One mile from the coach house lies Widecombe in the Moor - a picturesque English village. Widecombe is a popular place for tourists that offers beautiful old English buildings - in particular the church which is often referred to as the Cathedral in the Moor; two award winning pubs (The Old Inn and The Rugglestone), gift shops, a post office and a great cafe.
If you're lucky enough to be in Widecombe on the second Tuesday of September then you'll be able to enjoy typical country shenanigans of the famous Widecombe Fair - with Uncle Tom Cobbley and all! From pony displays to ferret racing to Tug-o'-War competitions, there's something for everyone. All proceeds go towards local causes.
Dartmoor is a National Park that offers endless outdoor opportunities. From hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, canoeing, fishing to climbing there is something in Dartmoor for every adventurer! To really get in the Dartmoor spirit and you like hiking, get involved in the famous Dartmoor geocaching / letterboxing. A tradition that has been going on for over 160 years! With over 100 to find you've got your work cut out!
There are endless walks on the doorstep of The Coach House, situated in the foothills of Honeybag Tor on one side and Hameldown on the other make for a good start already! A family favourite is to climb Honeybag Tor, head over Chinkwell Tor and Bonehill Rocks before you drop in to Widecombe village. Whilst here take a necessary stop off for a drink at the pub before you loop back up the lane to the cottage. An afternoon well spent!
For some indoor entertainment look no further than Buckfast Abbey. A working Abbey in which the Benedictine monks live self-sufficiently and welcome visitors from all round the world. It has a restaurant, book and gift shops within the Abbey precinct.
Exploring the rest of Devon whilst down in the West Country is a must-do. Exchange rural life for the city lights of Exeter, a glorious cathedral city perfectly positioned on the river Exe. Whilst you are here, wander around and take in the architecture of the cathedral, the monastery and the old medieval buildings. Alternatively Exeter offers shopping, sports events and numerous theatres and galleries.
The market town of Tavistock is a stunning 30 min drive across the moor and here you’ll find lovely independent shops and cafes - the beautiful drive is well worth it!
If it's the beach you are after then 40 minutes from The Coach House are a whole array of options. A couple favourite of ours are Bantham and Salcombe Beaches. For an added portion of fish and chips we would highly recommend the The Start Inn at Start Bay, Torcross... really delicious!
Also on the coast you will find Dartmouth and Kingswear, beautiful fishing communities perched on the cliffs. Take the ferry across from one village to the other to have the complete experience!