Winter Break Landscape

Winter Breaks

The Devon Manor House is the perfect retreat for a winter break. The large house lends itself perfectly to large families or groups of friends looking to celebrate a special occasion during the colder winter months.

Winter Break SnowSpend an evening relaxing beside one of two open fires, including one in the main sitting room and another in the adult lounge. Plenty of wood will be supplied during your break. The Devon Manor House heating will also be switched on from the October half term week until the end of March at no additional cost, guaranteeing warm and cosy holidays.

As well as the three TV’s, including the large 50’’ flat screen TV in the family room there is an array of games and jigsaws to enjoy at The Devon Manor House. Pamper sessions with our sports masseuse Louise are also available.

The large estate and the local area is ideal for guests staying with dogs. Arlington, featuring beautiful woods and well signed footpaths, is within easy reach and is perfect for winter walks. If you would prefer to explore the estate surrounding The Devon Manor House, there are several lovely footpaths that wind their way through the mature trees down towards the ponds, or up towards the tennis court and fields.

For guests celebrating a special occasion there are several excellent restaurants nearby. Treat yourself by booking a table at The Coach House, a Michael Caines restaurant located at the nearby Kentisbury Grange. This stunning restaurant, winner of two AA Rosettes, seats up to 50 and has a menu that reflects the seasonality of fresh local produce. Alternatively, Terra Madre at the Broomhill Sculpture Gardens on the outskirts of Barnstaple has won five food awards in the past two years, including two for the best restaurant. This pretty restaurant surrounded by art is one of the finest on offer in North Devon serving a variety of Mediterranean inspired dishes.

For a good all-round family friendly pub, The Pyne Arms is ideal. Located only a few miles away in East Down, The Pyne Arms is a wonderful traditional country pub that prides itself on serving locally sourced food with a modern twist. Its Sunday lunch is one of the best in the local area.

During the day spend time exploring some of the local attractions, including Arlington Court, where a number of winter events are organised throughout the year. Also, nearby is Exmoor Zoo where you can see the Beast of Exmoor, as well as many other rare animals. For animal lovers there is even the chance to sign up to being a zoo keeper.

Even on a wet grey day there are plenty of places for families and friends to have fun, such as Rock and Rapid in South Molton, Tarka Tennis in Barnstaple and Dartington Crystal near Torrington.

The Exmoor National Park is a wonderful place to visit on a crisp frosty winter’s day. This beautiful landscape offers itself as the perfect destination for scenic walks, and a chance to see some of the local wildlife, and in the winter you can have miles of the National Park to yourself, so make sure you have your camera to hand.

Alternative outdoor activities include horse riding, with many of the local stables offering countryside rides, cycling and clay pigeon shooting. The surf during the winter months is also a lot more challenging for more experienced surfers.

To make the most of this historic house and enjoy North Devon at its wildest and most rugged, please go to our booking and availability page where you can book online, or alternatively phone our office and speak to Harry or Amanda on 01271 377 432.