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Published December 14th 2019
Where better to chill out in Devon
The Orange Elephant is one of those places that is well known in the local community and a popular place to visit.
This ice cream parlour is located not far from Exeter, in an old family farm. It's not the most accessible place to get to, even though it's so close to Exeter and just off the A38. Find directions to make it easier here.
They have plenty of seating inside and out, where you can relax and enjoy an ice cream or drink on a hot summer's day,
If you've got kids with you and want a play area for them to burn off some steam, you can pay to use the summer meadow that's across the road from the main farm. It has a play area with an array of different play equipment, a sandpit and some farm animals nearby. On the day we visited, they were charging 1GBP for adults and 50 Pence for kids. As there are many other places with gardens you can sit in for free, we choose not to venture across.
There is a small free area on the farm side for kids to play, with an elephant slide in an undercover area and some seating. We didn't see any other play equipment on that side, but it looked like they were going to be adding more,
From around the end of July, they also have a maize maze that you can get lost in as you try to find the middle.
It's a nice place to visit and would give you an excellent place to chill on a hot summer's day. The only thing that we didn't like about it was that the ordering system is chaotic as when it's busy, people have to queue in front of the ice cream display. This stops you from seeing what flavours are available that day.
First, you have to order at one till next queue to get your ice cream and then line up to pay at another till. This can make it take a long time to get to the yummy ice cream and risk it running down your hand while you wait to pay.