We started our journey to Devon, to join Hubby’s family on their annual sojurn to Beer, from London. The Robbie Williams gig coincided with the first day of his family’s week away. We headed onto the M25, stopping for Starbucks en-route – hey dancing like a loon to Rock DJ is tiring at our age – before hitting greener A roads, and even passing by the picturesque Stonehenge at one stage. The closer we got to Devon the greener and more twisty the roads became. Until at just a few miles away from our destination we found ourselves on steep, sometimes single track country lanes, surrounded by nothing but fields.
Hubby’s family have been holidaying in Beer for a number of years and, whilst Hubby had been there before, this was my first trip. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sure, I’d holidayed in Devon before, but only in the brash family-friendly resorts of Torquay and Paignton, with the odd day trip to Dartmouth and Brixham thrown in for good measure. As we passed through Beer I was struck by its quaintness. Little more than a village with a small pebble beach, it’s manages to combine a trendy vibe with a side of olde worlde Englishness.
We were sharing a holiday bungalow with Hubby’s family, perched high on top of one of Beer’s many hills. The bungalow was a good size and offered amazing views over the coastline. The cottage also boasted it’s own resident seagull who regularly swooped in to see what was going on.
We stayed for three nights, and enjoyed relatively good weather, although our break was unfortunately pre-heatwave! Some of the highlights of the holiday were…
- Being taken for fantastic food at Gina’s, the small but perfectly formed Italian (and Thai) restaurant in Beer – freshly made Thai fishcakes, followed by a huge portion of steaming hot Cannelloni. All served in a relaxed, home-cooked, style
- Returning to Gina’s to collect some of the most delicious take away pizzas we have ever tasted
- Taking in the view from Beer Head during an evening stroll
- Visiting the beautiful Lyme Regis, taking in the sea front, the fantastic sandwich shop, the cob and Rinky Tinks for a cupcake! It’s a shame one member of our party got muggedd…by a seagull!
- A delicious three course lunch in Steamers
- The opportunity to get to know the in-laws better
- A delicious BBQ in the garden of our holiday home
- Fits of laughter over lunch in Sidmouth where the alcove we sat in seemed to render us all incapable of hearing what anyone actually said. Cue interesting conversations along the lines of “That bowl of veggies looks nice.” “What bowl of budgies?”
- Being tea connoseiurs and each trying out a different Tea Pigs tea over the same lunch
- Being cheeky to my Father-in-Law by suggesting that a mobility scooter might be a better choice of new vehicle as opposed to the sporty number which he had his eye on
- Watching a man rescue a dog by swimming out to sea to save it
It felt really good to have some chill time and as a result I didn’t really take many photos. I guess that’s partly a shame, as there were some really pretty sights, but d’ya know what? It was kind of nice just to completely switch off for a few days. Hopefully we shall be returning in 2014.
Where’s your family get away destination?