The latest changes in Exmouth are nearing completion as the new watersports Sideshore centre on Queens Drive starts to open. Some parts of this development are already open, and Edge Watersports facilities will include stand up paddle boarding lessons, kitesurfing lessons, kayak and SUP hire, beach fit, beach yoga and sea swimming. It’s a nice looking building with renewable energy built in, and intended to be of interest to locals perhaps more than holiday visitors. However, exploring Exmouth from Sandays is always fun, whether by train, bicycle, ferry or car … or a combination of all! Be prepared for lots of walking if you are going from the quay to Orcombe Point. Or hop on one of the Stuart Line cruisers: lots of good winter/Christmas cruises planned.
This is a pic taken from the quay looking back towards the Warren as the sun went down.
An enormous “Wave Walker” platform is the latest aid to rebuilding parts of the Dawlish sea wall. It dominates the view from just about every direction and is attracting quite a lot of attention. Sadly each move takes hours so the “walking” can only be appreciated with a time lapse camera!
Sad to say that in line with government guidelines Sandays is closed once again.
A big “thank you” to all our amazing guests who have enjoyed breaks here during July, August, September and October. It was wonderful having you here and it made our short season rather special. For those who couldn’t make it: we missed you!
We wish everyone all the best during this latest lockdown.
We will re-open on 3rd December if we are allowed to do so, and are always happy to take provisional bookings without a deposit in the current climate. There will be a special 2 night/all 3 room special offer up to 20th December.
As always, we will be closed over Christmas and the New Year.
One of the immense pleasures of living in the South West is the way the Arts flourish and creativity is sparked and nurtured here. Usually you will enjoy an abundance of original art wherever you go, from shows and festivals to dedicated exhibitions.
However, as we keep being told, these are unprecedented times, and artistic expression is a casualty. If you would like to help give artists a voice then please take a look at www.artcry.co.uk or watch the crowdfunding video.
It has to be said that the weather forecast is not too good for the next week, but at least today there was plenty of sunshine and flowers.
Babbacombe , Oddicombe Bay, the Tessier gardens, and St.Marychurch were all looking lovely in the sunshine and lots of people were out & about making the most of it all. Add to that a superb cheese scone at the wonderful Angel tea room to make my day!
Babbacombe is an easy drive (or bus trip) from Sandays and well worth the trip, either just to potter, or to visit one of several major attractions there.
The Box opened this week in Plymouth. The Box is a multi-million pound brand new museum and cultural attraction timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage to America. Although Coronavirus has played havoc with many of the anniversary events planned, The Box has arrived and is open for bookings!
Plymouth is approximately an hour from Sandays and can be reached by car or train.
The last weekend of September has been wonderful. Lots of visitors still here at Sandays and in the area generally and wonderful sunshine and blue skies. Great weather for the Dawlish Triathlon on Sunday morning, and for the coastal path walking being undertaken by some of our current intrepid guests. Also perfect for the open-air harvest festival service on Cofton Green – now that was a leap of faith!
We did the Stuart Line Jurassic coast cruise during the afternoon and enjoyed the clear views along the length of the coast and the amazing stacks at Ladram Bay. As we returned to the Exe Estuary we found it was a hive of activity with boats & watersports, what a sight!
What a wonderful month September is turning out to be! Our guests are enjoying lots of warm sunshine: wonderful.
We are also making the most of the Heritage Open Days all through to the end of this week (20th Sept). There are a lot of interesting places free to visit, including our lovely and very local Powderham Castle. Definitely worth a visit, whether for the castle tour or just a wander around the gardens and grounds.
The renowned recycled outdoor art trail along Teignmouth sea front is still looking wonderful despite being battered by a fair amount of wind & rain over the last couple of weeks. Even Greta dropped by: who knew?!
Here are a few samples but you should definitely take a stroll and enjoy them all. And by the way, I haven’t touched up the colour, the sky really was that blue yesterday.