The Location


About the Area

North Tawton is a small historical Market Town on the Tarka Trail.

Clovehayes lies in the Heart of Devon and close to the northern edge of Dartmoor National Park. It is central for travelling to beautiful beaches, tourist attractions and National Trust Properties. Cornwall can be reached in just over an hour.


The River Taw is at the western approach to the town and gives North Tawton its name. If you like to walk you will find relaxing walks along public rights of way which take you right into the countryside and along tranquil river banks. Dartmoor is within sight from vantage points around the town and a short drive away.




It is only a short 3-5 minute walk to the local shops ~ Spar, Chemist, Post Office, 2 Hairdressers, Barber, Café, Fish & Chip Shop, Pizza & Kebab Shop and 3 Pubs within walking distance. There is also a Cheese Shop and a local Arts & Crafts Shop close by.


Bus Stop ~ with regular Mon-Sat bus service to Exeter and Barnstaple and villages en route, also a not quite so regular bus service to and from Okehampton.




Large Supermarkets are located at Okehampton (7 miles), Crediton (10 miles), Exeter (20 miles).   A smaller Co-Op supermarket is located at Bow (4 miles). Most supermarkets deliver to the area.




Here are a couple of great websites to discover places to visit locally:

Devon’s Top Attractions

Best Days Out Cornwall



North Tawton lies north west of the City of Exeter (20 miles) just off the A3072.


Exeter trains run nationwide and Exeter International Airport is situated just outside of the City.  Taxi ranks are situated outside of the Stations [Exeter St David’s / Exeter Central] and in the City High Street.


Exeter Bus Station has travel links to all parts of England. Devon County Council Travel Information Link:-


A local taxi service is available booked in advance.




Jam & Jerusalem written by Jennifer Saunders was filmed here, as well as in other small villages in the area.


Some other interesting facts about North Tawton:-


It is the birth place of Dr William Budd. Famous for his research into the causes & cure of cholera & typhoid fever.


Ralph Butler who wrote the songs “Run Rabbit Run”, “The Sun Has Got His Hat On” & “Nellie The Elephant” in association with Noel Gay, once lived in the town. As did Sylvia Plath & Poet Laureate Ted Hughes.




There are various ways to get to Clovehayes – here are some useful links:

By Road

Driving from London to Clovehayes is
approximately a 3.5 ~ 4 hour journey

By Track

With regular links to London Paddington provided by First Great Western, Exeter St David’s train station is approximately 35 minutes away and approximately a 2~3 hour train ride

By Air

The closest airport is Exeter International Airport and is approx 1 hours drive from Clovehayes with a 1 hour 10 minute flight from London


Places to Visit

Here are a few of our recommendations for places to visit during your stay with us.

In the castle you’ll be able to see open storage areas and rooms which tell the story of the Drewe family who built it from 1910-1930.

Stroll around the Lutyen’s designed terraced garden including a rose garden and croquet lawn. Or explore the winding paths leading down to Fingle Bridge, an ancient gorge teeming with wildlife.

There are themed children’s trails in school holidays and in the castle families can have a go at completing the questions in the rooms.

Travel Time: Less than 30 mins




Powderham Castle enjoys a unique, picturesque setting within an ancient deer park beside the Exe estuary, just south of Exeter. Over 600 years of history can be discovered within the walls of one of Devon’s oldest family homes.

Travel Time: Less than 1 hour




Set within a spectacular ancient valley, Dartmoor’s famous Becky Falls has been attracting visitors since 1903. No trip to Devon would be complete without a visit.

Explore over 50 acres of woodland rich in wildlife, with a choice of trails to suit all ages and abilities. The Blue Trail is a gentler walk along the Becka Brook and through the ancient oak woodland. The Red Trail is where you will discover our stunning waterfall and its dramatic 70ft drop. Try their notoriously fun boulder scramble and if you enjoy that, carry on to the Purple Trail for views of the beautiful lower falls. 

Travel Time: Less than 1 hour




There is so much to offer at Dartington Crystal in Great Torrington. A fantastic visitor attraction, with something for all of the family.

Take in the Factory Experience & Visitor Centre where you can see and hear the fascinating story of over 50 years of history with Dartington. Watch our educational film, then follow the Timeline Exhibition from 1967 to present day where you will learn interesting facts and see products dating from the early years. See our talented Master Engraver working wonders and creating master pieces. There is also an abundance of Creative Activities to take part in: Have your Hand Cast forever in glass. Children and even adults can paint your own glass or make your own glass jewellery.

Travel Time: Less than 45 mins




Whatever the season, Rosemoor is a unique place that people return to time and again for ideas, inspiration or simply to enjoy a marvellous day out.

Travel Time: Less than 30 mins


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