Spring into January, It’s Short Break Time!

pale hellebore

Come, breathe some clean spring air, feel your sap rise… revitalise, replenish your energy … a short break, a weekend, a relaxing week in a cosy Devon cottage with wood burner.

Yes, we’re blooming early again in The South Hams, spring is here in our lovely South Devon seaside valley. 

Snowdrops light fallen leaves, primroses peep through grass, hellebores ruffle their stamens in glory.  Blue periwinkle, honeysuckle and rosebuds continue.  Strolling up the lane today to feed the ducks and chickens (three hens and one duck laying now the light is longer), I caught the gold glint of aconite, pink campion above it.

Inspired, I walked to the orchard… last week, its pond was green with chickweed.  Today, it bulged with fresh frogspawn, like black bubblewrap.  The sheep have nibbled the reeds right back, the pond looks bald without its fringe.

Around the mill field spring and along the Gara Brook by Crownwheel Cottage‘s patio, hazel catkins dangle.   Quack Cottage’s garden is full of pink and white heliotrope, snowdrops grace borders.  Not long before the daffs are out.  Rose Cottage still has pink osteospermum daisies in its sunny herbaceous border, viburnum rosettes flower above. 

At dawn, about 7:15 now, the valley fills with hopeful birdsong.  At dusk, it’s owls we hear.

Barleycorn Cottage News  Barleycorn Cottage’s garden has a new look!  The great oak on the bank has blown down,  luckily, just missing the roof.  John’s ‘green gym’ workouts have been hearty as he safely dismantles the tree.  A new wildlife habitat in the brash pile along the leat, oak timber to season for projects and firewood.  Sunsets ahead from Barleycorn Cottage’s verandah!  

Email Christine or Jade with your short break or holiday dates.  Or send us a booking form.  We and the ducks would love to see you! 

April news – new field, ducklings, lamb report

April news – new field, ducklings, lamb report

April the first and it’s not a joke – this morning two bright yellow ducklings for Dark Green Duck, the first of the spring at Watermill Cottages.   Mrs Duckel, the grey and white duck, looks on from her own nest – she has three weeks to go.


Field with a View 

We’ve recently added a six acre meadow for your enjoyment at Watermill Cottages – it’s at the top of the lane and has stunning views over Start Bay to the lighthouse at Start Point.  It’s great for sunsets (and eclipses)..  

We’re planning a campfire place and rustic seating so it’ll be the perfect spot for family picnics and sundowners, never mind watercolours, photography, kite-flying (it catches the breeze), and rolling down the slope.  It’s a healthy stroll with the delight of walking down hill home to your cottage.

Sheep Report   Matilda is thriving (still on bottles), here she is with the cuckoo lamb from last year and Jesse the friendly Jacob ram who eats from your hand

Cuckoo lamb, Jesse ram and Matilda