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Summer at Spreacombe, Woolacombe

Summer at Spreacombe can take a number of forms , it’s all about your personal likes but for a starter how about fun, relaxation, outdoors, nature, pub food, local icecream, cream tea, cliff walks – have we whetted your appetite?   We are 10 minutes from sandy beaches , home to long walks or long sleeps ; swimming, surfing, paddling or splashing.    We have woodland walks around our private estate and a plethora of walks further afield along wooded valleys or cliff paths.   Quite simply we think that Spreacombe, just outside Woolacombe, North Devon, is one of the best places to holiday .

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Spring Break in North Devon

  We have just started lambing here at Spreacombe.  The maternity unit is indoors, as it gives us better ability to attend to mothers, day and night.  We have a large pen of expectant ewes and a series of small pens for the newly lambed mothers to bond with their very young lambs. After we are happy that ewe and lamb are both well and that the lamb drinking milk we move them back outside as soon as possible.  This frees up space in the lambing pen but more importantly sheep prefer the outdoors to indoors.  All this means that by Easter we hope to have baby lambs in the fields.   In the...

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Sandcastle on Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe in the summer

The traditional games are the best when you are staying in a cottage near Woolacombe. The British summertime is on a roll and what better way to spend a day than on the beach building a traditional sandcastle in our traditional family style? The build style has traditionally had a moat around the outside and also tunnel underneath the castle. The Midlanders on holiday have tried different versions but we always end up with this.  If we have time we decorate with shells but the timing is critical because the incoming tide has to go up the channel and around the castle, that’s the fun bit.  ...

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RNLI Shannon at Ilfracombe waiting for a call

Ilfracombe Lifeboats

The RNLI recently had an open day and along with a couple of pals we were treated to a fascinating tour around the RNLI Ilfracombe lifeboat station, got to stand on their flagship rescue boat and found out more about this lifesaving charity. We have had a lifeboat station in Ilfracombe since 1828 and although there have been many changes over this period, the one constant is that we are very lucky to have such willing volunteers to help protect us when out at sea. It takes just 12-15 minutes for these volunteers to go from being paged to being at sea. The crew have to be working / living...

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