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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

staying in Devon

We needed a break from all the chaos of house moving, and the trip to Exeter show has given us a good opportunity. So, as we were in South Devon already, we booked into Chillington House B&B, in the village of Chillington, near Kingsbridge. We made it our base for exploring that part of Devon, which we have not visited before. 
Just a note on Chillington House - lovely B&B, owned and run by a young couple;
 Adam, an experienced chef, and his wife. The whole place is light and bright, very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The breakfast was a delight, besides the usual choice of cereals etc, there is a menu with 5 cooked dishes made to order, cooked by Adam.
Our room had a modern large four poster bed, which was very comfortable, the best sleep I have had in any B&B!

A large bathroom with walk in shower (note for our overseas visitors - definitively no carpet in the bathroom :-).

If you ever plan to visit this part of Devon, do have a look at their website, I do recommend it.

So, I will share with you some of the places we visited.

 a medieval fortress, which you could easily imagine in a spooky film.

A late lunch on the terrace of a small restaurant across the road.

Brixham, still very much a working fishing port.

pretty Dartmouth

afternoon tea at The Singing Kettle

walk along the Slapton Sands Beach, with its own history

built by Cistercian monks in 13th century and later became the home of Sir Francis Drake

its huge barn

and apple press

one more stop on the way home, 
A la Ronde near Exmouth,
a unique 16-sided house, built in 18th century for two spinster cousins on their return from a European grand tour. It contains many objects from their travels.

It was built around the central hall; to take the advantage of the daylight, the ladies could move from room to room during the day following the light, as it moved around the building.

the gallery above which houses a collection of shells

a view from the house

I hope you have enjoyed my trip.
Thank you for your visit and your continuing support.

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  1. well, you did pack it all in ....and anther super 'header' photo.

  2. Radka you always find lovely places to visit, and seem to get good weather every time. The round house is certainly a one off, very different and now I think it must be a museum, shame no one lives in it anymore, I would quite like to move in!

  3. Dear Radka,
    Thank you for this interesting post, I read it twice, because there are so many things to discover -

  4. Stunning photos and tour thank you Radka :)

  5. Hi Radka Thanks for a lovely picture tour of one of my favourite areas of Devon, especially as it is very grey and wet outside this morning. Note to self, make time to visit A la Ronde. It looks fabulously fascinating.

  6. Radko looks like you had a wonderful time .So many beautiful places to see.

  7. Thank you for showing us your lovely photos Radka. You visited some very interesting places. I enjoyed seeing them, and pleased to see you had such a nice little break from all the work on the house.

  8. A wonderful tour of a very interesting area and your photos are fabulous. Take care.

  9. Oooh, yes, dear Radka, I did enjoy the trip with you. Reading and seeing those beautiful Photos make me want to go back to visit Devon again. I stayed in Devon 3 weeks years ago. Thank you for taking us along.

  10. Milá Radko, moc tě zdravím a děkuji za úžasnou reportáž! Hned bych jela...
    Posílám pozdravy, Helena

  11. I so want to pack my bags and move there now. Beautiful pics as always Radka

  12. Hello dear Radka
    such an interesting post with lots of information for anyone touring around that area.

    it was a good idea for you to get away for a while - alterations can get one down!
    You'll both come back and see things with fresh eyes,

    Enjoy your weekend

  13. Radka, I really enjoy your posts and reading of the places you have been visiting. Devon is a place full of treasures. Hope to be there again one day. Thanks again for sharing.

  14. Radko, to je nádhera ... ta krajina a krásné historické domy úplně lákají k návštěvě. Moc zdravím a přeji krásné podzimní dny.

  15. Oh Radka, lovely, lovely. The B&B - super. How I would love to stay there. And all your photos are wonderful and impressive. You are a very talented photographer, you also clever girl, haha!

  16. Hallo! Thank you for wounderful Pictures! We just came home from a ten Days trip round i UK. First I Went to The Knitting&Stiching Show in London. I an still exusted. After that we, my husband and I and two Lovely friends Went down to Lands End with stops among others in Clovelly and Weymouth.
    Lot´s of interesting things to see and nice B&B´s to stay at.

  17. Anglie je na tvých snímcích taková krásně starobylá a upravená, to se mi na ní moc líbí. Jelikož jsem tam ale nikdy nebyla, soudím jen podle fotek, literatury a filmů. Je taková i ve skutečnosti, nebo se najdou i místa, za která je možné se stydět? Nedávno jsem se vrátila z Prahy. Tam to tak je. Krásná zákoutí, nádherná místa i stavby a najednou špinavé kouty plné odpadků a oprýskaných zdí. Nic pro oči turistovy.


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