Lympstone is a special place to live

PUBLISHED: 09:03 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:03 05 March 2015

Lympstone harbour looking onto the River Exe. By James Clews.

Lympstone harbour looking onto the River Exe. By James Clews.


People who live in Lympstone have always known they live in a prime location - and now a Sunday Times list has confirmed it.

The picturesque village has been named as one of the top 50 countryside places to live in the UK.

Low crime rates, commuting time and the village’s community spirit have earned Lympstone a place in the survey.

Amy Craven, landlady of the village’s Swan Inn, is convinced Lympstone’s size makes it a jewel in Devon’s crown. She said: “I love Lympstone. It is a little hidden gem.”

A district councillor for Lympstone and Woodbury, Ben Ingham said: “It’s got such a strong community spirit.”

Richard Eastley, chairman of the parish council, said: “It has a unique position on the estuary. One could say there has been a lot of input into the village by the local people.”

Lympstone, famous for its old clock tower, has a population of around 2,000. It has a church, post office, shop, pre-school and primary school. There are more than 70 listed buildings.

Michael Caines, of the two-Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park, plans to open a hotel in the village.

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