We had booked the day off work, so jumped in the car first thing and made our way down south. The group’s plan was to meet for lunch at Ilfracombe.
This seaside town was the perfect respite from the journey. We arrived a little early and so whilst Dave and his brothers went for a pint, I scrambled up the hill to the viewpoint. The coastal landscape was beautiful and Ilfracombe looked equally so!
Once I’d snapped some photos, I headed down to the pub to join the men and wait for the others, who started to arrive not long afterwards. We had a bite to eat whilst having quick catch ups – plus first meets of Remi, Char and Craig’s super cute puppy, and another ramble up to the viewpoint! – and then drove over to the weekend’s accommodation.
Lympscott Barn was a beautiful, six bedroom property on a dairy farm, located near Kilkhampton. The house sleeps 14 people, which made it ideal for our parties’ size! Some of the bedrooms had en suites and all were incredibly comfy and large. The kitchen was perfectly suited to our cooking needs and the lounge was brilliant. Harry certainly seemed to be happy on the sofa!
As well as it’s size, Lympscott Barn was our first choice because of it’s hot tub. Therefore, after everyone had settled in, Dave and I grabbed our drinks and headed straight out in to the garden.
The hot tub wasn’t big enough to fit us all in, but it accommodated the different groups of sexes well! Us ladies had a blissful time, chatting away whilst sipping on glasses of prosecco and enjoying the bubbling water.
As the night drew in, we all headed inside to get in to comfier clothes and met back in the lounge for more drinks and nibbles before turning in for some zzz’s.
Saturday started wonderfully with sunny views outside the window and bacon sarnies. Eager to get out and explore the local area, we got ready quickly and were heading out the door not long after!
The main object of our day was to visit the historic town of Clovelly. We paid the entrance fee and started down the steep streets. It’s not every day you need to pay entrance to a town but it was well worth it. It was like we’d had our own time machine and stepped in to the past!
Set on the edge of a cliff, Clovelly has no cars, only donkey-drawn carts – although, I’m still gutted we didn’t see one! If that isn’t reliving the past, I don’t know what is! The streets are lined with sweet cottages adorned with pretty flowers boxes and garden ornaments.
With two museums, craft workshops, little shops and a beautiful harbour, Clovelly is the perfect tourist destination for those wanting to get a sense of past British life. We wandered down the cobbled streets and admired the views of the bay in the distance.
Stunning sights greeted us when we reached the shoreline. Boats bobbed lightly on the waves, Gulls cawed above us and rows of sweet, little buildings were tucked in the hillside behind us. It has to be one of the prettiest places I have ever visited!
The Red Lion Hotel was also a welcome sight for the men who wanted a beer! Next was the beach-top waterfall. Another beautiful addition to this intriguing town – even if the pebble beach gave us a work out to get there!
In search of lunch, we drove over to Bude in North Cornwall. Before seeing the beach, a drink stop was needed as well! We soon found ourselves in the sunny beer garden of Bar 35, enjoying a gin cocktail.
The men were content with their pints and so we left them to it to wander towards to seafront. As we did, the weather in Cornwall turned and fog descended! By the time we reached the shoreline, it had turned rather nippy and we opted for a hot drink to warm us up!
Once we had safely passed the crossing cattle and returned to the house, Laura – the talented baker behind Laura’s Cakes – brought out the seaside-themed cupcakes she’d whipped up for the weekend. As usual, they were absolutely delicious!
In complete contrast to Bude, the sun was shining and so we made ourselves at home in the big field near the house and played some games.
But it didn’t take long for the men to fire up the BBQ and we got on with sorting the nibbles. When the meat was cooked, we gathered around the table and devoured the delicious feast.
Some of the group got back in the hot tub afterwards, whilst the rest relaxed in the lounge. Our evening was finished off by realising how old we were feeling – we were all knackered! – and a chill out on the sofas.
It was another fantastic day!
After waking up, we packed the cars and waved goodbye to our lovely friends and the wonderful Lympscott Barn.
Our weekend spent by the coast was brilliant, not to mention the company we were with! Devon and Cornwall are absolutely stunning places and I already can’t wait to visit them again – we have already been to Cornwall since, for the annual trip to Newquay on the second May Bank Holiday but more on that coming soon!