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Our Top 3 Staycations

Take a look at where we stayed this year with our Top 3 Staycations. We travelled by car, and oh what an adventure we had! 
 

The Potager 

We came across The Potager on one of our favourite 'places to stay' guides, Sawday's. A self-contained cottage on a small working family-farm, The Potager is owned by the lovely Jill and Blair. The family have lived on the farm since 1960, which over recent years has also become a beautiful B&B called Hay Barton.

We stayed 3 nights at The Potager and would definitely recommend longer if you love coastal walks and country paths! There's also plenty of places to eat that are a short drive away, although after a long walk the super comfy bed and walk-in shower was exactly what we needed, so we opted to cook ourselves for the majority of our stay. 

We even got to see some farm work in action as Blair herded his South Devon cows from one field to another. What a treat! If you want to see a few more pics of the farm, take a look at their Instagram
                                                         

 

On arrival Jill was baking a very large batch of Victoria sandwiches for a local garden charity event, and our very own cake was waiting for us in the cottage! We took a quick snap of it, with the most amazing bed in the background. 
With The White Company bed linen and a Melin Tregwynt bed throw, our evenings in The Potager were super cosy and comfortable. We will be back for more! 


          Jill cooking up her Award Winning Breakfast 

© James Lovick - jameslovick.co.uk   

                                              


The Bull Inn

We have to admit, we were attracted to the pink pub ... Once we looked further into staying at this incredible place, we knew we had to book it! The Bull Inn is a radical organic pub with rooms. Forget anything you've ever experienced before, the attention to detail and commitment that these guys have towards a sustainable way of running a hotel is simply inspiring. We definitely took note!

             

The Bull Inn / Rachel Hoile Photography ©

Every room is unique, home to antique finds and reclaimed furniture. In keeping with their ethos, the bedding is 100% organic cotton and GOTS approved to ensure not only a more sustainable choice of linen, but an ethical one. GOTS ensures that the people as well as the product are put first. 

Organic definitely means luxury which we experienced through our stay in Room no.2 !



We stayed for one night - the perfect stop-off point for anyone heading over to Cornwall! The food had to be the most enjoyable part of the experience. It's seasonal and organic, meaning it constantly changes. Their Instagram is a great place to keep up-to-date with what to expect on the menu. We had the Seabass on a bed of skordalia, and the bavette presented beautifully with a side of radish salad! 

The best place to learn more and find out about The Bull Inn would be on their website - it's definitely worth a read!


The Crofter's House

We travelled far to the beautiful Isle of Skye, finding a relaxing and quiet retreat at Sarah's one bedroom cottage, The Crofter's House. A secluded little spot, the cottage is an original building, once home to crofters who worked on the land. 

We fell in love with the entire concept of the cottage, slow-paced living. The interior inside was fuss-free, creating a relaxing space to enjoy during the evening after exploring the island! 


The surrounding area is pitch black and very very quiet of a night, so we quickly drifted off to sleep after being outside to watch the stars. We would definitely recommend this on a clear night - it's breath-taking!  

After a lazy morning we headed down to Camustianavaig Bay which is a 2 minute walk from the cottage. It felt like a private beach for everyone who lived within the Bay. Like many who've stayed in the cottage, we were hoping to see some otters and seals, but we didn't see any bobbing heads in the water that day. Instead, we were just as delighted with the local sheep!

   

A short drive away is the nearest village and also the Capital of the island, Portree. There's some wonderful independent shops such as ÒR and coffee specialists, Birch. We had a coffee and a hot chocolate which tasted like real, authentic chocolate! Our personal favourite spot for lunch was The Oyster Shed - fresh and local seafood, straight out of the water ... Wow ... And as one couple next to us put it, "this has made our holiday". 

After spending 3 days on the island, we headed home wishing we had booked The Crofters House for longer! Take a look at Sarah's website to find out more interesting places to see and things to do on the island.   



Book our Top 3 Staycations

The Potager, Cornwall - www.Haybarton.com
The Bull Inn, Devon - www.TheBullInnTotnes.co.uk

The Crofter's House, Isle of Skye  - www.TheCroftersHouse.com


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Hay Barton B&B 
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