Bertie and Bryony Hancock are enchanting: young and enthusiastic, they clearly love what they do. They’ve created an equally enchanting guesthouse in a beautiful old building in the grounds of The National Trust’s Buckland Abbey. As delightful as it’s historic, house guests are free to wander in the wildflower-filled Cider House Garden and see the immaculate monks’ kitchen gardens and beehives, all maintained by the National Trust. At the Cider House there are four sophisticated yet homely bedrooms, with all the right touches, including Roberts radios, magazines, flowers and Ren products. Breakfast is a feast cooked by Bryony and served by Bertie, and although dinner isn’t provided, there are plenty of local pubs (two within walking distance), gastro-pubs and restaurants. And there’s something else: a ten-minute walk from the Cider House, in the most glorious unspoilt countryside with views down to the Tamar estuary, are the guesthouse’s two exceptional and luxurious double-bedded shepherd’s huts.
Doubles from £140
+44 (0)1822 259062; cider-house.co.uk
An absolute must is Dartmoor! The film set for War Horse is on the door step and it is not hard to understand why Spielberg was mesmerised by its wild, varied and stunning landscapes. From stone circles, ancient oak forests, the wild High Moor and secret wild swimming paradises, Dartmoor is a fabulously captivating landscape waiting to be explored.
Being foodies at heart really shows, from the home reared sausages and bacon, home made proper marmalade zinging with sunshine, flavour and zest, freshly laid eggs from their hens who roam the kitchen garden along with the bees who provide the honey, and freshly baked bread, breakfast is as homemade, home grown and home reared as possible.
Local produce! We are lucky enough to be positioned in a local honey pot of Artisan producers, Devon seems to have them in plentiful supply whether it be local arts, crafts, trades, foods, treats or drinks, why not follow the Dartmoor Artisan Trail for some inspiration to find people who are passionate about all they produce – and it shows!
CLAIM TO FAME
Sir Francis Drake having lived in the Abbey and Cider House having been his brew house for the Estate.
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