Set in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and on the banks of the River Otter, Honiton is an historic town made for a happy afternoon’s exploring. Lace from here adorned  Queen Victoria’s wedding dress and examples can be seen in the delightful Allhallows Museum. Clamber up to enjoy the view from Honiton Hill, which was described by Daniel Defoe in 1724 as  “the most beautiful landscape in the world.” 23churchhillexterior25-04-1723_SMART.jpg

A day at the beach is within easy reach, seek out the Jurassic coast and enjoy fish and chips and  a wander around the seaside towns of Lyme Regis, Sidmouth or Beer.

The infinitely stylish Deer Park Country House Hotel is also very close, set in 80 acres of unspoilt countryside, this Georgian country house serves the finest lunches and afternoon teas.