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Autumn Days in North Devon

Beautiful Autumn, time to pause and reignite the lust for nature and fresh air. Time to take stock, enjoy the simple pleasures and look forward optimistically to 2021

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Who Needs to Holiday Abroad?

UK holidays this year are proving we do not need to fly away to enjoy a special treat. Two of my girls came home for August Bank Holiday and we enjoyed sparkling sunshine, an empty beach and swimming with seals! A wonderful mini adventure we will remember for years Holidays in North Devon were booked up quickly as restrictions lifted and families were desperate to get away; but many of our guests have been surprised to discover that a traditional UK beach holiday is more fun than they expected and are unlikely to ever take the family back to their regular Mediterranean "hot spots".

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Welcome Guests

It is SO nice to be able to welcome guests to Southclay and The Annex at last! Three families from Middlesex are the first to enjoy our wonderful facilities and the North Devon Coast this summer. To hear children playing in the garden and in the swimming pool again is priceless.

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COVID 19 Lockdown is being eased! Hooray! Following the government announcement yesterday we are pleased to say that we will be able to welcome the guests that have booked for July. (desperately hoping we don't get a second wave of infection)

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Time to Dream?

Blue skies are calling, and after three weeks of lock down, everyone is getting Corona-virus cabin fever... Use the time to dream and plan your next great escape. Southclay (sleeps 10+2) and The Annex (sleeps 4-6) on the North Devon coast are waiting for you! Short list one of these properties or make a provisional booking so that you are ready to confirm as soon as the restrictions are lifted.

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Stay at Home

Following the Government Guidelines it is with regret that we have cancelled all March, April and probably will have to consider our May bookings.

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Coronavirus?... Implications for self catering holidays

Southclay Holidays in North Devon has just committed to ensuring there is a three day break between bookings to enable deep cleaning and to ensure at least 72 hours for any residual virus to become inactive before new guests arrive this Spring. With world economies going into meltdown this week, the timescale of the Coronavirus COVIOD-19 pandemic is just starting to dawn. The travel industry will undoubtedly be hit hard but a self-catering unit offers a really good option to escape the tedium of hunkering down and isolating at home.

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Valentine's Treat: Late availability now with Champagne and lots of extras

Remember to take time out to spoil someone special and to say "I love you". Romance is not just for Valentine's Day BUT THIS IS A REMINDER: 14th February is coming up fast! We currently have late availability in both Southclay (seeps 10) and The Annex (sleeps 4) for Valentine's weekend. When you book a Valentine's Treat at Southclay Holidays, we will add lots of extras to our holiday cottages to transform a luxury break into a wonderful romantic treat. Extras: rose petals, candles, chocolates, delicious chilled champagne and lots of fresh flowers... Both our properties deliver a wow for people looking for a romantic break with a private hot tub, comfortable beds and a cosy lounge with a wood-burner to snuggle up to but these "extras" are a bonus and are sure to impress!

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Southwest Coastal Footpath 1.

What could be nicer for a winter treat than to get outside for some fresh air and (with a little luck) clear, blue skies like today? The Southwest Coast Path is less than a mile from Southclay and The Annex and inspires us to get out and walk whenever we have a chance. This is the first of a few blogs remembering some highlights from the coast path we have enjoyed over the last few weeks. Of course, Number 1 is at our local patch, Abbotsham Cliffs. Is it muddy in the winter months? Yes, and can be spectacularly slippery in some places BUT the winter light is beautiful, with wonderful reflections and long shadows and often you can get away from the crowds and have the path, the cliffs and the beaches to yourself.

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New Year 2020

A New Year's Day Swim at Westward Ho! really launched the year in style! The beach was filled with swimmers yesterday as perhaps 1000 people jumped in the sea and thousands more cheered them on. On even the busiest days in the Summer I have never seen the beach so crowded... With Sandymere flooded there was real problems finding anywhere to park!

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