Set high on a ridge between Dartmoor and Exmoor, which is bordered by the River Taw and River Mole, is Chittlehamholt, a quiet and very pretty North Devon village with beautiful countryside views and ideally located for exploring the best of the South West.
Today, the village has everything you will need, including an excellent pub, village hall, playing field and church. There is even a village shop selling essentials like milk, butter, bread, pasties, meat and eggs.
Originally a clearing in the wood, the village started life as a logging station, where locals from Chittlehampton could come and cut timber. Throughout the Middle Ages the hamlet was part of the park and belonged to the Earl of Devon, until Henry 8th’s rule when it became a part of Chittlehampton. Things were altered again in 1885, when the village was finally recognised on its own as Chittlehamholt.
Set on the original Barnstaple to Exeter road is the beautiful 16th century coaching house, The Exeter Inn, which serves excellent food all year round. The pub guarantees its guests a warm welcome and has been run by the same family for the past two generations.
Walkers staying on the Highbullen Estate will not be disappointed with the abundance of local footpaths and nature trails that meander through woodlands and across open countryside. Easily accessed via the cottages the walks vary in length and there is something to suit all ages and ability.
Six miles from the village is South Molton, the gateway to Exmoor and a lively market town. There are plenty of attractions in the town to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Quince Honey Farm has the largest collection of honey bees in the world and is located on the edge of the town; it is both an entertaining and educational attraction, and provides the opportunity for buying a few souvenirs. Anyone with a sweet tooth will adore the Chocolate Factory where a good variety of chocolates is on offer. There is also a swimming pool and a rock climbing centre in the town, as well as a supermarket and a large range of shops and cafés.
Whether you are looking for pretty harbour villages or miles of uninterrupted beaches with golden sand and sparkling blue ocean, North Devon's coastline has it all. Families, sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts are encouraged to head to the beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, where they can try their hand at surfing, body-boarding or sandcastle building. Long afternoons can also be spent soaking up the sun or enjoying a picnic in amongst the dunes. Quieter days exploring the coastline can be enjoyed in the villages of Clovelly and Appledore, where whitewashed cottages and friendly locals are aplenty, as are excellent restaurants and cafés serving everything from locally caught fish to traditional cream teas.
North Devon's largest town, Barnstaple, is around a 10 mile drive from Highbullen and has lots of attractions, shops and restaurants. The town's historic Pannier Market offers everything from local produce to antiques and crafts and is built alongside Butcher's Row, where to this day there are still independent butchers, florists, bakers and fishmongers. Barnstaple is also home to the Queen's Theatre that attracts a variety of both local and national shows, a multi-screen cinema and a leisure centre.
Less than an hour away from the cottage is Dartmoor and the lovely market town of Okehampton which has a wonderful 15th century chapel and medieval castle, which was built in 1068 by the Norman Sherriff of Devon, Baldwin Fitzgilbert. Today, the castle's ruins are looked after by English Heritage and are open during the summer months for guests to roam and experience a trip back through time. The town is also home to the Dartmoor Museum of Life.