East Devon: So Beautiful Out Of Season
Stonehayes Farm welcomes families and groups of friends to our corner of East Devon all year round for weekend breaks or longer stays. During school holidays we accept bookings for a minimum of 7 nights only. However, during term times why not visit East Devon for a short break? The beaches are delightfully empty and the footpaths quiet and untrampled. Come for a walking holiday with friends, or perhaps a romantic break for two.
Out of season all five cottages are centrally heated and have very effective woodburners guaranteeing warm and toasty evenings in front of a blazing log fire – even on the coldest of winter nights. If coming at Christmas and New Year we’ll provide Christmas trees and decorations to bring the Christmas spirit into your cottage.
Walking Holidays in The Blackdown Hills
If you enjoy walking when on holiday, come stay with us! There are plenty of footpaths winding their way through The Blackdown Hills and the East Devon Countryside. We can suggest routes that will include a suitable hostelry or tearoom along the way. The South West Coastal Footpath offers some splendid cliff top walks from Lyme Regis in Dorset all the way to Exmouth – simply stunning at any time of year.
In spring and early summer the woods and hedgerows of East Devon are bursting with wild flowers, including primroses, wild daffodils, bluebells, cow parsley and fox gloves to name but a few.
There’s nothing more beautiful than to wander through a fresh-leaved beech wood amidst drifts of bluebells on a spring evening in late April and early May. Alternatively, spend a few days with us in the autumn and enjoy some bracing walks along the beaches and promenades of nearby seaside towns such as Sidmouth, Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. At Branscombe, when the surf is up, you’ll be deafened by the roar of waves crashing down upon thousands of pebbles.
Mackerel Fishing at Beer
From May to mid-July, take a day to hire a wooden motorboat on the beach at Beer and spend an hour or two chuntering around the bay using the lines provided to catch a few mackerel. Bring your catch home to slap on the BBQ that evening. Delicious!
Antique Hunting Weekends in Honiton
In the event that the sun decides not to shine, then lose yourselves in Honiton’s many impressive antique shops in search of a unique souvenir before stopping off at the Honiton Dairy on the High Street for a wicked Devonshire clotted cream tea.
Bring Your Bikes
As well as walking, fishing and antique hunting there are plenty of places to cycle in East Devon. A particular favourite is to cycle along the towpath of the Exeter Ship Canal to Starcross and Dawlish and back. Remember to break your journey at the Double Locks for some excellent local real ales.