A bit of rain doesn’t seem to deter our holiday visitors from getting out and about so we’ve dipped into the guests’ comments books to find where they go, and what they get up to, and here are some of the places mentioned.

Head to Exeter where there is a lot going on under cover – Exeter Cathedral, the RAMM (a delightful, and very unstuffy, museum where you’ll get an insight into the history of the city, plus there are plenty of hands-on activities for children), the Underground Passages where you can explore the medieval subterranean passageways that were built to carry drinking water under the city and, useful if you have youngsters who need to burn up some energy, Clip n Climb at the Quay.


There are many National Trust properties in the area, you may have to wander around the grounds under an umbrella but the houses are dry! Check opening times for easy to get to Knightshayes, A la Ronde, Barrington Court, Montacute House, Lytes Cary and, a particular favourite with us, Killerton house near Exeter. If possible allow a whole day for Killerton as apart from the house itself (often with an exhibition to view) you can visit the Post Office, the Mill and Marker’s, a medieval hall house, all on the estate.

At nearby Forde Abbey you can discover a beautiful building that was founded as a monastery for Cistercian monks and has a rich and varied history that spans 900 years (and in between showers the garden is well worth investigating).

On our doorstep in Honiton visit the Thelma Hulbert gallery and then treat yourself to a tea or coffee in one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the High Street (Toast, the Boston Tea Party and the Yellow Deli are recommended).

Or go east along the Jurassic Coast to the caves at Beer ,where you can tour a complex of underground caverns with mighty halls with vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer stone, and afterwards visit the town and feast on delicious sandwiches made with locally caught crabs. East Devon, as well as neighbouring Somerset and Dorset have plenty to offer you come rain or shine.

We provide cards, games, jigsaws and a selection of books so if its really miserable light the fire and stay put in your home from home holiday cottage, after all the whole point of a self catering holiday is that you have the flexibility to do what you want and whatever the weather you are guaranteed a warm welcome at Twistgates Farm Cottages and romantic Apple Loft.

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