Though less than a mile as the crow flies from the day and night roar of the traffic leaving the end of the M5 and continuing on the A38 and A380 Plymouth and Torquay roads, Lower Thornton Farm nestles just north of Mamhead, the highest point of the rolling Haldon Hills, in almost complete silence. After negotiating the two or three miles of very narrow Devon lanes twisting and turning at least half a dozen times in their deep red rock and soil 'canyons' you are looking down on the Farm in its wonderful setting surrounded by sloping grass fields. As a disabled driver I was very grateful to be welcoming in the small car park by Charles, Alison's son, who had seen me arriving, and who carried my bag for me to a ground floor room just a few yards away. The bed and breakfast accommodation is a new building on an old farm site which has been designed very sympathetically, and built and fitted out to the highest standards. My room was excellent, well equipped and - of course - absolutely spotless. Charles offered me tea and biscuits in the spacious and attractive residents' lounge - very welcome indeed after driving for over four hours with only a short break in a typically bare and functional motorway services. Alison soon arrived and introduced herself and she and Charles made me feel very welcome. I was out all evening at a function in Exeter, but greatly enjoyed the really first class breakfast, individually cooked to order from a very wide-ranging menu of local fresh produce. It was great to then have an hour and a half before I had to leave to enjoy the views and wildlife outside, remembering with affection the time what I used to run outdoor natural history classes in this small but very distinctive area of Devon more than forty years ago....
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