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May 2018

Nicky and Rik are looking forward to the Summer and welcoming new guests and old friends who have stayed with us before. We have an exciting special early bird offer for July. Please see below.

We have welcomed Spring in with open arms after two bouts of snow in Holbeton which meant we were cut off for a couple of days due to snow drifts in the country lanes. This does not regularly happen and we were told by one of the villagers, born and bred here, that we were too close to the estuary and sea to have snow. Of course the villagers in Holbeton rallied around – one villager used their 4 x 4's to deliver beer to the pub as the delivery van could not get into the village and milk was delivered to the Post office/shop on a child's sled. Holbeton did look pretty in the snow though and Merlin loved playing in it.


Now that it has become warmer the countryside is blossoming. It is becoming more and more beautiful with the colourful wild flowers, gardens becoming alive again with a rainbow of colours and you can see signs of new life in the fields around us with lambs darting around and playing. South Hams has so much to explore from the stunning beaches and views from the South West Coast Path to the varied and enticing places to eat.


There are so many places to eat in this area you can be spoil for choice. We have selected a few local café/restaurants which we feel you may wish to visit whilst out exploring the area. Of course Holbeton has two great pubs but it is always good to know of other places outside of the village.

1. The Lazy Cow - Poundwell Street Modbury PL21 0QJ. The Lazy Cow has been described as the stylish go to place to eat and relax. The popular lunch menu ranges from freshly made soup, paninis and sandwiches, avocado and humus on sourdough, to chickpea, beetroot & feta salad and various specials of the day. Alternatively if you are just looking for somewhere to have a decent cup of coffee with a choice of delicious home made cakes this is a place not to be missed. The Lazy Cow is located off the main high street near to the car park. It is very popular and can get very busy. There is seating area outside if the weather is warm.

2. The Mess Room Café - Breakwater Road, Plymouth PL9 7HJ. This is the run by 2. the same owner as The Lazy Cow and can be found in Yacht Haven Quay. Yacht Haven Quay in Plymouth is the first dry stack purpose built marina in the UK which offers a modern alternative to traditional berthing if you are fascinated by boats. Like the Lazy Cow the food at The Mess Room cafe is excellent and there is a wide choice for breakfast ( but don't tell Rik I said this) and lunch and lots of lovely cakes. An ideal place to visit enroute to Plymouth or after a long day exploring Plymouth.
3. The White Heart - Church Street Modbury PL21 0QW. If you are looking for good value quality food The White Hart is the place to visit. With a Traditional Pub, Fresh Seafood, Vegetarian, Children's Menu, A La Carte/Fine, Locally Sourced, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options. Reservations are recommended as The White Hart does get busy.
4. The Brook Inn -Plympton St Maurice PL7 1NJ .The Brook Inn serves lunch and dinners and is well known for it's good homely food at reasonable prices. The Brook Inn has live entertainment, open mic nights, murder mystery and quiz nights. It is well worth a visit and a good stop off if you are on the way back from Dartmoor. Booking is advised for the evening and Sunday lunch.

If you require any further details please do not hesitate to contact is on 01752 830484.



Overbeck's Museum and Garden is an Edwardian house and 2.75 hectare garden situated in Sharpitor, Salcombe, Devon, England. It is named after its last private owner Otto Christop Joseph Gerhardt Ludwig Overbeck. When Otto died in 1937, he left the house and garden to the National Trust, on condition it was named after him in perpetuity. Many of the original trees and shrubs planted by Otto in the 1920’s-1930’s are still alive and well.

Described as a hidden paradise of subtropical gardens and quirky collections.
Overbecks is tucked away on the cliffs above Salcombe and has magnificent views of the estuary and coast. The location is dramatic and romantic and it is easy to see why this garden has captivated so many over the years. The subtropical garden is bursting with colour filled with exotic and rare plants.
There are beautiful garden trails to entice you into another country, secret paths,woodlands, a statue garden and an Olive grove to explore.

The house itself was once a wartime hospital, also it's last private owner Otto Overbeck was an accomplished inventor, linguist and art collector.

Overbeck has a tea room serving cream teas and light lunches.


A magnificent mansion filled with treasures, a hidden gem on the banks of the Plym.
You will find:
Lush interiors
Precious Chinese wallpapers
A working orangery
Open everyday except 25th and 26th December
Dogs welcome in the park and woods.

An old monastic estate in a tranquil valley. Buckland Abbey later became the home of Sir Francis Drake.
You will find:
The legendary Drake's Drum
Huge monastic barn referred to as the Great Barn which is virtually unchanged since built.
Estate walks of meadows, orchard and woodlands where you can enjoy the far reaching views of the Tavy Valley.
Open everyday except 24th,25th and 26th December.
Dogs welcome on estate walks

Wembury beach is found on a dramatic stretch of coastline including views of the Great Mewstone which is part of the National Trust. Wembury beach is renowned for rock pooling and surfing but it is also a great place just to breathe in the sea air and relax. There is the Old Mill Cafe which is full of fascinating history. The beach is dog free from the 1st May to 30th September but dogs can go on the estate but is advisable to keep them on leads due to the livestock around.



Book 4 nights for July before the end of May and get the fourth night half price and a free scrumptious Devon Cream Tea during your stay.
Until next time. We hope you enjoyed our snap shot of some places to visit and this has inspired you with some ideas of what to do when you next visit this area.
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Enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Warmest regards
Nicky and Rik

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