In and around Higher Chilverton Farm

Jackdaws Cottage is situated at Higher Chilverton in a working 150 acre sheep, cattle and arable farm, including ponds, hedgerows and woodlands.

Explore the beauty of the immediate area either on foot, or on bike or perhaps on horseback. The roads have very little traffic so are safe for walking and exploring the local countryside.

Higher Chilverton farm is a haven for wildlife: it is home to buzzards, owls, deer, woodpeckers, wild ducks, foxes, badgers and much more! One of our visitors recently observed over 35 bird species around the farm. This photo shows one of the many House Martins which nest under the eaves of the cottage every year.

Jackdaws Cottage is the ideal base for taking in the local villages, really relaxing and enjoying the Devonian hills. Just utmost tranquility and dark starry skies at night!


Activities & Days Out

Dartmoor National Park – The Northern edge of Dartmoor can be reached in less than half an hour and is a vast area for walking and exploring.

National Trust - Several delightful sights including Arlington Court, Castle Drogo, Knightshayes, Killerton, Finch's Foundry, Lydford Gorge. More details at -

Visit the beautiful gardens at Rosemoor RHS Gardens, near Torrington.

Explore the simple beauty of Exmoor and Dartmoor either on foot, on bike or perhaps on horseback. Jackdaws Cottage is ideally suited for both.

Horse riding, fishing (lake or river) and cycling are all available locally.

The North Devon Coast & Barnstaple is little more than 30 mins with beaches and excellent surfing. Don't forget Exmoor is another National park to explore!

Golf is available as a 9 hole "pay and play" at Waterbridge, or at Crediton, Okehampton and Chumleigh on full courses.

Enjoy a ride on the scenic Tarka Line Railway -

Cities - Exeter (Cathedral, Royal Albert Museum, Guildhall, The Quay etc), Plymouth (The Hoe, Barbican, Theatre Royal, Aquarium etc)

Local towns - Okehampton Castle & Town, Tavistock, Tiverton, and Crediton.

Local villages - Coldridge, Chumleigh, Winkleigh and many more.

BBC guide to walks -

General Devon guide -


Eating Out

Duke of York at Iddesleigh, award winner -

Top end nosh -

Kings Arms at Winkleigh

Lymington Arms at Wembworthy

New Inn at Coleford

Devonshire Dumpling at Morchard Road

London Inn at Morchard Bishop

3 Little Pigs at Crediton

Take aways are situated at North Tawton approx 5 miles away


Kid's Activities

In and around the farm we are pleased for our younger visitors to feed the ducks and to join in and collect the eggs from the hens (under supervision).

Local children's activities include:

Local farm and inn with lots to do - including adventure play area

Local activity centre -

Further afield - Exmoor Zoo, The Big Sheep, Quince Honey Farm, Crealy Park, River Dart Round Robin Day Trip, Military Museum at Cobbaton


Shops and amenities

Shop, garage & post office in Lapford approx 3 miles, open 7 days a week

Shop/post office at Copplestone, 5 miles, open 7 days a week

Two supermarkets are in Crediton approx 9 miles

Exeter is a 30 minute car (or Tarka train!) journey away