Thursday 18 August 2011

Devon 2011

The second week of our holiday was spent in Huxham in the Exe Valley, close to Exeter in Devon. We stayed in the same cottage which we stayed in last year, part of a complex of seven cottages which have been converted from old farm buildings. This is the back of the cottage. It sleeps six, so it's very spacious for our family of four, and it looks out across a field and on to a fishing lake. Other facilities on site include an outdoor swimming pool, a games room and an adventure playground.

We had some lovely days out whilst in Devon, one of them to Brixham, a fishing port at the southern end of Torbay. We've never been here before and we enjoyed looking in the little shops which surround the harbour.

There's a full sized replica of The Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake's ship, in Brixham harbour. You can take a tour of it, though we didn't.

We visited Teignmouth more than once, we like the beach here, and Daniel had a go at sea fishing, though he didn't catch anything.

We visited lots of other places including Cockington Court, a manor house, craft centre and country park which is in Torquay. Agatha Christie is reported to have played here as a child and it was just the place to let Archie off his lead for a good run before heading off in to Torquay itself for a mooch around.

Other places we visited were Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton and Paignton, we had a true seaside holiday in every sense of the word.

We're all back in to the swing of things now, Mick was back to work on Monday, and I'm still catching up with all the washing and ironing which coming home from holiday brings. I'm still trying to catch up with everyone's blogs too, you've all been so busy whilst I've been away.


  1. Devon has some great seaside places to visit, looks like you had another great week, and better weather than we had in Wales!
    Yes, the washing and ironing are the downside to coming home!
    Glad you all had a good time!
    Gill xx

  2. You packed a lot into your time away. So many lovely places to visit and make some great family holiday memories.
    Good luck with getting the washing and ironing under control!
    Lisa x

  3. A lovely part of the country, which I'm glad you enjoyed! Flighty xx

  4. Thanks, everyone.

    Gill - I'm very nearly caught up with the washing and ironing now, thank goodness. It seems never ending after a fortnight away.

    Lisa - I'm very aware that there won't be many more holidays with Daniel so I'm keen to make lots of lovely family holiday memories.

    Flighty - I can't belive it took me forty years to discover this part of the country. We've visited Devon for the last three years now.

  5. Your holiday looks wonderful Jo. I love Padstow and Sidmouth especially.

    I had forgotten that you posted on this blog as well, otherwise I would have popped by earlier!

    Archie looks like he was having a really good time!


  6. Looks like you had a great time on your hols Jo. Our middle daughter is 17 on Monday and I found it quite sad that this may have been our last family holiday together as she's talking of going away with friends next year. Cherish the time with them, it passes all too soon x

  7. Jeanne - We had a wonderful holiday, really relaxing and enjoyable. There are some wonderful places to visit in Cornwall and Devon.

    Karen - Daniel is 16 so I know this will have been one of our last holidays together as a family. I agree that it's sad to think of change, I'm making the most of all our outings now.