Bertie and Bryony are such obvious people lovers you’ll feel warmly welcomed even before you taste the homemade cake on arrival. They’re also huge foodies, rear their own pigs and chickens and source fruit and veg from their kitchen garden and orchard. Breakfasts include as much of this as possible and just-baked bread.
Wander the 700 acres of woodland freely, take a tour of the abbey (Sir Francis Drake’s old home), gather ideas in the well-thought-out kitchen, Elizabethan or wild gardens, drop in to the National Trust restaurant for a light lunch or a cream tea.
You’re near to the coastal path for challenging walks, superb beaches for picnics or boating and wild, moody Dartmoor is close. There are two good pubs within walking distance or, probably better at night, a short drive.