Great Bidlake Manor is s situated in the centre of Devon.

4 miles from A30
Airports: Exeter 30 miles
Newquay 50 miles
Railway station Exeter 30 miles
3 miles from Dartmoor
6 miles from Okehampton
2 miles from the village of Bridestowe with pub and shop
8 miles from farm shop
27 miles from north Devon coast
28 miles from south Devon coast

Attractions
Information given here is for guidance only. Please contact the attraction or restaurant before making a special journey

Golf
Okehampton Golf Course
Off Tors Road, Okehampton - 01837 52113
Special rates available for Manor guests

Asbury Golf Hotel
Fowley Cross, Okehampton - 01837 55453

Tavistock Golf Course
Down Road PL19 9AQ 01822 612344
Golfing in an area of outstanding natural beauty actually within the National Park

Fishing
Burrator Reservoir Nr Yelverton - 01822 855700
Trout fishery for fly fishing. One of the most tranquil and picturesque lakes in the South West
Permits available from Yelverton Garage or phone for enquiries

Fernworthy, near Chagford - 01647 277587
Close to the pretty Dartmoor town of Chagford and home to a wide variety of birds and wildlife, Fernworthy is a great place to visit whether it is to walk, bird watch, fish or picnic. Low cost brown trout angling is available at Fernworthy with permits purchasable on site from the self-service kiosk.
 
Kennick, Tottiford & Trenchford near Bovey Tracey, Devon - 01647 277587 Kennick is a top rated premier rainbow trout fishery with angling from the banks and boats. Permits can be purchased from the permit hut. Access to Kennick is restricted to anglers only due to the narrow banks and anglers' backcasts.

Venford Reservoir near Ashburton, Devon - 01647 277587/685713 Venford is a pretty lake lying on the southern edge of Dartmoor National Park and serves as a good starting point for walks on to the open moorland. Environment Agency rod licence holders can fish for free for natural brown trout.

Nature Reserve/Walking/Outdoor Attractions
Lopwell Dam Located just 3 miles north of Plymouth and 7 miles from Tavistock. 01822 855700
On the upper tidal mark of the River Tavy is an excellent site for bird watching and walking.
This wildlife haven is well worth a visit. Lopwell Dam is a designated Local Nature Reserve (LNR) covering an area of approximately 5 hectares. The area consists of several different habitats including mudflats, freshwater marsh, wildflower meadow, scrub-grassland, saltmarsh and semi-natural woodland.
The area is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The Mary Tavy within Dartmoor National Park - 01647 277587 This area forms part of the open moorland of Kingsett Down and Black Down Common with some river valleys and mixed deciduous woodland of particular ecological value.
Walkers, cyclists, and horse riders are permitted to use the numerous bridleways that cross over the area.

Meldon Reservoir near Okehampton, Devon - 01288 321262 Meldon sits well in the distinctive and dramatic Dartmoor countryside and provides an ideal starting point for moorland walks.

Roadford Lake Country Park between Okehampton & Launceston, Devon PL16 0RL 01409 211507 With over 730 acres of water, Roadford Lake is a spectacular lake set on the edge of Dartmoor between Okehampton and Launceston, very easily accessed from Stowford Cross on the A30, and with ample parking.
On the southern bank you will find the Lakeside cafe and Function Suite which includes a Visitor Centre, giving information on the history of the valley, with interactive exhibits

Pennywell Farm and Wildlife Centre, Lower Dean, Nr Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT 01364 642023 There are over 200 animals to meet from the mighty to the miniature and entertainers every day during the Devon school holidays. There is something new happening every half hour - listen for the bell.
Many special events are planned throughout the year including Lambing Specials, Sheep Dog Trials, Faith on the Farm and themed weeks during the half term holidays.

Becky Falls Woodland Park, Manaton, Nr Bovey Tracey, Devon.TQ13 9UG 01647 221259
Voted Devon's Top Beauty Spot Becky Falls Woodland Park has been attracting visitors for over 100 years and with its unique mix of animals and adventure appeals to both young and old alike.

Miniature Pony and Animal Farm Wormhill Farm, North Bovey, Nr Moretonhampsted. TQ13 8RG - 01647 432400
Not just ponies; small animal paddocks, goat feeding, bird of prey displays, walks, indoor and outdoor play areas, riding arena, café and picnic area

River Dart Adventures, Holne Park, Ashburton, Newton Abbot . TQ13 7NP - 01364 652511 Located all around 90 acres and just waiting to be discovered there's an adventure around every corner Pirate Ship , Toddlers beach , Play Fort, Spiders web, Tree Houses , Zip Wires, Jungle Fun and much more .

Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, Lifton PL16 9AT. 01566 783425
Watch out for the brown signs on the A30 and minor roads.
The Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre is home to the National Fairground Collection and the Fairground Heritage Trust. It is a facility unique in the UK. There are superb displays of Fairground Art and Memorabilia, and large array of vintage rides, stalls and shows.

Historic Houses and Gardens
Lydford Gorge, Lydford, near Tavistock, Devon EX20 4BH - 01822 820320
This lush oak-wooded steep-sided river gorge (the deepest in the South West), with its natural beauty, Fascinating history and many legends, can be explored through a variety of exhilarating short or long walks. Discover the magical 30-metre-high Whitelady Waterfall. Walk out over the bubbling Devil's Cauldron. Watch woodland birds from the bird hide

Clovelly Gardens, Nr Bideford on the north Devon coast EX39 5RY - 01237 431781
Classic example of a Victorian walled kitchen garden including magnificent glasshouses sheltering peaches, apricots, melons and grapes. The unique maritime micro-climate also allows the growth of tender and exotic plants.

Saltram House and Gardens, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon , PL7 1UH - 01752 333500
This perfectly proportioned Palladian mansion with a Tudor heart, is the result of centuries of extravagance and sophistication. It features some of Robert Adam’s finest interiors and an exceptional collection of paintings, including ten by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Gallery of local art in the chapel. Saltram starred in the film of Sense and Sensibility.

Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0EE - 01364 645550
Magnificent Abbey Church, tranquil gardens, famous Tonic Wine.

Buckland Abbey, The National Trust. Yelverton, Devon PL20 6EY - 01822 853607
The home of Sir Francis Drake. Buckland’s peaceful setting today belies its swashbuckling past, brought to life through exhibitions and redesigned galleries, including new introductory film, computer interactives and great statue of Drake. See Drake’s Drum, plasterwork ceilings and the fascinating kitchen. Beautiful new Elizabethan garden and family events.

Castle Drogo, National Trust Drewsteignton, Nr. Exeter, Devon . EX6 6PB - 01647 433306
The last castle built in England . Castle Drogo is a magnificent modern fantasy in granite, built in the heart of Dartmoor by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the India tea baron Julius Drewe. Inside it feels comfortable, sophisticated and personal. Outside there is a large and beautiful formal garden and glorious walks through the 700-acre estate that includes the wooded gorge of the River Teign.

Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall. PL24 2SG (0)1726 811 911 Important, world famous gardens, about an hours drive down the A30 to A391 before you get to St Austell

Pubs and Restaurants
Also see the back of the Guest Book for previous guests’ recommendations
There are literally hundreds of pubs and restaurants around the area. These are just a few of the very local or the very special.

The White Hart, Fore Street, Bridestowe, Okehampton, Devon  EX20 4EL  01837 861318
Our local. Traditional Devonshire pub, very good value, especially on Monday nights.

The Fox and Hounds Lydford, Devon EX20 4HF - 01822 820 206
Traditional pub backing directly onto Dartmoor. Continue through Bridestowe following signs for Tavistock. The pub is at the top of the T-junction

The Arundell Arms, Lifton, Devon, Dartmoor PL16 0AA - 01566 784666
A Modern British menu, meticulously prepared is served in the restaurant while the Courthouse Bar provides less formal, delicious home cooked food alongside an ever changing specials board. No matter where you dine, fresh, local and seasonal food is all skillfully prepared under the watchful eye of talented Master Chef Steven Pigeon. Award winning food, regional ales and superb wines complement each other wonderfully. The Arundell Arms Hotel has also been one of England's premier fishing Hotels for more than half a century and has over 20 miles of its own water.

The Dartmoor Inn, Lydford Devon - 01822 820221
Very special food and a good wine list, much more than pub grub. A small cosy bar for pre dinner drinks with a Swedish/New England style. It’s on the same road as the Fox and Hounds further on towards Tavistock. Don’t let it’s appearance put you off!

The Castle Inn, Lydford Devon - 01822 820241
Right next to the castle in the village of Lydford. Traditional fayre.

Peter Tavy Inn Nr Tavistock - 01822 810348
Turn left off the main road to Tavistock. In the village of Peter Tavy. Lovely pub, home cooked food, real ales and handy for walking on the Moor.

The Elephant’s Nest Inn, Nr Tavistock - 01822 810273
Another good pub with very good food. This pub is right on the Moor with lovely gardens with views over the Moor. On the road to Tavistock follow the brown sign on the left.

HOTEL RESTAURANTS

Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon - 01647 432 367
For something extra special and very special occasions you cant do better than this. Very expensive but wonderful. Beautiful gardens on the Moor.

Hotel Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, Devon - 01822 870000
Another lovely hotel which was once an old hunting lodge. Sister to Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall. Wonderful grounds, excellent restaurant. Often has special offers, especially for lunch. Not far away, ring them for directions.

Lewtrenchard Manor, Lewdown, Devon - 01566 783256
A smart country house hotel. Just down the road, turn right out of the drive and follow the signs to Lewdon. Very good restaurant.

BREAKFAST
Lifton Strawberry Fields Farm Shop, Lifton, Cornwall (just down the road) - 01566 784605
And if you fancy a traditional full English breakfast but don’t fancy the cooking or the clearing up. Lifton Farm Shop has a good restaurant that does very good home cooking. About 10 minutes drive. Turn right out of the drive. It’s on the main road on the right hand side just before the turning to the A30 to Launceston.

Catering Companies

Hilary Partridge - 01363 866354
We can recommend Hilary as we have used her before

Dartmoor Kitchen - 01395 239000 www.dartmoorkitchen.com
Something Nice Country Catering – 01566773523
Tavistock Catering Company – 01822 870663


Location/Attractions - Great Bidlake Manor, Bridestowe, Devon