The Retreat at Romansleigh Park is in a beautiful rural location in North Devon at the gateway to Exmoor National Park. There are many local attractions and holiday activities to make your stay even more special.
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A ten minute drive from Romansleigh lies South Molton, a pretty, traditional market town with many independent shops. The Quince Honey Farm is a popular attraction, where you can see bees in action, and even don a beekeeper’s outfit to collect some honey yourself. There’s also the small South Molton Museum, which has artefacts that show how residents used to live. South Molton has pretty tea shops, cosy pubs, stylish cafés, and much more.
Visit South Molton tourist office website for more about this beautiful little town.
What else is nearby?
Romansleigh is about 40 minutes from the nearest beach, which is on the estuary in Instow. You’re also less than an hour from some of North Devon’s finest beaches such as Croyde and Saunton, both extremely popular with surfers. The park is also close to Exmoor National Park and a variety of historic towns full of character.
Exmoor National Park
Romansleigh Park is a short distance from the Exmoor National Park, perfect for mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, sailing and canoeing. The national park was also designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe so is a fantastic place for stargazing. Wheddon Cross is in the middle of the park which is less than an hour away from Romansleigh Park. The castle at Dunster stands among the town’s medieval buildings. Porlock is on the Somerset coast on the north side of Exmoor National Park which provides stunning views.
Ruby and the Tarka Country
Tarka Country is set in the heart of Devon and retains its wealth of traditional character. Barnstaple is just half an hour away from Romansleigh Park, and this historic town retains many of its Medieval features. It is North Devon’s oldest and largest town which is situated in the centre of the Tarka Trail, 180 miles long. Around here you’ll find stately homes, charming museums, and endless country walks. The town itself is an excellent destination for shopping, with a large mall and lots of smaller shopping streets. It also has an excellent dining scene, whether you want to enjoy a cream tea in a traditional tea shop, rustic pub food, or upmarket restaurants for those special nights out. Holsworthy is in the heart of Ruby Country which is one of the largest livestock and pannier markets in the Country. It is a pretty town and the perfect place to experience rural Devon life.
Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore are fantastic places to visit for activities and beaches. Bideford is great for cyclists, a spot of retail therapy and strolling along the quay. The sandy beach at Westward Ho! stretches across 2 miles and is home to a variety of traditional tea rooms and restaurants.
Some other nearby attractions include:
- Exmoor Zoo
- The BIG Sheep
- Watermouth Castle
- The South West Coastal Path
- Castle Hill Gardens
- The Ultimate Adventure Centre
Romansleigh is easily reached from the M5, just leave at junction 27 and take the A361 for about 30-minutes. The site is about three and a half hours from London by car, and under two hours from Bristol.The park is best found by continuing on the A361 towards South Molton, taking the B3227 into South Molton, and then turning onto new road. Follow this road through Alswear for just over 4 miles and there is a sharp turning on the right, called Partridge Hill. Take an immediate left up Odam Hill and follow the road to the retreat.
The nearest train station is half an hour away in Barnstaple, a half hour taxi ride from Romansleigh. There are regular services to Exeter, which has excellent connections to London, the South West, and even as far as Scotland, giving visitors the option to arrive by train.
Another option is to arrive at Exeter Airport, which has flights to London City taking just over an hour. From here, you can hire a car and drive to Romansleigh. This is the ideal option for those who want to miss the traffic.