As we welcome in the New Year, there is no better time to take stock and make plans for 2018. Whether you want to broaden your tastes, enjoy the thrill of the new fishing season, or discover North Devon’s beautiful coast and countryside, here are just some of the reasons we’re keenly looking forward to the coming months.
For anyone fed up of turkey and mince pies, the new year is a chance to blow away the seasonal cobwebs and enjoy something fresh. With a keen eye on what is in seasonal prime, our passionate team of chefs led by Richie Herkes ensure things never get tired here at Northcote Manor. Late winter and the start of spring are a wonderful time for local game and seafood in particular.
Should you fancy a dedicated foodie escape to treat your palate, you might also enjoy one of our gourmet break packages in North Devon. A sumptuous five-course tasting menu with specially pared wines awaits! Click here for a taste of what to expect at the next of our delicious food events in Devon for 2018.
A lot of visitors wait until Easter to head down to Devon, but for those who don’t mind slightly cooler climes, the early spring can be a wonderfully pretty and peaceful time to plan a walking break in Devon. Nor are things drab when it comes to local flora and fauna, with our woodlands bursting into life as early as February for snowdrops, while daffodils, bluebells and other favourites soon follow.
Where are the best places to go walking in North Devon? You would need months, never mind a short break, to explore a fraction of them, but you have a real mixture, from clifftop walks to ancient woodlands to explore. Take a look at our blog on top easy walks in North Devon for some ideal starting points.
Why not hatch a fly fishing trip this spring? There are many miles of water to explore (Image: Westcountry Angling Passport)
There are so many beautiful streams and rivers in Devon to try your hand at fly fishing, and virtually all of them open again for salmon from 1st March, and wild trout fishing from March 15th. This is not to say the early season fishing will be easy. Sometimes you will get trout rising for an early hatch of Grannom Sedge or March Brown, but much of the time wet flies are best way to catch (try a classic Hare’s Ear, PTN or a Beaded Spider).
Where can you fly fish in North Devon? For the short-term visitor, there are several miles of beautiful, affordable fishing on the Westcountry Angling Passport scheme. A simple token system at allows well under £20 a day typically, there are beats at Park Mill (Huntacott Stream), Blue Fox Glade (River Taw) and Rothern Bridge (River Torridge) all near us and worth a cast. Click here for an interactive fishing map and further details.
Should you arrive in Devon outside the traditional river fly fishing season (March 15th -30 September), you could always try a stocked stillwater fishery (here is a handy guide to six of the best fly fisheries open all year from Devon fly dressing company Turrall).
Early spring is a great time to find our stately gardens blooming, yet not too busy (image: RHS Rosemoor Devon)
From exotic plant collections to beautiful National Trust properties, spring is also the time when so many of our stunning gardens truly come to life. Not only will you see different blooms to summer guests, you will also find shorter queues and a more relaxed feel. RHS Rosemoor is always a good option for seasonal events and beautiful displays, or see our Devon Gardens page for a county-spanning selection of treasures.
For those who love field sports, it is also very much time to get out and enjoy Devon’s beautiful countryside. There are still a precious few weeks to get out on one of our local shoots too; you could try Hembury Castle, Great Warham or one of our other nearby hosts. Or, if you miss the end of the traditional game shooting season, there are various sites where you can enjoy year round clay pigeon shooting, such as Blue Fox Glade, which has regular friendly open competitions. We are well used to hosting shooters here at Nortcote Manor Hotel, with safe spaces to lock up your guns. We can also advise further on local shoots and organise group accommodation should you need it: please call the hotel on 01769 560501
As well as the joys of spring to come, we are also offering a variety of tempting themed breaks and special packages for 2018 here at Northcote Manor Hotel. First on the menu is February's special Gourmet Break, while it is also worth bookmarking our hotel special offers page for our latest deals and discounts.