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September 2019 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
When visiting the gorgeous county of Devon, it is hard as a true pet lover to leave your best pals behind. So if your bringing your fabulous fury friend along this summer, be sure to check out the best dog walks in Devon.   Here are The Best Dog Walks in Devon!   Parke - National Trust Located near to the old market town of Bovey Tracey (a miles walk). There’s a real treat for all visitors of Parke. Both yourself and man’s best friend are guaranteed to absolutely love the rural grounds. You can take a short stroll around the garden for the little or older dogs, or a longer more adventurous walk through the woods and along the meandering river.   With much more than just a walk available, this beautiful estate was once the home of a wealthy local family – now open for the public to enjoy, you can explore:   Vegetable and fruit gardens an orchard, fish pond Wildflowers and cattle A café onsite serving delicious food both inside and outside     Dartmoor It is as though Dartmoor was created to be a doggy heaven, with open wide spaces for running free and crystal clear steams and rivers for cooling off their paws. Dartmoor is home to so many beautiful walks, each one taking your breath away with it’s rugged natural beauty. Dartmoor has miles of well-worn paths to follow and enjoy as well as the option for miles of remote wilderness.   The South West Coast Path For many, a beautiful coastal walk is the ‘go to’ when having a doggy day out, and in South Devon we really are spoilt for choice. Enjoy beach side walks and spotting trains with the Starcross to Teignmouth walk, or dip in and out of beautiful coves with the Babbacombe to Exmouth route. When choosing your dog walk, be sure to check out reviews and suggestions for abilities, terrain and distance – but with such a big and brilliant stretch of coastline, there really is something for everyone.   Dawlish Warren What dog does not love bounding between sand dunes and hid...

June 2019 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
Your planning your summer trip down to the beautiful coast and you want to make sure that your stay is going to be an unforgettable beachside experience. So, we have put together 10 of the best beaches in South Devon for you to get your toes on this summer.   Bantham Beach Situated along the South Devon coast at the mouth of the meandering Avon River, is the admired Bantham Beach. The combination of sheltering dunes, sandy stretches and not to forget that surf break make Bantham Beach a must visit spot when visiting the best beaches in South Devon.    Hopes Cove If exploring the beaches in South Devon is high on your agenda this summer then Hopes Cove must be added to the agenda. It is made up of two beautiful sandy beaches, located near Salcombe in South Devon. To the North you will find Mouthwell Sands, and to the South the Harbour beach. Easy to access and with lifeguards present during the summer months Hopes Cove beaches are great for a sunny family day out. Once you have had enough of building sandcastles and bathing in the sea, you can easily make the short journey to the village for an ice-cream and refuel.   Shaldon Beach Positioned on the Teign Estuary, Shaldon beach boasts both river and sea views. Enjoy watching the numerous water activities take place up and down the river and hum along to the local bands singing their hearts out in the riverside beer gardens. With ample options for local grub and a proper Devonshire cream tea, this is what Beaches in South Devon are all about.   Blackpool Sands If this is your first experience of the South Hams, then Blackpool sands is a must visit beach. With a fabulous pebbled beach and stunning countryside surrounding you, you really won’t want to be anywhere else. If you or the kids love a dip in the ocean, Blackpool Sands has a pontoon for swimmers to splash out to and enjoy jumping off.     Babbacombe Beach Home to local mascot Sammy the seal, Babbacombe Beach is a picturesque...

February 2019 4 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
But if you want something different, why dont you try A murder mystery trail.  Download at a reasonable cost from treasuretrails.co.uk, follow the clues, solve the mystery, it a fun activity for all ages, with a walk included. For adults and children alike, the treasure map,  is a who done it which takes you on an easy route in the Park, solving the clues. Really good fun. Its a circular walk, only about one and half miles. ...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
The Drum Inn and various cafes.  ...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
There are lovely walks, craft studios, a tea room with outside sitting space. Cockington village dates from Saxon times, its narrow streets are Lined with thatched cottages. It has a forge, a beautiful church. ...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
You are able to get the 22 bus from Shaldon, which is a pleasant trip along the coast to the stop at the Livermead Hotel alight, On foot Cockington Court is just a one mile walk from Torquay sea front. There is a walking route signposted from the seafront starting at Cockington Lane, just before the Livermead Hotel. The route takes you through the water meadows on a boardwalk. Wheelchair and pushchair friendly.  You can of course travel by car as there is parking.                ...

July 2018 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
Guy's Tiki Bar arrived in Shaldon over the weekend. Opening hours to be confirmed....

May 2018 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
Dog Friendly - Why Shaldon And Devon Are The Perfect Destination For You And Your Pooch   If you are planning a holiday to the coast this spring or summer and cannot bare to leave your pups at home- Then do not fear! The picturesque village of Shaldon and the county of Devon is the idyllic location for coastal dog walks, exploring beautiful countryside, eating at outstanding eateries and much much more.  Dog Friendly Properties Here at Cottages South West we offer a wide range of dog friendly properties to accommodate everyone, from large 5-bedroom home from homes with views over the estuary, to small apartments right by the beach.  Below is a picture of the lovely Amber snoozing whilst on her holidays at Topcliff Cottage. Beautiful Beaches The Ness Cove Beach - Shaldon Just a few minutes’ stroll for the main village of Shaldon, you will find the Ness Cove Beach accessible via the old smugglers tunnel. This beach is a well-kept secret due to its location, meaning it is often quiet and peaceful. With views up the coast, this beach is the ideal spot for a lovely dog walk, picnic and touch or relaxation.  Dog friendly all year round with toilets, a café and gift shop nearby. Putsborough Beach – Near Croyde This stunning beach is located in North Devon, around an hour’s journey from Shaldon but well worth the day trip. In the summer months this beach is bustling with beach goers, local surfers and a great place to get you and your dog’s toes in the sand. During high season half of the beach is kept dog friendly meaning you will have lots of space to mooch up the beach. It has parking close by and a number of dog friendly and outside cafes. Dog Groomers In the village of Shaldon we are lucky enough to have our own personal puppy day spa. ‘Sticky Paws’ is a fabulous dog groomers right in the centre of the village and is well trusted by locals and returning visitors alike. So after all that fun on the beach, Sticky Paws Dog Groomers may...

March 2018 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
A day of stand up paddle board rental with Teignmouth’s SeaSport Centre   If you are one for giving things a go, and love the outdoor lifestyle then renting a stand up paddleboard front SeaSports has got to be on your list of things to do whilst down here in Devon. For myself this sounded fantastic, but I can promise even for the less active it is a really enjoyable and relaxing sport. So my adventure kicked off late morning (yes let’s not get carried away, I’m on holiday and needed a lie in). With super friendly and enthusiastic staff talking my partner and I through all important safety bits and kitting us with wetsuits and buoyancy aids so we were nice and warm and also very afloat. The centre is right on Teignmouth’s Back Beach so we were all set and ready to give this our best shot. The blue skies really added to the initial experience, with views from the Estuary down the sparkly Teign River all the way to the Moors. We started on our knees as the instructor gave us a gentle encouraging push. Luckily the conditions were sheltered, making the water calm and reasonably easy to paddle on. So dodging through moored boats and sea kayakers and now up on our feet, we were off! To put it briefly, it seemed, to successfully paddle board you need to just keep paddling and not fall off. We paddled up the river and towards Shaldon Bridge, taking in the beautiful scenery and soaking up the winter sunshine. Throughout our time on the water, the young gentleman on the safety boat checked in with us, making sure we were happy and giving us a few basic but extremely helpful paddling tips.   I know you’re wondering/ hoping… Yes I did fall in! Luckily right at the end and yes it was absolutely freezing. To make myself feel better, I also pulled in my partner, whilst he was kindly trying to help me back onto my board. This seemed like a sign, so we eventually decided it was time to head back towards the beach, we were helped in with the boards and got to warm...

February 2018 2 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
A long weekend of walks, waves and wine Our break away at Golden Dawn in Stokeinteignhead,Devon   Our two musts when booking any time away, is one, its suitable for our three children and two that ‘Rusty’ our ridgeback can come with us. We wanted to find a location close to the coast but still within the countryside, Golden Dawn ticked all the boxes.   The Village Living and working in Birmingham, we agreed that this February we would take a short vacation to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle. Stockeinteignhead is located south of the Teign Estuary. Nestled in grassy valleys but less than a mile or so from the coast, the village is a quaint, beautiful and a calm place; It has picturesque winding country roads and thatched cottages. There is a pub, local shop and church.   Golden Dawn   The property was everything we had imagined, beautiful country kitchen with aga and roaring fire in the lounge and dining room, it made a perfect family home from home. With four bedrooms( 3 en-suite) we all had plenty of room for our own space and privacy, but the lovely cosy lounge and spacious kitchen meant we had ample social  space too.   The Sounding Area Just a few minutes’ drive from the property we enjoyed some of Devon’s most beautiful spots with  walks for Rusty along the coastal path, exploring seaside villages and plenty of toasty pubs and restaurants. Devon and the South West really do offer some of the best eateries and wine bars around.   If you’re after a stay that’s going to give you full bellies, idyllic scenery, a seaside experience and a comfortable bed after a long days exploring then Golden Dawn Stokeinteignhead is a property well worth a stay. I can confidently say, we will be back! http://bit.ly/2BQyBeo...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
A NIGHT AT A SHALDON BEACH HUT.  The perfect place for your seaside break. I visited Beach Hut No1 for the first time early January and knew then, that it was going to be a personal battle to leave again. My wife and I had both been to Shaldon in Devon as children and were excited to return. Shaldon is the perfect location to really ‘get away’, tranquil and stunningly beautiful the small coastal village lived up to our fond memories. With weather as expected in January the Beach Hut No1 is still an ideal place to stay to just unwind in luxury, with estuary and beach views from the toasty confines of your hut. Our first morning in Shaldon consisted of waking up to chatter of birds and whistle of sails. With coffee cups in hand, we walked across our terrace and straight onto the beach, the views of the seascapes, countryside and bobbing boats really are quite outstanding. We chatted with a few local residents out walking their dogs who gave us a few pointers on the best eateries and places for a good local ale. We enjoyed the gentle social buzz of this beautiful village even at this quiet time of year. We could not have been more pleased with our holiday home for our stay. The whole interior of the Beach Hut was perfectly presented. With an elegant and modern kitchen which had everything you could need! The sleeping area was equally as brilliant with a mezzanine comfy, white linen bed. The glass front wall allows you to admire the view from both your bed and couch which was perfect to relax and enjoy an evening curled up together with a glass of wine. With the glass door out on to the deck and a table and chairs to enjoy an outside meal. We hope to be back again this summer to take full advantage of this properties idyllic beach and riverside location. A truly luxurious stay, perfect for that much needed break. If you’re planning a trip to stay at Beach Hut No1 then make sure you go and make the most of beautiful Shaldon village and its surrounding area....

January 2018 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
Five Reasons why this new property is the one for your next seaside break!  We have been lucky enough to add ‘Beach Cottage’ to our list of beautiful seaside holiday homes. And oh my gosh isn’t it perfect.  1.Location This gorgeous property is situated right on the seafront of the coastal town of Teignmouth in Devon. We love Beach Cottage because it’s so close to the sea. When it’s warm you can nip from your room to the sand in seconds. When it’s stormy you can watch the tides from your bed or an armchair. At night you can open your window and listen to the waves. 2.Interior Beach Cottage is light and airy, with the sunny Devon weather bouncing  off our white walls! The cottage contains all the bits and bobs you might need, whilst keeping it calm and uncluttered.  The living room is comfy and relaxed. Watch television or a DVD, or you may find it’s more entertaining to watch the comings and goings along the seafront and on the water. There are board games, books, some LPs and a record player, yoga mats – in case you feel inspired - and a selection of magazines. We know you’ll find this place cosy and welcoming. In the summer you can enjoy the outdoor shower to rinse off al-fresco! With plenty of room to store your stand up paddle-boards.   3.Something for everyone We would happily suggest this cottage to anyone, and believe that it really does tick all those holiday property boxes. Luxurious and beautifully presented yet a real home from home. This exquisite property sleeps up-to 9 adults and even excepts dogs if you cannot bear to let them miss out. 4.Attractions The sea and the beach – They are different every day and of course at Beach Cottage the Front beach changes before your very eyes.  Seasport Activities - There are sailing classes, paddle board classes– or even a day’s fishing trip. For the kids - The Pier, the award-winning children’s Playground and Skate Park, the tennis courts,  Swimming at the Lido, the Den...

December 2017 2 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
How to do Christmas in Shaldon.. The right way!  Decembers Festive Events  We should probably start with Shaldon’s newest addition to good coffee, wine and dinner. Relocating across the road from the Coffee Rush, ‘The Clifford Shaldon’ is where you need to be on those chilli evenings. Our personal favourite is an Espresso Martini, made by the man himself Dominic. If you’re a Jazz fan, check out their wicked music events throughout December.  Mon 11th December -Over Dinner - Philip Clouts Trio philipcloutsquartet.co.uk Mon 18th December - Over Dinner - Drat Pack Special www.thedratpack.co.uk www.theclifford.co.uk   The Clipper Café holds an extremely popular Christmas Artisan Market on Wednesday 6th December from 6pm. The Clipper stands in one of the most idyllic locations in Shaldon, right on the beach. So grab yourself a mulled wine, some Christmas gifts and enjoy the breath-taking views of the River Teign. www.theclippershaldon.co.uk   If you have the little ones with you then a must visit is the Shaldon Zoo. Their ‘Magical Christmas Weekends’ are not to be missed with Santa’s grotto on the December 9th,10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th. For its size, this small but perfectly formed zoo offers an amazing experience for the kids, with animals such as Golden lion tamarins, Yellow-breasted capuchins, Ruffed, Ring-tailed and Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs, Madagascan giant jumping rats, Pied tamarins, Azara’s agoutis and many more. www.shaldonwildlifetrust.org.uk The Shipwrights Arms is a short level walk and has Pete Burrows playing on the 16th December at 9pm and Carol singing with Jude Rose and Company on the 23rd December at around 6.30 to 7pm , after the carol singing  Guy Stockwell is playing at 8.30. www.shipwrightsshaldon.co.uk   Another one for the lovers of great music. Our local lad Ollie Stephens is performing his album launch in the stunning St. Peter’s Church. All of us here in Shaldon have already purchased our tickets ...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
  Last nights supermoon ( perigee syzygy ) was a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the moon’s perigee, the distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit. It appears to be slightly bigger and brighter than normal. The furthest point in its orbit is called the apogee. The New Year skies will be brightened up by two appearances in January. The Old Moon or Wolf Moon on   January 1-2 and the Blue Moon on January 31. The River Teign was still tricklling out when this was taken on December 4th. It looked like you could walk to Teignmouth.  ...

December 2016 3 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, seaside
A record turnout with fantastic costumes for the 2016 Annual Shaldon Boxing day 3 legged race around the village visiting all the drinking establishments ( soft drinks available) - organised by the Shaldon Water Carnival.A great day with fantastic weather.Locals and families staying in the Shaldon holiday lets loved it....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, beaches,blogging,feature and guide,places and travel,seaside, visual arts
Providence Cottage. Celebrate Christmas in Shaldon- 23 - 30 December. Now: £974  Sleeps 6/7 | 3 Bedrooms | Close to the beach and other village amenities | Decked Courtyard | Beds made up for arrival | Hand and bath towels provided| Dog friendly  Providence Cottage is a charming character property, light and extremely comfortable with many character features. It is situated in Horse Lane, close to the beach, Shaldon to Teignmouth ferry and all the village amenities are within a few minutes walk. The front door leads into the dining room with large dining table and chairs. Through to the lounge, with comfortable modern furniture, TV/DVD with a collection of discs. The modern well equipped kitchen has a  gas hob and double electric oven/ grill, microwave, integral fridge and freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Glass door leading out to a small decked courtyard with table and chairs for enjoying the sun and dining al fresco. Stripped wooden stairs leading to: Bedroom 1, Double bed, two bedside drawers, built in wardrobe and a feature cast iron fire place. Bedroom 2, Double bed, side table and lamp, storage space and a beautiful Victorian tiled fire place. Bedroom 3, The children’s room, with bunk beds sleeping three and storage units. Shower room, Double shower enclosure, mixer shower, toilet and basin. A charming cottage, ideal for families and in a great location....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Dog walks
Walkies with Hedley on a chilly November morning. The canal was frozen but the walk was lovely and a very festive Robin posed for the camera. The Ted Hughes Poetry Trail has been created at Stover Country Park to celebrate his poetry and long-standing links with Devon. Visitors to the Trail can read examples of Hughes’ finest poems relating to the natural world. These poems have been chosen with the help of Carol Hughes to relate to the wildlife to be seen and heard around the Country Park. The Park features sixteen specially-designed ‘poetry posts’, each displaying a poem by Ted Hughes on a theme relating to the natural world. There is also a short Children’s Poetry Trail which lets families share together some of Ted Hughes’ most memorable poems about the world of animals, some of which are illustrated by Raymond Briggs. Disabled Access, Dogs Allowed, Information Boards, Toilets, Visitor Centre, Walks, Access: Bus route available. Cycle and walk ways available. Hints and Tips: The park is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest primarily because of the dragonfly population. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the adult dragonflies are on the wing. For guests enjoying their holidays in Shaldon Devon it's approximately a 20 mins drive. Allow up to two hours to complete the full poetry trail, or follow shorter circuits to suit. ...

November 2016 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, beaches,blogging,feature and guide,places and travel,seaside, visual arts
What a difference a day makes. This weeks storm washed this blue motor boat up high and dry on The Ness rocks. This is what was left of the boat 24 hours later. On my way home a small crabbing trawler was heading out to a very rough sea. Brave people....

August 2016 1 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, beaches,blogging,feature and guide,places and travel,seaside, visual arts
Just a 15 minute drive from our holiday cottages in Shaldon devon, we were again delighted to see Sammy the Seal chilling close to the pier by the Cary Arms, Babbacombe Bay. Wonderful! ...

July 2016 6 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, seaside
Under cover @Shaldon. Cottages South West encourage our guests to protect their skin from the sun’s rays. This couple are setting a jolly good example on Shaldon beach. See the article on skin and body protection @Nivea. ...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, beaches,blogging,feature and guide,places and travel,seaside, visual arts
A perfect end to a fabulous day in Shaldon. Love it! A guest staying in one of our Shaldon holiday homes took this at 9:20 pm Sunday 17 July....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, seaside
RNLI Raffle Cottages South West supports RNLIHelp us raise money for lifeboats.Cone into the office: 16c Fore Street,Shaldonand buy a £1 raffle ticket to win this fabulous wall hanging." Shaldon Beach and The Ness"Raffle to be drawn at the Shaldon RNLI Summer FeteSaturday 30th July at 4pm -More tickets available on the day-at Westbay House ( near village green). We hope visitors to holiday homes in Shaldon have good time at the fete and wish them luck with their tickets....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, News
  Two groups of migrants were spotted arriving on Shaldon beach last night. None had passports, but when questioned said they were seeking asylum from Trump. Temporary accommodation was set up in the Ferry Boat Inn garden. Villagers and visitors to the holiday homes in Shaldon were advised to be extra vigilant and lock up their horses....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, seaside
  Dartmoor Walking Festival 2016 The Festival will run from Saturday 27thAugust until Sunday 4th September 2016 inclusive and will cover all areas of Dartmoor and is open to everybody of all ages and abilities. It will be very clearly marketed as ‘Dartmoor on your Doorstep’ with this chosen time of year being the last week of the summer holidays encompassing the August Bank Holiday weekend to start it off and ending in the first week of September. This will hopefully allow our visitors to stay on the extra week in order to enjoy all that Dartmoor has to offer and also to encourage our locals to come out on the moors before the children go back to school. Our aims are much wider than just walking. There will be climbing, Nordic walking, evening presentations, taster sessions in all sorts of activities and much more. We are arranging four events each day during this nine day festival, ranging from modest guided strolls and children’s rambles to full day walks and ambitious challenges,  to suit all tastes and abilities.  There really is something for everyone! Making use of the local cycle trails will mean that those who use mobility scooters and ‘Trampers’ can also come along and enjoy Dartmoor. The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Group is also supporting the week and, if you have ever wondered what they do out in the dark when searching for missing walkers, then come and join them on an evening exercise to learn more! Off course you can also download from the internet many of the walks both leisurely or more strenuous and experience all the Moor has to offer to suite your own itinery. Don’t forget a car ride across the Moors is also an alternative, there are many villages to stop and have a cream tea if walking is not your thing. In case you need convincing, here are some photos taken on the moor by husband and wife Gillian and Derek Cranch. They love the Moor, go up most weeks and photograph views. These photos are ...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, seaside
Locals and visitors to the holiday homes in Shaldon having a heavenly afternoon on the Ness Cove Beach and enjoying the crystal clear water. Happy days!...

June 2016 3 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, seaside
If you have visited Shaldon before you will be aware that it’s situated at the mouth of the River Teign. Across the River is Teignmouth which has a thriving port with coasters coming and going according to the tides.  Its main export is ball clay, which is mined locally at Kingsteignton. Imports include animal feed, fertilizer, timber, building materials, stone and coal. There are over 800 shipping movements a year handling more than 600 thousand tonnes of cargo. Keeping the channel navigable is an ongoing challenge and usually it’s done by a small dredger The Manning on a daily basis. Teignmouth Harbour Commission have invested have spent £250,000 to hire the MODI R, a 62 metre, 1700 tonne Danish vessel, for two weeks. The dredger is here to hoover up and any obsticles to the shipping channel with great pressision.  This long term investment will hopefully boost the local economy by encouraging larger modern vessels into Teignmouth. A guest in one of our holiday homes in Shaldon took this photo on a murky evening.  “ When I looked out last night a ghostly  sight, in the mist, and presumably working "as the  tide was right", ( to recognise the quote you need to go see Zebidiah Hook -the play performed on a Wednesday on the village green during August )....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
 The Legend Sir Elton John and his talented band were brilliant at Westpoint, Exeter last night. The Cottages South West team had a fantastic time and have had great feedback from our guests in the Shaldon Holiday Lets. Despite  the downpour, missing the first hour, and record breaking two hour and forty minutes seventeen mile drive from Shaldon we had had a fantastic time. The colourful Westpoint crowd were rocking in the isles. It all came to an end too soon, 'Like a Candle In the Wind'. Wishing him the best of luck for the rest of his tour. Elton John Twitter @eltonofficial www.eltonjohn.com ...

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, seaside
Shaldon celebrates the Queen's 90th Birthday in style!What a brilliant excuse for a street party.The Strand was full with happy revelry.Locals and visitors to Cottages in Shaldon had a fantastic afternoon.The fine weather and partying continued into the evening for Ness Fest 2016 and a firework finale.Many thanks to the organisers for a memorable day!...

May 2016 8 posts

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Beaches
Why visiting the beach is good for your health and wellbeing We are blessed with beautiful beaches here in South Devon, and we encourage as many people to visit them as we can when staying in a holiday cottage, Shaldon. We have already touched on how walking on the beach can be good for you, but did you know some of the other great benefits you can experience when visiting the beach? We have taken a look at some of these below. Taking in the rays Many of us get confused when we see that big yellow ball in the sky, as the weather in Great Britain can be very unpredictable. However, when it does make an appearance, the sun can be very beneficial to you, providing you wear the correct sun protection. Exposing ourselves to the ultraviolet rays found in sunshine provides our bodies with vitamin D, which helps promote strong bones. Your hair and fingernails will also benefit greatly, as they will grow much faster and stronger than they used to. Sunlight can also help our complexions, repairing blemishes that are found on the skin, but do respect the sun and take care not to suffer from overexposure. Fancy a dip? Taking a dip in the sea is great exercise, regardless of what activity you take part in, but did you know that sea water can also be very beneficial to your health? The salt and water combination work brilliantly for your skin, as the water dries out your skin and the salt acts as a natural exfoliant which both help your complexion. The sea also contains levels of silicon, which can help to tone the skin, leaving it looking and feeling much younger. Iodine can also be found in sea water, which helps keep to strengthen your hair and give it an added shine. Visiting the coast Being located on the coast means you can gulp in the beautiful coastal air, which contains much higher levels of oxygen than the air found inland. This extra oxygen helps you to feel a sense of rejuvenation, whilst also benefitting your muscles, organs and skin. A survey also fou...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, Blogging
Enjoy some great music events in Shaldon    Summer draws nearer and why not spend a short break in Devon at one of our cottages in the beautiful South Devon town of Shaldon. There is much to see and do during the day and for the evening, why not grab tickets and enjoy any of these music events coming up in the next month?   Live Jazz at The Clifford Arms From June 5 to June 27, Monday nights will be filled with jazz music at The Clifford Arms. You can enjoy some jazz music, a glass of wine and a bit of supper. In the warm summer evenings, there is nothing better than enjoying some funky and relaxing music.   Shaldon Classical Music Festival Starting on Thursday June 16, with the final concert on Saturday June 19, you can enjoy some great examples of classical music as the London Winds, Chetham’s School of Music Chamber Ensemble, Choral Workshop and Busch Piano Trio will appear. This year celebrates the 27th year of the festival in Shaldon.   The Shrine The rock cover band have a busy year appearing at different music festivals, private events and they regularly play around South Devon. On June 10th you can see them at The Ferry Boat Inn at Shaldon, where they will be playing songs from bands like Kings of Leon, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol and the Foo Fighters.   New Heroes Another great cover band New Heroes will be appearing at The Ferry Boat Inn on June 24. The four-piece band put on a professional and very fun show, featuring music from U2, Elton John, Queen, Muse, The Who and more. They are definitely one of the best bands out their covering all your favourite hits....

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Beaches
South Devon beaches retain Blue Flag status A number of beaches in the Teignbridge area have retained their Blue Flag status, including our very own Ness Cove here in Shaldon. The Blue Flag is only presented to beaches which fulfil the very strictest of criteria for environmental management. This includes the quality of visitor facilities and the cleanliness of the water, which means visitors to the beach can expect a high quality experience.  Speaking of the awards, the executive member for recreation and leisure for Teignbridge District Council, Cllr George Gribble, said: “Seaside Awards for Coryton Cove, Teignmouth Town Beach and Shaldon Cove mean we can proudly provide safe, quality beaches for residents and visitors to enjoy. "These prestigious awards will help attract visitors to our wonderful coastline and give traders, the local community and Teignbridge staff a huge boost ahead of the bank holiday weekend and busy summer season.” Devon and Cornwall both achieved the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in the country, with eight awards each, showcasing the South West as one of the best places to come for a beach holiday. So next time you stay in one of our South Devon holiday cottages and head out to a local beach, you can rest assured it will be of the highest high quality, family friendly and very clean!     Photo courtesy of Derek Voller, under Creative Commons  ...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, Blogging
Rare bird spotted on Dartmoor   A rare vulture has been spotted on Dartmoor, and it is the first time the bird has been seen in Britain. The bearded vulture, also known as a lammergeyer, lives on the marrow from animal bones. The bird, was reported to have been seen around the Avon Damn, and further north around the River Severn. It is thought that there are fewer than 10,000 pairs that exist in the wild, and is commonly found in high mountains in southern Europe, Africa and Tibet. The bird seen on Dartmoor looked to be a juvenile, as a full grown lammergeyer has a wingspan of more than 9.3ft (2.83m). Dale Kedward filmed the bird when out walking his dog. He said: “It looked prehistoric. I thought it was going to pick up my dog, it was that big.” The species has been reintroduced in Europe, around the Spanish Pyrenees and the Swiss and Italian Alps, after it was previously wiped out from the European continent. It is still listed as ‘near threatened’ on conservation lists. The bearded vulture is the only bird of prey to live almost entirely on the marrow from bones, and has been known to crack large bones that it can’t break with its beak, by dropping them from a height of 160-490ft (50-150m). According to birding websites who were noted of the bird’s appearance on Dartmoor and further north, said the bleached flight feathers that are common to reintroduced species that keep track of them were not seen on the vulture, suggesting it is a wild bird. Dartmoor is home to many fascinating birds and animals. If you are having a short break in South Devon, we recommend visiting some nature reserves across Dartmoor, but we can’t guarantee you will spot an enormous vulture flying about! Photo by: Tambako the Jaguar ...

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Fun Facts
Five fun facts about South Devon We may be slightly biased, but South Devon is a beautiful place to come and visit, and is steeped in weird and wonderful history. Before you visit one of our holiday cottages in South Devon and enjoy the beauty of the area, we have taken a look at five fun facts that you might not have known about the area before! It is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site There are UNESCO sites in other areas of England, but South Devon is home to the only natural one, the Jurassic Coast. Stretching between Dorset and Devon, it is an important location for fossils and learning more about the natural history of England. You can enjoy stunning views of the Jurassic Coast from Shaldon, with the Homeyards Botanical Gardens offering some particularly beautiful ones. Weird rituals Just up the road from us is a place called Ottery St Mary, where a rather odd tradition takes place on Bonfire Night. Residents set fire to barrels covered in tar, where they are then rolled or picked up and run with down the streets! This practice has been continued by residents since the 17th century, although the exact reason for this custom and location is not clear. History of witchcraft In the days of witchcraft, the last “witches” to be hung as punishment in Great Britain hailed from Bideford in North Devon, but were executed in Exeter in 1682. Three women had been accused of using witchcraft for multiple activities, including causing ill health or death to others, and even conversing with the devil! Popularity Not strictly South Devon, but Devon as a whole is a very popular area for holidaymakers, and receives an estimated 8 million visitors a year! This is a very impressive statistic when you take into consideration the size and climate. This figure is similar to the amount of people who visit Hawaii, which just makes the figures that little more impressive. Famous faces A number of famous faces have hailed from South Devon, with the band M...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, Blogging
Fun family activities near Shaldon   South Devon is the ideal destination for a family holiday, and you can really kick back and relax at our Shaldon holiday rentals. There are tonnes of attractions in South Devon for the whole family to enjoy too, take a look below at some of our favourites:   Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh Head to the edges of Dartmoor and Pennywell Farm where the kids can get friendly with a whole range of cute and cuddly animals. There are activities happening where everyone can get hands on interaction with the animals. Just some of the animals to look out for include rabbits, miniature ponies, lambs, alpacas and miniature pigs.   Woodlands Family Theme Park, Dartmouth All the family will enjoy some thrilling rides at the largest theme park in the South West. At Woodlands, you are guaranteed all weather fun when you have a go on the Watercoasters, Taboggan Run or Avalanche Ride, and experience real G-force on the high flying Swingship.   Splashdown Quaywest, Paignton Head along the coast from Shaldon to a fun – and wet – day out at the water park. There are slides, rides, wave machines and more that the kids will surely enjoy. The park is also close to the beach, so you can even take a picnic with you and do some sunbathing too!   Haldon Forest Park, Exeter If you want to see some of the stunning Devon scenery, a trip to Haldon Forest Park will get you out into nature. You can explore the park on bikes, on foot, or even in the tree tops. This place is great for the family to see some of the best wildlife and nature in South Devon.   Dawlish Warren Beach If you want all your family activities in one place, then the beach at Dawlish Warren will have everything you need, with miles of Blue Flag beach, a golf course, amusement arcades and tonnes of pubs, fish and chips and gift shops where you can pick up a souvenir to remember your fun holiday in South Devon!   Photo by Derek Harper...

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Places & Travel
Scientific reason you should be taking a beach holiday We all know that taking a beach holiday is a relaxing experience, but now it is scientifically proven that you should be booking one! A study conducted by Michigan State University has revealed that visiting or living in a location where you have the opportunity to see a lot of blue space, such as a body of water, leads to much lower levels of psychological distress. The study was conducted in New Zealand and looked at the correlation between whether or not people could see the ocean and their health records. They even considered other factors like age, gender and wealth, and found that living by the sea still improved people’s mental health. But why is this? Well, according to Amber Pearson, one of the co-authors of the study, the brain can process natural backdrops better than other landscapes, which reduces sensory stimuli and promotes mental relaxation. Many travellers have noted that the sounds and smells of the ocean have evoked feelings of relaxation. Although these senses were not covered in the study, Pearson admitted more research could be done to see how the other senses work together to help people relax. You will be able to experience beautiful, natural backdrops from our holiday cottages in Shaldon, so what are you waiting for? Why not book a holiday today? After all, it is scientifically proven to be good for you!     Photo courtesy of Derek Harper, under Creative Commons...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, News
Lots to do at Exmouth Festival   A ten-day festival from May 27 to June 5 in Exmouth will be brimming with activities that all the family can get involved with, from music, to art, theatre and treasure trails.   If you are staying in one of our holiday homes in South Devon, take a day out to the Exmouth Festivals at the end of the May to explore many of the festivities that will be held across the town – there will be something for all the family.   Carla Hiley, Exmouth’s art manager, said “We’re covering all areas of music and culture, as well as getting it spread throughout the town.   “I think it’s more of a mix [than previous years]. We’ve got Twelfth Night in Manor Gardens, we’ve got a jazz evening and an evening just for local musicians. It’s a nice mixture.”   One of the many highlights of the festival will be an interactive trail, featuring artists, crafts, knitters, photographers and poets who will be displaying their work across the town. The streets will become a walk-around art gallery exhibiting work from Exmouth artists and the community.   The Festival is being held over the Bank Holiday and Half Term holiday, so it is a perfect time for families to take part in the events. Some of the activities over the whole ten days include live music acts, a circus jamboree, trade stands selling local produce, workshops for children, jazz bands, folk singing, Morris dancing and lots more. Check out what’s on when here.   Photo by: Adrian Pingstone...

April 2016 8 posts

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Places & Travel
Traditional British seaside holiday back in fashion The UK coastal areas are set to see an influx of holidaymakers heading to the regions this summer, as more Brits are planning to spend their summer holiday at a seaside location. According to the results of the research, 58% of the 3000 people surveyed stated they will be heading to the coast. The same research also found that us Brits will spend more than ever on our holidays, spending £729.80 on the breaks, which boosts the UK economy by almost £20bn. In 2013, the same survey found just 31% of people visited a coastal location, which shows the rise in popularity of the seaside holiday. Staycations Over two-thirds (67%) of Britons are taking a staycation – also known as holidaying at home – this year, with the average British family taking a one-week holiday, with four short breaks throughout the rest of the year. A fifth (19%) of families are taking a traditional two-week holiday in order to enjoy the attractions and sights that the UK has to offer. Nearly half of people say their holiday is one thing they refuse to cut back on, but holidaying at home offers great value for money. Benefits Holidaying in your own country does hold a number of benefits, many of which appeal more to holidaymakers than foreign holidays. For example, some benefits include: Less stress – Going abroad means you have to stick to a rigid schedule of times for flights, transfers etc. When you holiday domestically, you do not experience these stresses. Inexpensive – When compared to travelling abroad, changing of currencies, foreign travel insurance and other expenses, taking a British holiday is relatively inexpensive in comparison. Set your own pace – There is usually a degree of rigidity to a holiday abroad, sticking to travel times and activity schedules, but with a staycation you can holiday exactly as you want to. If you want a lie in one day, or a late dinner the next, that is...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, Feature and Guide
Fun, free activities in South Devon May Bank Holidays are around the corner and May half-term coming up too, making it the perfect time of year to have a short break at our holiday homes in Shaldon. We know holidays can be expensive too, so here are a few free – and fun – activities you can do around Shaldon and across South Devon that are perfect for a stress free day out in the warm spring weather.   Have a sandcastle building competition on Teignmouth beach! Every year the Teignmouth Regatta in August has a sandcastle building competition, but you can have one yourself just for the family!   Add some excitement to your walk by going geocaching in the countryside. Like a big treasure hunt, you use GPS to hide and seek containers, and you can help others who are out geocaching too!   Be a bit daring and try wild swimming. The warm summer will warm up the water, so a dip in a river, lake or even a waterfall will be perfect for cooling off after a day exploring the country side.   See the stunning views of South Devon out to sea, by walking along the South West Coast Path. The path stretches all the way around the South West, and South Devon has some of the best views on offer.   If you’re having a day on the beach, try rock pooling. The kids will enjoy spotting starfish, seaweed and crabs in the rock pools, but make sure you put the creatures back where they came from.   Take a trip to the wilds of Dartmoor. There is a lot to see there, from the Zoological Park, and you might even spot some of the famous Dartmoor ponies.   Journey to Dawlish, where you can spot passing steam trains from the beach and some birds and woodland animals at the Dawlish Warren Nature and Wildlife Reserve.   Remember to bring your camera and take lots of pictures when on your holiday, so you can look back to the brilliant time you had in South Devon.   Photo by: Roger Jones...

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Visual Arts
View Shaldon from the skies  You might say we’re being a bit biased when we say this, but Shaldon is a particularly beautiful place of the UK! Shaldon is often described as a hidden gem, tucked away from a lot of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This unique charm makes it a perfect place to come on holiday for those looking for a quieter retreat. As a traditional fishing village, we are lucky to be surrounding by crystal blue waters, where a gentle stream of boats will make their way in and out of the estuary.  When the sun is shining, the village has never looked better, and that is exactly what can be seen in this drone footage we have stumbled across. Robert Leake has captured our fair village from the skies in his three-minute video, showcasing beach, boats and beauty from above. Travelling from Teignmouth to Shaldon over the river, the sights are breath-taking. But don’t just take our word for it, watch the video yourself at the following link: https://vimeo.com/151157856.   If this has whet your appetite for more, why not take a look at one of our Shaldon beach huts and come and experience the area for yourself? We look forward to seeing you soon!   ...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, News
Fish Quay opens in Teignmouth   A £1.1 million Fish Quay has opened in Teignmouth, South Devon, that was built to help boost fishing, leisure and tourism industries in Teignmouth and surrounding areas. Close to our Devon holiday cottages, the quay will be the great place for recreational fishing. The regeneration scheme aims to boost the livelihoods of the local South Devon fishermen, help retain the fishing heritage of the area and encourage visitors with new facilities and boats. The wooden jetty has been replaced with a new pontoon, as well new equipment for fisherman to process their catches. There has also been an improvement in landing facilities for better handling and turnaround of boats, as well as better access for vehicles moving the catches to market. The improvements also mean that charter vessels have access to Teignmouth so people can come to town by boat can enjoy the beaches shops and other tourist attractions Teignmouth has to offer. Teignbridge District Council’s Deputy Chief Executive Phil Shears said: “This is another example of Teignbridge delivering big on projects that support and strengthen the local economy.” The development of Fish Quay has come after other successful schemes across the Teignmouth area and South Devon. This scheme was funded by Devon District Council, European Fisheries Fund and the Teignbridge Council. Paul Barczok, from the Teign Fishermen and Waterman’s CIC said: “The fishing community are delighted to see the new quay which will create real benefits for both the local industry and the wider community and may even encourage the next generation of boats from neighbouring areas to fish from Teignmouth.” Fishing is just one of many great activities to get involved with and try out when staying at our Devon holiday cottages, with windsurfing, body boarding and wild swimming to do too.   Photo by: Robin Stott...

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Health
Benefits of walking on the beach  We are so lucky to have so many beautiful beaches in South Devon, with so many just a stone’s throw from our South Devon holiday cottages. These beaches can be enjoyed at any time of the year, and the great thing about walking on them beaches is that it is free, offering you a great day out for no cost! Alongside of this, walking on the sand offers a number of health benefits for the body, which we have outlined below:  Calorie burning When you walk on sand, either with or without shoes, it burns more calories than when you walk on a pavement. A study in the “Journal of Experimental Biology” found that walking on dry sand requires an energy expenditure of 2.1 to 2.7 times more than walking on a hard surface at the same speed. The higher the energy expenditure, the more calories you will burn! Stress reduction Shedding your shoes and getting your toes stuck into sand can do wonders for you! Freeing your feet from your shoes increases circulation around the body, which leaves you feeling more rejuvenated. The feeling of the sand on your feet helps you feel more relaxed and can offer feelings of nostalgia, taking you back to memories of beach visits as a child! The sand also acts as a natural exfoliant, which leaves you with much smoother skin on your feet. What a bonus! Build strength When you walk on sand, it forms resistance against you which means it is more demanding on our bodies than walking on other hard surfaces. As your feet sink into the stand with each step, your foot and leg muscles have to work much harder to push your foot up and propel you forward.  The extra effort required results in a more intense workout for your muscles, helping to strengthen and tone the muscles. You will experience even better results if you haven’t got your shoes on. Proprioception Proprioception is the ability of the body to sense movement within joints and joint positions. As sand is an uneven...

Lewis Ducard | | General Articles, Comedy
South Devon comedian Josh Widdicombe announces local tour date       Funnyman Josh Widdicombe has announced that he will be returning home to South Devon for a performance in Torquay this November. Josh was born in London, but moved at an early age and attended South Dartmoor Community College, just a stone’s throw away from our holiday cottages in South Devon. Since taking a break from stand up, Josh has been working on other ventures as well as finding minor things that annoy him, which he vocalises on stage. Since he last toured, Josh has been busy, co-presenting the Channel 4 show The Last Leg with fellow comedians Adam Hills and Alex Brooker. The show has received critical acclaim, having been nominated for various awards including a British Comedy award, and also winning at the Royal Television Society Awards. He has also penned a sitcom “Josh”, which aired on BBC3 and BBC1 late last year, which was well received. The sitcom is currently filming a second series which is due to air later this year. Alongside all of this, Josh regularly makes appearances on television shows Mock the Week, QI, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You. He is also the team captain on the new BBC2 panel show Insert Name Here. If you are looking to go and see Josh for yourself, he will be performing at the Princess Theatre on the 5th November. Tickets are on general sale now, so act quickly before they get snapped up! Tickets can be purchased at the following link: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/josh-widdicombe-what-do-i-do-now/princess-theatre-torquay/.   Photo courtesy of joshwiddicombefan/Instagram...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, Feature and Guide
Watersports to do in South Devon   Water sports are fun for all the family and there are tonnes of water sports to get involved with around Teignmouth, which is close to our South Devon Holiday cottages. If you are looking for either a day of fun, or a couple days learning a new skill, this is the place to be.   Windsurfing Whether a novice or an expert at windsurfing there are courses in Teignmouth that provide one on one tuition to help you get to grips with the sport. Teignmouth Bay has fantastic conditions for surfing, and if you are young or old, windsurfing is a fun sport to take part in.   Sailing courses If you are looking to do a bit of sailing, there are junior, youth and adult courses in dinghy sailing for beginners, and those who are little more advanced you can take part in racing courses too. The courses are held throughout the year so whatever time you are staying in South Devon you can jump in the water!   Kayaking and canoeing Kayaking and canoeing is a great way to spend time in the water. The area around Teignmouth Bay is a great place for either kayaking or canoeing, it’s up to you which one to do. You can do beginners courses to start you off, and take the whole day having fun with your family or friends.   Stand up paddle boarding One of the newest crazes in water sports, stand up paddle boarding is fun, easy and a great way to spend the afternoon! Beginners are very welcome; in fact, no previous skill is required and we guarantee you will get hooked on the paddle boarding as soon as you get on the board.   Groups If you are holidaying with a group of family and friends in South Devon, there are activity days covering a variety of water sports that everyone can get involved with from the children to adults. The sessions can be for beginners or skill-based groups and create lots of fun and bit of adventure for you holiday.   Photo by: Steve Fareham...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, News
Enjoy wine and mead from South Devon   Lyme Bay is a small West Country winery located in South Devon, in the stunning Axe Valley. Their stunning range wines, ciders, meads and more are an example of quality English beverages. The winery recently produced a new mead, ‘Yore’, made locally in Devon. Using English honey like a traditional mead, the drink has an abv of 4% that is lower than most meads, closer to cider and beer, making it a light and enjoyable drink. Managing director James Lambert said: “Craft beers and ciders have enjoyed an enormous lift in popularity over the past few years. This is leading to a rising interest in more traditional English drinks, such as mead.” Usually a heavier drink, mead is popular due the intense flavours it has and the high alcohol content. Lyme Bay Winery also has fruit wines and sparkling wines available for those who prefer a lighter and sweeter drink. Producing drinks since 2014, the winery continues to have some stunning local wines and beers to enjoy. Just some of the flavours in these outstanding drinks include strawberry, elderflower, pear, mint and peach. Why not try some of these spectacular English beverages when staying at our cottages in Shaldon? You can kick back and enjoy an evening lounging in the garden and patio whilst soaking up the setting sun sipping on the local wine, or pop to one the friendly local pubs and have a pint in the beer garden. Other posts you may like: Check out these attractions to see across Dartmoor Shaldon Zoo has welcomed two new cute monkeys Photo by: Barry Lewis...

March 2016 2 posts

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, Feature and Guide
Check out these attractions to see across Dartmoor Enjoy a short break holiday at our cottages in South Devon and take a trip up to Dartmoor National Park. This stunning part of the county has many attractions to keep you busy, and here are some of the top places to visit during your stay: Burrator Reservoir Open all year, this tranquil reservoir is located in the heart of Dartmoor. The peaceful water and surrounding woodland is a welcoming break from the rugged moors. You can either walk or cycle around the reservoir, or maybe do a spot of fishing along the banks. South Devon Railway Give your feet a rest and see the stunning Devonshire countryside at a slower pace. The South Devon Railway is a seven-mile line built in 1872. Hop on to a steam train and enjoy an afternoon relaxing in an old-fashioned way. Dartmoor Zoological Park Dartmoor Zoo is 33 acres of beautiful woodland where you see the largest collection of Big Cats in South Devon, as well as many other mammals to visit. Events and animal encounters are held throughout the day so you can see animals being fed and get up close and personal with a variety of creatures. Castle Drogo High above the Teign Gorge, Castle Drogo is a stunning building. It has an ancient feel to it, yet is only 100 years old, the last one built in England. Inside you can explore the rooms that have precious treasures on display. Outside, take a stroll around the formal gardens or the Teign Valley with its ancient gorge, where you can spot all sorts of wildlife. Okehampton Castle This picturesque castle stands tall above the rushing Rive Okement. Once the largest in Devon, the remains of this Norman castle are still very impressive. Allegedly haunted, you can take a tour around the grounds and find out the interesting history of the place. The Granite Way If you want something active do on your holiday, take your bike or hire one, and cycle along the Granite Way. The 11 miles takes you between Okehampton and Lydford al...

Monica Ducard | | General Articles, News
Shaldon Zoo has welcomed two new cute monkeys Two new monkeys have arrived at Shaldon Zoo this month. The Douroucouli monkeys are called Dusk and Dawn, and have settled in well to their new home. Julie Matthews, who is the Education and Research Officer for Shaldon Wildlife Trust, said: “They have settled in very well here in a mixed exhibit with tree shrews and a mouse deer.” Douroucouli monkeys are the only nocturnal monkeys in the world, and have the nickname of the owl monkey or night monkey because of this, and also because of their disproportionately large brown eyes. Their eyes have evolved to adapt to their night life, allowing the monkeys see in almost entirely black and white and are perfect for seeing any movement of the insects they eat. Night monkeys are native to tropical areas in South America. Another way the Douroucoulis is different to other primates in that it can sound a gong-like booming noise when it is communicating with others. This loud sound carries far. It does also twitter and squeak like other monkeys. Shaldon Zoo, the home of Shaldon Wildlife Trust, is a lovely attraction and a great place for a day out when staying at our holiday cottages in South Devon, maybe you can catch a glimpse of Dusk and Dawn when you’re there. Photo by: Tanya Durrant...

October 2014 3 posts

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
Robson Green was thought to have been on board....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
We stayed at Homesdale at the end of August, and absolutely loved it there, so cosy and beautifully decorated, so relaxing.... and promised we would come back next year.The hosts are wonderful. MB....

Anthony Salmon | | General Articles, Blogging
River Teign Estuary from the Teign Crest garden....