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A novel place to eat!

  Devon is famous for its fresh local food and I love finding a new restaurant to try.  My daughter recently organised a trip to a restaurant for our wedding anniversary and it proved truly memorable.  We drove down to

Posted in Beach, Boats, Ferry, Member Farms, Restaurants, Sailing

Wonderful Woolacombe!

Voted number one on Tripadvisor, Woolacombe beach has it all – miles of wonderful golden sand, great for surfing, swimming and stunning views. There are areas where dogs are allowed and for those who love a good stroll you can

Posted in Beach, Restaurants, Retail, Surfing, walks

Lee Bay

Lee Bay is a delightful place to visit at any time of the year.  The rocky cove is great for rock-pooling and as the tide falls a sandy beach appears.  It’s a great place for kayaking too, especially with a

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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

Posted in Beach, Boats, Member Farms, Restaurants, walks

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

Posted in Beach, Member Farms, Restaurants, Retail, Shopping, Wildlife

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

Posted in Beach, Church, Member Farms, Pubs, Restaurants, Retail, walks

Saunton – everything you could possibly want in a beach!

A fabulous beach to visit at any time of the year and just a short drive from Little Comfort, Saunton’s three and a half mile stretch of unspoiled golden sand is backed by the dunes of Braunton Burrows, which have

Posted in Beach, Member Farms, pets, Restaurants, Retail

Suggestions for your Valentine’s getaway…….

We love Devon and with Valentines Day approaching we thought we’d share our top romantic ideas with you! 1. Beach strolls There are plenty of beaches, sheltered coves or romantic clifftop walks to choose from. Walk along the sandy shore

Posted in AONB, Beach, Boats, Ferry, Member Farms, Pubs, Restaurants, Retail, Shopping, walks, Wildlife

A new website for Hele Payne Farm – a truly family affair!

  Over a year ago I read an article in a marketing magazine advising that all websites should be updated every 3 years.  This made me question my own website, which had been in place for 8 years, and my

Posted in Calves, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, Pubs, Restaurants, Sheep, Wildlife

‘One of the best festivals on the planet!’ Mike Harding – starts tomorrow!!

29 July – 5 August 2016 Sidmouth FolkWeek is a unique week-long celebration of music, dance and song which takes place in the charming East Devon regency coastal resort.  It’s an absolute must in every festival goer’s annual diary.  There has been

Posted in AONB, Beach, festival, gardens, Pubs, Restaurants, Uncategorized, village show