Category Archives: Devon

Sidmouth, Seaton & Beer


Well it’s our first full day here in Devon, so it was off exploring this beautiful part of Britain, first port of call was Sidmouth a really pretty little town with some amazing architecture, and some wonderful period hotels. Sidmouth has a pebble beach like most of the coast in south Devon but still very nice to stroll along, as we had not had breakfast we decided to wander into town to find a cafe, as the prices on the seaside establishments where rather expensive (you pay for the view). On the way to get breakfast we came across Wally & Celia an old eccentric couple singing old music hall songs in aid of Help for Heroes they were marvellous (will post video clip on my return). The town itself has many really nice art, glass, and exclusive gift shops a change from the normal seaside shops. We found a nice little cafe to have breakfast “very nice indeed”, then suitably replenished, it was off to explore more shops. Then it was time to move on to our next destination Seaton.
What a sharp contrast Seaton was to Sidmouth the whole place seems rather run down, very dowdy indeed there was no period architecture no nice shops, not a lot going for it at all “sorry Seaton” so as you can imagine we did not stay very long. On the road we were on towards Seaton we noticed a sign to a place called Beer so we thought we would have a look on our way back, so after the disappointment off Seaton we gave Beer a visit, and what a jewel in the crown it was, a really pretty little fishing village steeped in history, and as it was lunch time we thought we try the local fare, at the Anchor Inn, what a lovely pub with a lunchtime menu for either £5 or £6 which is remarkable in itself but on top of that the food was to die for I had red mullet with chorizo on a bed of red pepper risotto with lime olive oil, quite how they can do that for £5 I really don’t know a truly great find, and on reading the literature in the pub Beer is one of Devon’s best kept secrets, how very true





Well we have now arrived at our final destination Harcombe House Devon. It is a really beautiful spring evening here, sun setting over the distant hills, a real picture postcard. Harcombe House is owned and run by the firefighters charity, the house itself sits in some 320 acres of land, with magnificent views and it is within these grounds that the three bedroom bungalows are situated. The purpose of the site is mainly a rehabilitation centre for firefighters recovering from injuries or illness, but they also rent out the bungalows when available for short breaks at a reasonable cost, so that’s why we are here. Harcombe House is situated in the small town of Cudleigh, Devon some 8 miles from the coastal resort of Teignmouth and is a great position for touring Devon.
It was then after a short rest it was off out to get some food, just down the road to where we are staying there is a very nice pub called the Highwayman’s Haunt which serve some excellent food, read my review on on my return, just lookup bobrouse.20110325-082919.jpg

Gloucester Day 2


Well woke up nice and early to another sunny day, we really have been lucky with the weather so far on this trip. Today we thought we would explore the towns historic docks, they have really brought the docks to life, like a lot of towns and cities in the UK. The old warehouse buildings have either been converted into flats, offices, or restaurants, and also in the docks themselves there are many old barges from a bygone era of all different type’s, commercial, residential and with a sprinkling of very upmarket yachts. All this combined with a very nice shopping mall “Gloucester Quays” it is a must place to visit if you are in town. It was then back on the road to our next destination Harcombe House Chudleigh Devon.




Day 1 Gloucester


Well we arrived safe and sound, weather was sunny and warm, perfect start to our break. The travelodge we were staying in is situated near to the revamped Gloucester Quays which is very nice indeed, we parked the car and had a wander into town. Gloucester has some really nice architecture, timber framed buildings, historic docks, and of course a Cathedral which I might add we have not had the chance to see yet. Then we decided to have some pub lunch then back to the hotel to check in.
As we walked through town back to the hotel we stumbled across a very nice Chinese restaurant called Blossom which we noted would be a good place for our evening meal, in which we were to find out it was a wise choice. The food was amazing (read my full review when I post it on yelp just search for bobrouse)



Harcombe House, Devon


Well its soon time to set of on our travels once again, this time we are off to Devon for my birthday to Harcombe House which is run by the Firefighter Charity, it’s a really lovely place in Chudleigh, Devon. The main house is a grade II listed property that was the former home of Sir William Henry Wills. The house is surrounded by 300 acres of lakes, gardens and woodland. Within the grounds, the site has 28 detached, fully-equipped 3-bedroom bungalows with stunning views so it should be very nice indeed. We have booked an overnight stay in Gloucester which is about half distance, so the gang is really looking forward to the break. So watch this space for updates, photo’s via my various social network feeds TwitterFacebookFlickr. So watch this space and follow our antics