A visit to the village of Clovelly in North Devon is like stepping back in time, with a steep and narrow cobbled high street flanked by 16th-century whitewashed houses adorned with colourful blooms. As you wander down the high street towards Bideford Bay, the views are magnificent and it’s little wonder many artists, including JMW Turner, sought inspiration here. Clovelly is unusual in that it’s been privately owned by just three families for nearly 800 years. Conservation has remained a high priority and traffic is banned on the high street, so park at the top and walk down. At one time, donkeys were deployed to transport deliveries but they’ve since been retired and sledges are now used instead.