For Mature Visitors

We are a popular destination for retirees and those who can enjoy leisurely weekends away in term-times, when the local hot spots are much more enjoyable to visit.

Once you have perused our shop, games garden and glassworks and taken refreshments in our onsite daytime restaurant what is next on the agenda to visit in South Devon? We suggest the following sites for something interesting away from the hustle and bustle of all the standard tourist spots.

We believe this list will be most of interest to those aged 50+ but of course they will each welcome those of all ages.

The Old Inn or The Rugglestone Inn at Widecombe-on the Moor

Widecombe –on-the-Moor is a time-tested favourite place to visit and what better way to enjoy this quaint secluded village than to have a scummy pub lunch?

The Old Inn   The Rugglestone Inn

Buckfast Abbey in Buckfastleigh

A very peaceful site which hosts retreats. For day visitors you will be able to glimpse the life of the monks who live in this working Monastery by attending the afternoon Vespers (when the Monks will sing before a small congregation of visitors). The gardens, shops and café are a great way to while-away an afternoon.

Be sure to: Buy some Buckfast Tonic wine or honey as a holiday memento as this favourite is so popular it can be found all over the world!

Buckfast Abbey

MAKE Southwest in Bovey Tracey

Formerly known as Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and closely situated to House of Marbles, this site is one where you will find wonderful exhibitions from well-known and local artists, with many items available to purchase. There is a lovely gift shop and café on site too.

MAKE Southwest

South Devon Railway

A wonderful day out which will enable you to see various beauty spots in South Devon without having to walk for miles!

South Devon Railway

Orchid Paradise at Burnham Nurseries, Forches Cross

A lovely garden centre with an amazing variety of Orchids. There is also a nice café here, as you might expect.

Orchid Paradise

Highly recommended

A little further afield, you will also find Greenway House, home of local author Agatha Christie. There is also a wonderful Cliff Railway in Babbacombe and we think the beautiful Village of Cockington in Torquay is also well worth a visit for a leisurely stroll and cream tea.

Recognised Venue

We have been recognised by a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Awards in consecutive years from 2014 - 2019, and the new Traveller’s Choice Award in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023!