St Peter's Church in Tawstock has some of the finest monuments in Devon. Dating back to the 14th century the church is cruciform in shape with a central tower. The ceiling has Italian plaster work, and the windows are medieval glass, the Wrey manorial pew is the work of the French Renaissace, and the benches have intricate carved ends. However, it is the monuments that really make this church stand out, including a mural monument with a kneeling figure and beyond this an oak effigy of an unknown lady. There are also beautiful tombs of the third Earl of Bath and his wife Elizabeth, surrounded by their kneeling sons and daughters; sculptured figures of the Countess of Bath by Bal-thasar Burman and an intricate effigy of Frances, Lady Fitzwarren.
Less than a 10 minute drive from the cottages is Barnstaple, a lively market town with its own shopping centre, theatre, cinema and leisure centre. The town has very good links to the North Devon coastline, including, to the east, the vast stretches of golden sands at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, or alternatively head west to Westward Ho! and Instow.
There are also several places for all the family to enjoy a fun day out, including The Big Sheep, Milky Way, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and Watermouth Castle. Lovers of history and gardens will also not be disappointed with Arlington Court, Rosemoor Gardens and Castle Hill, all within a half hour drive.
The area surrounding Tawstock is perfect for water-sports, walking and cycling with the Tarka Trail less than a mile away. Or, why not try your hand at a round of golf on the oldest links course in Britain, The Royal North Devon.