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Brilliant Bonfire Night at The BIG Sheep

The annual bonfire party at The Big Sheep in Abbotsham, North Devon did not disappoint this year! Another HUGE bonfire, spectacular firework display and new "fire show" for 2019. The whole village and every road surrounding it was packed with cars last night as hundreds of visitors arrived to enjoy this seasonal treat. Southclay and The Annex's hill - top position ensured we could enjoy the fireworks without battling with the crowds this year. BUT the spectacular sunrise the next morning rivaled any of the spectacular fireworks!

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Ready for Halloween

Abbotsham, our little village in North Devon is probably one of the best places in the country to enjoy a bit of Halloween fun. The family-friendly, village pub, The Thatched Inn, is reborn for a couple of weeks in October as a chamber of horrors and The Big Sheep, our local tourist attraction has an amazing Halloween Festival promoting Fun-by-Day, Fear-by-Night With late availability discounts, for anyone who has not experienced North Devon in October I really recommend a visit at this time of year!

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Chimneys Swept and Fires Lit

Autumn is officially here. The leaves are turning a fantastic colour this year in North Devon, mushrooms and toadstools are sprouting and walks through the woods are a must when coming to stay for an Autumn/Winter break. Hunker down by the fire for a truly cosy feeling when you are ready to shut the elements out and enjoy our luxurious holiday accommodation, perfect for a winter let.

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WINTER SURF

Surfing or body-boarding at Westward Ho! in North Devon can be such an exhilarating experience! Westward Ho! is 5 miles of sandy beach, rarely with undercurrents or rip tide and heaps of space to swim, surf, kayak or kite surf!

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Family Reunion October 2019

Milestone birthdays, anniversaries or just to catch up... making time for friends or family is a lovely way to celebrate a special occasion. A quality rental property, like Southclay and The Annex, with heaps of space to all get together and be sociable but also space for everyone to do their own thing is priceless. Taking time out and making memories to treasure is probably the best gift of all.

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North Devon Business Leisure and Tourism Awards 2019

I was SO PROUD to be at the North Devon Business Leisure and Tourism Awards this week with my husband Steve. Our business, (well his business really), Willoughby Ltd makes furniture from a base in South Molton and was presented with an award for the BEST MANUFACTURER IN NORTH DEVON! He has promised me new kitchen worktops for The Annex and Southclay and new bedroom furniture for the purple twin ready for next season so all our guests should be able to admire some or his handiwork! Unfortunately family always have to wait till last...

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New Sculptures for Cooper Street in Bideford

BillandPeach Shaw Metalwork have finished the first stage of a wonderful commission to make and erect steel, copper and brass sculptures around Bideford in North Devon. One is a cooper making barrels the second, an old Bideford merchant. Two more to follow... to celebrate the history of the town. Sponsored by Rob and Grahem Braddick and Torridge District Council these first two pieces will form part of a sculpture trail set high up on prominent buildings in Bideford.

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September for Sunrise Yoga, Sunsets and Star-gazing!

September sunshine has been a delight! An Indian Summer? Certainly, a treat for our guests coming to stay for a late Summer/Autumn break. The middle of September was nicer than the middle of July or August this year! Clear, cloudless blue during the day and beautiful crystal-clear, star-lit skies at night. This September has been exceptional, the early morning, misty sunrises have tempted me out into the garden with my yoga mat and the sunsets have been extraordinary! Watching the sun fall into the sea at the end of the day or lying back in the hot tub with a glass of something cool whilst the sky is lit up then the stars come out makes me grateful to be alive. I LOVE September.

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ART TREK North Devon Open Studios

I was in Bideford Pannier Market yesterday and was reminded it was the time of year for Art Trek (13th -29th September) Over 60 amazing venues to visit all across North Devon. This trail gives us the chance not only to find new and exciting art but also to meet the talented artists who have created it.

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