Welcome to East Devon


An historic county with glorious countryside, beautiful scenery, fabulous beaches and a rich heritage — the perennial favourite.

East Devon…

has the World Heritage Coast where breathtaking views can be enjoyed from any number of points along the South West Coastal Path. There are delightful seaside towns like Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth to be explored while Honiton is an historic town known for antiques, art and its famous lace. Nestling between Peak Hill and Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth is a seaside resort which has changed little since the times when the young Queen Victoria used to holiday here. Six miles inland is the historic town of Ottery St Mary, which predates the Domesday Book. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has over 80 marked footpaths from which to choose for splendid rural walks. Axminster is a thriving market town, best known for its carpets and the market held every Thursday.

Tucked away in the south-east corner is the unspoilt Axe Valley — a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty — whose estuary is home to a large variety of birds. A short cliff top walk from the seaside town of Seaton at the mouth of the Axe will take you to the pretty fishing village of Beer, with its distinctive chalk headlands. Further on again is the beautiful village of Branscombe, claimed to be the longest village in Britain.

It is on the west side of the Axe Valley where the old village of Colyford nestles, about one mile inland from Seaton, overlooking the valley down to the sea, and eastwards to the hills over Axmouth and the undercliff to Lyme Regis. Official records of Colyford date back to 1230AD.

Bryher looks out onto all this. Bryher is an Edwardian house that was once part of three cottages, before becoming half of the Mayor of Colyford's residence in 1926. In 1981, the house was split into two, as it remains to this day.