Devon Staycation say Hello Wave Goodbye!

Family holidays the stuff memories are made of, always eventful and always lots of fun. My recent family holiday in Devon was no different..

Having already spent two weeks in Florida in July, I consider myself lucky to have had yet another break, albeit one spent in the UK, nowadays known as a ‘staycation’

My extended family, plus my nearest and dearest took up residence for a week in a converted Gothic style Barn…it was marvelous, (although I have to admit to missing the ‘Wifi’ as for the first few days I had important emails to send)

Devon Staycation say Hello Wave Goodbye!


Devon Staycation

I can report that we are all now feeling revitalised after experiencing a healthy respite from the daily grind.

I have breathed in the bracing sea air, walked for miles, even took a nasty tumble whilst walking the dog on a wet beach, ouch!

At the end of our busy days, my extended family and I put the world to rights whilst sharing home cooked meals around the large dining table. Afterwards they played Ludo and other games, whilst I watched, happily crocheting from the comfort of the sofa.


Devon Clovelly Staycation say Hello Wave Goodbye!


We all slept like a dream and awoke to the sound of seagulls and cows. The rain for the most part held off, although as the coast is always breezy we occasionally we wore jumpers and cardis.

Now don’t worry I am not going to bore you with our endless holiday snaps however, I would love to share a few of the beautiful views we experienced…the UK has some amazing hidden and very beautiful places to explore.


Hartland Point and the Lighthouse

Hartland Point Devon Staycation say Hello Wave Goodbye!


Braunton Sands.

Braunton sands Devon Staycation say Hello Wave Goodbye!

A revelation to us and just around the corner from the very commercial Croyde Bay (which was packed) we found a stunning stretch of beach that was almost deserted even at the height of the summer season!

Braunton sands Devon Staycation say Hello Wave Goodbye!



Surely no Devon Staycation is ever complete unless you have undertaken the walk back up Clovelly high street? My top tip for you, wear trainers.

Devon Clovelly Staycation say Hello Wave Goodbye!



Bude is the prettiest town, it is actually in Cornwall.  I found the most amazing flower shop, that sold not only flowers, but plants and interior accessories to it was called Bleujen and is well worth a visit if you are in the area…


Bleujen florist Bude

Bleujen florist Bude


There was a song playing over and over in my head every day? It was this one by Groove Armada

‘At the River’

… If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, Quaint little villages here and there. …

Do you remember that one from 1998?


Before we had even had a chance to say hello to all the quaint little villages, it was time to wave goodbye…until next year Devon… adieu!

You can read see a few pics of last years trip here if you wish?

I hope you are enjoying your summer holidays wherever you are?

Bestest wishes to you and yours

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  1. Carolyn Cartledge
    13/08/2017 / 08:25

    Hi Ashley, your post brought back many happy memories of holidays in Devon and Cornwall when my girls were small. Clovelly is so sweet but there is no way I could do the walk back up again these days unfortunately ?. I do agree about the hidden treasures of England. Well done xx

    • 13/08/2017 / 12:15

      Hi Carolyn its that sort of holiday place isn’t it?
      Very nostalgic for me too to be back there! I did take a nasty tumble myself actually!
      Thanks for your lovely comment
      best ashley xx

  2. 13/08/2017 / 07:50

    It all looks lovely Ashley and I see Pepe enjoyed it too. Just imagine me in my high heels cursing that long hilly street in my high heels? There would be a lot of ***** ! xx

    • 13/08/2017 / 12:16

      Exactly! I would have had to insist on you wearing trainers!! (that will be the day?)
      Ashley xxx

  3. 12/08/2017 / 20:28

    This looks so beautiful!
    xx Nicki

    • 12/08/2017 / 20:32

      thank you very much Nicki the scenery was breathtaking
      Ashley x