Exeter is great for many things including its history, music culture, the local foodie scene – but it’s also known for its fantastic rural outskirts. If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway in the glorious English countryside, Exeter is your ticket to just that! Please note, not all of the accommodation described below are self-catering - you may need to wait a little longer for these businesses to re-open! Please check with them individually...

Accommodation choices

Cofton Holidays

Cofton Holidays in Dawlish has a glorious country retreat for you! Their Easton Estate cottages are located on their secluded Easton Estate just off the Dawlish Warren road, surrounded by acres of peaceful fields, some of which have their own private hot tubs! These stylish, cosy cottages are perfect for a quiet country break with the option of travelling further afield for beaches and other destinations in the south west…

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Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast

The Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast is perfect for a relaxing country retreat! Sit back, relax and enjoy the incredible views of the Exe Valley and Exmoor in their delightful garden, then spend the night in your cosy haven with modern features. With friendly hosts and a homely atmosphere at this B&B, what’s not to love?

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Courtbrook Farm B&B

Located in Clyst St George, Courtbrook Farm B&B is just 15 minutes from Exeter within the beautiful Devon countryside. Here you have many options for a day out in the south west – you’re close to Sidmouth seaside town, the historic port of Topsham and the Exe Estuary cycle trail which gives you multiple choices for waterside routes. This country bed & breakfast is equipped with modern home comforts and a hearty English breakfast served every morning, to set you up for your busy day!

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Culm Vale Country House

Located 3 miles north of Exeter in Stoke Cannon, this gorgeous Victorian bed and breakfast is ideal for those who want an adventure at Dartmoor National Park and other areas just outside of Exeter! Culm Vale Country House is a homely, spacious place to stay nestled within the countryside along the River Exe.

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The Wood Life

The Wood Life site offers all the charm of camping but with the comforts of home set in stunning scenery and total privacy, in the village of Kenn just outside of Exeter! Relax in the tub, explore the gorgeous grounds with a woodland walk and enjoy evening in front of the log burner to reflect on your revitalising weekend in Exeter! 

Activities

Not only are we lucky to have incredible places to stay in rural locations, wherever you stay on the outskirts of the city you'll have plenty of activites to try. Why not go on a country walk around Haldon Forest Park, take in the gorgeous scenery with a stroll along the Exe Estuary Trail or travel further afield and get your walking boots on to explore Dartmoor National Park! Click here for more walking trails in and around our city. Make sure to take your picnic baskets with you filled with goodies, lay down your blankets and watch the world go by within our spectacular surroundings!

There are endless cycling routes around Exeter! Explore the Exe Estuary Trail and cycle to Exmouth or Dawlish, travel along Exeter Canal towards Topsham or cycle the Granite Way in Okehampton! If you don't have a bike of your own, here are a few places you can hire one:

Fancy some fresh, sea air? It would be rude to visit Devon and not experience our gorgeous beaches! Teignmouth, Exmouth, Budleigh and Dawlish Warren are all around 30 minutes away - all you need to do is jump in the car or hop on a train for a scenic view along the coast.

Scrumptious Local Food 

It's no secret that in Devon we love good quality food and drink - you'll be pleased to know that you'll be spoilt for choice in Exeter! You can find this fresh, delicious produce from places such as Darts Farm Shopping Village, Ben's Farm Shop and the Farmers Market in the city centre! These are great places to browse locally-sourced produce for your picnics and BBQ's during your stay!

The Exeter Food and Drink Trail celebrates our fantastic local producers, bringing them together on a map showcasing our city's food and drink offering. Download your copy for inspiration where to pick up your goodies!

Visiting the city centre during your trip? Take a look at our fantastic independent restaurants, perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner ...you'll have a difficult decision deciding where to dine! 

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Cofton Holidays
Camping & Caravan Site
Cofton Holidays - Outdoor Pool

Cofton is set in a peaceful valley offering eighty acres of Devon countryside to explore. Fantastic four star facilities on a family-run holiday park. You’ll struggle to find a more beautiful setting for your holiday.

Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast
Bed & Breakfast
Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast Exterior - angled image

The “Exe Valley Bed and Breakfast” is located in the picturesque village of Brampford Speke close to the Exe Valley Way. A converted blacksmiths and stable block, it is now a comfortable ground floor guest suite with off-road parking.

Courtbrook Farm Self Catering Apartment
Farm
Exterior of Courtbrook Farm

Ideal location for holidays or business, arrive as strangers leave as friends. 15 minutes from Exeter set in the beautiful Devon countryside. 2 miles from Junction M5, easy to find. A wonderful base to explore Devon. Convenient for Westpoint and Sandy Park.

Culm Vale Country House
Bed & Breakfast
Culm Vale Country House

Family run, spacious accommodation, 3 miles from Exeter in countryside, ample free parking, ideal touring base for coasts, moors and university.

The Wood Life
Glamping
Bubbly & strawberries with view through trees

The Wood Life offers all the charm of camping but with the comforts of home. The secluded Woodland Camp is ideal for family holidays and the Orchard Wagon a perfect retreat for couples. Located just outside Exeter, it's five miles from the beach in one direction and Dartmoor National Park in the other.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Haldon Forest Park - Forestry Commission - walking with view

COVID-19: Most facilities are open but running a little differently. Please check before you travel. Haldon Forest Park is made up of 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Exeter. Open 364 days a year, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. With miles of trails for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. Enjoy expansive views, exhilarating mountain biking, tree top adventures and orienteering courses. What will you discover? Walking Whether you’re looking for an easy-going trail for all abilities, play and adventure for the children or peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we have a trail for you. Cycling Head out onto trails to suit all ab

The Exe Estuary Trail
Cycle Route
Exe Estuary Trail, vintage bike (c) mathilde le floch

The Exe Estuary is a 26 mile cycle route & walkway which goes along the whole Exe Estuary through Exmouth, Exeter & Dawlish.

Dartmoor National Park
National Park
Family looking into the distance

Dartmoor National Park is one of the last great wildernesses in the UK with an inspirational landscape of heatherclad moors and rugged tors.

Exmouth Beach
Beach
Exmouth Beach & seafront

Two miles of golden sand and fascinating rock pools

Dawlish Warren Beach
Beach
Dawlish Warren seafront

Dawlish Warren prides itself on being one of South Devon's top family beaches. Distinctive sand dunes and an internationally recognised nature reserve add uniqueness to this 8 time European Blue Flag award winning beach.

Teignmouth Town Beach
Beach
Teignmouth Main Beach

A long sandy beach from the mouth of the River Teign east towards Dawlish. Free summer entertainment, with the added attraction of the Victorian Pier and a state-of-the-art childern's play area.

Exeter Canal Cycle Route
Outdoor
Exeter Canal - with Swans

A flat, almost entirely traffic free cycle route from Exeter Quay, which passes RSPB reserves and 2 well known local pubs.

Topsham
Town
Ice cream in Topsham

A fascinating and quaint historic estuary port, Topsham has some fine architecture. There are Dutch traders’ houses and fine examples of buildings from Georgian and Edwardian times.

The Granite Way - Cycle Route
Cycle Route
Meldon viaduct

This is a new, truly spectacular and mostly traffic free cycle route through rural Devon with fantastic views of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside.

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