We have a fantastic new chef and a brand new menu, so why not treat yourself. Here is a sneak peek of some of our new dishes. Crushed avocado on sour dough, Eggs Florentine, Greek Salad with heirloom tomatoes and nut free pesto and slow cooked ox cheek rigatoni.  Entry to the café is free!

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We are sharing this amazing blog from New Zealand blogger Pippa @threeislandsnz.com   

On a recent holiday to Devon from New Zealand we were told about Canonteign Falls. Situated within Dartmoor National Park, in the heart of the Teign Valley, it was described as an idyllic mix of waterfalls and woodland. Now, I have lived in New Zealand for 13 years and I'm lucky enough to have the coastline, mountains, lakes and glaciers on my doorstep, but there's just something so special about the Devon scenery, I couldn't miss the opportunity to visit. Along with my mum, sister-in-law, best-friend and two daughters we decided to have a girly day exploring 'England's highest waterfall'.

What an absolute delight! As anyone with children know, a treasure hunt goes a long way to encouraging legs when they start getting tired. My girls loved the clues all along the mossy pathways and steep steps to find the wooden dolls.

The secret garden was an absolute hit. I won't be posting any photos here because that would spoil the surprise wouldn't it?!

Along the way to the top of the waterfall were other surprises such as this huge dinosaur that my four year old boy would have been fascinated by, had he been with us.

Grandma thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to teach our six year old some of the history and geology of the area, including lots of plant and wild life that we don't get in New Zealand.

You have to walk up 90 uneven steps to get to the top of the waterfall, so pushchairs are a no-no here. My two year old managed it fine but a backpack may be a good idea if you have a little one who isn't fond of walking.

The views at the top are work the effort - beautiful Devonshire rolling hills that look like they never end.

I spotted this poem that I loved. I'm not sure how useful it will be back in Dunedin as we don't have the same trees but I'll be printing and framing it nevertheless!

Back at the bottom is a stunning lake and gazebo and an amazing playground to keep the kids entertained while you try out some of the delicious food at their home farm cafe.

With the school holiday's starting I would recommend a visit to Canonteign Falls to any Devonshire Locals or visitors - it really is a hidden gem!

Our day was organised by Visit Dartmoor, the official tourism organisation for Dartmoor. There is lots of information on where to stay and what to do on their website at www.visitdartmoor.co.uk.

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We have been working hard to restore our comprehensive collection of Devon ferns from a fern garden established at the height of fern fashion in Victorian Britain between 1840 and 1890. This garden had been over come by Laurel bushes and in 2009 , following a heavy snow fall, the fern garden was uncovered. The collection of ferns are nestled in the heart of a hanging valley above the original water fall.  This micro climate has produced a perfect environment for these ferns to thrive and we are working hard for our collection to be registered and recorded for future generations to enjoy.  The Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® scheme allows individuals or organisations to document, develop and preserve a comprehensive collection of one group of plants in trust for the future. Please do keep checking our news pages for information on how we are progressing.

 

 

 

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new luxury holiday cottage within the grounds of the Canonteign Falls estate.  This stand alone character cottage has been recently refurbished to the highest level of detail.  It is in an idyllic location surrounded by lakes, waterfalls and ancient woodland within the Dartmoor National Park.  Sleeping up to 8 this cottage is spacious but cosy with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large eat in kitchen with table to seat 8, comfy living area with tv, Sky package and wifi. Reading snug and additional seating area with smaller table and chairs. Take full advantage of the picturesque location by soaking up the sun on the patio area around the heated swimming pool and 6 person Jacuzzi. You  have full use of the tennis court with the cottage. Entrance to Canonteign Falls estate is included with the booking. For details follow the link here 

 

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on Canonteign and have created a short questionnaire to gather views. Please do tell us about your visit to Canonteign, it should only take a few minutes and your opinion is invaluable to us. To complete the survey, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LSG98C7

Thank you!