Budlake Old Post Office Room
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Nostalgic village shop in a thatched period cottage
I visited Budlake as part of an excursion taking in Killerton House, Killerton Chapel, Markers Cottage, Broadclyst Mill, and the medieval church in Broadclyst village. Honestly, you could easily spend at least half a very enjoyable day visiting historic attractions within a mile or two of Killerton!
The Post Office itself is very small, but it is crammed to the rafters with the myriad of items that a traditional village shop would have stocked. Anyone older than 50 will get a bit misty-eyed when browsing the shelves, which are crammed with everything from Coronation memorabilia to 1950s magazines and canned food. It truly is a nostalgia treasure trove of village life.
In a clever touch, the old rotary phone plays recorded reminiscences of village life from members of the local community and Killerton estate workers if you dial different numbers.
The garden is just as interesting as the post office. Much of the garden was added by a later tenant, but it does help show what a common country garden would have, including not just lush green foliage and flowers, but more practical elements such as a small vegetable garden, chicken house, and pigsty. At the bottom of the garden is a wash house, which shows how our grandparents did their washing.
The Budlake Post Office does a good job of evoking a sense of nostalgia for what life was like in a country estate in Devon not so very long ago. Combine that with all the other attractions nearby and you have the basis for a really enjoyable outing.
A footpath leads from the post office to Killerton, following an old carriage drive.
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About Budlake Old Post Office Room
Address: Broadclyst, Devon, England, EX5 3LW
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Outside the entrance to the Killerton estate in Broadclyst.
Website: Budlake Old Post Office Room
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Killerton - 0.3 miles (Historic House)
Killerton Chapel - 0.4 miles (Historic Church)
Broadclyst, St John's Church - 1.5 miles (Historic Church)
Marker's Cottage - 1.6 miles (Historic Building)
Clyston Mill - 1.6 miles (Historic Building)
Upton Pyne, Church of Our Lady - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
Fursdon - 4.7 miles (Historic House)
Plymtree, St John the Baptist Church - 4.9 miles (Historic Church)
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