You may have seen our of Apple Tree Cottage on Facebook, a beautiful thatched cottage in need of some renovation. This afternoon we have an Open House at the property from 2-4pm and so we thought we would take the opportunity to tell you a bit more about the idyllic village of Cheriton Fitzpaine, where it is situated.
Cheriton Fitzpaine is around 4 miles from Crediton and boasts to have the oldest thatched Longhouse house in England! Once the old Primary School it dates back to 1642 and was one of the last thatched schools in England. Until 1875 it is believed to have been a church house, then the school board was formed and it became the local Primary School. The students are now housed in a 21st century, all mod cons building having moved there in 2010 and the house was sold.
The village is steeped in fascinating history and other buildings of interest include the almshouse dating back to 1594 and Upcott which is an old manor house where it is believed a mob directed by the Earl of Devon murdered lawyer Nicholas Radford during the War of the Roses – you can find out more about the history and intrigue of this building on wonderful wiki here
There is a thriving community in Cheriton Fitzpaine with plenty going on, take a look at the Parish Council website for the weekly diary which includes Yoga, Brownies, fish and chips, Zumba, toddler group, Bollywood dancing and much more!
Not far from the village is the local farm shop Thorne’s Farm Shop & Cafe which offers pick your own fruit and a café so well worth a visit. If something a bit stronger is more your thing there’s a choice of 2 pubs the Half Moon and the The Ring of Bells which won the Gastropub category at the 2018 Exeter Living Awards: “The Ring of Bells offers an authentic pub experience, whilst focusing on a delightfully progressive food and drink offering”.
As is the case with most villages around Crediton, if you take a stroll you’ll be able to admire magnificent scenery and be sure to look out for the local wildlife.
A village steeped in history and thatched roofs, it is well worth a visit and one for the shortlist if you are considering moving to the area.