29
Jul 2013
Posted by Ellie

Devon Beach Essentials


Devon beach essentials

Devon beach essentials

With the sudden heat wave during June and July, Devon is set for a stonking summer at long last. To make the most of this weather you need to ensure that you have all the beach essentials packed so you can spend the entire day outside without the hassle of needing to pop back home or making do.

Devon has some of the country’s best beaches. You can choose from the more popular beaches that will be crowded during the summer months but if you are prepared to walk a little way there are stunning hidden beaches …

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01
Mar 2013
Posted by The Longhursts

Day out in Shaldon!


Ness Beach, Shaldon

Ness Beach, Shaldon

Owen and Jo continue their exploration of Shaldon and visit Ness Cove Beach and The Ness Restaurant and Bar

NB. This article follows on from our trip to Shaldon Wildlife Trust, with Ness beach and restaurant in question being in extremely close proximity to the village zoo.

Ness Cove Beach, Shaldon

Reaching Ness Beach requires a short trek from the car park, down a gloomy smuggler’s tunnel. The beach is mainly fine shingle and, while not as stunning as some of Devon’s sandy beaches, it is spacious and clean, with rocky outcrops and red cliffs offering excellent …

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22
Feb 2013
Posted by The Longhursts

Come and Visit Shaldon Wildlife Trust


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Shaldon Wildlife Trust

Following on from their discovery of the best teashops in Devon, Owen and Jo Longhurst provide an entertaining review of Shaldon Wildlife Trust in South Devon!

Driving over the bridge into the South Devon village of Shaldon, the sense of calm and serenity is palpable. A winding hill-climb and we park up next to the entrance to the village’s very own zoo.

Serenity subsides. As we pay for our (reasonably-priced) parking, playful howls from various monkeys and excitable screeches from the larynxes* of lemurs echo through the coastal air. We haven’t even entered the zoo yet, and …

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15
Feb 2013
Posted by The Longhursts

The Longhurst’s Guide to Devon Tearooms – Final Chapter!


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Devon Tearooms!

Here is the fifth and final part of the Longhurst’s quest to sample the greatest delights from the finest Devon tearooms.

Hill House Tearoom, Landscove

Hill House Tearoom combines horticulture with high tea to offer a peaceful and practical afternoon out. We head to Hill House Nursery in the tiny village of Landscove (between Totnes and Ashburton), in order to purchase a couple of climbing plants to make our fence look less like a fence. After becoming waylaid by the diversity of herbs and shrubs on offer, we wander into the beautiful gardens and notice the entrance to …

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11
Feb 2013
Posted by Jessica

Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park


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Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park

Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park is family Holiday Park situated in the beautiful Award Winning Beach resort of Woolacombe in North Devon. With spectacular views of the countryside and Sea, wherever you’re staying on site you will not be disappointed with your views.

The closest Holiday Park to Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe Sands Holiday Park has it’s very own footpath to the Beach that takes around 10 minutes or if you prefer to relax on site, you can enjoy the heated Indoor & Outdoor Swimming Pools, Club House with daily and nightly entertainment, Food & Drink, Crazy Golf, …

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08
Feb 2013
Posted by The Longhursts

The Longhurst’s Guide to Devon Tearooms – Part Three!


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Rose Cottage Tearooms

The third instalment of the Longhurst’s guide to Devon tearooms sees Owen and Jo visit the Rose Cottage Tearooms in Cockington!

Rose Cottage Tearooms, Cockington

After an almost too leisurely stroll around the craft studios (much to my chagrin) and parklands (not at all to my chagrin) of Cockington Court, we arrive at the village centre to enjoy some deserved refreshment. The village of Cockington has the feel of a perfectly woven tapestry. The traditional English thatched cottages, winding hills and greenery invoke the colour-washed, relaxed splendour of a Seurat painting. Feeling relaxed and whimsical, we decide …

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01
Feb 2013
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The Longhurst’s Guide to Devon Tearooms – Part Two!


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The New Forge, Chagford

We are excited to bring you the second installment of the Longhursts’ mission to discover the finest Devon tearooms. This week, Owen and Jo sink their teeth into The New Forge in Chagford!

The New Forge, Chagford

Our summer Sunday morning begins with a 4.5 mile walk, featuring a variety of moors, meadows and woodland. We arrive back in Chagford, an historical town that has a touch of the Postman Pats about it and can only be described as ‘olde worlde’. Tired but invigorated from our trek, we respond to the melancholy cries of our …

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01
Feb 2013
Posted by Jessica

Toby from Combe House Devon


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Toby the Dalmatian

Spring is just around the corner, and Toby the Dalmatian from Combe House Devon takes us on a walk from the old Shipping Canal in Exeter and to the Powerham Castle. This walk takes up to 3 hours, and is 2 – 6 miles long. It is an easy walk that won’t take too much out of you, with beautiful views of the canal, boats, and deer along the way. There is a pub at both ends which is sure to motivate you! Why not start off walk with a pint at the Dock Locks Pub (which …

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29
Jan 2013
Posted by Jessica

Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park


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Beautiful Bovisand Holiday Park

In a wooded valley sloping down towards the beach is Bovisand Lodge Holiday Park, a family run business with over 50 years of experience. Located in beautiful South Devon, the local area has so much to offer for your family holiday from days out and attractions to stunning walks and views.

Just seven miles away is Plymouth city centre. You can take a day trip to the National Marine Aquarium, or the ice rink at the Plymouth Pavilions. Walk along the cobbled streets of Plymouth’s historic Barbican or along the grassy slopes of Plymouth Hoe …

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28
Jan 2013
Posted by Jessica

Saunton Sands Hotel Perfect for Valentines Day!


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Saunton Sands for Valentines!

There are few locations more romantic in the UK than North Devon; it is the perfect place to make Valentine’s Day 2013 a memorable one.

You’ll find that the gorgeous beaches and scenic coast paths aren’t just for the summer months. Wrapping up warm, and reacquainting with each other as you stroll hand-in-hand together is a heart-warming way to spend time with your partner. You’ll be able to appreciate the dramatic yet stunning coastline, and the crashing waves will provide a beautiful backdrop for a truly perfect experience.

Alternatively, the Saunton Sands Hotel overlooks the stunning …

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