HAPPY NEW YEAR!   I am sorry for not updating this page of our website for ages.... I realise 2016 and 17 have slipped past rather quickly - is it an age thing?!! Still renting our lovely properties in this beautiful part of the world but not trying very hard with my online marketing!

Facebook is probably a slightly better tool for our latest news because it is interactive. DO check our Facebook page: "Southclay Holidays" In the meantime, Happy New Year to all our regular guests and potential guests. We hope 2018 is a happy and healthy year for you all.

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Gearing up for Christmas and we have just had a last minute cancellation. Unfortunately one of our guests has fallen seriously ill and the family want to cancel the booking.... the good news is that Southclay is now available for a last minute booking if you know anyone who wants to escape for a treat over Christmas. (Monday 21st - Monday 28th Dec now available) 27th November 2015


Fabulous Autumn weather AGAIN this year. Is October the new August? I am sure we have used the swimming pool more in October than in August! Loathed to switch the heating off this year - we will continue to use it well into November!    29th October 15.

New duvet covers - beautiful egyptian cotton an absolute delight to snuggle under but SO difficult to iron! September 2015

Oops - no news for ages! Check Facebook page!

Partial Eclipse 20th March 2015

 Wonderful partial eclipse in North Devon this morning! 20th March 2015


NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.   We are hoping this will reassure our guests after the Watchdog report highlighting some fraudulent bookings being taken on behalf of genuine owners. With a credit card paymentt your money is protected from fraud by your card provider. 20th December 2014

What fabulous Autumn weather this year! We have been so busy with most weekends and some full weeks booked for October, November and December.... maintenance projects postponed to January!

Nivana Heat Pump installed to heat pool - Yipee! - How green is that?! (will also keep pool temperature up a bit higher too!) Guests (and my youngest daughter, Maddy) are going to love it! 10th May 2014

Lovely fluffy new towels for the new season :-) 25th March 2014 

PHEW! we have finally got out of our TALK TALK contract! I am hoping that until we eventually have the long promised Fibre Connection to Abbotsham that a BT business line will at least give us a slightly more reliable broadband servie than we have had for the last two years. 4th Feb 2014


Had a fabulous break over Christmas and New Year visiting family in Australia but feeling a little guilty about the sun tan and for missing all the stormy weather at home! Best wishes to everyone for a great 2014.  18th Jan 2014

Certificate for Visit England 5-Star Award The Annex


Visit England Certificate: 5 Star award for 2013 Southclay  VISIT ENGLAND 5-STAR AWARDS 2013... Fantastic recognition by an independent assessor that we are providing great quality accommodation for our visitors 26th July 2013

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The weather is SO HOT even the ice cream vans are melting! THANK GOODNESS we have Hockings ice cream vans in North Devon! 10th July 2013

Desperate to trim the shrubs overhanging the pool but still have a chaffinch and a blackbird's nest - surely it is about time the chicks flew? 10th June h Devon!

Westward Ho! is awarded BLUE FLAG STATUS - (The 10th year in a row!) 22nd May

Congratulations to Joe, Oliver, Emily and Annabelle - the first guests to jump in the pool this year as everyone else watched on wrapped up in Puffa jackets and woolley hats! Once in though - that was it for the week - noone could get those water babies away from the hot tub and the pool!  Fri 12th April 2013  

No one was brave enough to use the pool over Easter weekend - what a bitter Easterly wind?! It is looking so lovely thisafternoon though I am planning to have a swim before work tomorrow... it is brilliant when the steam mixes with the early morning mist! 3rd April 2013

My 50th birthday party in Southclay was a storming success. Now with hangover and furniture out of the way I have the perfect opportunity to spring clean and paint; to polish and reseal wooden floors and have all the carpets professionally cleaned before Feburary half term and the 2013 season gets underway. Oh yes! it will look georgous! 30th January 2013

Busy end to the season - can't believe it is Christmas already! Really enjoying decorating The Annex for its first Christmas. 6th December 2012

Olympic Fever this week with Team GB in Southclay and Team South Africa in The Annex... too busy watching the TV to worry about the odd shower but missing last week's wall to wall sunshine! 30th July 2012

Enjoying the sunshine - (at last!) who needs the Mediterranean after all? SOOOOO HOT! 24th July 2012

First guests in The Annex for Easter weekend - rushed at the last minute but everything NEARLY ready! They thought it was lovely - Hooray! Two birthday cakes and Easter eggs all in one weekend was a bit much though! No disasters yet... Fri 13th April!

Easter eggs, birthday cake and champagne in the Annex 

"THE ANNEX" is starting to look really good! Will get some photos on the website ASAP....  Will take bookings from April as an independant unit sleeping 6 in two ensuite bedrooms or in conjunction with Southclay making a total maximum of 18 guests per week! Oh help that sounds like a lot of laundry! 9th January 2012

Did I say dusty? Wet weather changed that to muddy! Will all be tidy and looking great for our Christmas guests though. 14th December 2011

Started the Annex today. Oh dear it is going to be dusty for at least a couple of weeks - good job we have no guests staying! Making a new self contained unit at the end of our traditional Devon Longhouse which will sleep 6 in two ensuite bedrooms (2+4) with its own kitchen/diner and lovely lounge with wood burner both opening out onto a large patio and then the pool. The plan is to let it either as an individual unit or as a double unit with Southclay, increasing the maximum number of guests to 18. I can't wait, I am sure it is going to work really well... will keep you posted! 17th November 2011

What fabulous Autumn weather we have had! Bonfire party last weekend was terrific with everone outside most of the night and apple bobbing in the swimming pool! Putting the pool to bed for the winter today but really sad as the sun is still shining brightly! 8th Nov 2011

Sunburnt this weekend! Had a fabulous time sailing at Roadford and camped overnight. Who would believe swimming (no wetsuit!), sunbathing, barbequing, camping... in October!!! Thank goodness there was some summer left :-) 2nd Oct 2011 

END OF AUGUST!!! We have had some lovely guests to stay this season, I can't believe it is September tomorrow, surely we can pretend there is some summer left! The sea and the pool are still lovely and warm... the weather forecast is good... (better than it has been for weeks!) Still have one week in September and two weeks in October available if anyone wants a late escape. 31st Aug 2011

Sea temperature warmer than normal August average despite storms and unsettled weather recently  9th Aug 2011



Girls home for the Summer this weekend - Hooray.... (I think!) 30th June 2011

Grand opening of the old lookout at Westward Ho! Joint project by The National Trust and the AOB. Great to be on the cliffs, the sea was really blue and this room certainly has a view! Then girls lunch with local councilor Murdoch and county councilor Boyle. 14th June 2011



Jazz on the Beach at Abbotsham Cliffs was a greast success and there will definitely be a repeat next yeaer although the weather made a hot cup of tea more appealing for some than a glass of refreshing Pimms! The beach clean and sculpture competition was also well supported with a trailor full of rubbish taken up the hill. The photo is of Oscar's sculpture who was holidaying for the week from Guernsey. 28th May 2011

Singing and dancing and swimming and gardening in the rain.... LOVE it when it rains in the only week we are empty so it can't possibly dampen anyone's holiday! 8th May 2011

Easter weekend was beautiful this year! Blue skies, blue seas and the most amazing bluebells! The photos below were taken on the coastal foot path. When the weather is good there is no better place in the world! (More photos on Facebook) 27th April 2011

   bluebells cover the cliff top Church Rock, Mouthmill little wooded path through the bluebells

First changeover of the season went really well.  Such nice guests last week - I think they had a great time... swam every day in the pool, walked miles of the coastal foot path and explored lots of Exmoor. Wish my teenagers still wanted to holiday with me! My turn to enjoy the pool today - coffee and sunday paper in the sun after a wake up swim is a good hangover cure! 17th April 2011

Winter let booking out this weekend - left it really tidy - thank you sheila! Ordered a new barbeque today - Summer roll on!  1st April 2011

Breakfast in the garden TWICE this weekend! Not a cloud in the sky on Saturday. Really getting in the mood for Summer... must heat the pool soon!  21st March 2011 

My Mum cut the grass thisafternoon for the second time this year already! MUST get mine cut... the snowdrops and crocus and even some early daffodils are starting to give a real show.

The house is booked until the end of March but can't believe we still have Easter weekend available and some dates in May and June... 10% off bookings in April for the lucky family to get a deposit to me first!  17th Feb 2011

 Christmas tree at Southclay

    Christmas and the snow have come and gone!

    HATE putting the decorations away 

    Another 12 months to wait till next time!  7th Jan 2011


 Abbotsham Cliffs on Christmas Day

We had a lovely few weeks of snow and ice with bright sunshine to lift any winter blues away.   On Christmas Day it was so beautiful on the beach my girls had to remind me several times that we really ought to be getting home to put the turkey in the oven!

Luckily we didn't suffer like much of the country and the roads were only closed for one day. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I hope 2011 brings everything you are wishing for and a few lovely surprises too!  3rd Jan 2011

So so so good to be back in North Devon! The sun is shining and a light frost is sparkling - no sign of the snow the rest of the country seem to be suffering, just blue skies, blue seas and a beautiful winter wonderland. At 6 degrees we are positively tropical compared to the rest ofthe country! I  even went down to the cliffs yesterday with no coat!    6th Dec. 2010








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Crisp, frosty mornings with mist in the valleys, long wild walks on the cliffs...  warm up in the hot tub and hunker down in front of the fire with a good book or jigsaw...

What a great time of year!


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"A wonderful house and a wonderful welcome. We felt so at home here - & adore the hot tub & that incredible view!An excellent holiday venue, we would love to take it with us & would heartlily recommend it to anyone! Norcross & Woodwand families"