We are approaching that time of year when we close for a short period during the winter.
This year the last possible night to stay with us is Friday 13th December, and we will re-open on Friday 31st January 2020.
For any 2020 bookings just contact us as usual, preferably by email. We start taking bookings for the first quarter immediately, but for anything beyond that we log the details and get in touch when we re-open.
Look forward to hearing from you.
The Mayflower 400 celebrations have started in Plymouth and Dartmouth. We visited “Illuminate” in the Royal William Yard in Plymouth which was once again spectacular. Nice dry evening, lovely setting for all the light displays, lots of people and some interactive stuff to enjoy.
Look out for lots more to come in honour of the Mayflower 400 anniversary in 2020.
Made it to the last evening of the illuminated gardens event at Dartington today, which was lovely despite the rain! Ever changing scenes as the mix of colours changed. The graveyard and old church tower looked particularly dramatic.
Look out for lots more of this type of event locally over these next few weeks.
The sea is more than a little feisty today! We get a glimpse of the sea from Sandays but more noticeable is the sound as soon as a door is opened.
These photos were taken from the safe vantage point of the bridge over the railway between Dawlish Warren and Dawlish, and once again Dawlish is getting completely pounded by the force of nature. It is an amazing sight watching the trains pushing on through these enormous waves.
Amazingly a young couple with a baby in a buggy and a dog were trying to walk the sea wall. They got shouted at by everyone on the bridge and thank goodness decided to come up onto the coast path.
A few pics: sun going down late afternoon and reflecting on the beaches and estuary.
The surprising bright purple beautyberry spotted among the more usual golds and oranges.
Lovely and well attended service at Cofton St.Mary’s this morning, led by Revd Alan Smith, where we remembered the men named on our first & second world war memorials, and all those we thank for our peace & freedom.
Lots of Halloween activities happening this week. We have some lovely decorative bottles here at Sandays (for sale: ring us for more information) to add to the usual pumpkin and other bits & pieces. Have fun!
The lovely black swans in Dawlish have another batch of fluffy cygnets. In the cold and damp of October we do hope that they survive.
It is undeniably Autumn now but despite the damper and shorter days there is an increasing amount of colour in the hedgerows, on the Warren, and generally around the countryside. Not to mention here on the garden at Sandays where among other things, our creepers front and back have turned a lovely shade of red.
Here are a few pics from the Warren.
The Dawlish Triathlon is this Sunday; fingers crossed that the weather isn’t as bad as forecast for all involved. Assuming all goes ahead as planned, look out for large numbers of runners and cyclists taking priority around Dawlish Warren on Sunday morning. The roads have not been closed, but the inner car park at the Warren will be closed.
A sure sign of Autumn, we have ponies back at Dawlish Warren.
They are doing a great job of grazing the grass and helping to provide the right conditions for the native rare plants. And they are a rather lovely sight out on the Warren, sturdy enough to cope in all weathers.
We called in at Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary this week and very much enjoyed our time there. The new facilities for the public are amazing; maps and information are great; there are walks and gardens; and of course LOTS of very happy donkeys. Definitely a “feel good” place to visit and it is free, although donations are welcome.