Down the hugger-mugger village street keeping a watch out for straying locals and a tight turn takes you into what was the farmyard. Stone outdoor steps lead up to the former hayloft, now a neat-as-a-pin, south-west-facing bolthole with a stable door and an open-plan living room and kitchen. It’s a generous place – Charlotte leaves you everything for breakfast as well as Prosecco, their own cider and nibbles.
Walk back out to the main street and you can turn through a gate into the orchard with nearly a hundred ancient apple trees and your very own seat and picnic bench. You’ll even find a picnic bag. The village is thriving: wander to two pubs – the foodie Coppa Dolla Inn with their famous 2in1 pies or The Monk’s Retreat which has a beer garden, quizzes and fish and chips on Wednesdays (you can take away too.) An award-winning community shop which sells excellent food and even wine from Berry Brothers – it also has a coffee shop, so you can settle in like a local.
Maps for walks long and short are waiting for you. A pretty, circular walk from the village takes you over the fields to Torbryan which also has a good pub. Totnes is a ten-minute drive for interesting independent clothes shops and a market on Fridays and Saturdays. Stock up with something local and delicious for supper.