the area and links
view of village from Bidwell pond
Upottery Village Centre - Awarded Best Kept Village in 2006 and 2011
book a beauty therapist to visit your cottage to give you or your loved one a pampering session.
THINGS TO DO LOCALLY
River cottage - 9 miles - check out their dining nights or bread making workshops. http://www.rivercottage.net/
PARKING UP THE CAR – DAYS IN AND AROUND BIDWELL
Playing “Let’s don’t” - simply relaxing on the extensive lawns around the cottages;
Bring a good book or two or your painting kit – the views are remarkable and don’t move!
Enjoying the newly installed sports lawn for badminton, boules or croquet, cricket or football.
Free family membership to the brand new village Tennis courts.
Fly fishing on our trout-pond with free tuition if needed;
Enjoying some tuition from Richard for metal-detecting on our ancient pastures.
Walking the quiet village lanes; getting the whole family involved in our bird-spotting quiz (see “Nature Corner” under “News” on this web-site), trying local, mapped walks.
Helping us with the ducks – letting them out in the morning, egg-collecting, feeding, putting away at dusk.
Enjoying a short walk to visit the village church (dating to 1150) and/or the newly refurbished Children’s Play Area;
Visiting a local farm by arrangement;
For the more energetic: cycling (cycles locally hired) or jogging the largely traffic free lanes
OUT AND ABOUT
FOR THE YOUNG (AND YOUNG AT HEART)
BRICKS AND BEGONIAS
http://www.edenproject.com/ [full day’s outing – 2 hrs drive]
dOING AND LEARNING
You will find a good selection of birds at and around Bidwell. We encourage them to stay by putting up feeding stations around the house and cottages. We have successfully managed to attract resident tawny owls in the oak tree near the house who have set up home in an owl box made by Richard. We also have resident swallows who come back every year to nest in our house porch, not the ideal place but we, and our guests, love to see them roosting on the wind chimes every night. We could also take you to look for nightjars nearby if your stay happens to coincide with their short June visits to the UK We have also produced a kiddies' "I Spy" competition for bird-spotting.
We will go out of our way to help with family history searches as this is also our passion. We can help with computer searches and also with our location so close to the Exeter and Taunton Record Offices.
We own the 5 acres land immediately around the farmhouse and this land is available at any time to our guests. However Bidwell Farm, until 10 years ago, was an 80 acre farm site and, David Bright, who now owns and farms the land is happy to allow our guests to use his land when farming permits. Richard is a metal detectorist himself and will happily advise on many other local opportunities which he has negotiated with landowners.
Arts and heritage crafts
Up-ottery has an active walking group called the Strollers, who meet and walk once a month. They are a very friendly bunch and would welcome any guests who wished to walk with them. If you are interested, please let us know and we will check to see if your stay coincides with their monthly walk. Alternatively, we have an Upottery Walking Guide which was published about 3 years ago by our footpath warden and copies of this guide are kept in both cottages. This is truly the hobby for all seasons and throughout the year we love to see guests coming back to Bidwell from their walksand either stretching out with cool drinks on our lawns or sipping cocoa in front of one of our log fires. It's also an opportunity to park up the car, save fuel and the planet!
Tight lines for fishing guests!
Fishing. We have bought extra fishing rods for guests who would like, without charge, to try their hand at landing a trout or two from our well-stocked pond. If you haven't tried fly fishing before and would like an introductory lesson from Richard, please call us in advance to chat over the option.
Marles Farm Coarse Fishing 01404 42962/41427
Milton Farm, Coarse Fishing, Payhembury EX14 0HE 01404 850236
What's On in the Blackdown Hills
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