Tuesday, 21st May 2019
Pickwell Manor | Devon
Millie escaped London for May’s first bank holiday weekend, opting for a staycation in our home county, Devon.
A four hour drive from London, Pickwell Manor is situated in the beautiful countryside of North Devon, and only a short walk from one of our favourite beaches, Putsborough, which leads on to Woolacombe Bay. Having grown up just round the corner and not found it previously, Pickwell Manor is the perfect hidden gem!
We were drawn to the manor because of its commitment to the environment. The manor’s owners are passionate about the environment and run the family business with sustainability at the heart of their philosophy. The apartments are decked out with an array of eco-friendly and local goodies such as Bramley toiletries, Fairtrade tea and coffee, and fresh locally sourced milk. They also have two electric car charging points, so no worries - you can bring your eco-mobiles carefree. Our favourite eco addition are the new treehouses, built from sustainable larch and oak trees that are indigenous to the UK, and not harming any of the abundant forestry which surrounds the manor- the perfect place to do a digital detox!
The manor is beautifully furnished and has a homely feel, as well as being rich in history. Dating back to the 10th century, Pickwell is mentioned in the doomsday book and it is believed that Thomas Beckett’s murderers fled to the manor, were captured and beheaded there! Take a stroll down to the shoreline and you might catch a glimpse of the three resident ghosts- three headless knights that can be seen galloping from the manor to the beach. Fear not, no previous visitors have reported a problem with them.
We stayed in Amity, a former laundry room, which has been beautifully renovated into a self-contained apartment for two. Millie particularly adored the hand-crafted features, especially the window made from recycled glass bottles, the beach pebble bathroom surfaces and the shelving made from breeze blocks.
On our first day we wandered down to the beach, a light fifteen minute walk or five to ten minute jog for the eager or those who overate at breakfast. We then spent the day surfing (well pretending to but actually drowning in North Devon’s famous waves), then revived ourselves with Vego chocolate at Nourish - a treasure trove of sustainable health and well-being products in Braunton. (Follow them on insta @nourishstores)
Our second day was spent enjoying the North Devon coastline, feasting on fresh Devonshire crab and saving Biscuit, our new tiny kitten, from our tyrannical younger brother, George. With salty hair and sand in every item we own, we definitely left feeling revived and would highly recommend you opt for a staycation for your next break.
Visit www.pickwellmanor.co.uk to get a last min space, and rejuvenate your soul!