There’s lots to do at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

Fly with us, Ride with us, Stay with us …. or visit for the day 

caspar-flightExmoor Owl & Hawk Centre is a unique farmstead within Exmoor National Park, in a small 15th century historic farmyard setting, housing a really special collection of free-flown owls and other birds of prey, animals free roaming together, and some beautiful horses for all to enjoy.

We can fly our birds and owls to your gloved hand when you book into a variety of different activity sessions and experiences in the mornings to suit any budget;  you come face to face with these amazingly graceful creatures who have learnt to fly to anyone using behavioural and trust-based training techniques.  You can experience many different birds and their various methods of flying and catching prey just by watching them and taking photos of them during your activity experience.

During the main season, the Centre opens to the public at 12 noon, and many of our visitors enjoy a wander around the gardens and fields, followed by a delicious light lunch of sandwiches or baguettes with quality produce from our local suppliers before relaxing into the Afternoon with the Birds Display at 2pm when you will enjoy our special birds as they are flown around your tables and across the open field.  Many visitors have described this close hand experience as “a privilege, really awesome and totally unique” – a must-do visit during your  stay in North Devon and Exmoor.   

To make your holiday really amazing you can ride one of our six horses over the hills, moors and through the woods of Exmoor, exploring places you may otherwise never visit.  All our horses can be ridden with bitless bridles, treeless saddles, and all are barefoot with rock-crunching hooves across this challenging terrain.  We believe that we can offer some of the best riding countryside in the world on some really special horses for individual riders, or a small group of up to five experienced adult and teenage riders.  Our ride and stay short break holidays are now becoming increasingly popular and we have riders coming from all over the world to enjoy both our horses and our birds!

Young children can enjoy led pony rides on our smaller horses and on our Falabellas or miniature Shetland ponies, along the lane and through the delightful village of Bossington.  Gaby our Falabella, loves the little ones, age 3-5yrs, and Rosie or Juta enjoy the challenge of teaching older children the basics of riding.  Maya, our other Falabella is still a youngster, but will be taking a few rides during the coming season.

And if you wish to make our farmhouse your holiday base, then we offer bed and breakfast in our historic home, providing accommodation for one up to a family of six.  Our rooms are comfortably furnished, with goose down duvets and super soft pillows, with tea and coffee making facilities in the room, ensuite or private bathroom and are spacious rooms offering spectacular views across the garden to the hills beyond.  The farmhouse is surrounded by three ancient courtyards, dating back to the 15th Century, when the house was probably the Manor of Bossington, with its own Chapel of Ease in the yards for private worship in those times.  You can wander around the Chapel today during  your visit or stay here with us. 

Please visit our website for full details of everything that we have to offer – www.exmoorfalconry.co.uk and www.exmoor-riding.co.uk

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Meet Melody, Princess and Edwina who live at NT Arlington Court!

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Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles set in picturesque gardens

Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, all collected by the Chichesters’ over several generations. The house itself, built in 1823 and extended in 1860, has an austere facade. However, inside the cosy rooms give the house a homely, family atmosphere.

The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Currently on loan from the Houses of Parliament is the Speaker’s State Coach, a glorious, gilded carriage with over 300 years of history.

Offering incident and contrast, the nineteenth-century formal garden is a perfect place to explore, picnic or play. The conservatory rebuilt in 2012 gives the garden a focal point and allows colourful and exotic planting. The walled kitchen garden provides fruit and vegetables for the tea-room and flowers for the house.

The tranquil estate with over 20 miles of footpaths is abundant with wildlife including an ancient heronry. Two species of bat roost in the cellars of the house whilst the bird hide is a quiet space to view nature at its best.

Keeping Arlington alive:

  • Jacob sheep and Red Devon cattle graze the estate and provide seasonal dishes for our menu

  • Our popular lake walk, just under two miles, tours the wider grounds including the man-made lake and bridge piers of an unfulfilled Victorian dream

  • Our stables are alive with carriage horses, giving the real smell and sound of working stables

  • Every visitor to the house is invited to ring the door bell, so they can be welcomed as a guest.

  • With our bat cam you can spy on the bats in our cellars and attics everyday