Broadhembury, Honiton, Devon

Turn off the main road from Honiton to Cullompton and after a while you’ll come to Broadhembury; you won’t be able to resist getting out and having a little look around. Why’s that? Well, in a nutshell, because it’s so devastatingly charming. Centuries old cob built thatched cottages stand peacefully in the main street, several painted the same mellow hue, bumpy walls, little windows, red brick chimney pots. It’s all part of the same estate you see; its origins are in medieval times and it was once a holding of Dunkeswell Abbey which wasn't far away. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the estate came into the ownership of the Drewe family – hence the name of the pub, The Drewe Arms. You should make time to pop in for a homemade burger or a drink of the local brew sipped slowly out in the garden with a view of the village church – it’s lovely.

It might pay to take your walking boots too because Broadhembury lies in the Devon part of the Blackdown Hills, so from the village you can wander deep into the countryside; sun dappled country lanes wind round and about, footpaths lead across open fields, there are bridleways for those on horseback. Seriously, a village that's well worth seeing when you’re out pootling about exploring the area near your Stonehayes Farm holiday cottage.

All information correct at the time of writing

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