Bed and Breakfast at Holbeton, near Plymouth


MAY 2019

We are now in the Month of May, nearly half way through the year and Summer is fast approaching. The month of May is The National Walking Month, an annual campaign to promote the benefits of walking. What is great about walking is it is free and according to the NHS even just a brisk walk of 10 minutes daily has many health benefits. We are lucky that we are within 2 miles of the beach and it is such a lovely walk to the beach, you can even stop off at The Surfing Cow for an ice cream or have a cup of coffee at The School House at Mothecombe when you arrive. Coastguards beach is dog friendly all year round and we just love being down there at low tide as Merlin our Cockerpoo enjoys chasing after a ball in the River Erme and digging up the sand. I must admit we haven't yet tried the Surfing Cow ice cream but will do so soon and keep you informed. The Surfing Cow, which is just a fabulous name, opened last year and our guests and villagers who have tried it have had no complaints. The name is quite appropriate as last year one of the local cows came off the cliff and was found by a paddle boarder on the rocks, safe and alive. The paddleboarder apparently managed to get help from another person with a boat and the cow was towed back to shore. The poor thing was so exhausted that it had to be carried up to the field in a digger. The cow was fine and once rested went on it's merry way. You can imagine such a story line in one of the soaps.

Whilst on the subject of dramas and TV Rik is now what they call an artiste! He saw an advert for a role as an extra in a new Dawn French drama which has been and still is being filmed locally. He spent two days as an extra ( he says artiste) and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So you will have to look out for him when it comes out. The drama is for ITV , it is called Glass Houses and unless Rik ends up on the cutting room floor he should be in episode 4.

In addition to the filming, last Friday Rik and friends did a charity gig at The Dartmoor Union for The Mustard Tree Macmillan Support centre and raised £280. It was very well supported and the money is going to a great cause.

Our May Newsletter is now out and is all about Dartmoor and what to see and do so if you haven't yet signed up to our newsletter and would be interested in receiving it just follow the link on the home page.

Written by Nicky Cole The Ivy Barn Bed and Breakfast

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We appreciate one of the main questions you have when you take your dog on holiday is: Where are the best dog friendly places to eat in South Devon? Here at theThe Ivy Barn we know that it is important to you so we have compiled a list of local places to eat. Click on the photo link to read more.
1st March 2019

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Are you a runner and do you like to run on holiday? Click the photo link to read more.
15th March 2019

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What is Mayflower400? Click on the photo link to read our handy guide to the Mayflower400 commemorations.

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What is the difference between a bed and breakfast and a hotel? Click on the photo link to read our short guide.



February/March 2019
Cooking for the Holbeton Lunch Club
Story telling and The Wizard of Oz

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January 2019
Aunty Jeans cookies

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May 2018
Surprise snow in the village
Some lovely cafes and pubs where you can eat in South Hams
A spotlight on Overbecks National Trust property

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January 2018
Race the Light Trail run 2017
5 local walks close to The Ivy Barn
5 ideas of where to walk on Dartmoor

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November 2017
The John Light Memorial cricket match
Apple Day
Halloween in Holbeton


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