There is a huge amount to do – or not do – at Clifford Barton. Many families have arrived with long list of activities to work through but find their kids are happy to use the range of facilities here, make friends and often don’t want to leave. Here are some ideas of what you can get up to without leaving Clifford Barton.

Games Barn

The games barn at Clifford barton with table tennis, snooker and table football table

Battle it out at snooker, table tennis or table football in the games room, whilst listening to your music via the hi-fi system.  Budding young actors/actresses may like to put on a show on the stage.

If it’s a bit chilly light the wood burner and make an evening of it.

In the summer take out one of the games onto the lawn outside and enjoy a game of giant Jenga or Cubb.


Clifford Barton's bike pool

Borrow one of our mountain or hybrid bikes to cycle up the track alongside the River Teign to chill out at the fantastically situated Fingle Bridge Inn with a pint and plate of cheesy chips, admiring the ancient oak woods of the Teign gorge and the historic bridge.

If road biking is your thing then this is the right place for you. Devon – and in particular the Teign Valley and Dartmoor – offers some of the best road cycling in the country, with a huge range of wonderfully scenic routes to cater for all fitness levels.

Hot Tub

Enjoy the views across the stunning Teign Valley, watch the sun go down, listen to the birds and  chill out with friends/family. A great experience whatever the weather.

Green Woodworking

Join local woodsman and skilled furniture maker Alasdair Kilpatrick at his Little Acorn workshop here at Clifford Barton.

Learn traditional green woodworking skills: learn to use a saw-horse and pole lathe to create a coat hook, rolling pin, rounders bat – or even a stool or chair to take home.

A truly special experience for kids and adults – and you get to take home a lifelong memento as well as new woodcraft knowledge and skills.


Bridesmere Lake in Clifford Barton private nature reserve

Have fun on Bridesmere Lake in the boats and canoe. An early morning romantic row is highly recommended, especially on a crisp morning when there is a layer of mist. Life jackets are provided, including one for your dog.

Board Games

Digital Detox, boggle far superior to computer games.

We have a board games library with an extensive range of games for all ages and tastes. Battle it out for some old fashioned family time.

Relax and Stay Put

Yoga on the platform overlooking Bridesmere Lake

Or you could just chill in the garden, listen to bird song and watch the world go by.

Not to mention the deer, buzzards, badgers, sparrow hawks…

Or relax on Bridesmere Bridge, a perfect spot for some me time or a yoga, mediation session.


Wander around the lake and the 50 acres of private nature reserve that Clifford Barton is set in. Sit on one of the strategically placed benches and contemplate life, watch wildlife, sketch, read, whatever takes your fancy.

Star Gazing

night sky

Don’t forget to have a look at the night sky at Clifford Barton as the Teign Valley is one of the few areas of the country with very little light pollution. The National Trust has identified the Teign Valley as one of the seven best sites in the country for star gazing and to enjoy the wonders of the night sky. The Teign Valley comes alive with wildlife at night, with badgers, tawny owls, barn owls, deer and bats coming out to feed and hunt.

The open skies of the Teign Valley are a magical location for star gazing and on a clear night you can see some 4,000 stars sparkling in our universe. The National Trust has set out a 1 mile summer star gazing walk which starts at Castle Drogo. Make sure you print off a copy of the summer star gazing guide to take with you on your way.


Wildlife Watching

Bridesmere Lake

Enjoy Clifford Barton’s 50 acre private nature reserve.

The cottages all have well stocked bird feeders, bringing wildlife literally to your window. But step outside and butterflies abound on the floristic fantasia of the wild flower banks surrounding Bridesmere Lake. Early evening is a perfect time to watch bats catch insects over the lake and enjoy owls twit-wooing around you.

Early morning is the best time to see fallow and roe deer, which put on quite a show during the rutting season.

Buzzards, ravens, sparrowhawks and if you’re lucky one of our elusive local goshawks, soaring overhead. If you’re quiet on the track to Bridesmere lake you could be lucky enough to encounter a badger feeding along the track or in the adjacent corn field. You’ll definitely see lots of signs of their activity.

We have a well stocked natural history library which you are welcome to borrow to help you identify the local wildlife.

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

This Japanese practice is a process of relaxation; known in Japan as shinrin yoku. The simple method of being calm and quiet amongst the trees, observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply can help both adults and children de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way. For more information and some top tips and activities to get your meditation journey started please click on the photo above.

Photo Shoot

With so many great photographic opportunities for all seasons why not have a photo shoot with your dog/family when everyone is relaxed etc. A package with xx starts at . Please contact xx for further details of the different options available.