Discover Great Torrington's English Civil War history

Discover Great Torrington's English Civil War history

Bluebells along woodland walks at Halsdon Nature Reserve near Great Torrington

Bluebells along woodland walks at Halsdon Nature Reserve near Great Torrington

The gentle rolling countryside of Central Devon contains ancient villages and market towns surrounded by the three moorland areas of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin. Largely undiscovered, this area is where you'll find a quintessential Devon scene of beautiful country cottages and village cafes and tearooms serving up delicious Devon Cream Teas. The northern central area of Devon is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering a peaceful rural base within easy reach of the North Coast.

Beautiful border market towns with traditional Pannier Markets, ancient churches and charming centres dotted with a good choice of craft shops and old inns are great gateways into both Devon and Cornwall. Holsworthy on the Devon and Cornish border is just 8 miles from Bude, in a pretty rural Devon area known as Ruby Country packed with walking trails, agricultural showgrounds and best local produce including locally brewed real ales.

Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor in the heart of Devon

Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor in the heart of Devon

Activities, Heritage & Attractions

Other popular market towns include South Molton, a great gateway into Exmoor and onto the North Coast, with a fantastic range of attractions from a local honey bee farm to numerous year round events and rallies, plus a chocolate factory! This warm Devon interior is where you will find some of Devon's most beautiful gardens like RHS Rosemoor near Holsworthy and Castle Hill Gardens in the South Molton area.

Popular walking trails in the area include the Tarka Trail, one of Devon's top traffic free cycling trails. The Coast to Coast Trail also cuts through the region. As for outdoor pursuits, you're spoilt for choice, with first class golf courses at Holsworthy, Torrington and Chumleigh, superb angling on the River Taw at Umberleigh in the Taw Valley and activities like horse riding easily accessed across the central region. Heritage is rich in Central Devon where you'll find a host of villages and market towns dating back to the Saxon era - hence their old names ending in worthy (enclosure) and leigh (clearing). Great Torrington is famed as a Cavalier Town (it stood alone in the area on the side of the king in the English Civil War). Find out more on Torrington's Civil War Town Trail and at the Torrington 1646 cafe.

Award-winning luxury ecolodges at Wheatland Farm near Winkleigh village (Image credit: http://www.iknow-devon.co.uk/accommodation/625771-balebarn_lodge_-_winkleigh.htm)

Award-winning luxury ecolodges at Wheatland Farm near Winkleigh village

Where to stay

The Central Devon area offers an outstanding choice of beautiful holiday cottages with stunning rural views. Many are Grade Listed with traditional features including a thatched roof, exposed beams and cosy woodburners. Luxury farm cottage and eco-lodge clusters are great for families featuring onsite games rooms, tennis, nature trails, fishing and swimming pools or stay in a pretty farmhouse B&B around Holsworthy with fishing available and delicious locally sourced Devon cooked breakfasts. Peace, quiet, fine food and fare are all assured in the variety of B&Bs and inns with rooms across this rural area, yet you are within an easy drive of the North Coast beaches and the surrounding moorland National Parks.

Accommodation in Central Devon

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    Welcoming & family B&B near Tiverton with large lawn garden, 3 guest rooms, free wifi, Sky TV and parking. Cot, high chair & play equipment in the garden.
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  • Great Torrington
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    Family friendly self catering flat sleeping 4-5 situated on a working farm close to Great Torrington. Cottage is in easy reach of Exmoor & Dartmoor.
     
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    Family run Exmoor Bed & Breakfast set in 200 acres of farmland. Choice of accommodation including a four poster room. Families welcome & pet friendly. Optional evening meal.
     
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  • Sheepwash
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    Traditional fishing Inn in Sheepwash with en-suite rooms, a fully stocked bar and restaurant. Pet friendly with private parking and superb fishing facilities. Family room available
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  • Chittlehamholt
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    Get away from it all in glorious North Devon. Just 9 caravans on our peaceful farm, hidden away, yet within easy reach of the sea & moors. Come and see why we are so special.
     
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  • Holsworthy
    Sleeps 5
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    £515
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    Luxury North Devon holiday cottage with private pool, Jacuzzi & fully enclosed garden. Parking for two cars, Wi-Fi service, dishwasher & laundry facilities. Two dogs welcome.
     
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  • Launceston
    Sleeps 4
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    Stone cottage gem, 1 of 4 cottages, on a 40 acre farm near Launceston, 10 miles from Bude. Pet friendly with parking, cosy garden & a fully fitted kitchen. Sleeps 4.
     
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  • South Molton
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    Beautiful country house built in 1830. Surrounded by 3.5 acres of grounds and gardens. Stunning romantic suite exclusive for a couple. Entertainment room with 95 inch cinema screen
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    Welcoming country Bed & Breakfast accommodation near Launceston set on a 250 acre working farm. 3 double & 1 single room, Aga cooked breakfast & conservatory. Evening meals.
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  • Umberleigh
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    Characterful two bedroom holiday cottage in North Devon near Barnstaple & Umberleigh. Two bedrooms, patio garden, family amenities for hire, short breaks available. Sleeps 4.
     
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