Today we arrived at the Old Shippon for a week away with our dogs. We arrived late afternoon to a delightful afternoon snack of tea and scones. We had dinner at the cottage that night as we were all tired after a long journey. We ate it outside and played in the peaceful garden.

Saturday

Today we went to Lanhydrock which is a Victorian country house with gardens and a wooded estate near Bodmin. It was quite a long drive to get there but well worth the visit. We discovered how and where the servants lived and how the family of the house lived. We had lunch at the restaurant there and took a short walk around part of the estate.
After spending a day there we headed back home. It was a nice evening so on the way back we bought some BBQ food to have a BBQ when we got back to the cottage.
It had been a long day so we all slept like logs in the incredibly comfortable beds.

Sunday

Today we went to Dunsland house near Holsworthy. It was a lovely sunny day so we took a picnic which we ate under the shade of an oak tree. We walked up to where the old Tudor house once stood. The house was lost in a fire in the 1960s however the estate is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a picnic without being disturbed. It was extremely quiet. All you could hear was the buzzing of insects and the birds in the distance.
We took badminton and cricket with us and so we enjoyed a few games in the ancient parkland.
We headed back to the cottage after a very enjoyable day and cleaned up before heading out to have dinner at the Rydon Inn which serves up delicious pies and pub grub as well as the more luxurious foods. It was a great meal and we headed back to the cottage very full.

Monday

Today we headed off to Wadebridge. We felt we needed to do some exercise and so all of us were up for a bike ride along the camel trail to Padstow.
We hired bikes from Bridge Bike Hire and headed off on our way to Padstow. It was a 5 mile bike ride each way with flat terrain for an easy ride.
Padstow is a beautiful fishing village with views across the estuary and plenty of choice for food and amazing wildlife to be spotted.
We were spoilt for choice for lunch with many Mediterranean style eateries and loads of restaurants belonging to well-known chefs.
We were torn between 2 places (Stein’s Fish and Chips or Paul Ainsworth’s Rojano’s in the Square). Rojano’s in the Square is an Italian inspired restaurant which did Pizzas and also some more luxurious options. However tempting this sounded we could not resist Rick Stein’s famous fish and chips.
After an amazing lunch we headed back to Wadebridge on our bikes.
After a long day of cycling we got back to the cottage and sat down to watch a film.

Tuesday

Today we went to North Devon Wake Park near Bideford. We wanted to try something different and though that would be a good place to start. It was really fun and we tried cable wakeboarding which is where you are pulled along on a cable. You are coached by some of the UKs best wakeboarders.
We also went on the Aquapark which you could race on total wipe-out style. It was really fun. We also went on the Ringo which is an exhilarating ride behind a boat. It was a great finale to our day there. We had a lunch of hot dogs at the small café onsite.
I also wanted to go to the milky way which was where the wake park was based but we said we shall come back another day because we were all worn out.
We headed back to the cottage and settled down to watch a film. We then headed out for dinner at Elements.

Wednesday

Today we headed off to Bideford for a bike ride along the Tarka Trail to Barnstaple. We had our own bikes but you could hire bikes from Torrington or Barnstaple. We set off at about 10am from Bideford and headed towards Barnstaple. It was a lovely bike ride which was about 9 miles each way. When we reached Barnstaple we had a look round the shops and then headed back. On the way back we stopped off for some refreshment at Fremington Quay. This included a selection, of breakfasts, baguettes, wraps and jacket potatoes.

Thursday

It’s our last full day today so we tried to pack as much in as possible. We headed off to the milky way first and spent a few hours there. There was loads to do including various rollercoasters and slides, an indoor play area, a bird of prey centre, bouncing pillows, a maze and dodgems. And that is just a few of the things on offer!! We also had the opportunity to get lunch in one of the cafes there however we decided to go and get fish and chips in Braunton which was about 40 minutes away. Squires fish and chips is considered the No.1 premier fish restaurant in North Devon. They serve all sorts of things from the humble fish and chips to the more luxurious fishcakes. It was a delicious meal and afterwards we headed down the Tarka trail for a walk before heading back to the cottage to clear and pack up.

Friday

Today we are back off home. It has been a great week. I love the cottage and the peaceful garden, and will be sad to be heading off home.

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