The prettiest West Country villages
We all know our ‘ending of England’ is a really special area of manicured coast and country villages, so it is no real surprise to us that Countryfile magazine has made it official… we simply wonder how they were able to narrow it down to only four! The South West is currently riding full of Countryfile’s best ten prettiest villages in Britain, with four West Country fishing villages inducing rod standing.
From Norfolk into Northumberland, Countryfile evaluated a range of resources past the chocolate-box charm and panoramic views, including local restaurants, historyand museums and harbours. Take a look at the four villages that came out shirts, two at Devon and two at Cornwall, and get packaging for a unforgettable break in these cottages in lovely settings.
This scenic Devon village is called an ‘perfect place’ to soak up the magic of the Jurassic Coast, as well as fishing ships bringing their haul into the pebbly beach in the cove harbour, it’s a wonderfully classic scene. You can enjoy tours of the magnificent cathedral-like caves in the chalk cliffs to either side and walk the Coast Trail to neighbouring genteel shore cities.
Clovelly is a gem of the North Devon cliffs renowned for its donkeys hauling sledges in the steep cobbled roads of 16th century cottages winding down into the little harbour looking over Bideford Bay. Countryfile urges a tipple at the pub in the Red Lion and surfing the interesting galleries and shops.
The Roseland Peninsula is among the most beautiful and unspoiled regions of Cornwall and also this fishing village would be the jewel in the crown. The cove beach sheltering between high cliffs once provided the perfect refuge for brandy smugglers, today little has changed except it is mostly lobsters and crab has been landed over the shingle.
Stay at Little Barn Cottage (sleeps 6) in nearby Treviskey hamlet and wander to the Ship Inn for a few good Cornish ale.
With a horseshoe of granite cottages clustered around the street, Mousehole is probably the most adorable Cornish fishing village of most, lovely all year round and particularly when the famous Christmas lights signify over the sea. Dylan Thomas described it as the loveliest village in England… and with each reason.
And a few of our unique favorites…
This Devon village on the banks of the River Teign isn’t quite as famous as nearby Lustleigh, but is a still a delightful place of older cottages and wonderful walks in silent woods full of daffodils, as much as the bar at Fingle Bridge if you’re feeling lively.
Stay at Lewishill Cottage (sleeps 4) that appears within the church and subtropical valley sides.
On Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, this large village, in which Jane Austen stayed, is elegant and full of interest. Its long beach is perfect for fossil hunting and has been nominated among Countryfile magazine’s top five UK beaches for 2017.
After a thriving hub of the wool business, much of Dunster is little changed since medieval times. The castle stands feudally on the hill over the village with its octagonal Yarn Market and sweet little tea rooms. Tempting chances for a spot of retail therapy give a satisfying modern twist.