Here at Mazzard Farm we count ourselves very lucky to be living and working in this stunning little corner of Great Britain. This page is intended to share some of the local beauty with you, and hopefully inspire. F.y.i., all we describe here is within 10 – 20 minutes from Mazzard Farm! In fact, the woodland image you see here on the right was actually taken in our own woods. We are in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) after all!
The Coast – just a 15 minutes drive gets you to the world-famous Jurassic Coast. Between Exmouth in the west, and West Bay in the East, a stay at Mazzard Farm opens up some 25 miles of hugely varied coastline, and some of the SouthWest Coast Path‘s prettiest stretches.
Seaside towns and villages (from East to West) include West Bay (think Broadchurch!), Charmouth (fossils!), Lyme Regis, Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth. They are all very different in character, but what they do have in common is that they are all very pretty, well-kept and hugely welcoming to visitors.
Beaches - the beaches on ‘our piece’ of coast each have their own character, some sandy, some pebbly, or a mixture. Some really good family friendly stretches, and importantly, few of them ever get too busy! So whether you’re after building sand castles, a spot of rock pooling, or fossil hunting, East Devon has the right beaches for you!
Pretty Towns and Villages Inland – with so much emphasis going to the coast, you’d almost forget we have a lot of pretty areas inland too. Places such as Colyton, Salcombe Regis, Woodbury and Otterton, to name a few, are all well worth a visit. Many are home to some great (pub) walks too! The Rivers Otter and Axe are wildlife havens, with nature reserves and our ‘own’ Beavers making us a great destination for wildlife and bird spotters.
Stunning Views – the photo on the left was taken 10 minutes walking from Mazzard Farm! And this is just one of the great views in the area. Seascapes, Landscapes, you name them, we have them. This is one reason Mazzard Farm also offers Landscape Photography Courses! And remember, as the images on this page prove, each season has its own attractions and colours.
Cosy Pubs & Mouthwatering Food & Drink – whether it is a ‘simple’ pub lunch you are after, or something more ‘haute cuisine’, the area around Mazzard Farm is one big Foodie Haven. Some, such as the famous Pig at Combe, will require booking long in advance, but remember, we know these people so may be able to help you get a table. Locally in Ottery St. Mary, the Rusty Pig and Samosa Lady come hugely recommended.
Vibrant Colours – the light we have here in South West England makes for some stunning colours (and indeed photography). Usually at its best early in the morning or just before sunset. And whether you are looking at the sea, a landscape, in a woodland, or at some buildings, you will often find the colours out of this world.
Please note though, some are hugely seasonal. These bluebells for example can only be seen for around two weeks. Usually in late April / early May. The best sunsets, such as this one taken in lovely Lyme Regis, can be spotted in early Autumn. October is a great month for example.
As we stated, all of this can be found within 10 – 20 minutes from Mazzard Farm. There is one area just a bit further afield (some 45 minutes), which we’d like to add here too:
Dartmoor National Park – Dartmoor has so much to offer that it is well worth the short car journey. In fact, once you have reached its boundaries, the journey is very much part of the experience. Think ‘Tors’ (as per image), wild ponies, sheep and cows, great walks, pic-nic spots, villages, pubs, fantastic views; you easily ‘waste away’ a day in this beautiful National Park!
With so much to do, see and experience, you want to make sure you have somewhere perfect to lay down your head at the end of a busy day. And that’s why here at Mazzard Farm we have made sure our cottages are hugely comfortable. Great beds, crisp linen, comfy sofas and chairs. Fab baths and showers. Feeling inspired? Then select your favourite cottage here!
Want to read the full overview of what East Devon has to offer? Drop us a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily mail you a 30-page .PDF Guide, with our compliments.