape is just over an hour 20 minutes away.

Locally we have a few National Trust properties nearby including Knightshayes, which is 10 minutes from us. We can often be found collecting veg from the kitchen growers on-site! Killerton is also not far away.

Another place nearby that is worth a visit is Tiverton. It has a great museum and an informative tourist centre. The town’s early growth and prosperity came from the 16th and 17th century wool trade. There is some evidence of it’s early history still about, including a canal with some working horses pulling the odd barge.

Fishing is very popular in the area, talk to our barmen John who will be happy to point you in the right direction whatever type of fishing you’re after. Nick Hart from Exe Valley Fishery  is an excellent tutor for fly or guided river tours. We can arrange clay pigeon shooting from beginners to pros with a leading expert too (subject to availability).