Whether you are looking for a little adventure or pure escapism, there is no better time to enjoy a minibreak in Devon. Wonderful countryside and rugged beaches await, along with the promise of superb food and the best in regional hospitality at Northcote Manor. Here are just some of the reasons that Devon comes pretty close to heaven:
Stretching from Barnstable through some of Devon’s most idyllic countryside, the Tarka Trail is paradise for the intrepid rambler, bike rider or wildlife lover. Perfect for a long, leisurely days out, this quiet kingdom is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle, where the only local “twitter users” are birds.
Cycling is a fantastic way to explore miles of quiet trails, with providers such as Tarka Trail Cycle Hire making it easy to get out on two wheels. However, you could just as easily bring your walking boots or even saddle up on horseback. Miles of calm, car free routes await. Try the Devon County Council site for a series of circular walks, complete with maps and notes.
Talking of Tarka, don’t be too surprised if you see an otter at close quarters on the very rivers which inspired Henry Williamson’s book. There are certainly no shortage of fish and enjoying a day’s fly fishing is easy, with various beats on the Torridge and River Dart within a short drive. You could have a cast with the conservation-minded Westcountry Angling Passport scheme.
Wild brown trout are the favourite quarry for May; arrive late in the month and you might also see the season’s namesake cream-coloured mayflies hatching en masse; a sure recipe for exciting fishing!
If all that fresh air worked up an appetite, we promise you a feast of Devon’s most deliciously fresh produce from our acclaimed kitchen team. From slow cooked pork belly to Cornish crab, all our food is freshly prepared using the best of the season; and it doesn’t get much better than our spring menu, packed with the best of the region. See the restaurant section to view our current menus.