October Changes

We are definitely into Autumn now! Many of the summer flowers are still hanging on, but our lovely pink Nerine are in full flower and looking lovely. 

In other parts of the Sandays garden there is a red glow, particularly from the American Ivy front and back.

We have ponies from Yarner Wood on the Warren; great to see them and they are doing a wonderful job grazing through the vegetation.

Birds are coming back too in very large numbers to winter on the estuary, and you can watch the sunrise over the water without having to get up ridiculously early.

The fallow deer at Powderham have their antlers and will be busy over the next few weeks! 

There seems to be a particular abundance of berries everywhere this year, and trees are changing colour almost as you watch. Beautiful!


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.


October sunshine & flowers

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.

“Rule of 6” Special Offer for December

A chance to get away in your support bubble or family without worrying about other other guests.

Or come as a socially distancing group and spread out accordingly!

Subject to availability any 2 nights between the 1st & 20th December: book all 3 bedrooms: full breakfast: unlimited use of breakfast area & lounge. All usual facilities included. £350 total. 


The Box, Plymouth

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

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!

Heritage Open Days

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.

Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape

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.

New Sea Wall at Dawlish

I try to keep this news feed upbeat but it is hard to ignore the blot on the landscape at Dawlish that is the new sea wall so it has a mention today. Still under construction: lots more concrete to go everyone! Doesn’t look any better whichever angle you take it from and unfortunately obscures other more attractive vistas. 

On a lighter note the gorillas have got their masks on so very Covid aware. Or perhaps just using them to avoid seeing the wall. 

Dawlish Warren this evening, August 24

Storm Francis is threatened, but this evening all was calm down at the beach. Still some people in the sea at gone 8pm , and lots of people sitting outside with food & drink at around The Boathouse. All the shops open, and the funfair rolling, everything colour & lights. Three huge cruise ships sitting out in the bay, becoming a bit of a fixture at the moment, presumably empty!

Bicton Steam Event

Bicton Botanical Gardens is once again holding events and this weekend there is a Steam Rally. Alongside the steam engines there are classic cars, motorbikes, model boats and agricultural vehicles, lots to see & admire.

 Bicton Gardens are a beautiful place to visit at any time, whether looking for a peaceful walk or family activities. 

Check out their website for details of future events and how to visit. 

Open Air Events at Powderham Castle

We are very pleased that Sandays is within 3 miles of Powderham Castle where, despite the Covid blight, there is still lots going on.

Don’t forget to check out their website for family friendly events, open air cinema & theatre, and various other happenings.