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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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Happy Christmas All

Wishing all our guests old and new, potential guests, customers, friends and family a Happy Christmas. Special festive wishes to all of you we really should have sent a card to... and just haven't got around to it!

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Book in for Fabulous Festive Cheer

5 weeks and counting... but not too late to plot your escape this festive season. We have Christmas and New Year availability! Click below to see our availability, or call us now to plan the perfect retreat this Christmas or New Year. Southclay (sleeps 10) and The Annex (sleeps 4-6) are both luxurious, 5-star properties but both look even more fabulous when lit up and sparkly at Christmas! With fairy lights strung and decorations hung, all you’ll have to do is bring the turkey and your family or friends. Ditch throwaway presents and make memories this Christmas. Rather than the last- minute scramble to find presents, why not club together and indulge in some quality time at one of our beautiful holiday rentals?

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Romantic Breaks - The Perfect Gift

Remember to take time out to spoil someone special and to say "I love you". Romance is not just for Valentine's Day. When you book a romantic break at Southclay Holidays, we have added some extra options to our holiday cottages to transform a luxury break into a romantic treat. If you are struggling for a Christmas present what could be nicer than quality time together? With a private hot tub from which to relax and watch the sun go down or to star-gaze and a cosy lounge with wonderful wood-burner to snuggle in front of; these properties have always delivered when it comes to a romantic break but our new extras deliver the cream on the cake. The addition of rose petals, candles, chocolate and a luxurious bubble bath when you arrive will certainly impress. Add some delicious chilled fizz and some fresh flowers if you want to go all in!

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Clovelly Soap may help us be greener

My kitchen smells heavenly this morning after unwrapping a sample selection of beautiful Clovelly Soaps. We have been exploring ways to be more eco-friendly and how to go plastic free... it is a "no-brainer" when it spoils our guests at the same time! It is the thoughtful little extras that elevates a holiday rental to a particularly memorable, fabulous break. Do you think Clovelly Soap will impress our guests?

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We want to be rated as 5 -star in every review, by all our guests. Low Season maintenance and a really good update each year is vital in maintaining high standards in holiday rentals. It is always a quite time of year in November and I simply couldn't wait for the Black Friday sales! I have ordered two new fridges and two new smart TVs for Southclay and The Annex. We are having the pool table slate re-covered in fresh baize, did some painting a couple of weeks ago... and had lovely new stair and landing carpets fitted today! IT'S LOOKING PRETTY GOOD FOR A DULL DAY IN NOVEMBER!

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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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No Trick or Treaters!

All dressed up and no one came to call! There was so much action in the village last night at both the Thatched Inn and The Big Sheep that obviously Steve and I couldn't compete!

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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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