Coronavirus : Update on March 23rd

Due to the latest raft of government restrictions we have decided it is impossible for Sandays to stay open as a B&B. We are expecting to remain closed until at least the end of May. However, we would be delighted as always to receive future bookings, and enquiries can be made in the usual ways.

As in all parts of the country, Devon is reeling from the impact the coronavirus is having on business, events and our day to day lives. We are sad that we are unable to host visitors at the moment and hope you will come back in the future.

Please look after yourselves.


Visited the National Trust property Knightshayes again yesterday, and particularly enjoyed the wonderful walled garden. Most of the plants are small at this time of year, but seeing the fresh new green against the turned soil, and the wonderful structure and layout of the area was stunning. 

There is lots going on there during March and over the Easter holidays.

Knightshayes is in the Tiverton area, so when visiting from Sandays we always take the opportunity to visit Tiverton as well, and take the “tourist route” back to Exeter to allow for a stop at Bickleigh Mill.

Extra Precautions

Without wishing to get involved in the general media hysteria over Coronovirus, we are taking extra precautions here at Sandays. Keeping everyone healthy and able to enjoy their holidays is paramount and with that aim there is extra cleaning of general surfaces and common areas, and provision of wipes. There are no known cases locally at the moment and all the usual tourist venues and local activities are operating normally.

A La Ronde with a touch of Japan.

The grounds and gardens of A La Ronde (National Trust property, Exmouth) were looking beautiful today. The Kokedama balls hanging from the trees in the orchard are full of spring flowers and create a lovely effect. Kokedama is a Japanese inspired planting technique and obviously one that can survive the strong winds and downpours we had last weekend! A walk around the edge of the grounds is equally beautiful with camelias, daffodils, primulas, and snowdrops in large numbers, alongside wild flowers and signs everywhere that Spring is almost here.

Citizen Science

Nearly all environmental research these days depends upon at least an element of “Citizen Science”, for everything from bird & plant spotting to the landscape itself.

We now have a photo point on the wall near the Lifeguard Hut at Dawlish Warren where you can insert your mobile and take a pic, with details as to where you can then send it to. I expect there have been a few of these installed so will now be on the look out for more!

Dawlish Warren

Surf Action

We are not particularly known for surfing action at Dawlish Warren but whenever the waves get big enough there are always a few people out with their boards. Storm Dennis certainly resulted in some bigger an usual waves and it was great to see some hardy surfers out there braving the elements. The rest of us were taking no chances and wearing all of our waterproofs!

Dawlish Warren surf action

Dawlish Warren

Would you like to make a “Coastal Contribution”?

Teignbridge is considering a visitor donation scheme to raise funds for “conservation and tourism related projects”, starting this year.

This would be voluntary on behalf of visitors, but not on behalf of accommodation providers like Sandays who are within a mile of the coast. We would be obliged to participate by requesting donations, collecting cash and making payments online.

See more information here:

Snowdrops by the Dart

Wonderful walk down by the Dart this week, starting at Dartington Hall.

Thousands of snowdrops on a beautiful sunny morning, along by the picturesque river Dart. Wear wellies or walking boots: it’s muddy down there!

Signs of Spring & Valentine’s Day

We opened for the 2020 season a week ago, on 31st January,  and – despite the time of year – have enjoyed the company of guests all week. We are also enjoying hearing from some of our regular guests who are making bookings for later on in the year: thank you!

Bird cruises, National Trust events, art exhibitions, are just some of the things happening around here at the moment, and a good week weather-wise has meant some wonderful sunrises and sunsets and good times  for cyclists and walkers. As we head towards Valentine’s Day there are a host of offers and special events for the day itself and indeed the whole weekend. What could be better than some time by the sea?We are fully booked on the Saturday night but have some availability on the 13th, 14th, and 16th if you can be tempted away!

We have a bit of wild weather forecast for tomorrow as we catch some of storm Ciara but mild days have accelerated the signs that Spring is well on the way, and the pansy baskets will be going up in a couple of days.


January Days

We are looking forward to re-opening soon at Sandays : Friday 31st January is coming up fast and we have some guests booked in for that first weekend, but there is space available!

In between sprucing everything up we took the advantage of some glorious sunny days to do a walk on beautiful Dartmoor, starting off by Buckland Beacon and the ten commandment stones.

Enchanted Saltram

Saltram House is a National Trust on the edge of Plymouth. It is an interesting place to visit at any time of the year but becomes “Enchanted Saltram” during December and into the beginning of January.
Very beautiful indeed and a truly enchanted feel, wonderful for families, lots of young children the day I visited. Easily identifiable themes inside the house (Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, etc) portrayed with a good helping of Christmas magic to be enjoyed by all ages. A well laid out and illuminated garden with fairy houses to look out for, and plenty of hot drinks available to buy to keep everyone going!
The direction of the gardens are such that there is also the chance of seeing an amazing sunset if you are there at the right time of day and we were lucky with that: “a War of the World sky” as I heard someone remark!

It takes around an hour to get to Saltram from Sandays and requires a car,but definitely worth the effort.