Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Another review


View from the barn we stayed in.

Last weekend I did another review up at the most gorgeous converted barn in East Devon just outside a remote village called Plymtree which is the sort of place you only go to if you’re looking for someone – or you’re lost.

The barn had been beautifully renovated with fabulous oak doors and furniture and was very light and spacious, looking out over sheep filled fields and orchards filled with ruby red cider apples, and in the far distance, Dartmoor lay shrouded in mist.

We had to visit the local pub of course – the Blacksmiths Arms – where Moll roamed happily off the lead, eating crumbs off the floor, before we went back for our supper – a Flowerpot special that went down very well, washed down with Lidls Chardonnay. Very good.

The next day we did the review with the farmer’s wife, Sue, and Mike the farmer came over and asked if we’d like to stay another night as it was empty! We said YES! before realising that we had tickets for the St Ives festival on Sunday night so had to get back.

We stopped off at Okehampton railway cafĂ© for huge burgers that were grilled on a barbecue at the station by a friendly fellow who gave us extra onions and cheese on top – no extra charge. Suitably refreshed, we chanced upon a car boot then headed back via Bissoe to give Mollie – and us – a run.

Deb and Rich had saved us seats at the Guildhall in St Ives and despite being tired by this time, it was a really lovely end to the weekend.

Always difficult coming down to earth after a few days away like that, isn’t it?

13 comments:

Jane Lovering said...

It sounds wonderful - I'm an East Devon girl myself! Shame you couldn't stay longer, maybe next year?

Akelamalu said...

Oooh that looks and sounds fantastic!

Melissa Marsh said...

One thing (among many) that I absolutely adore about the UK is the breathtaking scenery. I would sit on the train and just stare out at the beautiful landscape for the longest time...

ADDY said...

What a fabulous view.

Chris Stovell said...

Mmm! Sounds wonderful... I could do with a break!

Flowerpot said...

It was great Chris. HIghly recommended!

Flowerpot said...

Addy - the views over the other side were even better.

Flowerpot said...

Melissa - we are very lucky with our views, particularly in the West Country.

Flowerpot said...

Ak - you bet!

Flowerpot said...

Jane - it would have been wonderful to have stayed longer. Another time perhaps....

Philipa said...

Sue I just popped by to say hi - I can read your blog at home but have to come to the library to comment, by which time I have very little time and have forgotton what I wanted to say anyway today. Am dealing with so much stuff I don't know how I'll find time to work! Anyway, have some hugs from Pip x

Flowerpot said...

Dear Pip - lovely to hear from you and hope things sort out a bit for you very soon. Hugs from me to you! x

katze said...

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