Local Attractions

You will discover that there’s something to suit everyone in North Devon and Stoke Rivers is well placed for so many great days out. If you’re not feeling very energetic, you might like to go for a stroll along the bridleways which lead from Stoke Rivers to the next villages of Bratton Fleming or Goodleigh, both of which have great pubs. You might even see wild deer en route! Why not walk there for lunch and we can arrange to pick you up and bring you back.

Alternatively, meander along our pretty Devon lanes and discover for yourselves some of the most beautiful countryside England has to offer. Explore unspoiled villages and unrivalled beauty spots. Discover Exmoor’s valleys, rivers and ancient woodland (see our Exmoor Pub Walk blog). From Lynton and Lynmouth to Porlock and Dunster, there are so many places to visit you will wish you could stay longer.

Holly Cottage Bed and Breakfast Stoke RiversWe have miles of award-winning sandy beaches within easy reach; go rock-pooling in Combe Martin, just 15 minutes away, Surfing at Croyde or Saunton Sands. Go horse riding across Woolacombe Beach. Discover the old time joy of the beautifully re-vamped Victorian Tunnels Beaches at Ilfracombe. We have miles of coastal paths offering incredible views and for those of you who are not perhaps quite so fit, there are plenty of places you can drive and still enjoy spectacular views; the Valley of the Rocks is a must!

If you are into cycling, you will know that Exmoor is one of the most popular cycle destinations in the country. Why not stop off at Holly Cottage for a night and we will ensure your bike is safely locked away in the garage. Alternatively, hire a bike and go for a gentle ride along the Tarka Trail, stopping off for fish and chips at the lovely little seaside village of Instow.

Visit the ancient fishing village of Clovelly; have lunch on the quay and enjoy some freshly caught crab. Take a boat trip to Lundy; you might be lucky and see some seals and puffins. Find some treasures at Barnstaple’s Pannier market, go antique hunting in South Molton, or visit Dulverton and have lunch next to the ancient Tarr Steps. Spend a day at RHS Rosemoor or the National Trust Arlington Court estate, which is right on our doorstep. Walk down through beautiful woods at Watersmeet, wonder at the gushing rivers and waterfalls, then have cream tea in the NT tea room.

Let us prepare a picnic for you, escape the crowds and have lunch by the River Barle on Exmoor. If you have a horse, you are welcome to bring him too! We are happy to provide livery as well as good advice on the best places to ride in the area from the beaches to the Moor, and all of the bridleways in between. We can even organise a day’s hunting (including turnout) with the Dulverton West.

We hope this might whet your appetite and we hope that you will come and stay with us soon.