The Front Doors of Axbridge: Delightfully Different

 

The Front Doors of Axbridge

The front doors of Axbridge: delightfully different

Axbridge is a small town in Somerset, it’s a pretty charming place – all the houses are tightly packed together but none of them alike either in period or size. They do all have one thing in common though – a beautiful front door. Of course they’re still pretty varied but all equally delightful. When me and Kath visited last year (for our fauxglasto weekend) we couldn’t resist going out for a wander, camera in hand, to document the scene.

From the Medieval studded door of the butchers, to the baby blue gateway hiding the secret garden, to the understated elegance of April Cottage’s entrance peering from behind the chrysanthemums. Each one has it’s own appeal.

It was also what spurred me on to finally invest in my own front door and I’m pretty confident my Manchester house could now stand proud among it’s Southern Axbridge counterparts.

 

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Uk Holidays: Shepherds Hut Chic

There was once a time when holidays were our only extravagant expenditure but after having recently forked out the equivalent cost of a two week trip to Barbados to sort out a damp problem, that certainly seems like a distant memory now. Consequently we’ve had to be a little more strict with our holiday budget this year. So I’m sorry New York – it just wasn’t meant to be.

Instead we turned our attentions to the UK, and discovered this little gem on Air BnB…

Shepherds hut bostcastle

My hut and me

It’s the perfect retreat for couples, you’re actually next to the farmhouse where the owners live but the hut is positioned so you feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere. The view is spectacular and uninterrupted – green rolling hills tumble down towards the sea,  only on an evening do the distant twinkling lights of Boscastle village remind you that you’re in fact sharing this land with others.

View from the hut in boscastle

Room with a view

If you were only going for a long weekend there would be no reason to leave, separate to the shepherds hut sleeping quarters there is a bathroom and a kitchen equipped with a stove, table and sink (a fridge can also be found in the barn behind – I’d fully recommend filling it with food from the local, award winning, Boscastle farm shop).  But if, like we did, you are staying a little longer then do venture out – it’s in a superb spot for exploring the North Coast of Cornwall with places like Tintagel, Port Isaac (of Doc Martin fame), Polzeath, Padstow (or ‘Padstein’ as they call it down there) all within easy reach.

The hut itself has been tastefully decked out, it has a farmhouse feel to it with shabby furniture, checkered duvet, wicker baskets and an incredibly effective log burning stove. Occasionally you’ll get a visit from the owners dog too, who completes the farming lifestyle experience nicely (and also poses incredibly well for pictures…)

So if you need an escape/relaxing retreat then I’d definitely recommend it.  It’s the most stress-free holiday I’ve ever had and was a pretty good antidote to our decorating woes too.

Shepherds hut interior The Shepherds hut sleeping quarters

 

Paul and dog. Posers.

Paul and dog. Posers.

 

 

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