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By flintstonescottage, Mar 31 2014 06:51PM

Have just been looking at the information sent to me from The Beer Quarry Caves.

These caves are only a couple of miles from Flintstones Cottage in Seaton and are well worth a visit.

They were established by the Romans over 2000 years ago and the stone quarried from these caves has been used in many public buildings including Exeter Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

More recently the caves have become known as a conservation habitat for the rare Horseshoe Bats that use the caves as their winter hibernation roost.

The BBC programme "Countryfile" featured the caves and the bats in a special programme focused on East Devon last year, and revealed that the bats fly from the caves to a summer roost which has been specially built for them on the Axe Wetlands Bird Sanctuary, which is just 5 minutes walk from Flintstones cottage.

The cave are open from the Monday before Easter until the end of October, and out of season tours can be arranged too.

By flintstonescottage, Mar 31 2014 06:44PM

Axminster is only 5 miles from Flintstones Cottage and situated right in the centre of the town in the market square , is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen and Deli.

We have often popped in for lunch or even an afternoon tea and have always enjoyed the tasty food that is on offer there. Also, the deli sells lovely local food and Lyme Bay wines as well as local cheese and these items are always reasonably priced and a little bit different to what you can buy in a supermarket! However, Thursday morning is when the market is held, so the town is always very busy then and parking can be a problem.

By flintstonescottage, Mar 31 2014 06:42PM

Had an email sent to me from Seaton Tramway to Flintstones Cottage telling me that following the storm last Friday night (14th Frbruary) part of the track at the Seaton end was flooded and damaged, so the bird watching trips have had to be cancelled for the next few weeks. There will still be trams running from Colyton to Colyford return only. The full service will be resumed as normal in time for Easter! It is hoped!!

By flintstonescottage, Mar 31 2014 06:42PM

When we have been staying at Flintstones Cottage we have visited the Pecorama in the fishing village of Beer which is only a couple of miles away. This attraction with it's beautiful gardens and miniature railway has now opened a super new Indoor Play Station (Centre) for children. This indoor play facility is open all through the winter on Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's so whatever the weather the children can play and climb and jump and burn up their energy safely!

The charges are -under 1's free, 1-3 yrs. £3.50, 4-12 years £5 and supervising adults are free.

The views from the gardens over Beer village and Seaton bay are fabulous!

By flintstonescottage, Mar 31 2014 06:41PM

From Flintstones Cottage to the Escot Park Attraction it is a comfortable drive as the park is just to the north side of the A30 near to Ottery St. Mary. (About a half hours drive away).

At this time of the year the woodlands in the park look wonderful as they are covered with a magnificent carpet of snowdrops. The Red squirrels are well worth seeing too as they are in an enclosure that features a walk-through 100 metre boardwalk so that visitors can see the squirrels at close quarters, and every day at 1pm one of the Nature Rangers gives an entertaining and informative talk while the squirrels scamper about! Even if the weather is not very good there is a super indoor playbarn which the children love and the terrifying "Escot Leap" is only for the brave!!

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