3 (all year)
Orchardlea Apartment is fantastic for couples or small families who want a comfortable and convenient base for exploring Devon’s countryside and beaches. It sits within two acres in Nymet Rowland, a small village in mid-Devon that is within easy reach of great attractions. The excellent Old Malt Scoop pub is a mile and a half easy walk away in Lapford, where there is also a post office, village store and train station. Nymet Rowland is small but friendly, and having the owners close by is handy if you have any questions about the local area and how to make the most of your holiday.
The nearest town to Orchardlea is Crediton, around nine miles away. The vibrant market town is the birthplace of St Boniface who is, among other things, the patron saint of brewers. He must be working his influence in the region because the cider in Sandford Orchards on Commonmarsh Lane is excellent, as is the beer at nearby Hanlons Brewery. Crediton’s farmer’s market runs the first and third Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm, and is a great place to taste the true flavour of Devon. There are also some excellent independent shops and cafes, so it is a good place to browse and enjoy a traditional Devonshire tea.
Barnstaple is about twenty three miles and Exeter is around nineteen miles away, offering visitors an exciting blend of old and new. People have lived here since before the Romans arrived, and the award-winning Royal Albert Memorial Museum is a good place to learn more about the city’s history. The site of Exeter Cathedral has welcomed worshippers and pilgrims for millennia, with the current building dating back 900 years to 1114 AD. It is stunning, and even more so if you see it on a Roof Tour or Night Tour, or sit and listen to the cathedral choir sing Evensong.
Devon's towns and villages are charming but it is the natural landscape that is the star of the show. Nymet Rowland has several public footpaths crossing it for beautiful countryside walks, some of these link into the famous Tarka Trail route. There are several forests within a short drive, two of these, Eggesford and Heywood are quite extensive with lots of paths providing walks of half an hour up to two hours, these are suitable for child's buggies on the main paths. Both have good car parking and are also convenient for Eggesford Garden Centre which has an excellent restaurant/tea room.
Dartmoor National Park is thirteen miles south of Orchardlea Apartment, where you will find a wealth of footpaths and cycling trails to keep even the keenest visitor happily occupied, and there are similar opportunities twenty miles north in Exmoor National Park. With beaches at Bideford, Westward Ho!, Exmouth and Torquay within an hour’s drive, you have easy access to all of Devon’s best attractions.
Roger & Dawn Cooper joined Independent Cottages in October 2017
Orchardlea Apartment is on the first floor with a private entrance on the ground floor and open-plan layout. It is dog-friendly, with two well-behaved dogs being welcome with prior agreement from the owner.
Outside: There is off street parking for one or two cars. Guests have use of the surrounding garden, and the owners can arrange hire of dog agility equipment.
Additional Information: Orchardlea Apartment has WiFi, and all utilities, linen and towels are included in the cost of hire. Short breaks are possible, depending on availability. No smoking. A high chair, cot and camp bed are available on request. The peak rate refers to Christmas and New Year only.