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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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Five Star: NEW CARPETS!

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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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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