Charming hidden holiday gem on Plymouth's doorstep

The tiny village of Harford has a zero crime rate (file photo)
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The quaint village of Harford in Devon has been recognised as one of England's top unexpected holiday destinations. The accolade comes from a study conducted by Schofields Insurance, a holiday home insurance provider.

Schofields Insurance carried out research to identify the best locations in England for an unforgettable holiday cottage experience. The study took into account factors such as crime rates and tourist attraction scores.

The list compiled by Schofields not only highlights the most picturesque villages across England, but also those that are the safest and offer plenty of activities for families, couples, and solo travellers. To determine the top spots for holiday homes, Schofields Insurance surveyed 1,000 UK adults aged over 18.

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Schofields said: "Harford is a hamlet in South Devon that has been marked as the safest village in Devon with a zero crime rate."

"Located close to Ivybridge, where there are opportunities for fishing, kayaking and wild swimming, it makes a fantastic alternative to the typical seaside holiday resorts while still remaining a part of Dartmoor National Park, situated alongside the Ugborough Beacon with panoramic views of the moor."

"It is also excellently located for other tourist destinations including Dartmoor Zoo and the National Trust's Saltram, a Georgian mansion and garden."

The village, home to a mere 77 residents, is nestled next to Harford Moor, in the southernmost part of Dartmoor National Park. It spans approximately 500 hectares, stretching along the eastern bank of the River Erme.

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