The Local Area

Whether you enjoy stunning scenic walks, quiet rural bike rides, the theatre, arts and crafts, historic houses and gardens, gourmet food and cosy pub fires, fossil hunting, sea swimming, beach nattering or perhaps some retail therapy, then Woodstock certainly is the place for you and a place for all seasons. Take some quality time out with friends and family or recharge your batteries on your own. Explore the many historic villages, towns and cities whilst enjoying the amazing landscape in which they are set. Whatever the season, there is so much to do and see.

  • Woodstock is located in East Devon, only 10 minutes from the Somerset and Dorset county borders
  • Set amidst rolling hills on a quiet country lane
  • Many circular walks and bike rides from your door
  • A short drive to the Jurassic coastal path with breathtaking scenery
  • Lovely, sea swimming beaches
  • Gourmet pubs with log fires
  • Fresh seafood restaurants
  • West Country cream teas
  • Arts and crafts galleries and studios
  • Theatres nearby
  • Historic houses and beautiful gardens
  • Quaint old villages, towns and cities

The Jurassic Coast – Woodstock is only about 25minutes drive to the south west coastal path and there are many exhilarating walks that will take your breath away….

Abbotsbury – walk to Chesil Beach or Langton Herring/visit the Dansel wood gallery, pub lunch or afternoon tea. The Hive restaurant on the beach east of Bridport is on your way home and is well known in the area.

Bridport and West Bay – a walk along the beach and around the town. Visit Soulshine café or Dorshi restaurant or Rachels Café. Time at Sladers Yard art gallery, Bridport Art Centre and perhaps the Electric Palace for a show in the evening.

Eype – walk to Seatown for a great pub lunch at The Anchor Inn or visit Downhouse Farm Café.

Charmouth – visit the fossil museum, hunt for fossils and climb up Stone Barrow for wonderful views.

Salcombe Regis – park by the church – walk to the lovely quiet beach for a swim and then climb over the cliffs to Sidmouth for fish and chips.

Branscombe to Beer – a lovely walk and Beer is lovely to visit – 2 art galleries and a café on the beach. Branscombe has a good pub too.

Otterton – coffee at the mill followed by a lovely circular coastal walk (great views) with lunch at the pub in Otterton afterwards.

Budleigh Salterton is close to Otterton and a bigger place for shopping.

Topsham – on the estuary – a gentle place to stroll around the shops and along the estuary. Call in to Darts Farm – an amazing retail venue.

The Cotley Inn at Wambrook – only 20 mins from Woodstock with great rural walks and lovely food.

Axminster – Thursday is market day – worth a visit and why not try out The River Cottage Café while you are there. The George Hotel opened on 7th Feb 2019 and is a very comfortable place to rest your feet.

Walking from Woodstock – there are numerous beautiful walks from the door here – you can walk to The George pub in Chardstock or The Tytherleigh Arms also or just head off the beaten track.

Cookery courses run from Hugh Fernley Whittinstaw’s school only 6 miles away.

Axminster Tools run woodworking courses also.

Cycling – bring your bike/s (you may lock them in my garden shed) and explore the beautiful Devon countryside – Woodstock is on Sustrans route 33 so pack your lycra!

Exeter – only 50 minutes’ drive – a lovely city to explore with its beautiful cathedral, numerous shops and restaurants.

Lyme Regis – a lovely mix of sandy beach and a lively town. The Marine Theatre is active year-round and has many live streamings of fabulous theatre productions as well as regular film showings. The perfect place to watch the sun go down, with your loved ones.

Forde Abbey – an English Heritage venue which is a must!

Montacute House – a National Trust property less than 40 minutes drive away.

Honiton – if you love antiques you will love Honiton!

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