Local History

Great days out and cosy evenings in. It’s been an ideal base.

Karen, Glenn and Alex (George the dog) Suffolk

Hartland Abbey 
Just a 15 minute walk from Cheristow lies Hartland Abbey. Built circa 1157 and home to the Stucley family for hundreds of years this impressive building contains artifacts collected over many generations. Visitors can also explore the grounds and gardens which lead to a beautiful, secluded rocky cove.

Docton Mill Gardens
Docton Mill Gardens are situated 15 minutes drive from here in a beautiful valley just 1km from the coast. They are open from 1<sup>st</sup> March to 31<sup>st</sup> October. The garden was established in the 1950’s and has undergone extensive changes in the years since. Amongst other areas, the Magnolia Garden, Woodland Garden and Bog Garden and borders offer year round variety. Dogs are welcome here and the award winning tea rooms serves lovely, locally sourced food.

Either a 20 minute drive or a 1 hour walk along the coastal path will bring you to Clovelly, one of the best known and most historic fishing villages in North Devon. Clovelly is unusual in that it has been privately owned by the same family since 1738. The ancient cobbled streets are traffic free and the busiest it gets at rush hour is when Charlie the donkey carries visitors’ luggage to the car park!

Lundy Island
If you’re driving to Cheristow from Bideford direction, you will see some spectacular views of Lundy Island en route. Lundy lies in the Bristol Channel approximately 11 miles off the North Devon coast and has a population of only around 30 people. Activities here range from rock climbing and diving to more gentle pursuits such as walking and birdwatching or indeed doing nothing at all – There are few places where it’s possible to feel more “away from it all” You can get to Lundy by ferry from Bideford or Ilfracombe or for a more exhilarating trip, the Lundy heliport is at Hartland Point just a few minutes away from here.

Hartland Point Lighthouse
Built in 1874, Hartland Point Lighthouse marks the western limit of the Bristol Channel with the Atlantic Ocean continuing to the west. Although the lighthouse (which can be seen up to 25 miles out to sea!) was automated in 1984 it was originally built with accommodation for four lighthouse keepers and their families. The lighthouse is now inaccessible due to the extremely narrow access road which is prone to landslips and rock falls however, the cliffs above make an excellent viewing point and if you have the patience, you can often see seals swimming here.

Bucks Mill
Clovelly without the tourists! An unspoilt North Devon fishing village off main radar! Turn left at Bucks’ Cross on A39 and drop down 1 mile to this quaint village. Pebble beach with fabulous views across bay to Saunton. One cottage sells teas and ice cream in Summer otherwise no where to spend money! Fabulous walks behind through Woodland Trust Forest.

St Nectan’s Church, Stoke
An easy round walk from Cheristow can take you through Cheristow Woods, past the Abbey to Stoke – return via Berry and the coast.
A collegiate church was founded in c. 1050 and dedicated to St Nectan, but the main surviving fabric dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. The church was restored c. 1850 and in 1910-1911, but retains much early features. It comprises nave, chancel, north and south aisles, transept chapels and porches, and the 128ft high west tower. Features of the interior include a 14th-century trefoiled piscina in the chancel; restored medieval wagon roofs; a fine 15th-century rood screen, with evidence of ancient colouring throughout; a restored medieval pulpit; and a late Norman font.

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