Devon in Film

Now that the winter months have rolled, have you being staying inside catching up on the latest dramas or must watch films? Then you have probably seen the landscape of Devon on your screen. With its charming villages and stunning surroundings, Devon has an abundance of perfect locations for filming. Read below to see where you can visit to recapture some amazing on screen moments.

War Horse on Dartmoor

The film, released almost 4 years ago now, focuses on the moving story of a Devon farm boy who joins the army to search for his horse Joey, after he is sold into the cavalry and shipped to France during the First World War.

Many weeks were spent filming on Dartmoor. Locations include Combestone Tor, Venford Reservoir, Meavy, Sheepstor and the unmistakable landscape of Haytor where just a few of the picturesque places featured in the film. World renowned Hollywood director, Steven Spielberg spoke highly of Dartmoor, stating "I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor."

Dartmoor boasts a wide expanse of scenic walks and has many Idyllic villages offering a unique range of country pubs, shops and cafés to enjoy and our cottages are only a short driving distance away.

Seaside Drama at Salcombe

The Coroner follows a high-flying solicitor, played by Claire Goose, who after a messy marriage break-up, returns to the small seaside town she escaped as a teenager to take up the post of coroner.

Salcombe, a beautiful South Devon seaside town, is the central backdrop for the daytime drama but make sure to keep your eyes peopled for Dartmouth, Totnes and Brixham which has also be featured. Salcombe has a number of beautiful beaches and coves where you can enjoy scenic strolls and water sports. The town also has a fantastic selection of restaurants offering delicious, local food.

Even Goose admitted, "Never did I expect the scenery to be quite as stunning. Having grown up in Norfolk I'm used to the land being flat by the sea - the rolling hills were breathtaking.”

River Cottage HQ near Axminster

This seventeenth-century farmhouse, which regularly pops up on Channel 4, is tucked away in the Axe Valley, just outside Axminster. Owned by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, River Cottage HQ offers delicious range local food and seasonal produce.

The cottage runs fun events throughout the year, including culinary courses, and allows visitors to explore the familiar surroundings of the farm or, if you have a special event coming up, you can throw your own event.

If you fancy a meal which just about compares to Harriet’s home cooked dishes then make sure you book for a Friday or Saturday night or a Sunday lunch. The evening dining celebrates the of the River Cottage ethos where the food, location and atmosphere take centre stage.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot at Greenway House

For all murder mystery buffs, you may recall back in 2013 filming took place at Greenway House in Brixham for ‘Agatha Christie’s Dead Man’s Folly’.

This iconic house was the holiday home for Agatha Christie herself and has breathtaking views over the River Dart and is surrounded by the steep wooded riverbanks. Walking the grounds you will even see the boathouse where the murder occurred in the Poirot series. There is also a delightful barn café which offers light lunches and delicious cream teas.

ITV producer, David Boulter stated: This is the Holy Grail for Christie fans – it is a wonderful place to visit and has access to the house where Agatha Christie wrote [... ... ...] and now all staffed by helpful and knowledgeable volunteers.”

Please contact us to discuss our luxury cottages, which are the perfect base from which to explore some of these unmistakable and incomparable locations over Christmas or New Year period.