Sunday, 21 February 2016

We do like to be beside the seaside...

When a post about a holiday cottage in North Devon appears in my Facebook newsfeed, I always have a look, but imagine my surprise when not only was this one owned by a family from Cheltanham but it was also just down the road from our favourite camping spot in Mortehoe! Swift emails were exchanged and we were in for a three night stay in celebration of our 4th wedding anniversary!

I fell in love with The Old Water Tower Cottage the moment I stepped through the door, with its open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area (amazing use of space) complete with wood burning stove, with its seaside themed decor and with its cubby hole bedroom. Both my husband and I almost instantly started planning when we might be able to come back!

The cottage sits in the heart of the village of Mortehoe, with direct access to the coastal path via a secret walkway at the end of the garden. It's also a mere couple of minutes drive down the hill to Woolacombe town with its wide array of surf shops, cafes and art galleries and not far from Croyde (where we took Honey swimming) and Ilfracombe (where we visited the aquarium) amongst other places.

Most importantly, there is easy access to a range of beaches which can be categorised using the Honey G Beach Catagorisation System:

Woolacombe Bay: Snow Angel Beach.
This is a beach with fluffy sand suitable for lying down and making 'snow angels' on.

Barricane Beach: Treasure Beach.
This is a beach mainly composed of mermaid treasure such as shells, pebbles, mermaids purses and seaweed. Such treasure can be collected in buckets and returned to ones holiday home to be put on display!

Putsborough Sands: Sandcastle Beach.
This is a beach with sand castle appropriate sand. There are some treasures to be found but these are to be used for decorating sandcastles and are not to be taken back to ones holiday home.

Grunta Beach: Rockpool Beach.
This is a beach made up almost entirely of rockpools. Activities here include glancing in rockpools to check for signs of life, stomping in rock pools so the water comes over the sides of ones wellies and attempting death defying rock climbs.

We always have a great time in this neck of the woods, but finding somewhere so special to temporarily call home really put the icing on the cake this time. We were all a little sad at having to leave and can't wait for  our next visit!

Honey wears... Wet weather gear by Jojo Maman Bebe

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