Last weekend the boyf and I sped down the M5 and across crazy country roads into the very middle of nowhere, also known as rural Devon, to stay in a holiday cottage.
As part of a blogger weekend, the folks at HolidayCottages.co.uk invited us along to stay in one of their properties to find out what they offer along with sampling some of lovely Devon.
I was working into the evening on Friday at the intu Merry Hill event so we were rather late on our driving down. The rest of the bloggers were already starting early on the merriment, having already tested out the hot tub before we arrived!
We on the other hand were trying to navigate bumpy single track roads in the dark. Oh my goodness! I was not prepared for that.
But in the end it was worth it.
We stayed at Lympscott Farm, a luxury barn conversion on a working organic dairy farm, a fact we awoke to rather sharply the next morning with sound of a few cows passing by. Moooooo……
It’s one of two properties to rent on the farm so you can get a total of 20 people in your party to stay there. We’ve already got a few ideas in our head.
Anyways, we pretty much went straight to bed on Friday night as it was past midnight and we were pretty darn tired. The boyf and I were staying in the upstairs double room with en-suite. The room had a quaint country cottage decor feel to it. But the bathroom was super modern with a lovely large power shower.
On Saturday we spent the morning cooking breakfast together as a group before heading to the beach. The boyf and I drove over to Westward Ho! (yep, the exclamation mark is a part of the place name) for a spot of beach wandering, amusement arcade playing and then a traditional Devonshire cream tea.
The drive around West Devon is beautiful. We were constantly taking photos or recording video. It was just lovely to drive around.
We also stumbled across a ‘heritage village’ called Clovelly. We’d never heard of it but apparently it’s famous. It is a privately owned village with absolutely no traffic. It’s built on a steep incline down to a harbour on the coast. It looked fascinating. Sadly, as the boyf’s knee is pretty bad these days and he can hardly walk we couldn’t go down. Accessibility is an issue. But we have bookmarked it as a place to visit in future.
After our outing we went back to our home for the weekend and promptly fell asleep on the vast sofas in the living room. Total crash-out. It was wonderful to have an hour or so to ourselves to just relax.
We took an explore of the place and then off we went to dinner at a local village pub, the Bradworthy Inn. A village so quiet that we, as a group, could probably be heard for miles around!
I stuffed my face with some great pub grub, enjoyed some great conversations and then we headed home to crash out again. I think I was enjoying the relaxation a tad too much.
The weekend was over far too soon. But we will be sure to be back again. Devon was stunning, and we loved our Holiday Cottage. Highly recommended!