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Enjoy the maximum that Rower Fort and the surrounding areas have to offer by doing these very different activities.
* See Shooting stars
Relax at night in the hot tub with your friends and see the milky way and regular shooting stars. Float port to each other . Memorable and magical for all ages.
* Dine or shop at River Cottage
Hugh’s Fernley- Whittingstall’s canteen is in nearby Axminster and has a superb local produce shop and a canteen with great atmosphere – try the Wednesday stew night or the 4 set course taster on Thursday nights – both great value
* Go Tar barrel rolling in
Ottery St Mary hosts the most improbable event on Guy Fawkes night – this is never to be missed – a throwback to days goneby – children , women and men from all the local pubs in the village take turns to move through the crowd with burning barrels on their backs - massive bonfire ....
* Take a family portrait
with all the family on our own World War 2 Sherman Tank
* Play Hide & seek
Children can play this too – the fort makes an ideal nook and cranny filled area to do this - even blindfolded
* Have a Fancy dress party
Many guests have this sorted already and make a full on evening of this – we have had all types – medieval, Private Ryan and even Time Lords
* Use your hammer
Fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast. The blue lias cliffs at Lyme Regis and Charmouth always have samples to find and take away – best after a storm the local fossil hunters will give advice on what to find but the big ones are many feet across and will never be removed!
* Arrange a Cook Off
Many families or groups of friends take each evening in turns to sort out killer meals – the aga is an ideal focal point
* Take a dip
In our Morroccan influenced indoor heated pool
We have a large bean bag in the patio area and hammock to stretch out in – this is one of the most unusual pools you’ll see – freshen up under the waterspouts from Jaiselmer in Western India – all powered by geothermic energy.
* Chat to
Georgina or Mark who are happy to talk about the evolution of the Fort, how it was done and where they sourced the artifacts incorporated in the building
* Sore joints?
Have a massage - we have details of various masseurs who can visit and sort out your aches and leave you feeling warm and nurtured
* Roast Marshmallows on
either of the 2 open log fires in the Fort – one in the farmhouse and one in the Tower. Makes a lovely place to read to the children from the many books on the shelves though we wouldn’t recommend SHolgenistzyn for the younger listeners
* Occupy the children with a treasure hunt
in the grounds of Rower Fort – makes pirate maps or devise fiendish clues – people still find easter eggs the previous guests didnt ever find – some of it in date!
8 Mountain bike at Halden Hill on the various trails – from beginner to expert – we can give advice on other local rides – there are Sustrans routes nearby including the gentle route along the Double Locks pub ( outdoor music and camping in the summer) and the boulevard cafes along the way.
* Have a cooked English Breakfast on Beer beach
Have an easy start to the day whilst watching the fisherman return with their catch ( which you can purchase) plenty of Brown sauce.
* Catch your supper Mackerel fishing
In one of the fishing boats at Beer – we have had amazing catches even when Pete says recent catches don’t indicate a bumper haul – top score TL 56 in one day
* Ignore the doctors
Eat a cream tea in Honiton at one of the shops which support the antique trade in this famous lace town
* No Xbox or WII?
Then spend hours talking and cooking around the hundreds of years old Dutch elm table in the centre of the kitchen Long meals around the farmhouse table
* then take a break –
dine at the Monkton Court Hotel run by Colin and Jenny this establishment has raised the game for us all – superb cuisine with space for all of you and real ales – we like the braised rack of lamb the best
* Race where Jensen Button won his first races
At nearby Dunkeswell Raceway or go a little further to Clay Pidgeon Raceway – both can arrange arrive and drive challenges and are national tracks with excellent safty standards
Clay has a large restaurant for lunch on the go before spending the rest of the day Clay shooting with tuition available from previous national champions
* Tasty Tarts & Mr T anyone
The girls from Tasty Tarts are just one of recommended outside caterers who can attend to your requirements bringing local food straight to your table. Or try Mr T BBQ Man
* Need dough?
Bake your own bread in the Aga or devise a succulent chocolate brownie mixture for afternoon tea
* Win a tournament
On our proper job Table Football in the crypt at the bottom of the tower
* Have a barbeque under
our Narnia street lamp under the Tower – some guests do this even in the winter – very surreal
* Then eat it
under our Victorian beamed patio area
* Shown them you can still twist
-play Twister or any of the other games we have available for you.
*Play some golf @
at local club over the cliff tops at Seaton
* Water fights @
Castle Neroche nearby is an AngloSaxon hill fort offering exceptional views over the below sea level somerset levels. Take some of our water pistols and have a game of Wide in the hummocks all round this little known beauty spot
* Join in on the Thursday evening cycle ride with the locals on the seaside at Seaton followed by a pint and cheesy chips
* Take a shower in a Victorian phone box
* Make some models and layouts with our lego
– either follow the instructions or go free style
* Go to Stockland Fair
or any of the numerous local fairs with scrumpy and usually throwing something far – eggs or hay bales
* Look at the clouds
in the outdoor hammock hung between the trees of the hill
* Fly a kite on the top of our hill with 360 views
* Find a bargain in one of the many reclamation yards in the area – one guest left with a pair of stone griffons
* Tug of war
on the lawn is a good way to work off some energy after that big lunch
Round the hill through our devon bank lanes – you ll often see hares, pheasants and some deer as you go round
* Fly in a light aircraft
We can arrange to take you around the Fort hill or perhaps the Channel Islands – France is closer than London! Or take a first flying lesson at Dunkeswell or Exeter flying club
* Ski on the dry slope at Yeovil or Plymouth when you get the urge for an early refresher
* Go trekking
to Dartmoor or Exmoor for the day – there are excellent walks that start an hour from the Fort with different routes suitable for ages – brew up some stream water for some refreshing tea that knocks the socks off a thermos – then check out the local pubs with their great range of ales and more cheesy chips
* Bet on the Bangers
Banger racing has a home down the road in Smeatharpe with all categories of racers to get pulverised
* Avoid getting shot paintballing
Local centres can can arrange this
* Be an ape for the day
At Go Ape – zip wire through the trees at Haldon Forest in Exeter
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