Cadhay, an historic Elizabethan manor of special architectural interest in the rural landscape of East DevonCadhay was built by John Haydon in 1550 on the site of an earlier house. His nephew Robert built the Long Gallery, a feature of late 16th century housebuilding, closing in the south side of the house to form a courtyard that became known as the Court of the Sovereigns because of the four statues of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth that stand over the doors.Robert was married to Joan, the daughter of Sir Amias Poulett, Privy Councillor, former ambassador to France and Keeper of Mary Queen of Scots during her imprisonment.
Kilerton is an 18-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter owned by the National Trust, the estate cover 2590 hectares (6400 acres). Included in the estate is a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it also know as Dolbury which has evidence of Roman occupation. The garden was created in 1770's by John Veitch one of the leading landscape designers of the time with rhododendrons, magnolias, herbaceous borders and rare trees as well as an ice house and early 19th century summer house. Parkland and woods offer a number of circular walks. Restuarant in Main house and Stables courtyard with Gift Shop.
Founded in 1146, Forde Abbey was one of the most significant Cistercian monasteries in England during the four centuries that separated the reign of King Stephen from the Reformation. The buildings seen today were all in existence in the Middle Ages. They formed the Abbot's and monks' quarters, their kitchen, refectories, and their chapter house. The abbey church has gone, together with the guest wing and three sides of the cloisters. While the final years of so many English monasteries are remembered for their feebleness and decadence, Forde ended in a blaze of glory. Thomas Chard, the last of the thirty-two abbots, devoted much of his time and energy to repairing and reconstructing the fabric of the Abbey building.
'One of the top Best Family Days Out in Devon'
With over 500 donkeys in Sidmouth waiting to see you in this tranquil part of devon, this working farm is home to giant poitou donkeys, mules & hinnies. Admission and parking is FREE, Open 365 days a year.
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU. By Bus X53 or X54 outside house.
Pecorama aka Pecorama pleasure gardens is on the hillside above the fishing village of Beer, with a model railway gardens and beer heights light railway. restaurant and pullman carrage for afternoon teas. By Bus X53 or X54 outside the house.
PECO The world's foremost manufacturer of model railway track,
Explore the world famous jurassic world heritage here in Sidmouth aboard the pride of exmouth, stuart line cruises a family run company run daily trips from Exmouth. timetable available at www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk
East Devon (AONB) landscaped by farming an area of 103 sq miles and 18 miles of coast including the Jurassic coast a World Heritage site, East Devon has 29 parishes , walkers can enjoy the 40 mile trail along the east devon way. many towns and villages have farmers markets with local produce, for the more energetic there is Kayaking, horse riding, swimming & cycling.