Devon

My relaxing stay at Wildflower Cottage

Leaving work on Friday evening and fighting through the rush-hour traffic, the only thing keeping me going was knowing I was escaping to the Devonian countryside. In dire need of relaxation, my partner and I left our little home in Penryn, Cornwall and made the trip up to Wildflower Cottage.

Wildflower cottage is nestled in the quaint and picturesque village of Broadhempston, an area admittedly I have never been to before but was eager to explore. We ventured down some narrow and beautiful roads to get to the village. The whole area felt rural; a true escape back to nature.

Driving through the village we spotted the sign to Manor Farm, where Wildflower Cottage resides. Pulling up into the gravelled courtyard, we were greeted by a cluster of beautiful stone terraced cottages. I recognised Wildflower Cottage straight away; next to a blooming flower bed with its lovely stone stair case littered with pots of colourful, spring flowers.

This was my first ever visit to the cottage, and I was greeted by smiley owners Charlotte and David, and their friendly dog, Chilli. We walked up the outdoor stone steps, and the lovely owners let me through the barn doors to the cottage. I was welcomed by a warm, cosy open-living area, decorated with paintings, spring colours and soft furnishings; the smell of fresh flowers lingering pleasantly in the air.

After a short explanation of the ins and outs of the property, Charlotte and David left us to unpack and unwind. Collapsing onto the soft sofa, I let out a deep sigh – relaxation begins!

On the kitchen table we were left a generous welcome hamper of free-range eggs, bread, biscuits and fresh fruit. My significant other, always desperate for a cup of tea, quickly discovered milk, apple juice, sparkling water and a bottle of wine in the fridge. I could not have been happier knowing that breakfast was covered for tomorrow and I didn’t have to rush off to the shop. It meant I could truly put my feet up and begin the unwind.

This lovely retreat is a quirky upside-down house, where the living area is upstairs and the bedroom downstairs. Descending the wooden stairs, I caught my first glimpses of the bedroom; a large, airy space with a luxuriously soft king bed and a boutique, roll-top, free-standing bath – I couldn’t wait to have a soak in the evening! Fresh flowers were dotted around the bedroom, just like the living area upstairs – it was such a lovely and thoughtful touch.

Recommended by the owners, I had booked a table at the popular local pub: The Coppa Dolla Inn. After a hot cup of tea and heavenly nap on the large, comfortable bed, we got ready and strolled down to the inn – less than a five-minute walk away. We tried their famous 2-in-1 pies and sat by the open fire. Though the Inn was completely filled, the atmosphere was wonderfully calm and cheerful – ideal for relaxing after a long day at work with the local community.

Walking back through the village, it was utterly still and peaceful. Listening to the local livestock and the humming of crickets, I was reminded of how much I love the countryside and so we bathed in its beauty.

Back at the charming cottage, I filled the grand bath with hot water and bubbles, poured myself a glass of wine and slipped into pure relaxation – we both hadn’t had much time to unwind recently and this is exactly what the doctor ordered.

The next day, we tucked into the welcome hamper and had a delicious breakfast, made in the clever appointed kitchen with the fresh produce provided. We were also left a little gift from Charlotte & David – some fresh rocket, herbs and a few bottles of their home-made cider, straight from the orchard!

As the weather wasn’t on our side, we ventured to the pretty market town of Totnes – only a 15-minute drive away from Broadhempston. Totnes boasts some quirky and interesting shops; we were especially impressed with the various art galleries, the stunning church and, of course, the local tea houses!

As the weather didn’t clear up we decided to head back to the cottage and cuddle up on the sofa with a cosy blanket and a hot cup of tea. Wildflower cottage boasts a wide breath of films and books, plus use of a radio. We decided to spend the afternoon reading together, with music quietly playing in the background, sinking into the sofa and its squishy scatter cushions.

In the evening, we headed back to Totnes to an exquisite Italian restaurant called The Curator. Situated above its vintage store and tea shop, is its bustling restaurant. Small and intimate, one can order 'The Italian Experience' and enjoy five courses of pure genuine Italian dishes.

Being too full to even sleep, we decided to light the log-burner and try the cider left for us. The fire made the already cosy cottage even more relaxing and inviting. Making the most out of the open-living area, we went back and forward to the kitchen, helping ourselves to snacks and drinks without leaving the comfort of the warm fire. We sat drinking into late hours of the night, talking and laughing by the flames before eventually crawling to bed and sinking into the mattress; falling asleep in seconds. 

On the day of our departure, I enjoyed the large and luxurious shower, before packing up my bags and taking in the lovely cottage one last time. Though saddened to leave, I felt wonderfully refreshed and invigorated after having had the chance to unwind and relax. We set off in the morning, so we could make the most of Dartmoor on the way home. With the stunning views in our vision and wonderful memories made at Wildflower Cottage in our mind, we made our way back home to Cornwall, daydreaming about our next adventure away.


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