Fondly known as the gem of East Devon, Ottery St Mary provides a quaint town experience with tons of heritage and history. The town was the birthplace to romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and takes its name from the River Otter from which it neighbours. Holidays in Ottery St Mary will provide a tranquil, picture perfect break everyone will enjoy.
The town boasts a picturesque selection of walks and holds the ‘Walkers Welcome’ award, perfect for active holiday makers looking to explore the beautiful surroundings. You will also appreciate the friendly hospitality which the town takes pride in delivering and the eclectic selection of producers and local shops providing something special and unique.
Ottery St Mary has several famous literary connections and these provide a lovely insight to the beauty and history of the area. As well as the well-known poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge originating from the town, other references to the town include inspiration behind the imaginary town of Ottery St Catchpole where the Wealsey family resided in the famous Harry Potter books. The area is drenched in literary references and provides a great place to explore for visitors that love heritage and a good book.
The town holds several popular events throughout the year, and is most fondly known for the Tar Barrels festivities and Pixie Day celebrations. In true town spirit the locals relish in celebrating these traditional events and welcome everyone wanting to join the festivities. This town parish is also home to the stunning St Mary’s church known by locals as a ‘mini Exeter Cathedral’. The architecture is outstanding and provides a fabulous place to explore the history and heritage of the town. For visitors looking to take in the beauty of the area, nearby Escot Country Park and Cadhay House provide a captivating experience with a hive of wildlife and natural features all set in the beautiful countryside.
If you want to experience a traditional and unique holiday, Ottery St Mary provides a beautiful and tranquil escape from the bustle of everyday life. The town boasts a rustic and charming selection of activities, heritage trials and unique shopping experiences suitable for the whole family.
When choosing a holiday in East Devon, you will find a hive of accommodation suitable for your holiday in Ottery St Mary. We have a selection of quaint cottages and B&B’s to fabulous hotels, all available for the perfect holiday to Devon.