A stranger is only a friend you haven't met yet! Jen a friend from Cumbria, used to say that all the time although I'm not sure where the quote is from orginally...
It is great to say that we have been open for a month and we have been very busy! The fabulous Devon weather had certainly been a factor in persuading people to have a break and enjoy all that this lovely part of East Devon has to offer. No-one is really booking too far ahead so we do have some availability if you are thinking about a late August or early September get away.
Guests have enjoyed sitting on the beach and some long walks along the cliff paths. For everyone trying to avoid Salcombe Hill or Peak Hill we have been suggesting a stroll out along The Byes and then a walk along the country lanes to Sidbury which is fairly flat and the picturesque village is your reward before you turn back. Paul tried out paddle boarding with Jurassic Paddle Sports on a sunny afternoon and he loved it - we will now try to find a space for a paddle board! It is worth checking their Instagram page as they do post information most days (including sea safety messages) and whether they have any availability for hiring the paddle boards or kayaks. The Donkey Sanctuary isn't open yet which is a shame as it is so popular but they are ensuring that the donkeys and the volunteers stay safe. We will keep an eye on their news pages and post on facebook when we know they will be open.
Everyone has been leaving their cars for most of their visit and staying local but we have noticed that Lyme Regis has been a popular day out too. We really like it there and fish and chips from one of the places near The Cob is a great summer evening dinner. There are some lovely little shops, The Town Mill has started re-opening and Lyme Regis has some lovely little restaurants too.
We can't open up our guest lounge at the moment but everyone has been enjoying sitting in the garden and chatting over a cup of tea and lots of home made cake! My Mary Berry chocolate cake with white chocolate filling has been going down a treat with a pot of Yorkshire tea at about 4pm - all very traditional! Everyone has found a nice place to eat in the evening with lots of local places getting some praise...The Courtyard, The Pea Green Boat, The Marine, The Loft, Neil's, The Swan, The Anchor and The Volley have all been recommended for dinner by different people and The Clock Tower cakes have definitely been tasted and enjoyed by most of our visitors.
If you are visiting on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday think about booking ahead as the 'Eat Out to Help Out' offer has definitely meant that some places are full. Even on other days the reduced capacity in some places mean that sometimes you can't just drop in.
We are delighted with the reviews and comments our guests have left for us and we hope to welcome them all back as they are no longer strangers!