I arrived in Teffont, a quaint little village nestled in the beautiful Nadder Valley in Wiltshire. As I drove through slowly, I knew I would have to take some photos before the sun set on this very pretty place.
It was as if the village had been trapped in a past era – a little capsule of a previous age – where the pace of life seemed slower and I was suddenly aware that the sound of cars had been replaced by the burbling of the spring-fed stream that flowed adjacent to the road. On the other side of Teffont Brook – known affectionately as The Teff – was a lengthy hedge that had been carved into various ‘lumps’. (In my imagination, reminiscent of a sinuous green sea monster reflected in the water…)
I followed the fabulous ‘humpy hedge’ until I reached St Michael and All Angels Church, Teffont Evias. Some of the buildings in this village date back to the Fifteenth Century; and Sir Walter Raleigh actually mentioned the church of ‘Tevont Evias’ in his work entitled Discoverie of Guiana published in 1596.
Beneath one of the little bridges that crossed the brook I noticed the silhouettes of a mother duck with her duckling…
…and then a little further on I spotted the rest of her brood taking shelter in the weeds.
I headed back to the guest house – noticing little details on the way – like this wonderful house sign in an old apple tree (spot the mouse anyone?!)
My room was up in the rafters and I could hear the gentle cooing of collar doves outside on the telephone poles.
As I ate my dinner overlooking the cows grazing in distant fields, I felt very grateful that Britain still has so many wonderful towns and villages that proudly retain their traditional identity and charm.
I would thoroughly recommend Teffont as a lovely place to unwind – a place of tranquillity for travellers and for those who just need to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living for a while.