Yearly Archives: 2017

The dramatic history of Hallsands…….

A century ago one of our local fishing villages was struck by disaster.  South Hallsands was one of several small communities dotted along the coast that relied on the sea for its living and supported 128 inhabitants, 39 houses and

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Spotlight on Ilfracombe………

Damien Hirst’s Verity definitely has the Marmite factor – whether you love her or can’t stand her she’s extremely popular and draws people to Ilfracombe.   However Verity, as statuesque and commanding as she is in the harbour, is not the

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Chocolate cake recipe, courtesy of Mincombe Barn:

Luke’s chocolate cake with chocolate ganache.  Can be decorated according to the season! Ingredients: 225g Butter or baking margarine 225g Caster sugar 225g Self-raising flour 50g Cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 large duck eggs or 4 chicken eggs

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P-p-p-pick up a penguin on World Penguin Day!

Living Coasts is an all-weather attraction, located on Torquay seafront in South Devon.   There’s always plenty to see and do – mingle with the playful penguins, get up close to the otters, octopus and seals, and much more.  Visit Penguin

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Easter at Little Comfort Farm means egg hunts and plenty of chocolate

The Easter egg hunts have always been popular with our holiday cottage guests at Little Comfort Farm and we hold one each week throughout the Easter holidays so everyone staying on the farm gets a go. Clues are hidden around

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The story of a castle as told for children and then for the adults!

Entertain your children over Easter: The story of Lawrence Castle (Children’s Workshop) Have you spotted the big white castle from the viewpoint on the Discovery Trail at Haldon Forest?  Why not learn a little bit about its colourful history and

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Be sure to visit Croyde during your stay…..

Tell people you live in North Devon and they will invariably have heard of Croyde, even if they don’t know anywhere else in the area. Probably best known for its surf, when the conditions are right Croyde produces steep, powerful

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The dreams and reality of a running a farm based B&B!

My dream… to have wonderful children staying at our farm enjoying what they would normally only see on the television or Xbox – real fields, grass, sheep, cows, bullocks, chickens. Before moving to Yellingham we knew that the farm would

Posted in Calves, chickens, Cows, Farm Dogs, Member Farms

If you go down to the dunes today…….

If you go down to the (Woolacombe) dunes today, You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go down to the (Woolacombe) dunes today You’d better go in disguise……. You might just bump into a rather handsome North Devon Red

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Follow in the footsteps of a literary heroine…

Lovers of English literature will know that RD Blackmore’s  19th century romantic novel Lorna Doone was set on Exmoor, in and around the villages of Oare and Malmsmead.  The valley below Oare is now widely known as Doone Valley and

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