… said a recent visitor. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but not that much as a 30 minute drive – give or take a few minutes – means you can be paddling in the sea or fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast,  wandering around a National Trust property, discovering a beautiful garden, walking in woodlands, visiting donkeys, cooking at River Cottage HQ, exploring museums, following horse racing or even watching a cricket match at Somerset County’s famous cricket ground. See what we mean …

Self catering cottages near the Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

The nearest beaches to Twistgates Farm Cottages are along the Jurassic Coast at Beer, Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Sidmouth. Crabs and fresh fish are sold in Beer, Lyme Regis is well known for the famous Cobb, Charmouth is a great place to find a fossil and Sidmouth is a lovely old Regency town with plenty of shops as well as a long sea front.

Forde Abbey

Barrington Court

The closest National Trust properties are Barrington Court and Montacute House, however if you want to go a few minutes out of the ’30 minute radius’ you can get to Killerton, Lytes Cary and A La Ronde. If you delight in wandering around wonderful gardens then Burrow Farm Gardens, describing itself as East Devon’s Little Gem, and Forde Abbey, which not only has beautiful grounds but a very tall fountain, should be on your list, and both are dog friendly.



Once well known for its Lace and Pottery industries, both are well represented in the museum in Honiton. The Blackdown Hills (Twistgates is located in the very heart of them) are rich with Iron Age forts and ruined abbeys, ancient forests and beautiful scenery, all waiting to be explored or walked. You can stand in an old Beacon hut that was part of a network to warn of the Spanish Armada, view the tallest 3 sided obelisk in the world at Wellington, make friends with a donkey at the Donkey Sanctuary and at Axminster visit River Cottage HQ either for a meal or to attend one of their cookery courses.

Woodland walks at Neroch

River Cottage HQ


In Taunton there’s a weekly Farmers Market, the Museum of Somerset to explore, Somerset County Cricket Ground and horse racing.




And LESS than 15 minutes from us you can find three Farm Shops, award winning ice creams, a community shop that stocks local produce, and in Honiton – supermarkets, independent traders and quirky shops. As for eating out, we’re spoilt for choice – the Candlelight Inn, The Sidmouth Arms, The York Inn, Tuckers Arms, the Holt, to name but a few. 

From the comfort of your home from home self-catering holiday cottage you can plan your day. As all of the above are within easy distance you don’t have to spend hours driving around and you can combine some sight-seeing with plenty of relaxing time spent in Garden Cottage, Meadow Cottage, Weathervane Cottage or romantic Apple Loft.

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