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North Devon weekend

Lee bay

Last weekend, we went over to North Devon for a long weekend break with my family. My mum’s from that corner of the country and my grandad’s lived in the tiny coastal village of Lee for as long as I can remember. In fact it’s barely even a village: just a stretch of cottages, a lovely local pub, a church and tea rooms.

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We stayed at Mill Field Cottage, a pretty bungalow with amazing views of the bay and valley below.

Devon July 2011
Devon July 2011

View from the back of the cottage and pretty bugs in the garden

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Devon July 2011

The interior was cosy Cath Kidston country-chic

Lee beach
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The cottage is a three-minute stroll up from the bay. Lee beach is all dramatic rocks and shingle; we did lots of scrambling over the cliffs, looking for shrimp and crabs in the rock pools – then topped up all the spent calories via creams teas and ice cream from the Smugglers’ Cove cafe.

baby me on the beach
me on the beach
me on the beach

We’ve been coming here ever since I was tiny. I found this photo from when I was five years old in my granddad’s photo album and took a Dear Photograph-style reproduction.

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My sister’s always wanted to be on the blog! so here’s a pic of her and her doggy Theo

It was lovely to hang out with my family for a long weekend and switch off from everything – there’s barely any mobile phone signal down there, let alone internet, and it’s quite amazing to hear nothing at night but the quiet roar of the tide drawing in.

More photos on Flickr, and yet more from my film cameras and some day trips we took coming up…



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  1. Ah! That looks completely idyllic….especially the sea, and the internet!! xx

  2. just come across your blog, it’s so sweet – and these photos are gorgeous, Devon is somewhere I want to go! Now following :) xo

  3. Beautiful pictures! I grew up in North Devon, and miss it like mad most of the time. Have you been to Valley of the Rocks in Lynton? It’s an incredible place, and great for sunset watching!

  4. I have never been to Devon but it looks wonderful from your photos. The cottage also looks beautiful!

  5. What absolutely beautiful photographs you take. I want to go there! Thank you for sharing this peaceful family escape.

  6. beautiful photos.. wish I was there.. and also great job on the dear photograph.

  7. woah… so nice pics. I really love it

  8. justine

    I went to Lee on holiday at about same time as you! I love it, it’s a proper English seaside holiday.

  9. LOVE the vintage style train posters. Chic!

  10. I just love your before and after pic looks just way too good and u were lucky to find the same place where u once spend great time with your grand parents

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