Searching for an idyllic, rural destination for your 2021 staycation? Redbrick Barn is situated amongst the peaceful pastures of mid Devon, perched upon the picturesque Exe Valley. Mid Devon is truly magical during the colder months, boasting an impressive range of fascinating walks, stunning scenery and cosy traditional pubs.
The nearby national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor provide a plethora of opportunities for walking, hiking and exploring; finished off with a delicious lunch or tasty tipples at one of the traditional, rustic Devon inns. The spectacular mid Devon countryside certainly has a lot to offer – but make sure you pack your wellies!
Dazzling Dartmoor Attractions
Widecombe-in-the-moor is one of Dartmoor’s favourite destinations, made popular by a traditional folk song. This idyllic village is situated within the East Webburn river valley, perched below ragged, rocky tors and dramatic moorlands. Widecombe provides a sheltered spot to indulge in a Devon cream tea after a hard day’s hike.
The lovely Lustleigh is a picture-perfect village tucked in the Wray Valley. Featuring a beautiful ancient church, traditional pub, local shop and tasty tea rooms, Lustleigh is a popular stopover village for walkers. Labelled as ‘the prettiest village in Dartmoor’, there are many wonderful walks which pass through this quaint village.
Wistman’s Wood provides the perfect setting for a woodland walk, offering spectacular views of wild Devon. With enchanted moss-covered boulders and twisted bracken, it’s no wonder that Wistman’s Wood is associated with numerous supernatural tales. Amble along the well-marked path and explore this natural beauty spot, which has remained unspoilt for centuries.
Drogo Castle makes for a fun family day out. This dramatic castle is perched high above ancient woodland, overlooking the Teign Gorge. The castle was designed and built by 20th Century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and is the last castle ever built in England. Wander the castle grounds and gardens, before venturing to the nearby Teign Valley.
Delicious Dartmoor Grub
The Rugglestone Inn in Widecombe-in-the-moor is a unique traditional inn, providing a real ‘home from home’ feel. Boasting a cosy bar area with wood burner and a large, sheltered garden with picnic tables, you can enjoy fabulous views whilst tucking into a tasty meal. Their tasty pub favourites and tantalising real ales make for the ultimate dining experience.
The Cleave is the only pub within the village of Lustleigh, and is known as one of Dartmoor’s finest pubs. This 15th Century thatched inn contains a cosy roaring fire, making it the ideal place to relax and unwind after a long hike. They serve delicious fresh food, along with the finest real ales in the South West..
Warren Inn in Postbridge sits deep in the heart of Dartmoor, with its oak beams and traditional log fires providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This remote, isolated pub is the highest pub in southern England, offering spectacular views of the valley below. Their famous home made ‘Warreners Pie’, made from fresh rabbit, is well worth a try…
Enchanting Exmoor Sights
The Tarr Steps are not to be missed during your stay in mid Devon. This iconic, ancient landmark is home to the longest and oldest clapper bridge (made entirely from stones and boulders) in the UK. There are plenty of walks nearby, including the Jubilee Trail: a popular, easy circular walk that is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Head on over to Heddon Valley for a day full of adventure and exploration. It’s easy to see why the landscape was favoured by Romantic poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge; the valley contains towering cliffs, hidden coves and a lush, wooded valley. With a variety of stunning coastal, moorland and woodland walks, you will never be stuck for things to do.
The Valley of the Rocks is a fascinating U-shaped valley, well-known for its jagged cliff edges and unusual rock formations. Feral goals freely roam the land – adding to this already rich and fascinating landscape. Climb to the cliff tops and breathe in that fresh, salty sea air, whilst admiring the dramatic seascape below.
Dunster Castle is an ancient castle and country home, perched upon a wooded hill. The attractive medieval gatehouse and ruined twisting tower dates back to Norman times; with a historic watermill that stills works to this day. The terraced garden is packed with exotic plants, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
Tasty Exmoor Eateries
Tarr Farm Inn is a beautiful inn dating back to the 1600s, nestled above the ancient Tarr Steps and meandering River Barle. The pub has received several awards for their delicious food; served in the cosy bar from their hearty light bites menu, and in the formal restaurant area from their comprehensive a la carte menu.
Woods in Dulverton is positively bursting with character and charm. This quaint country pub is tucked away in the rural town of Dulverton, surrounded by the beautiful Exmoor countryside. Their delicious British food with a Fresh twist, award-winning wine list and warm, welcoming atmosphere makes for a wonderful dining experience.
The Masons Arms is a Michelin star pub located within the village of Knowstone. This thatched 13th Century inn boasts a cosy lounge area with ancient oak beams, and an exquisite dining room with fascinating ceiling mural. They serve award-winning cuisine using only the highest quality ingredients, as well as local real ales and crisp champagnes.
Spectacular Staycations at Redbrick Barn
The glorious national parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor are just a stone’s throw away from Redbrick Barn. Why not spend the day exploring everything that mid Devon has to offer, before retreating to Redbrick for a truly relaxing evening in?!
If you’re seeking a relaxing rural getaway, look no further than Redbrick Barn. Email us today for availability and bookings!