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

  • Central Devon
    Sleeps 2
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    Light and spacious self-catering cottage in South Molton, providing accommodation for two beside a lake. On-site parking. Cosy pubs and restaurants nearby.
     
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  • Central Devon
    Sleeps 7
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    £873
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    Detached barn conversion holiday cottage in Crediton with great walking & fishing nearby. 4 bedrooms, 3 bath/ shower rooms, fully enclosed garden, wood burner stove. Short breaks.
     
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  • Near Crediton
    Sleeps 6
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    £873
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    Hollacombe holiday cottage near Crediton created from the ruins of a Devon Longhouse. Luxury accommodation with optional catering service. WiFi. Parking. Excellent welcome hamper.
     
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  • Great Torrington
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    £35
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    B&B near Bideford & Great Torrington, RHS Rosemoor Gardens 4 miles, Tarka Trail 1 mile. Free range breakfasts with locally sourced and fairtrade products. Two beautiful bedrooms.
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  • Witheridge
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    £30
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    Welcoming 16th Century Witheridge inn near Tiverton alongside the Two Moors Way. In-house restaurant, bar, cosy snug and log fire. 5 guest rooms and spacious flatlet. Dogs welcome.
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  • Beaworthy
    Sleeps 2
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    £281
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    Romantic cottage set in three and a half acres of Devon countryside. Panoramic views of woodland and farmland. Close to the famous Tarka Trail. Shared indoor pool and sauna.
     
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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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  • Bude
    Sleeps 2
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    £308
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    400 year old Cornish barn with private patio, plenty of period features, one double bedroom & Wi-Fi. Some disabled access. Dog friendly by prior arrangement. Great for couples.
     
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  • Great Torrington
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    £150
    Per Week (seasonable) Sleeping 4-5.
     
    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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  • Great Torrington
    Sleeps 7
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    £410
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    Five fully equipped family cottages in the Devonshire countryside close to the Tarka Trail. Indoor pool, games room and play area. Resident animals. 2 or 3 bedrooms. Short breaks.
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