We are so very lucky to live in the beautiful corner of the country that is Devon. With great beaches, vast expanses of unspoilt moorland and swathes of countryside to enjoy, a visit to Devon can feel like being transported back to a simpler ( and much prettier) time. Many of our villages have inspired the postcards of the past, long before holiday destinations were ever made of the Costas of Spain, let alone temples in Thailand! Obviously as times have changed, so too have our big cities; with wifi and big coffee chains the order of the day, surrounded by wastes of grey concrete, the only splashes of colour the various vehicles stuck in the gridlock. However, many of our villages have escaped this fate, keeping themselves to themselves as an oasis of green in the dull grey marl and dirt. An area where countryside values and chatting with your neighbours at the local pub is paramount, and the faceless corporations of the big smoke are miles away.
Even if this lifestyle isn't for you, do not underestimate the power of a retreat to one of these stunning havens. If you need to get away from it all, then look no further than our round up of the top 10 postcard villages of Devon!
The village that plays host to The Arundell Arms
was always going to win it for us! Very close to the border with Cornwall and nestled in the hills of Dartmoor, Lifton has spectacular views paired with old cottages. Wildlife roams in the quiet habitat for deer
, rabbits and even fish
in the confluence of the rivers Wolf and Lyd.
Hiding in plain sight is the village of Clovelly in North Devon, with its main visitor attraction its very steep, cobbled main street leading down to the waters of the Bristol Channel. The old fishing village is bordered on the remaining sides by woodland which is home to various wildlife and allows for beautiful greens to complement the blues of the lapping waters.
A truly olde worlde experience, the village of Cockington is, unbelievably, only half a mile from Torquay, but the whole place is stacked with character from a bygone age. With an 11th century church, old thatched cottages, cricket grounds and a water mill within the community.
Surrounded by hills on all sides, you could be forgiven for thinking that the village of Broadhembury was completely cut off from the modern world! Indeed, it has changed little in outward appearance in the last century, with thatched and cob cottages from the 16th century still standing and being cared for within the community.
Within the South Hams is the little village of Dittisham. With a prime location on the banks of the river Dart and only a couple of miles from Dartmouth, a ferry service to Greenway estate operates to allow access to the former home of Agatha Christie. Lush, thick greenery surrounds the area, and the village claims its very own variety of plum!
In wrey valley, the little village of Lustleigh can be found. Situated on the edge of the moor, and clustered around the St John the Baptist church at it's core, Lustleigh is extremely old, playing host to Datuidoc's Stone and stone hut circles since around 600 AD.
Home to one of the most famous pubs in Devon, and one of the best beaches, the village of Bantham is sometimes overlooked. Within the picturesque South Hams and offering unparalleled views of Burgh Island from its sand dunes, Bantham has it all.
8. North Bovey
Tucked in to the South East of Dartmoor is the parish of North Bovey. A little over 11 miles from Exeter, this village has a granite church at its centre and a Bovey Castle at the outskirts!
Across the estuary from Teignmouth is the village of Shaldon. With Teignmouth taking the limelight, Shalden has been able to remain characterful and beautiful, with an enviable waterfront and Georgian architecture.
On top of having a truly excellent name, the village of Beer can be found on the world-famous Jurassic Coast, and is sheltered by the rugged Beer Head. Beer grew around smugglers coves that were used to shelter contraband goods, and many of the buildings are faced with natural flint found within the cliffs and caves.
We hope we have inspired you to get away from the modern world of beeps and buzzes, and visit the quiet and wonderfully picturesque areas of Devon that can still be found, often shockingly close to contemporary hubs! Which postcard village in Devon would you like to visit? Did we miss your favourite? Let us know by leaving us a comment below or catching us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest!