Somers Hiscott is situated within a large 41 acre private estate just a few miles from the market towns of Bideford and Barnstaple in North Devon. This beautiful setting benefits from wonderful countryside views and is home to a range of wildlife.
Somers Hiscott is surrounded by ancient semi-natural woodland that has been recognised as a County Wildlife Site. In the winter months stroll through the estate's frost covered fields, and in spring admire the bluebells that carpet the estate's woodland floor. For the warm summer months there is a lake and several places to enjoy family picnics, including the orchard.
For local shops, guests staying at Somers Hiscott will find a full range of high street stores in Barnstaple. This pretty market town has all the well-known shops as well as several quaint independent retailers. There is also a thriving Pannier Market, a theatre, a multi-screen cinema and a leisure centre.
Smaller local specialist stores can be found in many of the nearby villages, one of the favourites amongst visitors to North Devon being John's situated in both Appledore and Instow. This award winning delicatessen also doubles up as a butcher and a café and specialises in selling quality local produce. For larger food shops, Barnstaple and Bideford are home to several supermarkets, including Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda; all of which are able to offer home delivery to Somers Hiscott.
In North Devon there are plenty of excellent award winning restaurants and pubs, which are within easy reach of Somers Hiscott, and are ideal for a good night out. For a memorable meal there is The Pig on the Hill in Westward Ho!, Terra Madre at Broomhill Sculpture Gardens near Barnstaple, or the Masons Arms in Knowstone. Many local pubs also offer good value meals in a traditional setting, including The Hunters Inn in Newton Tracey, the Chichester Arms in Bishops Tawton and The Rising Sun in Umberleigh.
A trip to the seaside is a must when staying in North Devon, and there are several Blue Flag award winning beaches to discover, including the miles of golden sands at Woolacombe, the surfing beach at Croyde, the dog friendly Saunton Sands and the traditional pebble and sand beach at Westward Ho! complete with beach huts and arcade.
Somers Hiscott is an excellent setting for enjoying a number of outdoor activities. As well as the large estate for leisurely strolls there is the South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail, which is a largely traffic free pathway that can also be used by cyclists. Horse riding and golf can also be enjoyed nearby.
For groups staying at the house and looking for something rather different, the Southdown Adventure Park in Yarnscombe has everything from quad biking to zorb ball. The South West's largest paintball range is also situated in Yarnscombe at Survival Paintball.
At any time of the year there are many family friendly attractions within a half hour’s drive of Somers Hiscott. For wet weather the Milky Way near Bideford is perfect, with one of the largest indoor play centres in the Westcountry. Other attractions include The Big Sheep, Exmoor Zoo and Dartington Crystal.
To find out more about what is available in the local area please visit our Things To Do Page.