Blackawton among the ’50 Finest Rural Communities’

Yesterday’s Sunday Times announced ‘The Top 50 Finest Rural Communities’ and Blackawton, a small village tucked away down tiny lanes a couple of miles from Toad Hall Cottages HQ in Kingsbridge, was one of only two mentioned in Devon.

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Solstice is a firm favourite with our guests and sits in the heart of Blackawton

The article talks about Blackawton’s great pub, classy restaurant, pretty church and spectacular views of the South Hams countryside and we couldn’t agree more. If you’re there on the first Sunday in May you can also witness one of the country’s weirdest events The International Wormcharming Championships – a family friendly mix of village fete, fancy dress competition and well, charming worms out of the ground in any way you can. Digging is strictly forbidden, wormcharming potions have to be drunk by competitors first to test for poison, witchcraft, praying, dancing are all accepted practice and it gets fiercely competitive!

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The decking at Sunnyhill overlooking the picturesque Blackawton countryside

We’re lucky enough to have several properties in Blackawton; Sunnyhill a recently refurbished, light and airy cottage with superb views (Sleeps 10), Solstice an attractive stone cottage dating back to the 1800’s (Sleeps 4), and on a farm just  out of the village Higher Cotterbury Cottage another traditional stone cottage with pretty garden sleeping 4.

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Eco-friendly Higher Cotterbury Cottage is just outside of the village

As well as it’s weird and wonderful goings on, Blackawton is well placed just down the road from the pretty port of Dartmouth and a five minute drive from the beaches of Blackpool Sands and Slapton Sands.