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20th September 2006
The Tallat House at Taw Mill
A beautiful country cottage located in a magical setting near Winkleigh, Devon.

Local sightseeing and attractions near The Tallat House

The historic cities of Exeter and Plymouth are both interesting and worthwhile to visit. The former has a Cathedral, ancient buildings and excellent shopping (antique, curios and local crafts). Plymouth, famous for being the Pilgrim Fathers point of departure is a busy naval city and fishing port to this day. Boat tours give superb views of Plymouth Hoe, Smeatons Tower and the green from which Sir Francis Drake played his famous game of bowls before going into battle!

Devonshire and the westcountry is steeped in history and legend. From its National Parks to the sea, visitors are enchanted by the splendour of the lush green countryside and the majestic granite Tors of Dartmoor. Devon is famous for many things including: Conan Doyles' Hound of the Baskervilles!, prime beef cattle, apple cider, and of course Devonshire Clotted Cream Teas.

The Tarka Trail is a must 'do' for hikers as it follows the route immortalised by author Henry Williamson who wrote of the adventures of Tarka the Otter. The trail took Tarka across stunning open countryside, through deep woods and along the picturesque Taw and Torridge river banks. Henry Williamson's cottage is situated in the little village of Georgham and has been preserved exactly as the author lived in it many years ago.

There are nearby farming villages and rural communities to explore. Many attractions nearby offer endless opportunities for hiking and nature watching. Golf, fishing or flying enthusiasts are spoilt for choice! The property enjoys at least a 1/2 mile of river bank fishing where good sized trout are regularly caught!

The activities listed below are within easy reach of Taw Mill.

  • Golf courses
  • River and lake fishing
  • Antique shopping markets and auctions
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse riding
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Exploring coastline and fishing villages
  • Churches, Cathedrals and Abbeys
  • Country houses and gardens
  • Castles
  • Historic cities
  • Steam railways
  • Canal boat trips and horse drawn barges
  • Flying from our local airfield
  • Pony and trap rides
  • Farm and stable visits
  • Cookery courses

Aquaria: The National Marine Aquarium is situated in Plymouth. Watch live fish on the hoof and then go and see the Dome, grab a takeout at Capt'n Jaspers on the Barbican.
Buckfast Abbey: The Benedictine monastery is near Buckfastleigh. You can't get a pint down at the Valiant Soldier but you can steam down the Primrose Line to Totnes.
Cathedrals: ....at Exeter and Truro. Don't forget St. Pancras the Cathedral of the Moor at Widdecombe.
Delabole: ....just a hole in the ground! Then see the birth place of King Arthur at Tintagel.
Eden Project: Absolutely mind-blowing, only about one and a half hours driving time from Taw Mill.
Fishing: Fly/sea/lake/coarse....bring your rods. Brown Trout planted in our stretch of the river.
Golf clubs: ... are all around; or just hack a few balls around the field before breakfast or tee!
Hartland Abbey and Gardens: Fascinating architecture and walled gardens.
Iddesleigh: The Duke of York (Times Pub of the year) is here - you must book to be in front of his 10,000 men.
Jacobstowe: Traditional grub at Higher Cadham Farm. You must book and don't dare be late!
Killarney Springs Aventure Park: It's actually at Morwenstow. White water rapids, canoes, etc. set in 66 acres.
Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway: Victorian water-powered cliff lift.
Marbles: ....if you've lost yours, get re-united at the House at Bovey Tracy; paint your own Teapot nearby.
National Trust: ....preserves our heritage. All types of properties all over the region.
Okehampton Castle: The medieval home of the Earls of Devon. Special events are staged in August. Or you might care to visit the last castle to be built in England - Castle Drogo, near Chagford.
Pan for Gold: at Tolgus Mill ...then a tete-tete at Tate St. Ives. You can then come down to earth at Goonhilly.
Quince Honey Farm: is near South Molton; then hive off a few antiques from East Street.
Roundheads and Cavaliers: met at Torrington in 1646. See you at Dartington Crystal works before 15:15.
Saddle-up: at one of our local stables. Child friendly ponies and mounts to suit all riders of all abilities, or you can bring your own horse if you wish.
Tourism: Plays a major role in the economy of the West Country. These jottings can only give you our very potted version of what is on offer. If you find something which is truly interesting, please let us know so we can pass it on. Let us know what your interests are and we can plan an itinerary.
Underground at Kents Cavern: and Undersized at Babbacombe Model Village,and Under Water at the Riviera Centre.
Vintage Motorcycles: at Combe Martin and bigger motors at the Combat Collection at Cobbaton.
Witchcraft Museum: at Boscastle.... go in daylight, not after dark.
Xebec trip to Lundy? Better checkout the M.V. Oldenburg on Bideford quay.
You cannot miss Clovelly: perhaps hitch a ride on the Big Sheep.
Zeal Monachorum: ....only just up the road. Visit the Waie Inn www.waieinn.co.uk - good pub grub, heated pool and lots of things for the children to do.