Surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Blackdown Hills our location in East Devon is very peaceful but if it’s too quiet you can have a fun for all actioned packed holiday.

Here are a some suggestions, roughly grouped to make it easier to investigate a special interest.

And, don’t forget, the beaches along the Jurassic Coast are an easy drive from us .

If Sport is your thing

  • Fishing – Coarse fishing, fly fishing and – ideal for a day out – mackerel fishing are all on hand, and if you don’t catch something for supper we can tell you where you can buy the freshest fish possible.
  • Golf at Honiton, Cricket St Thomas and Taunton
  • Riding
  • Off Road biking – Haldon Forest where you can hire bikes and there are a range of routes for all abilities.
  • Hire a bike or boat from Saddles and Paddles based at Exeter Quay
  • Somerset County Cricket Club is based in Taunton, and for rugby head to Exeter and the Exeter Chiefs home ground.
  • Horse Racing fans will find courses at Taunton, Exeter, Newton Abbot and Wincanton.

Younger members of the family

  • Wildwood Devon – at nearby Escot, animals, a maze, zip wire
  • The Bear Trail (a very muddy assault course!)
  • Axe Valley Wildlife Park – birds and animals, play areas, picnic spots
  • The Donkey Sanctuary – free entry and home to many donkeys who didn’t have the best start in life
  • Pecorama – steam train ride, playgrounds, zip wire, picnic spots, model railway exhibition
  • Clip and Climb – the ultimate vertical playground, based near the Quay in Exeter
  • Honiton Pottery – pottery pieces ready to be painted or join a workshop


  • The Quarry at Beer  – man made complex of underground caverns, take a guided tour
  • Underground Passages in Exeter – medieval passages designed to bring fresh water into the city
  • Exeter Cathedral
  • Bicton Park – perfect for all generations, beautiful gardens, rural museum, indoor and outdoor play areas.
  • History – National Trust and  English Heritage have many properties and gardens in the area.
  • Honiton Museum- plenty of information about the lace and pottery industries that Honiton was renowned for.
  • Museum of Somerset – within the walls of Taunton’s castle
  • RAMM – Exeter’s history explained within the museum
  • Haynes Motor Museum

On the Move

  • West Somerset Railway –  train ride between Bishops Lydead and Minehead. Themed events including Afternoon Tea train, Winter and Christmas events
  • Tram ride – tram runs between Seaton and Colyton. Perfect way to bird watch. Hop on and Off tickets available.
  • Tiverton Canal – horse drawn barge rides, boats for hire

Start planning! You can enjoy a fun for all action holiday with days out from your self catering home from home at Twistgates Farm Cottages where you have the freedom to come and go as you please and be as active – or inactive – as you like. The cottages are surrounded by peaceful countryside with walks from the door so the choice is yours.

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