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Occombe Farm Beer Festival 2011

Such a great day out for all your real ale Fans!  The Occombe Beer Festival is back and taking place in the beautiful countryside that surrounds the 150 acre Occombe Farm.  The event takes place on the 10th and 11th June 2011 with many local ales on offer along with ciders and perry, a hog roast, live local bands and a bbq.  The Farm itself is completely organic and is a registered conservation charity managed by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.   Admission is only £5 to include a souvenir glass, free to under 18's but must be accompanied by an adult.
For more info about the farm and the festival click on the link below:
http://www.occombe.org.uk/mainintro.cfm?id=336

Devon County Show 2011

19th, 20th and 21st May 2011

Fantastic day out for all the family, so much to see and do from the animals to the exhibition stands and displays taking place in the arenas.

http://devoncountyshow.co.uk/visiting-the-show/show-programme

Devon County Showground
Westpoint
Clyst St Mary
Exerter
open from 8am
Kids go free on Saturday

AND only 18 miles away from our guest house so why not combine a trip to the Devon County Show with a short break on the English Riviera in Torquay.

So what is there to do in Torquay?

Torquay on the English Riveria, Devon was made popular by the Victorians who visited to take advantage of the mild climate and many of the beautiful Victorian villas still remain, now being used as hotels or guest houses. Today it is still a very popular destination for short breaks, business and training events and summer holidays.  Even if the weather is not too good there is still plenty to do and below are just some ideas for your next holiday!

Attractions:
Kents Cavern, one of the most special caves in Britain, people have been exploring it since 1571
Paignton Zoo, fab day out at this large environmental park
Bygones, step back in time to see how we used to shop in the Victorian times
Babbacombe Model Village, everything in miniature!
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, lovely journey along the coast
visiting the towns of Totnes, Kingswear and Dartmouth,
playing golf at the numerous courses,
visting Agatha Christies home Greenway Mansion
Cockington Village, Court and grounds

For all you bikers!

The BMAD festival is taking place once again on Paington Seafront on the English Riveria, Devon and because it is also the Royal Wedding there will be a fireworks display on April 29th to celebrate.  The gates open at 10am on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May with lots of events taking place.  For more info click the link below:
http://www.bmad.co.uk/arena_events.html

Wow its hot here in Torquay!

What an amazing Easter weekend its been down here on the English Riveria, the weather has been and is set to be lovely for the next few days, lets hope this lasts until the Summer months to ensure guests have the best holiday here in Torquay, Devon.

Our two new bathrooms are complete and are looking very smart, makes such a difference to the feel of the room, more modern and contemporary with big walk in shower cubicles and environmental flush toilets to save water (and money!)

With families in mind for the coming summer we now have a family room with big bathroom - sleeps 4, a suite of two rooms (double and twin) and also a double and single room accessed via its own private door. A number of guesthouses in Torquay have decided not to take families anymore but we feel this is an important part of our guest market so hopefully we will be able to cater for many needs. Why not call us direct to find out best prices for your family holiday.

A day at the Zoo

Invited to a trade day for hoteliers yesterday at Paignton Zoo.  Great opportunity to have an tour so we can pass on information to our guests when visiting.  Paington Zoo is a fantastic day out for all the family and has certainly grown from its hubble opening in 1923.  Today it is home to thousands of animals living across 80 acres and is dedicated to education and conservation of our wildlife.  Anyone visiting our guest house can pick up discount vouchers for this attraction and also Living Coasts6 ,a small coastal zoo in Torquay housing seals, penguins and other various sea birds.
For more information visit http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/ and http://www.paingtonzoo.org.uk/

A walk to Cockington

Our labrador/springer spaniel cross puppy is now 5 months old and growing fast. He seems to need longer and longer walks so today I trekked over to Cockington Court, its really only a mile away down the seafront and then along the water meadows to the beautiful thatched village of Cockington. The village can trace its history back to William the Conqueror who bequeathed the land to one of his faithful Barons William of Falaise, later to become William de Cockington. Now owned in trust by Torbay Borough council the Court houses function rooms, art galleries, blacksmith and glassblowing with 15 new workshops in the process of being built for skilled arts and craft workers.

The grounds are truly beautiful and since having Murphy we have explored many of the walks through the wooded areas beyond the main gardens themselves. From Cockington the keen ramblers amongst you can walk to Totnes, a 10 mile hike but worth it, we did it last year but must admit had to get the bus back!

For those of…