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lounge overlooking the lawn area.

Upgrade for Hibiscus

We are so pleased that our guests are giving us good feedback after we made some changes to Hibiscus holiday cottage this Spring. It all started with the sofa and a desire to get more comfortable seating. Jenny, from the local interior design company, suggested "3-seater" sofa against the exterior wall, wall mounting the TV and moving the dining area within the room. Quite a change from the old layout but sold on the idea of upgrading we went ahead which also involved re-hanging the door and moving the light switch; why is nothing ever simple?   Mark the painter arrived this Spring enthused...

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Newly planted trees, including flowering cherries, on the Spreacombe Estate

Out with the old in with the new

Tree Planting Update. We consider the start of the holiday season at Spreacombe to be Easter, although with the late Easter this year we have already had some guests enjoying this lovely early Spring - we even had ice cream after a walk at Saunton Beach in March - delicious if slightly odd having such a warm day in March. Back at Spreacombe, perhaps this biggest change to report is the ongoing tree cycle - the big ash, admittedly hollow ash, that was in Mill Meadow fell recently.  The men are now happily cutting firewood.  On the more positive side,  we have a planting programme for around 16...

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Woolacombe Beach, Devon Flag. Out on a dog walk with my friend.

Close of Season

We are now closed for our winter shutdown but I wanted to share this photo of Woolacombe beach, taken from the Tourist Information area. I was waiting for my friend for a long walk with the dogs and the view was as stunning as ever.   Back at home we are deep cleaning all the cottages before winter sets in and deciding on new flooring for the lounge of Hibiscus (laminate or carpet). I will decide on any other purchases / changes after this.  On the farm the rams have just gone into the same field as the ewes; we have 2 rams this year so I am assuming that it is a joint captaincy situation,...

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Pizza followed by Summer Sunset

Its been difficult not to take a good sunset photograph this summer. This partiucular shot was taken in Ilfracombe, by the Landmark theatre, after we had been to Giovanni and Lucca's Italian resaturant for pizza with friends.  If you want good authentic Italian pasta and pizza this is the best place that I know in our area of North Devon.  On another recent evening we went to Barricaine Beach, Woolacombe and enjoyed another great Sri Lankan curry. The curries are served from the beach hut and you sit on the beach to eat them, bringing your own wine if required.  We went back to Marine Drive ...

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