Broadhembury is a village of thatched houses and cottages at the base of Hembury Fort Hill and is one of the most picturesque villages in East Devon.
Situated just off the A373 Cullompton – Honiton road and within the Blackdown Hills AONB, many of the houses and cottages are listed and of historical importance. Those owned by the Drewe Estate are painted cream, and they all nestle into the rich countryside. The main square boasts a thriving village post office, The Drewe Arms, Village primary school and a delightful 13C church.
This weekend villagers bravely opened their gardens to the public with lunches and Devon Cream teas being served in the Village Hall. Behind some cottages it is difficult to work out whose garden is whose, as there are no hedges, walls or fences; considered unnecessary as the whole row of cottages belong to the estate.
June is the prime time to visit a Devon cottage garden, even this year of strange weather. Peonies, poppies, roses, aquilegia are all in full bloom, vegetables are starting to line up tidily in rows across vegetable gardens, and shrubs provide shape and colour.
Self-catering available at near Broadhembury at www.devon-farm-holidays.co.uk and B&B available www.yellinghamfarm.co.uk