September 28, 2010

Two Moors Festival - 10th Anniversary

During October we have a fantastic classical music festival right here in Devon with many world class performances taking place in our area.


The Two Moors Festival was originally set up 10 years ago in the wake of the Foot and Mouth crisis, which affected our area so profoundly. The need to bring cheer to people’s lives and to help regenerate the local economy provided the inspiration behind the festival. The organisers felt that a week of stunning music-making in churches across Exmoor and Dartmoor would be suitable for marking the end of this devastating outbreak.

Out of the ashes of Foot and Mouth Disease came the Two Moors Festival. Initially it was intended as a one-off classical music festival but it was so successful that it became an annual event bringing musicians at the highest level to these very rural communities. And boy have they done a good job!

To give you a taste of what's in store for this year's Festival, they have Paul Lewis and Mark Padmore enchanting with a delicious recital on 4th October, 7.30pm in Okehampton, a celebratory performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Exeter Cathedral on 30th September, the opportunity of walking up Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor's highest point, accompanied by bagpipes on 2nd October and much more besides. See their list of events for further concerts and information.

September 27, 2010

Celebrate Autumn with our latest special offer

blog_offers.jpgWe thought it was time to celebrate Autumn, Devon's Celebration of Food, hazy golden days, falling apples, crystal clear horizons, harvest and cosy evenings lounging by the fire with a good book. So we're making you a fantastic Autumn Offer:

Stay any two nights and get a third night at half the full room price. Offer applies to weekends as well as weekdays.

To find out more about our special weekend offer please contact Rosie by phoning 01769 550580 or email us at

Offer runs for bookings made from 1 October 'till 30 November 2010.

September 24, 2010

Take a Pew Exhibition at Dartington Cider Press

“Take a Pew” is an exhibition of fine furniture focused around seating, following the journey of traditional furniture through to the more modern.


David has been invited, along with five other furniture makers; Lawrence Neal, Alun Heslop, James Otter, Nicholas Langan and Natasha Gowdy, to exhibit their work, each following their own journey into the past and future exploration of furniture making through their designs. For the exhibition David has made some new stools in the same design as his popular Rocket Stool and a brand new oak bench in his own signature style.

The exhibition organisers at Dartington have said that each maker strives to create superb and unique designs, often allowing the wood to speak for itself, the simple beauty of the timber leading the way. Functionality and durability of design always as important as the aesthetic.

The exhibition runs from tomorrow 24 September through to 07 November 2010. The Dartington Cider Press Centre is near Totnes in South Devon TQ9 6TQ. The Centre is open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

Not to be missed!

For more information visit the Centre's own website

For more information about David's furniture and to find out how to commission a piece of unique furniture from him just visit his website

September 21, 2010

Devon's celebrating food throughout October

October is what foodies have been waiting for! Devon's Celebration of Food kicks off soon.

Throughout the month, food and drink events are taking place from Bristol to the tip of Cornwall, making it the biggest food festival of its kind in the UK. But Devon is at the heart of the festival.

There's something for everyone, apple festivals, fine dining events in individual restaurants, foraging events and an eat out for £10 offer in many establishments. So if you're a serious foodie now's the time to come to Devon for a long weekend and enjoy the bounty of the West Country.


Some events in our neighbourhood include:

Apple Day at RHS Rosemoor on Sun 10 October
Taste of Autumn Dinner at RHS Rosemoor on Friday 15 October
Fungi Foray at RHS Rosemoor on Tuesday 19 October
Pumpkin Day and Woodcrafts at RHS Rosemoor on Sunday 24 October
For more information on Rosemoor events go to RHS Rosemoor

North Devon Food Fest at Barnstaple Pannier Market on Sunday 17 October.

Exmoor Food Festival Food Walks -

A Celebration of Local Game and Cheeses at the Hunters Inn on Tuesday 5 October -

Knightshayes Court - Celebrate British Food fortnight in the stables, with home cooked food using seasonal produce from the kitchen gardens on Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 October

Drogo in a different Light - See Castle Drogo as a guest of the Drewe family party would have in the 1930's. Supper in our new cafe, and a special evening tour and a sunset glass of bubbly on the castle roof. £20pp Booking essential on 01647 434144.

For more information and to find out what's one further afield go to then book a few nights at Catsheys to lay your weary head after a long day's foraging!

Oh by the way - the picture of the luscious squashes is taken right here in our own kitchen garden.

September 03, 2010

Devon Open Studios - artists throw open their doors!

pink_cosmos.jpgThis could almost be a painting but in fact it's a photo of pink cosmos, from the cutting garden, taken by our lovely B&B guests last weekend.

But it reminds me to tell you about the Devon Open Studios taking place all over Devon this month. Over 260 artists will be throwing open their doors to the public in over 130 venues throughout the county.

It's a unique opportunity to meet artists in their studios in some of the most beautiful, unexplored parts of Devon. In addition to being able to buy art direct from the creator, many demonstrate, give talks or give you a chance to have a go yourself.

The range of work on show is fantastic encompassing painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, jewellery, collage, works in glass, metal, wood and paper, furniture making, installations and a variety of work utilising new media.

Devon Open Studios 2010 runs from September 4 - 19.

For further information about Devon Open Studios. who is exhibiting and events taking place in conjunction with DOS visit their website.

Big thank you to Rod Taite for the image!

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