A coaching inn in the 1600s – now a smart gastro inn and a hub for the village too. Simon and Darren have renovated throughout and have a real passion for the place. Simon is a bit of a magpie; he’s been collecting market finds, prints, paintings, maps… for years, remembers the provenance of every piece and likes to shuffle things around. The bar and dining area has cushioned chairs, polished wood floors, pale sofas, wood-burners and tables laid with shiny glasses. You’ll find rotating local brewery ales and Red Rock beers, a good range of gins and wine choice suggestions with the menu. Food is seasonal and mostly local: pigeon with lentils, Exmoor beef, lobster ravioli, followed by lemon tart or cinnamon apple crumble perhaps. Bedrooms are trad with a twist: floral and patterned wallpapers, dark furniture, and pristine white tubs and basins; one of the three ground floor ones has a big wood stove. The cheerful paved garden has red walls, pots of flowers and bunting. Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks on the doorstep, sandy beaches 20 minutes; join the Tarka trail – dogs are welcome in all the rooms.