Golfing North Devon
We have the oldest golf course in England right on our door step. The Royal North Devon links was designed by ‘Old Tom Morris’, the original greenskeeper of the Old Course St. Andrews and Open Champion many times.
To accompany this course we also have a number of other fine courses; Portmore, Great Torrington, Saunton and Bude.
We offer golf packages where we will arrange Tee times for you, your overnight accommodation with us and of course, some great food.
Standard room per night per person sharing £70.00 b/b
Just let us know the courses you would like to play and we will organise the rest for you. Add the Tee times to make the package:
- Royal North Devon, Sunday to Friday per day, £60.00; Saturday: £70.00
- Portmore: £30.00
- Great Torrington: £15.00 (N.B. Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday bookings taken after 12 midday)
- Saunton sands: £80.00
- Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club: £30
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade” …. Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Glory of the Garden’ (1911)
What are special gardens? These are gardens with something specific in mind. You can learn, get ideas about growing specific types of gardens such as xeriscape designs, colour themes, seaside gardens, organic gardening, urban gardening and using containers in the garden. From how to design them to their overall care, these special gardens have something for everyone. So, if you are looking for something specific, it is likely here. Start off in the Clovelly Gardens as they are very special and have some great views across the bay
RHS Rosemoor – https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor
Marwood gardens – https://marwoodhillgarden.co.uk
Castle Hill estate – https://www.castlehilldevon.co.uk
Tapley Park – https://www.christieestates.co.uk/tapeley-park/
The Northam Burrows – https://www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburrows
Braunton Burrows – https://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/braunton-burrows.html
These give you a unique cross section of our most amazing designed and natural gardens in Northern Devon
Dark Sky Exploration
“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” ….. Galileo Galilei
These days we don’t see what’s above us, as there is far too much light pollution from towns and cities. Stargazing at Clovelly or on Exmoor is an all year-round activity, and any clear night will provide plenty to see. Aim to start observing at least 1.5 hrs after sunset to allow time for the sky to become properly dark.
As beautiful as it is, the best time for stargazing is when the moon isn’t in the sky so
check moonrise before booking.
Clovelly at night.
Simply walk from the village up to the gardens or along the coastal path for 15 minutes. Take a packed supper and a couple of rugs, even a bottle of something to enjoy whilst stargazing. You will be simply blown away by what you see. It will reach right to your soul as you gaze past the satellites and see the real sky that most of us have forgotten is even there.
The Milky Way from Exmoor
Drive out to the Exmoor National Park (a registered world dark sky location) and sit out on the moor to get a very different view, then find a lovely pub for a casual dinner.
Remember to bring some binoculars and a torch (The torch is pretty essential, but the binoculars not so much, however they will help to make this experience even more special)