Top things to do

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

* Jog

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