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.
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.