If you want to experience real Devon in all its thatched glory then Chulmleigh is about as close as you can get. This pretty little village is dotted with the kind of thatched cottages that grace postcards, and – most importantly - it’s home to the traditional Chulmleigh Old Fair!

If you pick up the historic Tarka Line at the railway halt you can venture a little further afield to Exeter or Barnstaple. The Tarka Line runs right through the valleys of Yeo and Taw, and the scenery you’ll pass has changed so little over the decades that it’s almost like stepping back in time.

You’ll find Eggesford Forset just outside the village, and it’s a beautiful patch of woodland that makes just the place for a wander and a picnic. Or, if you’re feeling competitive, head to the pitch and putt and show off your skills – it’s a great spot to try your hand at golf for the first time.

The Grove Inn

We’ll start with The Grove Inn’s accolades shall we? Well, this picturesque thatched pub comes recommended by Which?, The Good Food Guide, The Good Pub Guide, the AA Pub Guide, CAMRA Good Beer Guide and Alastair Sawday…so to put it simply it’s a foodie’s dream! You’ll find the inn in the pretty village of Kings Nympton, and its award-scooping meals...
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