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The Bendene

Places to stay and visit  in Exeter and the South West.

The Bendene guest house offers quality guest rooms for bed and breakfast. We do not provide evening meals but if you are staying with us, our tasty breakfast is a great way to start the day whether for a relaxing break, a shopping trip or for business. What ever you would like to do, the South West has such a lot to offer,from excellent mouth watering food and drink, to entertainment for all ages, and historic places of interest. Exeter it's self has an interesting history.

Below is a varied list of some of the places we think you might like to know more about:-

If you have children with you or are visiting relatives and want to take the children out for the day, or just want an activity Centre, the first group might be of particular interest:-

Pecorama in Beer, EX12 3NA   Whether you are young, not so young or young at heart, Pecorama is a lovely place to visit, especially if you enjoy model trains and public gardens. Visit http://www.peco-uk.com/ to find out more.

Devon Railway Centre at Bickleigh, Tiverton EX16 8RG    For more trains and activities to suit all ages, why not take a day out to Tiverton? This centre is still growing, so even if you have visited here a year or so ago, it's worth going again to see the changes. Click on http://www.devonrailwaycentre.co.uk/  and have a look.

Close by is Bickleigh Mill, a 'rural shopping, eating & recreation destination housed within this 18th Century historic working water mill'. Visit http://www.bickleighmill.co.uk/ to find out more. Why not combine the two for an even better day out.

Still staying in Tiverton, The Tiverton Canal Company, The Wharf, Canal Hill, EX16 4HX is also worth a visit. The horse-drawn barge is a relaxing trip, and there are also rowing boats and canoe hire, plus The Duck's Ditty floating café bar! The Canal Country Park & Local Nature Reserve is 'for people who love ... boats, horses, wildlife & water. Visit http://www.tivertoncanal.co.uk/ for more information.

Bicton Park & Botanical gardens, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7BG.   From the renowned arboretum to the quaint shell house, the countryside museum, to the woodland railway, and the all weather play areas, Bicton Park & Gardens has something for everyone and is only a short drive from The Bendene. Click on http://www.bictongardens.co.uk/ to find out about activities and events.

Children's favourite is Crealy, Devon's Great Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St. Mary, EX5 1DR.  Crealy has a wide variety of rides & entertainment from silly to scary, and there are lots of animals to see as well. There's a whole day's fun for all the family in one place. Visit http://www.crealy.co.uk/ to find out more and book your tickets.

Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, EX6 8JQ. ‘A journey through History'.   On the edge of the Exe estuary is this magnificent 600-year-old castle, which has remained in the same family since Sir Philip Courtenay first built it in 1391. As well as the guided tours, and the secret garden, the deer safari park and the additional events, Powderham is ideal for weddings, functions & birthday parties. So if you are looking for that special venue or just a nice day out, take a look at http://http://www.powderham.co.uk/

If you enjoy visiting castles, and want to know about their ghostly goings on http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/ have details on Dartmouth Castle, Berry Pomeroy Castle, Okehampton Castle and Totnes Castle.

The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade Farm, Salcombe Regis, Sidmouth EX10 0NU.   If you want a calmer day, or are passionate about donkeys, this is the place to go.  Mrs. Svendson has been rescuing donkeys from around the world for years. Whether you want to sponsor a donkey and aid to it's welfare, or just want to see happy healthy donkeys and give them a hug and stroke them, you will have a wonderful day and come away from the place smiling. Go to http://drupal.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/ to find out more about the sanctuary and the trust.

An American guest visited The Donkey Sanctuary over the May bank holiday, and had a ‘Wonderful Day'; she thought it was a super place.

Escot, Ottery St. Mary  EX11 1LU.  The gardens, maze & park offer something for everyone and are ‘a place for all seasons'. Set in 220 acres of park and woodland, the trails, vistas and variety of plant & animal life, you are sure to have a pleasurable day. Both The Coach House Restaurant and The Kiosk Gift Ship have free entry. The restaurant is licensed and offers a good range from a Hearty breakfast or home-cooked lunches through to Delicious cream Teas. Escot is also a good venue for weddings, school visits, birthday parties etc. Why not ask for an events leaflet? Go to http://www.escot-devon.co.uk/  

For more boat trips go to http://www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/  Stuart Line are based at Exmouth marina EX8 1DS. ‘Discovery the history, beauty & wildlife of the Devon Coast'. Whether you want an exciting speedboat trip, a cruise along the Jurassic coast or go on the some of the special event cruises, there's something to suit most tastes.

If you are still after something fun that's a bit different, try a hot air balloon ride. Aerosaurus Balloons, Southbrook House, Whimple EX5 2PG.  ‘Over 400 flights a year... more flights... more locations... MORE CHOICE!' What could be better than a champagne balloon ride to mark a special occasion? The flight can be ‘tailor made for those special events' why not click on http://www.ballooning.co.uk/ and find out more about this different way of flying.

If you would prefer to keep your feet on the ground, and find out about Exeter's history, you could take advantage of the Red Coat Guided Tours. From our magnificent Cathedral to the City Wall, the Historic Quayside to the Royal Albert Museum and with stories about our ghosts & legends and murder & mayhem, Exeter has a rich past. Visitor information & tickets are at Dix's Field, EX1 1GF, or click on http://www.exeter.gov.uk/guidedtours to find out more.

One place of great interest to many that visit Exeter is The Underground Passages. Exeter is the only city in the UK to have underground passages of this type.   Click on http://www.exeter.gov.uk/passages for more information. The access for the passage is in Paris Street EX1 1GA.

Bernaville Nurseries are fairly close by, just along the A377, at Cowley EX5 5EU. Their well-stocked beds are a delight to look at and enjoy the perfumes wafting by, even if you don't want to buy any plants. In addition to the usual gardening accessories, there is a gift shop, and a lovely selection preserves, pickles, cold meats, sweets etc. and not forgetting The Lilly Pond restaurant & café for a variety of hot and cold meals, and for something lighter there is The Coffee Bar. Visit http://www.bernaville.co.uk/ to see just what there is.

Canonteign Falls near Exeter EX6 7NT.  England's Highest Waterfall - 220 feet - is in the beautiful Teign Valley in the Dartmoor National Park. As well as the stunning waterfalls and cascades the wildlife and plant life all add up to breathtaking views. A visit here makes a lovely day out in natural surroundings, far away from modern living. http://www.canonteignfalls.co.uk/ has more details.

We would be very happy to hear your feed back about anywhere you have visited so that we can add your comments to help future guests.

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