Views from the sheep fields at Holly Water Holidays
Holly Water River
Wild primroses
Sheep finding shade under a large Oak tree

Devon Glorious Devon

Silage making in the Devon sunshine
Working the land

Crediton, about 3 miles away, is our local town and is found right in the heart of Devon. It sits within easy reach of both Exmoor, Dartmoor and both the North Devon and South Devon beaches are within a one hour drive. It is the perfect place from which to explore our beautiful county.

In addition to moor and sea we are well served with a wide variety of attractions and places to visit including numerous gardens, historic houses, open farms, National Trust properties, the historic city of Exeter and it’s many attractions to name but a few. Take a look at our ‘things to do’ section below while you plan your visit.

Crediton town itself is an old market town which now has a lively monthly Farmers Market selling locally sourced products. The high street has the usual shops in addition to independent butchers, bakeries, delicatessen and coffee shops. Crediton also has a swimming pool and sport centre.

Within easy reach of Holly Water Holidays you will find providers for activities such as riding, golf, fishing, climbing and water sports.

As well as Crediton within a few miles distance there are several villages to explore with pubs that serve food, a couple of farm shops and many footpaths.

Things To Do And Places To Explore

Rolling Devon countryside
Holly Water

Nearby National Trust properties include Knightshayes house and gardens, Killerton house and gardens, A La Ronde, Arlington Court house and gardens and Castle Drogo. T here are several more within easy reach and also a lot of sections of the coast. Find out more at

Bickleigh Mill is between us and Tiverton and well worth a visit with shopping and eating opportunities and riverside grounds to walk around.

Also at Bickleigh there is the castle which is open to the public for booked guided tours.

Tiverton canal is a pretty unique place to visit with the peace and tranquillity of some of the last horse drawn barges in the country. There is also a visitor centre where you can find out about it’s history and how it was restored.

Tiverton has a small museum which often has temporary exhibitions in addition to the full-time displays. It has won several tourist board prizes over recent years and has much of local interest.

Also in Tiverton is the castle which is open from Easter until October.

In the other direction we head to Crediton and Exeter both of which are worth exploring in their own right. They have a wealth of history between them.

Crediton is an old market town and has a lot of interesting period buildings if you fancy an explore around some of the small streets. It has the most beautiful parish church which is one of the oldest in the county and was once the cathedral of Devon and Cornwall.

Crediton is on the Tarka Line railway line which is a particularly pretty track. In one direction you can travel to Barnstaple in North Devon or the other direction you can go to, or through, Exeter and on down to the coast at Exmouth.

There is a small arts centre which has a variety of shows and displays through the year and you never know what you might find!

Exeter Cathedral is a beautiful building and also often has concerts on which are worth looking up.

Bluebell's hot tub area.
Bluebell's hot tub area.
One happy piggy
Gunter in the sunshine

Exeter also has many other attractions including medieval underground passages, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and the Custom house to name but a few.  The city council website is well worth a look.

If you feel like a little more activity there is cycle and canoe hire easily available in Exeter on the quay from where you can explore the the city from a different angle.  There are a couple of places but guests have found Saddles and Paddles to be helpful.

Powderham Castle is near Exeter and as well as hosting a variety of events in it’s grounds through the year it is also open to visit. Their website is full of events and activities so well worth a look while you are planning your holiday.

We are conveniently based between Dartmoor National Park and Exmoor National Park is also good for more information about our gorgeous county and ideas for places to visit and things to do.

This is just a handful of ideas and there are many more depending on what type of holiday you have in mind. You might simply choose to leave the car by your Shepherd’s hut and explore the local footpaths or cycle along the lanes. The choice is yours!