Torquay Museum

Torquay Museum

We went to Torquay Museum with the specific intention of seeing the reconstruction of Charles Laycock’s 1860s Devon farmhouse to get a sense of what our house would have looked like in the past. The reconstructions of the front kitchen and back kitchen gave us a real feel for what the house would have looked like – we have a tiny door to the left of the Aga in the kitchen (where there would have been an open fire in the past) which...

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Our winter of refurbishment…

Well doesn’t time fly. We have been here three years and we are open again to guests for the season. We have spent this winter working hard at the cottages, making improvements we hope you will enjoy. Here is an overview of what we have been up to… Hay Barn Before Christmas we focussed on improving and updating Hay Barn’s kitchen – it now features a full-size fridge freezer and larder area for food storage and a new...

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The wonder of walking

The wonder of walking

Since Christmas our book club has been a little obsessed with reading about walking which, along with now having a dog, has inspired me to make 2019 the year I start walking more. The first book we read was Ben Fogle’s book Up, an account of his epic journey up Everest. We all enjoyed the adventure so much we then chose Raynor Winn’s best selling book The Salt Path – a heart-felt account of her wild-camping walk along the...

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Have a book-filled New Year

Have a book-filled New Year

Books and Banter – our book club recommendations We recently celebrated the first anniversary of Books and Banter – the book club I host in the conservatory here at Halsbeer once a month. I asked our members to score the books we had read during the year to find our MUST READS and DON’T BOTHERS of 2018. Our two top reads were ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay, a hilarious and revealing glimpse behind the scenes of...

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Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

Hooray, it’s half term so I thought we’d showcase a great little attraction that is undergoing a metamorphosis soon but I really recommend you catch it in its current incarnation and then visit again next year when it’s in its all new location. There is a lot of buzz, and rightly so, about bees and the threats they face at the moment. They are a vital part of our biodiversity, providing pollination to food plants and wild plants alike...

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