Thursday, 20 April 2017

Devon offers the perfect formula for Poohsticks

Families looking for a homegrown holiday this year could indulge in a break playing Poohsticks in the heart of Devon.

We’re offering a cosy base for budding Christopher Robins interested in perfecting their stick launching technique.

We’ve got some marvellous rivers and streams with bridges here in the Westcountry that make great locations for the odd game of poohsticks!

Not so far from us is Tarr Steps and it’s also worth visiting the picturesque Malmsmead, with its Robber’s Bridge, near Oare, which was included in the Lorna Doone story!

Tarr Steps used to be very famous and tourists flocked there but now it’s a bit quieter even on nice sunny days in the summer. We love going there with our Labrador Tansy for a paddle in the river and a walk, and we always recommend it to our guests who stay with us.

For those who don’t know it, Tarr Steps is a bridge made of stone slabs over the river Barle. It’s the longest of its kind in Britain and was first mentioned in documents in the Tudor times, but is thought to be much older. It’s a truly magical place.

Also, here in Bampton, the town’s Spring Festival, which is on May 27 this year, includes annual poohstick races in the brook and they also have teddy bear parachuting races from the church tower just behind us. It’s great fun for all the family and a good time to come and visit if you have little ones.

But it’s not just this traditional pastime that’s encouraging families to go west for their holidays.

We can also help guests who stay with us link up with wildlife safari groups nearby. They can arrange experiences including events for families and offer the chance for people to have tuition from an experienced wildlife photographer.

There are so many outdoorsy things to do here all year long. But it’s not just about the wildlife, it’s a foodie haven too and we offer seasonal dishes, made with love, using ingredients sourced at various brooding, moor locations nearby.

Our rooms are also perfect for a country break – renovated and decorated by our local craftsman – all three rooms include an en-suite, WiFi, DAB radio, USB points, a TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletry products for a relaxing stay.

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