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Guidebook for Broadhempston

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Guidebook for Broadhempston

Essentials
Open 7 till 10. Small co-op but good range of goods. 7 minute drive
Co-op Food - Ipplepen
Open 7 till 10. Small co-op but good range of goods. 7 minute drive
Brilliant local store with PO (open mornings), cafe, small library, off licence, newspapers as well as selling local and budget food requirements. 15 minutes walk from house. Open 8 - 6 Monday to Friday, 9-1 Saturday and Sunday 9-12 A 15 minute walk away.
Broadhempston Community Shop and Post Office
Brilliant local store with PO (open mornings), cafe, small library, off licence, newspapers as well as selling local and budget food requirements. 15 minutes walk from house. Open 8 - 6 Monday to Friday, 9-1 Saturday and Sunday 9-12 A 15 minute walk away.
12 minute drive to the large Morrisons in Totnes. Also has a pharmacy
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Morrisons
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12 minute drive to the large Morrisons in Totnes. Also has a pharmacy
6 minutes drive to Ben's Farm shop offering a wide range of organic vegetables, butchery, dairy, bread, deli counter, beer's, wines, local products and the unusual. Not cheap but great quality and wide range of goodies! Also a popular cafe.
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Ben's Farm Shop
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6 minutes drive to Ben's Farm shop offering a wide range of organic vegetables, butchery, dairy, bread, deli counter, beer's, wines, local products and the unusual. Not cheap but great quality and wide range of goodies! Also a popular cafe.
Food Scene
One of our two local pubs, 15 minute walk, in centre of village. Great food and local beers. The Sunday roast is very reasonable and the best around! They also do wonderful fish and chips on a Wednesday which you can also order for a take-away. Open lunchtimes and evenings.
Monks Retreat
One of our two local pubs, 15 minute walk, in centre of village. Great food and local beers. The Sunday roast is very reasonable and the best around! They also do wonderful fish and chips on a Wednesday which you can also order for a take-away. Open lunchtimes and evenings.
One of our two local pubs. Only open evenings and also Sunday lunchtime. Lovely old pub with old beams and roaring fires. Pretty garden too for a sunny evening. Known for their "two in one pies", half cauliflower cheese with either half steak and ale or many other meat alternatives, with a pastry topping - Yummy and very popular! Good election of beer and wine too. 15 minute walk
Coppa Dolla Inn
One of our two local pubs. Only open evenings and also Sunday lunchtime. Lovely old pub with old beams and roaring fires. Pretty garden too for a sunny evening. Known for their "two in one pies", half cauliflower cheese with either half steak and ale or many other meat alternatives, with a pastry topping - Yummy and very popular! Good election of beer and wine too. 15 minute walk
The Sea Trout is less than 5 minutes drive. A largish pub/inn run by friendly, efficient staff. Good food and drink. Large, courtyard garden out the back.
The Sea Trout Inn
The Sea Trout is less than 5 minutes drive. A largish pub/inn run by friendly, efficient staff. Good food and drink. Large, courtyard garden out the back.
Look on their website for all the details but this is a very different place to eat offering superb organically produced vegetables and meat, mainly from their own farm in a modern and local meat supplier, in a modern, stylish barn. You have a set menu and shared plates on tables of about 8. You can either chat to your neighbours or keep to yourselves, anything goes! You get a starter, main meal and pudding (£23.50 for lunch and £27.50 for dinner). Thoroughly recommend a visit but need to book! Open lunchtimes (can sit outside in good weather by their herb garden) and evenings, again set times and set menus. 12 minutes drive
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Riverford Field Kitchen - Organic Restaurant
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Look on their website for all the details but this is a very different place to eat offering superb organically produced vegetables and meat, mainly from their own farm in a modern and local meat supplier, in a modern, stylish barn. You have a set menu and shared plates on tables of about 8. You can either chat to your neighbours or keep to yourselves, anything goes! You get a starter, main meal and pudding (£23.50 for lunch and £27.50 for dinner). Thoroughly recommend a visit but need to book! Open lunchtimes (can sit outside in good weather by their herb garden) and evenings, again set times and set menus. 12 minutes drive
Tally Ho is Devon's first community run pub and is doing really well. Just 8 minutes drive approximately in the village of Littlehempston. Beautiful old pub and lovely atmosphere
Tally Ho
Tally Ho is Devon's first community run pub and is doing really well. Just 8 minutes drive approximately in the village of Littlehempston. Beautiful old pub and lovely atmosphere
An ancient 12th Century pub right next to Torbryan church. There is a lovely walk from the house to the pub over fields where you can have a meal or just a drink then walk back! Otherwise it is a 5 minute drive. There is also another beautiful loop walk around the area starting and finishing at the pub
Restaurant at The Old Church House Inn
An ancient 12th Century pub right next to Torbryan church. There is a lovely walk from the house to the pub over fields where you can have a meal or just a drink then walk back! Otherwise it is a 5 minute drive. There is also another beautiful loop walk around the area starting and finishing at the pub
Under the food section but also a great family run garden nursery with a lovely atmosphere and good range of plants. The cafe is open March to September and offers yummy lunches but the best reason for going is the cream teas and ginormous slices of cake! There is a conservatory area in the cafe but also a pretty garden to sit in. 10 minutes drive
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Hill House Nursery
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Under the food section but also a great family run garden nursery with a lovely atmosphere and good range of plants. The cafe is open March to September and offers yummy lunches but the best reason for going is the cream teas and ginormous slices of cake! There is a conservatory area in the cafe but also a pretty garden to sit in. 10 minutes drive
A beautiful old pub in the small village of Rattery, 15 minutes drive. The food is very good indeed and excellent service. Well worth a visit
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The Church House Inn
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A beautiful old pub in the small village of Rattery, 15 minutes drive. The food is very good indeed and excellent service. Well worth a visit
Recently renovated and re-styled. A great place to eat in a quiet little village. Food has always been really good and only 7 minutes drive. Nice decked terrace out the front with views over the countryside too which is particularly lovely on a warm evening or lunchtime.
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Live & Let Live Inn
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Recently renovated and re-styled. A great place to eat in a quiet little village. Food has always been really good and only 7 minutes drive. Nice decked terrace out the front with views over the countryside too which is particularly lovely on a warm evening or lunchtime.
Arts & Culture
Dartington Hall has a pub on site, The White Hart, which offers good food and an unusual bar as well as a lovely area to sit outside; free stunning gardens to walk around; the Barn Cinema is a wonderful small cinema showing a variety of films and National Theatre filmed productions (copy of their guide in the annex); and two other cafes. Dartington Hall is mainly known for its many cultural events and performances, particularly musical. The annual Ways with Words event is held in July. The estate is vast and that are walks down by the river. Deer are being reintroduced to the deer park as well. 10 minute drive
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Dartington Hall
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Dartington Hall has a pub on site, The White Hart, which offers good food and an unusual bar as well as a lovely area to sit outside; free stunning gardens to walk around; the Barn Cinema is a wonderful small cinema showing a variety of films and National Theatre filmed productions (copy of their guide in the annex); and two other cafes. Dartington Hall is mainly known for its many cultural events and performances, particularly musical. The annual Ways with Words event is held in July. The estate is vast and that are walks down by the river. Deer are being reintroduced to the deer park as well. 10 minute drive
A working Benedictine monastery in a beautiful setting. Regular services and open to the public (free entrance). Beautiful, tranquil interior and stunning contemporary stained glass windows. The gardens are very attractive and there is a lovely cafe/restaurant with raised terrace overlooking the gardens and Abbey. The shop sells books, Trappist beers and many gifts. 10 minute drive
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Buckfast Abbey
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A working Benedictine monastery in a beautiful setting. Regular services and open to the public (free entrance). Beautiful, tranquil interior and stunning contemporary stained glass windows. The gardens are very attractive and there is a lovely cafe/restaurant with raised terrace overlooking the gardens and Abbey. The shop sells books, Trappist beers and many gifts. 10 minute drive
Entertainment & Activities
Totnes is a must to visit! Right on the River Dart where boat trips begin down the Dart to Dartmouth (the Round Robin day trip involves boat to Dartmouth, steam train to Paignton and open top doubledecker bus to Totnes . It is a quirky, somewhat bohemian town with a steep high street, ancient buildings, a castle and over 40 cafes to choose from! You can buy your essentials from mainly independent shops, as well as gifts. There are various markets held in the square and buskers are often found entertaining the shoppers. Or you may prefer some holistic therapy, massage or yoga. There is a museum and the Timehouse Muzeum for something very different and fascinating to visit! It's all here.
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Totnes
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Totnes is a must to visit! Right on the River Dart where boat trips begin down the Dart to Dartmouth (the Round Robin day trip involves boat to Dartmouth, steam train to Paignton and open top doubledecker bus to Totnes . It is a quirky, somewhat bohemian town with a steep high street, ancient buildings, a castle and over 40 cafes to choose from! You can buy your essentials from mainly independent shops, as well as gifts. There are various markets held in the square and buskers are often found entertaining the shoppers. Or you may prefer some holistic therapy, massage or yoga. There is a museum and the Timehouse Muzeum for something very different and fascinating to visit! It's all here.
This is a gem of a small cinema just 10 minutes drive away. A wide variety of films to watch and some National Theatre filmed productions. There is a cafe attached but also a pub in the grounds, Also the White Hart pub if you fancy a meal or drink before or after! (Brochure showing latest listings in the annex)
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The Barn Cinema
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This is a gem of a small cinema just 10 minutes drive away. A wide variety of films to watch and some National Theatre filmed productions. There is a cafe attached but also a pub in the grounds, Also the White Hart pub if you fancy a meal or drink before or after! (Brochure showing latest listings in the annex)
Dartmouth does what is says on the tin, it is a town at the mouth of the beautiful River Dart overlooking Kingswear (where the steam train begins). A stunning location and the town clings to the steep valley. There are two car ferries and a passenger ferry crossing to Kingswear on the other side and offers opportunities for shopping, sight seeing, walking, eating and boat trips. The Royal Naval College is also situated here.
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Dartmouth
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Dartmouth does what is says on the tin, it is a town at the mouth of the beautiful River Dart overlooking Kingswear (where the steam train begins). A stunning location and the town clings to the steep valley. There are two car ferries and a passenger ferry crossing to Kingswear on the other side and offers opportunities for shopping, sight seeing, walking, eating and boat trips. The Royal Naval College is also situated here.
Although( a very pretty) 45 minute drive, Salcombe is worth a visit. It is a gorgeous coastal town set in the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary. A popular boating location which has some classy shops and restaurants. There is a passenger ferry that takes you across to the East Portlemouth beaches with glorious sand and stunning views.
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Salcombe
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Although( a very pretty) 45 minute drive, Salcombe is worth a visit. It is a gorgeous coastal town set in the mouth of the Kingsbridge Estuary. A popular boating location which has some classy shops and restaurants. There is a passenger ferry that takes you across to the East Portlemouth beaches with glorious sand and stunning views.
Torquay always seems to get the best of the weather, hence the area's name, the English Riviera! The town is hilly with lots of huge Victorian villas (many now hotels) and slopes down to the town, a number of beaches, a beautiful harbour and Living Coasts (a coastal zoo right on the shore in central Torquay) . There is a 30 minute passenger ferry ride from the pier to Brixham (fishing harbour) - return trip only £3! There are many other boat trips too. 30 minute drive
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Torquay
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Torquay always seems to get the best of the weather, hence the area's name, the English Riviera! The town is hilly with lots of huge Victorian villas (many now hotels) and slopes down to the town, a number of beaches, a beautiful harbour and Living Coasts (a coastal zoo right on the shore in central Torquay) . There is a 30 minute passenger ferry ride from the pier to Brixham (fishing harbour) - return trip only £3! There are many other boat trips too. 30 minute drive
Paignton Zoo has about 2000 animals over an 8 acre site with many creatures and activities for children, young and old!
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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
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Paignton Zoo has about 2000 animals over an 8 acre site with many creatures and activities for children, young and old!
You can pick up the steam train from the restored little station of Staverton and travel along beside the River Dart to Buckfastleigh and visit the Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, then return past Staverton and on to Totnes where you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm or the town itself, before hopping back on the train to return to Staverton. There are also some lovely walks starting at Staverton Railway Station too. 5 minutes drive
South Devon Railway - Staverton Station
You can pick up the steam train from the restored little station of Staverton and travel along beside the River Dart to Buckfastleigh and visit the Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, then return past Staverton and on to Totnes where you can visit the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm or the town itself, before hopping back on the train to return to Staverton. There are also some lovely walks starting at Staverton Railway Station too. 5 minutes drive
Broadhempston is nestled amongst the hills and narrow lanes (yes you have to get used to those!) in a beautiful rural area of Devon. It is a tranquil, friendly village. There are many walks around and from the village, the two pubs already mentioned and the fantastic community shop for all your daily needs. The new village hall also offers drop in yoga, pilates, core barre and various other activities (view their website). Tennis courts available too (book at Village shop). Ronni at Fresh Start Health and Beauty (07815 997540) offers massages and beauty treatments and is located right in the centre of the village (pre book by appointments only)
Broadhempston
Broadhempston is nestled amongst the hills and narrow lanes (yes you have to get used to those!) in a beautiful rural area of Devon. It is a tranquil, friendly village. There are many walks around and from the village, the two pubs already mentioned and the fantastic community shop for all your daily needs. The new village hall also offers drop in yoga, pilates, core barre and various other activities (view their website). Tennis courts available too (book at Village shop). Ronni at Fresh Start Health and Beauty (07815 997540) offers massages and beauty treatments and is located right in the centre of the village (pre book by appointments only)
Ashburton is an attractive town, once a stannary town on the edge of Dartmoor national park close to the A38. The town offers visitors opportunities for walking, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing and just mooching around! Among the shops are a number of antique and vintage shops, an excellent fish deli, and plenty of places to eat and drink. 18 minutes drive
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Ashburton
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Ashburton is an attractive town, once a stannary town on the edge of Dartmoor national park close to the A38. The town offers visitors opportunities for walking, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing and just mooching around! Among the shops are a number of antique and vintage shops, an excellent fish deli, and plenty of places to eat and drink. 18 minutes drive
Blackpool Sands is just one of the many glorious beaches in this area of south Devon. It is particularly pretty with a good cafe, Venus Cafe, on site and a life guard part of the year. It takes about 40 minutes to drive there but the route is beautiful and it is worth it!
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Blackpool Sands
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Blackpool Sands is just one of the many glorious beaches in this area of south Devon. It is particularly pretty with a good cafe, Venus Cafe, on site and a life guard part of the year. It takes about 40 minutes to drive there but the route is beautiful and it is worth it!
Great location offering beautiful beach at Thurlestone, gorgeous coastal path and great food from Gastrobus. About 45 minute drive through beautiful countryside.
Gastrobus
Great location offering beautiful beach at Thurlestone, gorgeous coastal path and great food from Gastrobus. About 45 minute drive through beautiful countryside.
Parks & Nature
Dartmoor is a wild, beautiful moor with plenty on offer to do! Walks, horse riding, cycling (including battery powered ones for the less fit like me!), scenery, pretty villages, pubs and breathing in the fresh air! There are leaflets in the annex of some of the activities possible. It takes 30 minutes drive to reach Haytor for instance but other places are within 20 minutes drive
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Dartmoor
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Dartmoor is a wild, beautiful moor with plenty on offer to do! Walks, horse riding, cycling (including battery powered ones for the less fit like me!), scenery, pretty villages, pubs and breathing in the fresh air! There are leaflets in the annex of some of the activities possible. It takes 30 minutes drive to reach Haytor for instance but other places are within 20 minutes drive
The south west coast path stretches all along the coast line and can be picked up almost anywhere. It is possible to walk for days or just a couple of hours enjoying the stunning Devon coastline and sea air and there are always cafes, pubs along the way for refreshment stops!
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South West Coast Path
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The south west coast path stretches all along the coast line and can be picked up almost anywhere. It is possible to walk for days or just a couple of hours enjoying the stunning Devon coastline and sea air and there are always cafes, pubs along the way for refreshment stops!
Great for walks along the estuary, a good pub right on the water (Maltsters Arms) but also one of the places to go kayaking. Canoe Adventures can take groups of approximately 10 in canoes/kayaks up the river for a trip and/or picnic or you can hire individual kayaks for your own trip. 30 minute drive
Tuckenhay
Great for walks along the estuary, a good pub right on the water (Maltsters Arms) but also one of the places to go kayaking. Canoe Adventures can take groups of approximately 10 in canoes/kayaks up the river for a trip and/or picnic or you can hire individual kayaks for your own trip. 30 minute drive
Shopping
A unique collection of shops on a pretty site selling local foods, beautiful crafts, kitchenware, toys, cards, gifts, glassware, fires, local beers and ciders as well as offering two cafes (one vegetarian). 10 minute drive
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The Shops at Dartington
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A unique collection of shops on a pretty site selling local foods, beautiful crafts, kitchenware, toys, cards, gifts, glassware, fires, local beers and ciders as well as offering two cafes (one vegetarian). 10 minute drive
Getting Around
You can reach Newton Abbot direct from London Paddington station in around 2 and a half to 3 hours. Like the Totnes train, its route has one of the most spectacular train routes you can travel on in the UK, running close beside the rivers and sea as it leaves Exeter towards Newton Abbot. It is also worth taking the slow train for a day trip from Newton Abbot all the way around to Exmouth following the rivers and sea most of the way. There are also coaches that terminate here.
Newton Abbot Train Station
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You can reach Newton Abbot direct from London Paddington station in around 2 and a half to 3 hours. Like the Totnes train, its route has one of the most spectacular train routes you can travel on in the UK, running close beside the rivers and sea as it leaves Exeter towards Newton Abbot. It is also worth taking the slow train for a day trip from Newton Abbot all the way around to Exmouth following the rivers and sea most of the way. There are also coaches that terminate here.
Airport is 45 minutes drive away. Wonderful small airport that is quick to get through! Flights to London City Airport as well as various cities in the UK and abroad. Car rental available at the airport.
Exeter Airport
Airport is 45 minutes drive away. Wonderful small airport that is quick to get through! Flights to London City Airport as well as various cities in the UK and abroad. Car rental available at the airport.
Totnes station has trains from London stopping here on their way to Penzance in Cornwall (need to change at Exeter so a slightly slower route than travelling to and from Newton Abbot). Like the Newton Abbot train, its route has one of the most spectacular train routes you can travel on in the UK, running close beside the rivers and sea as it leaves Exeter towards Newton Abbot.
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Railway Station
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Totnes station has trains from London stopping here on their way to Penzance in Cornwall (need to change at Exeter so a slightly slower route than travelling to and from Newton Abbot). Like the Newton Abbot train, its route has one of the most spectacular train routes you can travel on in the UK, running close beside the rivers and sea as it leaves Exeter towards Newton Abbot.