When we received Canopy and Stars vouchers for Christmas we just knew we should use them to celebrate our wedding anniversary by spending a weekend in Devon. The venue we chose was Brownscombe Tabernacle run by the lovely Kate. I’m not going to talk much now about the accommodation itself as it really does deserve it’s very own post, but here is what we got up to in Devon…
Our day started in Hampshire and after a couple of hours drive and we arrived, about an hour after check-in opened. Kate showed us around the site and up to our lodgings for the weekend. We’d pre-ordered a BBQ pack for that evening so whilst I set up the wood burning hot tub CLB got to work on heating the charcoal up. We were able to dine al fresco with the help of some tea lights before jumping in the hot tub and sipping on fizz for the rest of the evening.
We started off in Paignton where we boarded the steam train for Kingswear, the journey takes 30mins and despite the weather not being bright blue skies we were still able to take in the views of the countryside and the ocean, which were beautiful.
As Kingswear is the end of the line we were transported the short distance across the water to Dartmouth on a ferry. Whilst we were in this river-side town we had a yummy lunch of fish and chips at Rockfish, followed by a mooch around the shops and warming cup of hot chocolate at Bayard’s Cove Inn before boarding the river boat for a 90min journey to Totnes.
When we reached Totnes we wandered around before jumping on the bus back to Paignton where our outing was complete. I’d highly recommend the Round Robin for all ages, and for a full days activity and the amount of land you cover the price is pretty reasonable too.
When we got back to Brownscombe one of Kate’s delicious casseroles was waiting for us and whilst the hot tub heated up we wolfed down dinner, played a game or two of Scrabble and then spent the rest of the evening star gazing.
Our actual anniversary fell on this day and started off with one of Kate’s tasty breakfasts. CLB surprised me that morning with news we were going horse riding that afternoon; a hack on Dartmoor…could an anniversary afternoon out get much better than that? We headed towards the stables a little early so we could grab a bite to eat and came across the gorgeous country pub that is the Rugglestone Inn where it was so sunny we were able to sit outside in their large garden and enjoy a light bite.
Our hack started at Shilstone Rocks Riding Centre where were were kitted out with boots and hats before being introduced to our horses for the afternoon, River and Bevan. The two hour private hack took us out over Dartmoor where we could take in the scenery, roaming animals and fresh air. It really was bliss, and something I wish I could do every Sunday!
In the evening CLB had planned dinner out at the Cary’s Arms, where we enjoyed a three course meal in their restaurant followed by drink in the lounge.
With a long journey back to London this was another part explore, part travel day. After check out we headed to Torquay for a brunch at Visto Lounge and a walk along the sea front and down to the marina.
On the way home we then decided to stop in a cute little village called Mere for a spot of late lunch before the final leg home.
Devon, you were splendid and we both really can’t wait to visit again sometime soon.