Saturday, 17 December 2011

Bridge Cottage, Peppercombe

Well where did my 60th year go :-/ but go it did!

As has become traditional with birthdays and/or valentines Marilyn arranged another (our 6th) Landmark Trust stay – this time at Bridge Cottage, Peppercombe, Horns Cross near Bideford.

Peppercombe is a steep and wooded valley, through which a stream meanders down before spectacularly tumbling down to a beach in a fine waterfall. Gently sloping paths reach the shore.


The cliffs here are particularly dramatic, formed from an outcrop of red Triassic stone, with the whole magnificent North Devon coast line curving away in both directions and Lundy on the horizon.

Bridge Cottage, built in about 1830, stands in woods at the top of the combe. It had been empty for years, with a tarpaulin over its roof, but the walls of cob and stone were sound. The kitchen and parlour have stone-flagged floors and fireplaces, while the bedrooms follow the line of the roof. It had a small but perfectly formed real fire. There were rustic views from every window.

The weather was at times messy but did give rise to this double rainbow across the bay.

At the top of the path stands the Coach and Horses. Real Ales, fine food and a great host. Also close by are Bucks Mills, the picturesque Clovelley and ...

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