Extras to make your Stay EXTRA Special
This property may have been awarded a 5 star grading, England’s highest award for self catering accommodation but there are many extras that even the most demanding guest may be surprised to find. The owners have tried to be creative in imagining what may make the difference between a lovely break and a particularly successful and memorable one.
Some surprises may include anything from bike repair kit and pumps to wind breaks, surf boards, buckets and spades and crabbing lines. There is a small inflatable boat, kites, children’s tennis rackets, and even a portable barbeque to take down to the cliffs. An outside tap is ideal for washing out wetsuits or rinsing off muddy or sandy gear and a selection of herbs in the herb garden are perfect for throwing straight on the barbeque or adding to marinades.
Fresh bread in the morning or to come home to after a day sightseeing? A lovely new bread machine is amongst the kitchen gadgets available for you to experiment with. The well equipped kitchens also includes a full set of stainless steel knives (and a sharpener!); a food processor and blender; silicone bake ware; cookery books, electric scales and a large selection of quality pots, pans, dishes and cooking utensils. Don’t worry…. for the lazy chef there is also a freezer, microwave and dishwasher!
A Winter warmer…
Both the houses are perfect for winter breaks. There is full under floor heating throughout the house in Southclay with individual thermostats in each room and in the Annex, a combination of underfloor heating and radiators to keep the chills away between late autumn and spring. Both properties also have a traditional, clear-view wood burner in the lounge as an extra feature which makes it extra cosy on cooler evenings or during stormy weather!
Electricity and heating oil are included in the rent, a stack of wood for the wood-burning stove in the living room is provided, thereafter it is available at cost from Madeleine, the owners’ daughter.
At Christmas/New Year the owners will happily help you find a local tree for you to decorate with your own decorations or ones provided or can install a tree ready with tasteful decorations and lights for instant seasonal cheer the minute you walk in the door. We can even show you where the best holly and ivy can be cut.
Many family friendly extras such as a cot, high chair and a stair gate are standard. We also provide children’s plastic cups, crockery and plastic glasses for use outside, in the hot tub and on picnics. A selection of children’s toys, books and games are also popular.
A huge library of brochures is provided to help you plan days out with the family in North Devon but The BIG Sheep tourist attraction with its large undercover play area; sheep racing; lamb feeding; laser shooting; brewery and LOADS more is just down the hill and the Extreme Adventure Centre with high ropes and mountain boarding suitable for older children is also at the bottom of the village.
Babysitting can be arranged if required.
1. Grocery Delivery:
Marshford Organic Foods (local and international organic produce) www.marshford.co.uk
Johns Supermarket & Delicatessen (delightful local supermarket supplying local meat, fish, fruit and veg, cheese etc and many fresh/local or interesting delicatessen products alongside standard packaged goods) www.johnsofinstow.co.uk
Majestic Wine www.majestic.co.uk
A qualified chef living locally in the village will produce home cooked, often home grown or locally sourced, family friendly suppers or can do dinner party menus for a special occasion. Freshly prepared and delivered to the fridge with instructions where necessary but would prefer not to serve. (Contact Southclay Holidays to arrange)
"Rent-a-Frog" Fantastic French chefs Joe and James will cook and serve a beautiful meal in Southclay. Based locally in Cafe du Parc in Bideford, they charge £20/hour (£10 each) + ingredients www.cafeduparc.co.uk Tel 01237 42937 to discuss menu options
West Country Caterers (well established, family run business concentrating on home cooked cuisine) Will deliver pre-ordered house party meals, freezer food, or can bring a meal to serve. See their web site for details of the type of menu offered www.west-country-caterers.co.uk Tel: 01769 560473
Sargies Cornish Kitchen (Dave and Kirsty Sargent for delicious, stress-free food cooked in your kitchen and professionally served.... based in Bude, North Cornwall) Tel 01288 359010 www.sargiescornishkitchen.co.uk
3. Pampering therapists will come to the house:
Chi Mind Body and Spirit (min 4 guests for home visit) www.chimindbodyandspirit.co.uk
Julie’s Mobile Beauty (beauty treatments) www.juliesmobilebeauty.co.uk
Directory of other North Devon Therapists www.bodyandmindzone.co.uk