Sunday, 24 April 2016

TRAVEL: A Beach Hut by the Sea


While we love to get away abroad and discover new cultures, there are so many beautiful places on our door step, that every year we always try and make an effort to visit somewhere in the United Kingdom. This year of course, we had Luna to think about so I set about trying to find the perfect break that would accompany our little pup too!


I desperately wanted to find somewhere close to the sea and when I came across Darwin Escapes  who offer a selection of beach huts situated on the the coast of North Devon, I couldn't believe my luck. It ticked so many of our boxes, it was unique, an experience we'd never done before, right on the beach and dog friendly! I don't think I've been so excited about something for such a long time and couldn't wait once we'd booked, counting down the three months constantly!


So on the 18th of April, we packed up the car (who knew one tiny puppy had so much stuff!?) and began the five hour drive to Ilfracombe in Devon. Luckily we had a lot of Serial to catch up on which helped the journey pass a bit quicker. While we didn't appreciate Luna throwing up literally two minutes before we arrived, we were excited to have a look around!

Beach Cove Coastal Retreat was everything we could have hoped for and more. We stayed in the Wrinklewood Premier which featured an open plan living room and kitchen area as well as a bedroom with a kingsize be and en-suite. Everything was so white, fresh and clean. I'm talking whitewashed floors (just like those that every blogger photographs against!) and gorgeous little touches to remind you of the sea. We had big windows that looked out towards the sea, flooding the room in daylight. 








You are left bath robes and slippers, ready for you to slip out to the hot tub!
This lovely little fella was awaiting our arrival!

Complimentary dog bones for Miss Luna!
We also had a our own little patio area which led to one of  the best parts of the retreat... the hot tub. Could you think of anything better? Sitting in your private hot tub, clutching a glass of something sweet with the sea gently lapping behind you. Is it any wonder I was so excited to get to Beach Cove Coastal Retreat? We were in the hot tub every day, making the most of it as much as we could. And if we weren't in there, we were enjoying basking in the warm sun while having a spot of lunch. 






We absoloutely loved being literally minutes walk to the beach. Once we'd settled in a bit, we headed straight down there with Luna and she went wild. Having never been to a beach before, it must have been sense overload for her as she was so excited! She soon became very sandy and before we could do a thing, she dived straight into the sea! I actually filmed this and you can hear me being slightly hysterical as Luna swam further and further out. Having never gone 'swimming' before, we were amazed by how natural it was to her! Thankfully, our very wet pup swam back to us soon enough and we could not stop staring at her in awe. The beach became a favourite place of all of ours and we would find ourselves there even at seven o'clock in the evening, enjoying being so close to the sea.





On our first night, we decided to go out for dinner. Having your own kitchen in the beach hut with all the equipment you could need means you can mix up going out and staying in for food when you feel like it. It was recommended to me to stop by a lovely place called Hele Billy's Bar & Restaurant for some food so it was there we stopped by for our first meal. 




Matt convinced me to go for starters so we chose sautéed tiger prawns and BBQ pork riblets with garlic bread. I was really impressed with the generous portion of my tasty riblets and couldn't help wonder  how I was going to fit in my steak! None the less, I managed to tuck in easily enough and when the steak tasted as good as it did, I certainly couldn't let it go to waste!


On one of our days, after a recommendation from a member of the Beach Cove staff, we headed to a place 20 minutes away called Woolacombe which was a three-mile long stretch of soft sand, perfect for the sunny weather we were fortunate enough to be enjoying during our weeks stay. It was only when we arrived did we realise it had actually being awarded best British Beach two years running by Trip Advisor and we could certainly see why!



 The sheer length of the beach means there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out enjoy. Laying back on our blanket while Luna skipped around playing with her ball and digging holes, we felt like we were in a entirely different country with the hot sun bearing down on us. We decided we couldn't not finish the day's trip with some fish and chips and a spot of ice cream too!






There is no shortage of lovely walks to enjoy either and on one of our last days, Matt encouraged me to follow him and Luna on a particularly hilly costal walk which proved well worth the views when we reached the viewing point at the point and were able to see Ilfracombe stretched out before us. It was so peaceful to sit together and enjoy the scenery. I'll be the first to admit I'm not the fittest of people but when the view is worth it, I'll happily soldier on! Luna put us both to shame as always and was ahead of us at all times, exploring where she could and trying to throw herself off the hill numerous amounts of times!





It was quite a bit cooler on our last full day, so after the walk we decided to treat ourselves to a cream tea in a lovely little teashop called Nelly May's. We couldn't go all the way to Devon and not have a proper Devonshire cream tea now could we!? Funnily enough, the debate between Devon and Cornwall when it comes to scones came up in conversation much to my amusement. If you're not aware, in Devon, you spread clotted cream on your scone and then jam on top whereas in Cornwall, it's jam that goes on first and then the clotted cream. I'll admit that my only thought is does it really matter? Surely they must all taste the same! Nonetheless, our cream teams were extremely tasty and left us both sitting back satisfied with full bellies!


It's safe to say, we left Devon discussing when we would be able to come back to the beautiful little beach huts and I'm sure Ilfracombe will be somewhere we'll definitely be revisiting. It's the perfect destination for a romantic break and pet friendly too (in a number of the huts) which means your four legged best friend can come too! Being able to have Luna with us was what made our trip as everywhere was so pet-friendly from the beaches to the pubs. Other than that, it's the best place to really kick back and relax. We didn't want somewhere where we would be doing numerous activities, we wanted to forget about our jobs and any worries and sink into utter relaxation with no pressure to do anything, which was exactly what we did! With fresh air in our lungs, we were able to really take it easy and we went home feeling refreshed and revitalised. I would like to give a big thank you to Sarah from Darwin's Escapes who was so helpful with her suggestions and tips whilst we were in Devon. I would hands down recommend Beach Cove Coastal Retreat to anyone looking for a little slice of paradise. 

Emily x

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  1. This all sounds absolutely heavenly! There's nothing like getting away and forgetting all of your cares and worries :)

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  2. Whoa, that sounds like heaven... really... It seems like you had an amazing time! And Luna is such a cute dog :D The food looks absolutely amazing, and private hot tub??? Sign me up :D Great post xx

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  3. This place is just so lovely! I haven't ventured out to other parts of England yet but this place definitely ticks all the the boxes for what I'd want as well. Thank you ever so much for sharing this! :)

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  5. This looks simply wonderful - everything from the food to the hot tub and scones, I'm so jealous! Lovely to see such a pet friendly place too, that was a lovely touch with the biscuits and Luna looks thrilled to be on holiday. I totally agree with you wanting to visit somewhere in the UK. My boyfriend and I are planning a week in July driving round the whole of Ireland (not exactly the UK but its kind of a staycation I guess!), which I'm so excited about! Definitely have to check out these beach huts for myself at some point too :) x

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  6. Oh my gosh these huts are amazing! We have a dog and would love to be able to take her with us on a trip like this - thank you so much for sharing xx

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  7. This looks so lovely! It's making me want to vacation in the UK, especially as I could bring my Simba along too. I will definitely be looking into this. Thank you for the amazing recommendation!

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  8. Wonderful place!!! xx I'm definitely planning on visiting some of the gems in the UK this summer...

    Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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  9. Here in Illinois I am really missing the beach, your post was a thrill to read right now! Thank you for posting it :D

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  10. I love when you share posts like these, Emily. Sometimes we want a place to retreat, but struggle to find a good one. When you do reviews like these, can you talk about the pricing if you don't mind, please. Helps a lot.
    Great post and amazing scenery. :)

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    1. Will definitely make a note of that Missy! Thanks for the suggestion! x

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  11. oh no your dog is so cute! x

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  12. First, I'm obsessed with the hut! It's the prettiest place to stay!
    And all the food you had there look so yummy and perfect :) And Luna is adorable <3
    xx

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  13. wow amazing pics
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  14. All of photos are amazing,and you have beautiful life

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  15. These photos are gorgeous! The beach hut was too cute, but oh my goodness - LUNA. She seemed to be having the best time - and how can you blame her! Her photos are adorable, and I adoreee the one of you three after your walk! The cutest!

    P.S. Now, I'm craving scones! :P

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  16. Looks like an awesome place for couples x Your dog is the cutest ever
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  17. This whole trip sounds amazing and is actually making me want to go so bad! The decor looked amazing and it was so cute that they even left some pup treats too! Glad you had a great time! x

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  18. I love all the cute little finishing touches like the dog treats and rubber duck. I'd love to go away on a mini holiday with Alfie so I love hearing about dog-friendly accommodation.

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  19. I wish I could rent a hut by the sea, it looks like the most relaxing thing ever! Just relax and take long naps by the bay. Best thing in my opinion <3

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  20. This looks like an incredible place to visit and stay at, not to mention the food looks delicious!

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  21. The hut looks amazing! I am really craving a good weekend by the sea right now. It surely sounds like you had the best time and I wouldn't mind a bath tub now too, haha :)

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  22. great photos :)
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  23. Beautiful place and beautiful pics... nice post!!
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  24. Luna is gorgeous! And wow, that is quite the stay, Emily and to be that close to the sea. I have seen a couple of these beach huts online and they are stunning.

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  25. OMG! The place is so serene and lovely. I loved reading this post and staring at the pictures. Perfect!

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  26. Looks like such a gorgeous get away! And such a cute place to stay :)

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  27. beautiful :)
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  28. This place looks amazing
    I love the last photo 's view.
    Seems like a perfect romantic gateway

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  29. Ohhh, I actually live quite close to Devon! I've been there a few times and I agree with you, it is absolutely beautiful! :) I love the architecture, I stayed in a house there that's over 500 years old once and ohhh it was such an eerie (but awesome!) atmosphere! Thanks for sharing these lovely pics, hun, looks like Luna had so much fun at the beach! :) <3

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  30. This looks so lovely Emily! My boyfirends family live down in Devon and I always LOVE getting away for a weekend, it feels like a break even if we are still in the UK. Beautiful pictures too, it has made me crave a cream tea! Immy x

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  31. Great Blog post !! Love posts like this <3 keep up the amazing work

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  32. Hot tubs are my fave! Always top of the list when I'm looking to get away. I love the style of this place, I would have spent so much time here just taking pictures! So pretty. Looks like Luna enjoyed it too, wish I could take my cats away with me ha! xx

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  33. This beach house looks incredible and I love all the beautiful nature trails around there. Your photos are very clear and nice, great shots!

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  34. This is actually the cutest and your dog is so frigging amazing!

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  35. What an amazing little trip! Everything looks so fabulous. Love your blog!
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  36. Beautiful photos!! Love these places!
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  37. This is so adorable - and romantic! Staying in a beach hut must be such a lovely experience, and I love the little touches such as The White Company toiletries. You're right about the white surfaces - blog photography heaven haha :) Did it keep warm in there at night?

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    1. It's surprising how toasty it was actually, yes! Didn't feel the cold once! x

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  38. I love this post and your pup! She's so cute!

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  39. What a beautiful place to visit, even better that it is dog friendly too. Looks like Luna enjoyed herself there by the sea just as much as you did :)

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  40. Oh my goodness, Luna is such a sweetheart! Those scones look delicious. This looks like the perfect get away location. I love the interior of the retreat as well, so rustic and cozy!

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  41. Looks like a great time!

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  42. You've got some lovely pictures here! What camera do you use? Lovely post!

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  43. That beach hut is so cute! I'm getting jelly of that hot tub haha xx

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  44. Such beautiful photographs!

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  45. This place looks absolutely heavenly...and Luna is ADORABLE!

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  46. Omg this place looks so relaxing! Would love to visit soon. And your dog *.* gosh, I'm in love! I've wanted a little dachshund for such a long time, but me and my boyfriend don't have a garden and our lifestyles are quite busy at the moment :( Hope we can get one in the near future *fingers crossed*

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  47. What a lovely little cottage! you have such lovely photos!

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  48. Looks fantastic... I really want to try a place like this as soon as we are FREE of the GCSE summer months.... need a break and somewhere to be pampered a bit.
    Might even take our Westie, hed love the beach.
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  49. looks like an amazing place to stay! Great post x
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