You’re right in the heart of Devon’s ‘most rebellious’ town; this rambling 16th century house has had many lives – once a stage coach business, a smithy and then a shop, it’s been sensitively restored to keep many of the original beams and features. Set over three floors, there’s a dining room with a log-burner, a snug, a living room and cosy bedrooms. There’s plenty of room to spread out so it’s great for balancing the needs of mixed age groups.
The kitchen isn’t huge but has everything you need to cook – stock up at River Cottage Kitchen and Deli (three miles) or walk two doors down to The Kingfisher for classic pub food, a pint in the beer garden and boules.
This is a great spot for walkers: follow a path straight from the door, through the Coly Valley to the coast or take the antique tram (it leaves from Colyton and you’ll find excellent cream teas at the station) to Seaton for sea kayaking and paddle boarding. Hike more trails in Dartmoor National Park – half an hour away.