There are some fascinating places to visit within an hour’s drive of the Watersmeet Hotel. If you do pay any of these places a visit why don’t you do a short review of your trip on our Facebook Page
Visit Lynton and Lynmouth
These famous Victorian seaside resorts are situated on the dramatic North Devon coast within the Exmoor National Park. They are 50 minutes drive away from the Watersmeet Hotel and are most certainly worth a visit. If you're visiting us from the north it's well worth taking the time to make one of your journeys along the North Devon coast road (exiting the M5 at Bridgewater) and taking in these timeless and fascinating coastal towns, which are totally unique and very special indeed.
The National Trust's Arlington Court
Arlington Court near Barnstaple is just 40 minutes drive from the Watersmeet Hotel. It is a Regency manor house, which was home to the Chichester family. It's a real hidden gem and contains a fascinating collection of treasure. The 19th century gardens are quite beautiful and the walled kitchen garden supplies the tea room with fruit and vegetables. Arlington Court is also home to the National Trust's Carriage Museum.
Tapeley Park - as seen on Channel 4's Country House Rescue
The stately home of Tapeley is recorded in the Doomsday Book and is the ancestral home of the Christie family. It is situated on the banks of the River Torridge near Bideford and has the most magnificent views of the Bristol Channel and Lundy Island. The gardens are particularly lovely with an Italianate terrace, ornate Summer House and lake with summer flowering water lilies. Tapeley is a treasure hidden deep within the North Devon countryside and is well worth a visit. Tapeley Park is less than an hour's drive from the Watersmeet Hotel..
In Ilfracombe you can join the Ilfracombe Princess for either a Seal Cruise or an Exmoor Bird Cruise. The Seal Cruise takes you all the way from Ilfracombe Harbour around Bull Point Lighthouse, past the Watersmeet Hotel (please wave) and around into Woolacombe Bay. Porpoises and seals are sighted regularly in these waters. The Exmoor Bird Cruise is particularly recommended for keen bird watchers. It offers fantastic views of Exmoor including the evocatively named Hangman Hill and old silver mines. Don't forget to bring your binoculars. Both cruises are a fabulous way of viewing this stunning coastline from the seaward side.
Lundy Island lies off the North Devon coast in the middle of the Bristol Channel - '‘next stop America' as the saying goes. It is 3 ½ miles long and just ½ mile wide and its landscape is utterly spectacular and its waters clean and clear. There is an abundance of flora and fauna and, dependent on the season, you could see basking sharks, seals, puffins and lots of sea birds. If you have never been before it is certainly worth visiting whilst staying with us. Boats trip are available from Ilfracombe, which is just 15 minutes drive from the Watersmeet Hotel.
Exmoor and West Exmoor's Dramatic Coastline
Just five minutes drive from the Watersmeet Hotel and you'll find yourself in the wild, untamed beauty of Exmoor and Lorna Doone country. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of North Devon combines the dramatic, precipitous coastline with distinctive unspoilt countryside. Here you will be able to see red deer, buzzards, falcons and wild ponies as well as just marvelling at the sheer beauty of the landscape.
The National Trust's Watersmeet House - former fishing lodge on the East Lyn River
Just a mile to the east of Lynton and Lynmouth is the fascinating National Trust property of Watersmeet. Here you will find a lovely Edwardian tea room and garden by one of Britain’s deepest river gorges. Apparently there’s a great spot around here for wild swimming and many opportunities for spotting otters too. This is about 50 minutes drive from the Watersmeet Hotel and is worth including on a visit to Lynton and Lynmouth.