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Linger: Doone Valley

We have just returned from a little camping trip in the Doone country in the beautiful Exmoor. I haven’t ventured down to this part of the country before and completely fell in love with the wild moorlands, ancient woods and beautiful coastline.

We chose to stay in a small campsite called Cloud farm, nestled right in the middle of the hills by a river, mainly because of the child friendliness of it (we had our cute little god daughter in the mix!). From the campsite we were able to go for leg breaking walks through the woods and over the hills and reward ourselves with a yummy cream tea in the near by deli.

In the evenings we had campfires, cooking our dinner of jacket potatoes and corn on the cob on it, and obviously roasting some marshmallows! (We missed out on doing s’mores though – dang!)

I was also inspired to read Richard Doddridge Blackmore‘s novel Lorna Doone that is based in this gorgeous corner of the world.

All in all it was a great mix of activity, relaxing and hanging out with lovely friends! Definitely makings of a good holiday.

-Hanna 

Ps. This campsite was found from the book Cool Camping Kids.

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LINGER: Crafty Camping, Holditch, West Dorset

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After a busy week or two Mr F and I reunited at heathrow after being in different parts of the country, and with our car packed with all manner of lovely salad, cider, and fresh bread we made our way south to Dorset  crafty camping, run by green woodworking wizz Guy Mallison, and his team and trusty dog, Dudley!

It was our first ‘glamping’ or luxury camping experience.  We were sent brilliant directions, and found our way to the the hidden and magical woodland hideaway, walking through the fields and into the woods,  between the trees a path has been laid, and carved owl signs mark the way into the heart of the campImage

We were welcomed to the camp, by the sight of this amazing ‘Out of Africa’ Kitchen, stocked with Dorset Cereals, Clipper teas, coffee and hot chocolate.

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It even comes complete with it’s very own woodfired pizza oven!

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The kitchen is stocked with an ‘Honesty bar’ of lovely local ciders and charcoal for your BBQ, we love that you are just trusted to write in a little book what you’d taken and pay up before leaving – we enjoyed some of Somersets finest Perry!

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Before we arrived Guy had emailed to say we had been generously upgraded from our bell tent ‘Bodkin’ to the amazing Tipi ‘Hoppus’ – it was AMAZING ( as you can see!)

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It was kitted out with a huuuge bed, a woodburning stove to keep us warm at night and even its own forest shower a

nd hammock…

We enjoyed firepits, and great coffee, lovely Somerset cider, the saunda yurt gin rummy touraments (which I let Mr F win! He’s a bad loser!) hearing the team at work in the the workshop, we ate delicious lunch in the nearby River Cottage Canteen and eating ice cream and browsing second hand book shops in Lyme Regis.  After two nights we felt like we’d been away for a week and can wholeheartily recommend it has a little West Country Adventure.

The Sauna Yurt

Sunny Lyme Regis

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The cherry on top of the cake was that we went to visit the lovely Hanna and Mr B in their new nest in their tiny village of Pucklechurch, on the way home!

 

 

 

 

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LINGER: Holkham, North Norfolk

Holkham beach

If you are in an 100 mile radius of London, and Olympic fever is filling you with dread at over crowded tubes and congestion, can we suggest a little tonic.  Drive north for just over two hours and you will reach one of the lovliest, most romantic parts of the country, full of charm and peace, North Norfolk will greet you with open arms. She hosts the most glorious stretch of beach, Holkham bay -where you can walk for hours with the pine woods on one side, and the wide open sea on the other side.

We visited last October and walked and talked for hours, bumping into only a few friendly dogs and their owners en route, out walk punctuated by coloured beach huts. When we were hungry and sleepy from the sea air we enjoyed the food, wine and fine hospitality of The Victoria – just a short walk, from the golden sands of the beach in the gates of Holkham hall.

-Sarah-

 

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Linger: Henry’s

If you like Cornwall, camping, sea views, chickens and random people you’ll love this bit of lingering goodness. I’m talking about Henry’s campsite that has all of the above… and more. This quirky family run campsite has been around forever, like from ‘before the Second World War’ – forever. That was when Henry was still the boss. Now it’s his son and his wife.

At Henry’s you can:

Pitch your tent and enjoy the sun setting over the Lizard peninsula.

You can wake up to chickens and chicks wanting to come in to your tent (and a whole host of other animals chatting nearby)

Eat fresh eggs for breakfast (made with love by the above chickens)

Pick blackberries from the bushes on  the path that leads to the beach (eventually… it was a bit longer than we anticipated – so close yet so far!)

When the darkness falls get your head torch out (yes, I always sport a good head torch!) and walk to the nearby pub for a local brew

Soak your feet in the cool sea water and forget everything else!

I totally recommend Henry’s for everyone who loves a bit of adventure. Like their website says, it is Strange but Wonderful! The facilities might not be 5star but the atmosphere is great and who wouldn’t want to wake up to a sea view?!

-Hanna

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Linger: Neds Loft

There is nothing sweeter than stealing a night away from it all and finding a special spot to rest your head, to hide from the crowds, and to enjoy hours of conversation over whiskey and wine.  We have found some fabulous spots that are too wonderful to keep to ourselves:

Neds Loft:

“Meander past historic stone walls and courtyards, through old creaky gates to ancient yews, chamomile and croquet lawns”

This beautiful cottage has a pretty special space in my heart for it is where we spent our first few days wed.  It’s a little village of cottages called Limepark Cottages complete with arts facilities, crochet lawns and tennis courts.  Limepark dates back to 1720, and is situated in a tiny village called Armoy, along the Causeway coast, in the Glens region of North Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Surrounded by unspoilt beaches, cliffs and wild coastline – it is in one of the most beautiful parts of Northern Ireland (and I suspect, the world!)

Here we are by “Little pigs house and the games room” photos by the super http://www.davidcavanphotography.com

Not only is it beautifully situated, but the cottages are beyond beautiful. Our families sampled most of them over the wedding, and they are all very special, but none as special as Neds Loft.  It is complete with a minstrels gallery, a harmonium and a roll top bath, it is hard to imagine a hide away more perfect.  If you get bored inside there is a games room, library, arts soom, croquet lawn and tennis court all here too.  To top it all of it is hosted by the loveliest couple…

The front door:

Neds Loft bedroom

The view from the bedroom window

“At night a real darkness falls, reacquaint yourself with the sight of a sky full of stars”

If you can resist no longer, pop along to www.limeparkcottages.com to see more.

Sarah

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