We have 5 days between house sitting assignments and decided that we wanted to see Devon since it is next to Somerset in England. Also, I spent 3 weeks there 40 years ago and had always been haunted by its green beauty and historic past. On the way down to Devon, we stopped to meet the family that we will be pet sitting for next month. Lesley, Ian and Caroline were very welcoming and we loved Lucy and Ruby ( the dogs ) right away.
We arrived at this luxurious Georgian home, called Willesleigh House, near Barnstaple. We had rented the entire third floor which had been converted into a two bedroom apartment. We found it on AirBnB, for less than you might expect. ( you can find it on AirBnB by looking under Barenstaple, Devon, England). Our wonderful hosts Steve and Yvonne welcomed us with scones and a Devon cream tea. We feel like we have stepped back in time to a more refined and beautiful life style. They have incorporated a small but complete kitchen in one corner of the living room. Here is the 4 poster bed that we sleep in. I have never slept in a 4 poster bed before. This is the view from the bedroom window. This is the real England; green grass, old trees and sheep in the distance. There’s actually a second bedroom, too. The house was built in the 18th century and is set on 3 acres of stunning countryside. Here is a sunset that I took this evening. Our hosts; Stephen and Yvonne, are very warm and full of interesting stories about the house and about English culture. We are very happy here and feel lucky to have found such a peaceful and beautiful place to explore Devon. We can highly recommend it for a place to stay.