Devon was never somewhere I imagined visiting with Jonny, especially not on our minimoon, I thought we’d be fifty before that trip took place. Our original plan was to go to Cornwall but our dream accommodation was taken (and there were lots of tears) so we booked ourselves a couple of idyllic places in East Devon instead.
We left for our minimoon on the Monday after checking out of Dorfold, with a quick stop at home to unload and pack some cake. Four (and a bit) hours later, we found ourselves at the beautiful Barn just outside Honiton.
The Barn is a Beachspoke property, we’d never used Beachspoke before but we would highly recommend them if you like really fancy sheets, stunning accommodation and luxury touches (hello Bamford toiletries!). They have loads of properties but we settled on The Barn based on it’s gorgeous copper bath and beautiful scenery.
The three nights we stayed at The Barn consisted of lots and lots of food. Quite possibly the best thing about getting married is that you no longer have to be on a diet so it was goodbye salad, hello pate. We spent days exploring local beaches – Charmouth, Sidmouth and Beer were our particular highlights and evenings drinking wine, chatting about the wedding.
The Pig at Combe
The Pig at Combe was home for our fourth and final night in Devon. I’d seen lots of buzz about this place on Instagram so I had high expectations, luckily, it met and beat every single one. When we arrived we head straight for wood fired flat breads and drinks in The Folly. This quirky lunch spot is an inside/outside restaurant set in a half derelict building with a few quirky bits of furniture which adds to the perfectly, imperfect feel. The Pig is renowned for its food so it would be rude not to have a walk around the herb and veg gardens, I’m not lying when I say that we spent absoloutely ages sniffing mint! Don’t judge us though, there were 12 different types including a chocolate mint and an orange mint – yum!
The room was exquisite, it was the perfect mix of old and new. Our room was pretty special as it had it’s own entrance and terrace with a couple of chairs on for pre-dinner drinks – bliss! The room itself was huge and there were two amazing features, one was the free-standing bath but the second was a mirror that was actually a TV!
Dinner was incredible, we had four courses and a bottle of ‘The Pig’ wine so were pretty stuffed but it felt rude not to try everything. The most stand out element of the food was the vegetables (as you’d expect), I’ve never tasted veg so fresh and it was really nice to know exactly where the food on your plate came from.
I’d love to tell you about breakfast but we were too full from dinner to fit in and I’m using this as an excuse to visit another Pig Hotel soon. The journey back up North soon brought us back down to earth but it nice to arrive home and see all our wedding cards up in the house.