A day at Loyton Lodge
There could be nothing nicer than stealing a short break away during the summer months to explore a new (or indeed to revisit a familiar) area of the UK. We think we’re in rather a special spot! And love to welcome guests to stay, whether they are seeking total tranquility and rest or an active weekend in the country; we are fabulously situated for peace and quiet, for walking, cycling, running, for people with pets and nature lovers. Not only do we have Exmoor on our doorstep, but we are lucky to be close to some excellent pubs and restaurants, villages and towns with superb offerings - a famous second hand bookshop, boutique shops and antiques, cafes and tea shops - the staggering north coast is half an hour drive away with great surfing just a little bit further; there are gardens and National Trust properties, farmers markets and local food shops, the university city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, art museum and cultural hub the Phoenix Centre. All of the Lodge team have a great local knowledge and are always pleased to share their secrets - the best wild swimming spots, favourite walks, finest pint or top shopping tips! For now though, we will let you in on how to experience Loyton and the surrounding area if you are only here for a day; a nice balance of everything one might need to unwind and re-energise after a busy week.
1- Wake up and make your way to the breakfast room or eat outside in the courtyard if it's a lovely warm day, where a freshly brewed cup of tea of coffee will be served and our chef will offer you a delicious breakfast along with homemade yoghurt, jams and the most delicious sourdough bread. Take your time, read the papers, and try the 'cruffins' if you can!
2- Get your trainers on and make your way to Tarr Steps. A 30 minute drive from Loyton, this fascinating clapper bridge (comes from the Medieval Latin "claperius" which means "pile of stones") is an ancient form of bridge constructed with large un-mortared slabs of stone resting one on another; it is the largest example of its type dating back to the medieval period. After crossing the bridge follow the river upstream for a picturesque 2.5 mile circular walk. The walk ends at the bottom of Tarr Farm, a lovely pub offering delicious food and a nice cold pint. Insiders Tip - Make sure to get the table under the tree with a view onto Tarr Bridge!
3- After a nice relaxing sit down, make your way back to Loyton via Dulverton. This pretty village with a population of under 2000 people was first recorded in 1084 as Dolvertune and suggests it was a royal manor before the Norman Conquest. More famous today perhaps for it being the film location for The Land Girls. Take your time and wander around the town popping into the boutique shops to purchase your gifts and Exmoor souvenirs. If you are still thirsty after your walk, head to Woods at the top of the high street to quench your thirst. Afterwards pop into Acorn Antiques (which was featured on the Antiques Road Trip!) and then browse the wonderful Rothwell & Dunworth bookshop located near the bridge to pick up your weekend read or your copy of Lorna Doone..
4 - Head back to Loyton where homemade tea and scones will be waiting for you under the trees. Then how about a round of croquet?
5- Siesta time - in the cool of your room or the shade of the trees; ask for cushions and rugs to spread on the lawns.
6- After your restful snooze head to the courtyard for a Loyton Elderflower G&T catching the last of the evening sun.. Followed by a fabulous supper, prepared with great care from the fresh, local ingredients that Chef finds that day!