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East Devon is surrounded by water whether sea or rivers.  The Otter has a good head of wee brownies, some sea trout and bass in the river mouth -potential for a Devon Macnab.  The Exe estuary has masses of mullet and school bass with lots of sport on the popper for the bass and with small flies for the gold spot mullet.

further afield there are some lovely stretches available on the upper Otter, the Exe and it’s tributaries, the Teign for sea trout on a day ticket and reservoirs abound.

take a few days off stay with us and explore with Rob.

Rob and Otter sea trout

David with his first trout caught guided and coached on the Otter at The Deer Park Hotel

A fine Otter brownie caught by Duncan

Otter rivermouth bass caught on the sunk lure




Try the walks in September and stay here with us.


Shy and retiring these are not poisonous and no relation to funnel web spiders.  The spider rarely seen but the webs very obvious on the gorse and heather around here when it has rained and can be of extreme beauty like this one.

Nest entrance with mist droplets



Our BNB is really a tree house set on the edge of woodland in a secluded valley.

We have stayed in some very good hotels around the country this summer that has helped us put our own effort into perspective so we want to announce that we are not just any old BNB but by anyone’s standards we are not just up there with the best boutique hotels but we surpass even them.

The secret to this success is the combination of the luxury inside and the peace outside with the unique way in which you can be totally private and undisturbed for the duration of your stay or for as long as you like. Your own front door and separate access and parking. Staying with us is utterly undemanding.

Annie’s luxury touches to the homemade foods that we provide you make this all absolutely delicious -earl grey with the prunes, apple and ginger compote, fresh blackcurrant jam from the garden with leaf added for that green cabernet twang, apricot jam with some kernels for the almondy background hum, real fresh orange juice, proper coffee with your own pot, unusual teas – I could go on. The real beauty though is you have it when you want, when you fancy it, when the mood takes you. No menus to mark up, no hackneyed breakfasts with the hosts at a set hour – so forget the time.

The bedding and level of sleep comfort we have not experienced anywhere else – not anywhere, not even near.

We have decided to give up pricing at different rates throughout the year having discovered ourselves that when you want to go somewhere the price is really academic – whatever dates you want from now on it will be all the same 365 days the same. It’s simple uncomplicated and undemanding so just do it.

We have also decided that we do not any longer want or need to be on AIRBNB or any other listing site where quality seems to be the last consideration and cost to our guests goes up. Also our partnership with Sawdays will sadly end this year as we are simply too small / too boutique for their pricing regime. Find us on Google maps and call us in person and we will tell you our availability and the price but reckon on a minimum of £100 per night any night of the year. We do not increase our prices during the school holidays but we will expect more at times when we might not really want the business like Easter or Christmas or new year so you will be asked to tempt us.

Lastly we will not accept bookings from mobile phones or anybody without a home address / home telephone number and most importantly an email from you. If you are of the younger generation or have forgotten your manners sorry but this is how we do it. You know who we are so the least you can do is return the compliment.

If you are a past custmomer, and we have now had 88 guests since starting The Dairy Loft and many repeat visits, nothing changes. Our best to all. Rob & Annie.

Wiscombe Park VSCC hillclimb

crash box gear changing, an ERA spun off but intact, lots of A7’s, smell of castrol GTX, squealing tyres, car park full of great cars – awesome day out in a glorious park.

2017’s unlikeliest craze according to Conde Nast Traveller

Well then come and get crazy here. This is a secret birders paradise. We really do have 27 species of bird in fact last year we had 8 species nesting in the house – wren, blue tit, house sparrow, pied wagtail, swallow, wood pigeon and chaffinch.

From the house we can usually see and hear the local raven, green and greater spotted woodpeckers, magpies and jays and at night in the summer the house is surrounded by nightjars churring away and hooting owls. Most years we hear the cuckoo in the valley. East Devon - Woodbury Common The common just above the house is a good place to spot a hobby probably chasing a dragonfly, dartmoor warblers, larks arising, many buzzards,the occasional kite, and rarer species – we had winter visitors this year including a waxwing.

The RSPB Aylesbeare reserve is at the top of the hill and there are estuary reserves nearby on the Exe.

Swallows are remarkable birds of regular habit as our yearly record shows both arriving and departing on the epic journey within days each year. The first will arrive here any day now – the earliest recorded at the house over the last 8 years where we usually have a few pairs nesting in the barn has been 5th April and the latest 10th April.. These babies hatched last year in the barn roof.

so enjoy the luxury we offer here and watch our resident cock pheasant amble across the field out side your window and if you are lucky the partridge family will toddle down the lane in front of your car on the way home.

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