Cadhay is located just outside of Ottery St Mary, an attractive parish town on the River Otter some ten miles from Exeter and six miles from the sea at Sidmouth. Mentioned in Domesday in 1086, the town is the birthplace of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is probably most famous today for its annual Tar Barrels, an event that takes place each year on Guy Fawkes Night when the tar barrels are set alight and carried through the streets of the town by local residents. Apart from this extraordinary happening, Ottery is a peaceful and beautiful town that has all the amenities, including excellent independent shops for local food as well as one of the best wine merchants in the South West.
East Devon is an ideal place to enjoy walks, along the lovely Otter Valley, around West Hill and Woodbury Common, and on the South West Coast Path. The nearby coastal stretch that extends across East Devon and West Dorset takes in the so-called Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, covering some 95 miles of stunning coastline with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history. Each stretch of coast tells its own history, from the red sandstone cliffs of Exmouth and the smooth East Devon pebblebed that washes out to sea at Budleigh Salterton, to the chalk white cliffs of Beer and Lyme Regis’s fossil-laden Undercliff.
In seaside towns such as Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth, to the west, and, to the east, Branscombe, Beer, Seaton, Lyme Regis and West Bay you can explore prehistoric geology or pursue traditional seaside activities alike.