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Nature and Wildlife

Surrounded by hedged fields, rolling hills, woods and streams means that we see many birds and wild flowers as well as roe deer, foxes, hares, bats and butterflies.

Warblers and spotted flycatchers are summer visitors along with swallows who return to nest in the old barns. Nuthatches and woodpeckers are frequently seen on the feeders in the grounds, pheasants strut across the lawn, buzzards wheel overhead and owls are heard. By the river kingfishers and herons can be spotted by the sharp eyed. In winter flocks of field fare and red wing feed in the neighbouring fields and murmurations of starlings are seen heading for overnight roosting in the Somerset Levels.

The changing seasons are marked by an abundance of wild flowers that fill the banks and lanes. Drifts of snowdrops, carpets of bluebells, clouds of frothy cow parsley and clumps of pink foxgloves. In early autumn ripening blackberries and garlands of honeysuckle berries glisten in the hedgerows.

Plenty of nature reserves to visit and opportunities for bird watching.

In summer view the birdlife in the Axe Estuary wetlands from the vantage point of an open topped tram.

In winter take a boat cruise and watch the birds that overwinter in the Exe estuary and along the East Devon coast, including the avocet.

Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are about an hour from here, and the Jurassic Coast about 30 minutes.

A little further afield - The Eden Project, formerly a clay pit, is now a world famous visitor attraction that showcases the world's most important plants and includes the Rainforest Canopy Walkway.

The Cottages

Self catering holiday accommodation is offered at Twistgates Farm Cottages in pretty beamed cottages with wood burning stoves, and in the stylish Apple Loft, a country chic apartment. For extra guests who want to holiday with you, but not share a cottage, the Orchard Bedroom can be hired on a nightly basis.

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