Situated 9 miles east of the University City of Exeter and 2 miles from the A30, this country house B&B is a perfect base for leisure and business.

We love welcoming guests. Charlie has considerable experience having worked for the Savoy Group, The Halkin and St James’s Club in London whilst Julia spent many years working in Hong Kong and America and has brought a wealth of ideas from her travels. We think our quality driven approach makes Larkbeare very distinctive - the dream was always to create an environmentally conscious business of our own….. a B&B with a gentle grace and an ethical heart offering a degree of luxury that treads lightly.

The house is a brilliant base from which to access Exeter or to explore the surrounding countryside and picturesque fishing villages of Beer and Branscombe. The Jurassic Coast, Escot Park, The Donkey Sanctuary and a wealth of family friendly country pubs renowned for their food are all within easy reach of us. Once you’re back, afternoon tea is served in the sitting room complete with Aga baked scones, homemade jam and in the colder months, a cosy wood burner.

Green thoughts run through everything we do. We use low energy and LED light bulbs, A rated machines, eco-friendly cleaning products, bottle our own filtered water, air dry linen, compost kitchen waste and recycle extensively. We treat our sewage without chemicals using a Bio-system which discharges clean water and every year plant trees to help offset carbon emissions. In recent years we have installed state of the art Photo Voltaic solar panels and a wood-burning biomass boiler. As well as the considerable cost savings for the business and a reduction of over 17 tonnes of CO2 a year, these combined renewable energy initiatives also mean that we are now almost 100% self-sufficient in the energy we use.

Food plays a big part in the Larkbeare experience. We grow our own soft fruit including apples, plums, medlar, quince, greengages and blueberries, make our own marmalade, jams and yoghurt, bake our own bread, biscuits and scones, bottle our own cherries and damsons and squeeze our own fruit juices. Bacon, sausages, vegetables, fruit and bread flour come from several independent shops in nearby Ottery St Mary. The free range eggs and honey from Talaton are wonderful. Our selection of teas is long….. and the cafetiere is regularly replenished. We hold a rarely given award from Visit Britain for the quality of our breakfasts which are all cooked to order on the Aga.

Special dietary requirements are willingly catered for and we use organic and Fairtrade wherever possible.


The most important meal of the day

We source locally and, wherever possible, buy free-range and organic foods which we cook to order.

  • Sausages and bacon from Country Farm in Ottery St Mary

  • Fresh fruit from Otter Produce in Ottery St Mary

  • Ottery Fishmonger

  • Porridge, dried fruits, nuts and bread flours from Joshua’s Harvest Store in Ottery St Mary

  • Honey from Chris Harwood in Talaton

  • Eggs from various suppliers in and around Talaton

  • Fruits for jams picked at East Devon Pride Farm in Newton Poppleford


Seasonal Fruit

  • Freshly squeezed juice

  • Organic porridge

  • A choice of cereals

  • Fresh & poached fruit

  • Homemade yoghurt


Cooked Breakfast

  • Aga cooked full English breakfast

  • Smoked salmon & scrambled egg

  • Kedgeree with poached egg

  • Eggs Benedict or Eggs Royale

  • Mushroom or cheese omelette 

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Homemade Bread

  • Local honey from Talaton

  • Homemade marmalade & jams

  • Homemade organic breads & toast

  • Cafetière & decaffeinated coffee

  • Assortment of teas

Food is cooked on the Aga, including freshly made organic bread - and those scones. The care that goes into sourcing the excellent, high quality ingredients used in the breakfasts mirrors the whole approach at Larkbeare, where Charlie & Julia aim to do things perfectly.
— Devon Life