Pebblebed House is situated in Topsham, the former port of Exeter, which today is a thriving tourist destination with gorgeous architecture, pretty scenery and within easy reach of several nature reserves for wading and migrating birds that form part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Originally a Roman hamlet, Topsham dates back to 1300, and during the time of the Spanish Armada its shipyards were busy supplying boats. Today, the river is mainly used by pleasure crafts, although commercial salmon fishermen still work the river, casting nets into the low tide.
Topsham's historic past is evident in its fascinating Dutch-inspired architecture along The Strand, which date back to when the town was a cotton port. Many of these buildings were constructed with bricks used as ballast on Dutch ships.
When staying in Topsham visitors can enjoy walks along the river, discover a variety of wildlife and relax whilst watching the colourful sailing boats go by. There are also wonderful restaurants and cafés, and a good range of shops.
Just a short drive from Topsham is Exeter, a historic city, which has flourished in recent years thanks to its transport system and busy high street. The city also has many visible signs of its past, including the beautiful cathedral built in 1050, the remains of a monastery, one of Britain's oldest synagogues, the ruins of a castle and 'the house that was moved' - a 14th century Tudor building that was strapped together and slowly moved inch by inch in 1961 to its current location on the edge of Edmund Street, just so a new road could be built.
Today, Exeter is not only popular with visitors seeking to discover its past but also with shoppers and sports enthusiasts. The city's high street, along with the new Princesshay Shopping centre, are home to many of the country's most loved stores, including John Lewis, Debenhams and House of Fraser. Meanwhile, football fans come to watch Exeter City, and lovers of rugby the Exeter Chiefs.
A trip to the South West would not be complete without visiting one of the many beautiful beaches that are scattered around its coastline. On the Jurassic coastline Beer and Budliegh Salterton are two wonderful examples of unspoilt beaches that are ideal for families and friends, whilst Sidmouth and Dawlish have excellent sandy beaches on the south coast of Devon.
Many attractions and activities can also be enjoyed when staying at Pebblebed. Within easy reach of the house are Crealy Adventure Park, Pennywell Farm and Castle Drogo. Walking, cycling, water sports and horse riding can also be experienced nearby. For more information on things to do near Pebblebed House please see our Activities Page.