Stratton was an ancient market town and the seat of justice for a wide area, famous for its real-life giant, Civil War battle, garlic and tanneries.
Anthony Payne was resident at the Manor House, which later became the Tree Inn. Anthony took part in the Battle of Stamford Hill, and legend suggests he was so large, that upon his death, a hole was made in the ceiling to get him out.
Garlic grew wild, and the belief that it could cure animal diseases resulted in its considerable cultivation. Even today, the scent of garlic is unmissable when strolling along the many footpaths.
There are some great books written about Stratton, many of them are available from the Tourist Information Centre. You really should explore the village with a copy of the Stratton Trail, and explore the old Bude Canal route with the Planekeepers and Aqueduct Trail.
Today, Stratton is quite little place. You must remember that Stratton developed in the horse and cart era, and therefore roads are narrow. Many holiday cottages have parking, but some don’t. There is a free public car park by the Kings Arms. Recent years have seen a surge of housing development, but this does not detract from the olde-world feel. In fact, the developments allow for a mix of old and new accommodation to suite all tastes.
There is a doctor surgery, minor injury unit and cottage hospital, along with a small village store and two pubs (the Tree Inn and the Kings Arms). The Parish Church of St. Andrew dominates the village.
Due to the age of the town, there are some beautiful places to stay, many of which are steeped in history and local legend.
Stratton is less than two miles from Bude, and it’s a fairly easy 30 minute walk. You can walk along quiet footpaths or the road. It’s only a five minute drive however, and there are fairly regular buses.
Where to stay…
The luxurious and contemporary Oak Lodge B&B sit on the edge of the town and the historic Little Sanctuary Cottage offers self-catering. The luxurious cottages at Broomhill Manor, with its own riding stables are a very short distance from the centre of Stratton.