Happy holidays, everyone! Time for a quick blog….
We return from Wales to our cramped and clammy cottage. Neither of us wants to be the first to state the obvious: Devon is not all it was cracked up to be. (Or maybe it is and we just weren’t listening.) In any event, we don’t want to spend another full week here.
What to do? After briefly considering other UK options, we decide: What the hell, let’s go somewhere neither of us have visited and probably won’t otherwise. Brainwave: Copenhagen! We’ll drop off the rental car early at Heathrow, zip over for a few days, and fly back on the day we were supposed to arrive in London.
Much happier now, with travel plans set, we use our next few days for final explorations of the countryside, including nearby Westward Ho! and the beautiful Lanhydrock estate.
First up, Westward Ho! (yes, that is its actual punctuation).
Westward Ho! is a beach town whose most notable resident was writer Rudyard Kipling. He attended United Services College here in 1878 and the first verse of “If” is inscribed on the promenade.
The town features a large sandy beach and beautifully-painted beach huts.
Another day, we tour Lanhydrock, a magnificent late Victorian property.
It’s well worth seeing for the stunning kitchens alone: individual rooms for cheese, game, cleanup etc. Very Downton Abbey. I covet the copper pans — and of course a room dedicated to making bread and pastry.
The house encompasses many other rooms…
…and extensive grounds.
Best part: lawn care is provided by free-grazing cows and sheep!
A plate provides a useful recipe tip:
And back to reality: our own little National Trust cottage.
Lanhydrock is so much more my speed. Maybe in another life….
3rd week of October, 2018.