Pony among the bluebells at Neroche

Bluebells, Witches’ Thumbs, Cuckoo’s Boots and Lady’s Nightcap – call them what you will – are at their very best in May. We’re lucky enough to be surrounded by bluebells so stay at our self catering holiday cottages in East Devon and be enchanted by their beauty.

They grow at the entrance to Twistgates Farm Cottages and in Twistgates Copse. Take a seat on the bench in our field and glimpse them across the stream, but I invite you to venture further.

Set out in any direction and there are banks and verges edging the quiet winding roads that are filled with a wonderful mix of frothy white cow parsley, red campions, pink orchids, greater stitchwort (known as “Shirt Buttons” in our family) as well as an abundance of deep blue bluebells.

Ribbons of bluebells top the wide Devon banks. Discover magical sunken lanes, follow the river and twisting paths towards Upottery village and smell wild garlic growing among the bluebells.

And if this isn’t enough of an indulgence take the car and head for some of the well known beauty spots surrounded by bluebells.

For centuries bluebells have grown in thick carpets across the woodland floors of ancient forests. Neroche is closest and the ponies that roam the area surround themselves with bluebells, or visit Blackbury Camp, both were iron age forts. Holyford Woods near Seaton is another favourite place.

We’re located in the Blackdown Hills, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a very good reason! May is a delightful month when everything bursts open and the countryside is swathed in a lush green. We’d be delighted to welcome you for a holiday, short break, or weekend with us at anytime of the year.

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