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  • Spekes House
    family activities and attractions of the area including some of the finest surfing beaches in the country Spectacular cliff top walks are accessible from the front door with a footpath running directly from the house down to the dramatic waterfall and beach at Spekes Mill Mouth and linking to the South West Coast Path Spekes is a place to unwind reenergise and reinvigorate a place to experience the elements and rediscover the simple pleasures of life from the comfort of clean light and spacious accommodation Open all year with short breaks from September to May the house sleeps up to 9 people You are warmly welcomed to experience a wonderful holiday by the sea News The Times newspaper has voted Speke s Mill Beach as their No 1 secluded beach Click here to see this article from the North Devon Journal Spekes is included in Alastair Sawdays Special Escapes and Green Europe which features special places that go the extra mile to provide responsible holidays places that champion organic food use eco friendly technologies contribute to conservation or have a positive impact on the community Spekes is included in a new book Wild Guide Devon Cornwall and the South West

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  • Introduction — Spekes House
    terms of the standard of our service The house is thoroughly cleaned between lets and freshly laundered linen provided throughout Whilst you will be left to enjoy your holiday in privacy our local housekeeper is on hand to deal promptly with any problems or queries you have during your stay We very much hope to welcome you here as a guest Rupert Claire Bedford Outside The house itself is of fairly modern design the original stone cottage having been completely renovated circa 1990 It has full oil fired central heating mains electricity wireless broadband connection and a natural spring water supply The garden area is screened by a hedge of escalonia and fuscia and set on two levels to the west of the house and up on the hillside behind There is a seating area and lovely views all around Beyond the garden there is a paddock which though belonging to the house is grazed by the neighbouring farmer s stock There is a public footpath which runs down the drive and past the front of the house and on down to the waterfall and beach Spekes Mill Mouth This is used generally by a few locals walkers and surfers Inside The Sitting Room has a large stone open fire and deep bay window with views over the valley There is a colour TV satellite reception video DVD and CD player The Dining Room has an ornamental fireplace and opens up through French doors directly to the garden The Kitchen breakfast room is well equipped with an oil fired Aga dishwasher large larder fridge and electric cooker and has a small seating area There is an automatic washing machine microwave and large freezer in a separate utility room In the Study Music room there is a writing desk piano and

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  • Area & activities — Spekes House
    spectacular coastline Breathtaking scenery Wonderful cliff top walks Beautiful secluded beaches An abundance of rare flora and fauna Stunning starlit skies As you cross the peninsula high open moorland and ancient woodland give way to coastal waterfalls tumbling from hanging valleys onto rocky shores These meandering valleys create sheltered micro climates which support an abundance of wild flowers rare lichens culm grassland insects birds and animals The Hartland Peninsula is located within the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is itself located within the UK s first new style UNESCO Biosphere Reserve a designation which reflects the international importance of the area s diversity and abundance of rare plants and its continuous human use from ancient times Across the water Lundy Island is home to the country s only statutory Marine Nature Reserve Nearby is beautiful Clovelly with its steep cobbled walkway down to the harbour and with various events going on throughout the year From here you can take boat and fishing trips and trips over to Lundy Island including diving with seals The Beach Waterfall at Spekes Mill Mouth There is a wonderful beach and waterfall at Spekes Mill Mouth less than 1 2 mile from your front door Access to the beach is via steep steps and it exposes sandy stretches at low tide running down to the shore Surfers like to visit Spekes for its renowned reef brake yet it remains peaceful and quiet even at the height of summer If you are lucky you may even spot some dolphins or porpoises in the bay during the summer The beaches in the area are known for their excellent water quality and are MCS recommended in the Good Beach Guide Walking This area is a walkers paradise whether you are a dedicated rambler or someone who enjoys a leisurely stroll amongst beautiful and varied scenery You may like to print out the following walking notes for use Stoke via Hartland Quay Spekes Mill the house referred to at No 22 in the notes is Spekes Click here for more information on walking routes generally in the area Surfing The area boasts some of the finest surfing beaches in the country including Spekes Beach itself For beginners there are a number of surf schools around including the North Devon Surf School at Northam Burrows Skern Lodge in Appledore and Atlantic Pursuits in Bude Bodyboarding is also great fun Other activities There are varied opportunities for outdoor activities walking horse riding cycling golf or take to the water and enjoy canoeing fishing windsurfing sailing or a simple boat trip The outdoor adventure specialist Skern Lodge see Surfing above offers a range of activities for all ages and abilities and is well known nationally for its courses and instruction Horse riding can be booked locally the nearest being Kingslands Stables Woolsery 01237 431378 Cycles can be hired from Bideford Bicycle Hire There are a number of golf courses in the area including the oldest links course in the

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  • Practicalities — Spekes House
    has a lovely relaxed atmosphere The Boathouse in Instow is a pubby bistroish establishment on the sea front The food is good particularly the Sunday Roast although it there is sometimes a bit of a wait for a table After your meal you can walk across the road and directly onto the beach for a stroll Restaurants Life s a Beach in Bude is well regarded It s appearance as a beach cafe is deceptive in our experience it serves excellent quality food particularly seafood Book early at weekends Of course for those willing to travel further down the coast there is always Rick Stein s Seafood Restaurant which must be booked well in advance Tearooms Delicious cream teas are on offer at Docton Mill which is within walking distance of the house Take away There is a takeaway fish and chip shop in Hartland village Supermarkets For those who want to do a supermarket run on the way down to the house there is a Tesco and Sainsburys in Barnstaple or a Morrisons nearer at Bideford Tesco will deliver to the property but must be instructed to park at the shed midway down the drive due to the lack of turning space at the end of the drive Linen All linen is provided free and beds are made up with duvets You will need to bring your own towels Electrical Heating The house has an oil fired Aga an electric cooker a fridge freezer a dishwasher a microwave a washing machine as well as a vacuum cleaner an ironing board and iron It is well equipped with cooking utensils china and glassware It has efficient oil fired central heating throughout and an open fire in the Living Room Logs are provided Children Babies They are welcome at any age We make no charge for children in cots and provide a travel cot cot linen and bedding for no charge A high chair and stair gate is available Pets The countryside around Spekes is a dog s paradise and you are very welcome to bring a dog with the prior permission of the owner It is essential however that the dog does not spoil the house or garden for future guests The permission will therefore be conditional on a number of things including that it must not under any circumstances be allowed upstairs or anywhere on the furniture it must sleep in the space provided in the utility room and you will be asked to clear up any dog mess in the garden There is a small fee payable of 25 per dog to cover extra cleaning etc Disabled Guests Please contact the Owner if you have any special requirements Telephone Broadband There is a direct dial telephone system and wireless broadband available for laptop connection Mobile signals except Vodaphone generally do not work at the house A signal starts at the beginning of the driveway Use of the Property The Property is suitable for up to a maximum of

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  • Map & directions — Spekes House
    sharp left immediately before the red telephone box signposted Elmscott Continue up this lane for about 3 4 mile and turn right at Newton crossroads signposted Elmscott Follow this lane for about 3 4 mile to Kernstone crossroads Go straight over signed Kernstone and continue to the end of the lane The left hand gate opens to the driveway of Spekes House The postcode for Sat Nav is EX396DY but

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  • Guest comments — Spekes House
    without hesitation and very much hope to do so Mr O London 4th January 2014 It is the most beautiful place and the only place I ve been to recently with my husband where he TOTALLY unwound so we will be regular bookers for as long as we re able to I still think you and your family made a really wonderful choice to live there while your children were young absolutely gorgeous and if you re interested in butterflies as we are doubly fabulous Mrs M London 25th November 2013 We had a wonderful holiday thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home the location is very rugged and wild a nature lovers dream we enjoyed the many coastal walks straight from the garden Mr L Northamptonshire 31st October 2013 We had a fantastic time at your house The house itself was beautiful and ideally situated and the kids and dog enjoyed being able to get to the sea so quickly We loved the views and walks from the door We also visited the farmers market in Hartland which was a great experience Mr Mrs C Wiltshire 15 8 2013 Thank you very much for an absolutely magical stay it is a really beautiful place and we had such a fantastic time My daughter is still elated that she saw the Milky Way and 2 shooting stars very early one morning Mrs M London 30 10 2012 Dear Rupert We got back from Spekes yesterday and had the most wonderful time and enjoyed everything about your lovely house inside and out and the amazing situation We were so comfortable in lovely beds with quality linen and I loved the 4 door Aga My 2 door version now seems v inadequate There was so much on the shelves to entertain us all and we played Who Wants To Be a Millionaire every night and were amazed by our ignorance I pushed the pram miles and miles in the afternoons v steep hills with a large lump of a baby and the others did more exciting stuff On the last morning my granddaughters and I lay flat out on the lovely springy grass on the hill beyond your 2 wicket gates our heads amongst the wild flowers and listened to the sea and watched a buzzard wheeling overhead We forgot to write in the book but please know that we loved every moment and thank you so much Mrs K Dorset 23rd September 2012 I thought I would take a few minutes to write and thank you for allowing my family and I the pleasure of spending a week at your lovely cottage Despite a typical English summer we all enjoyed our time at Speke s House and its fabulous setting Personally I was totally enthralled by the natural environment and diversity of flora fauna and wildlife on your doorstep I have visited many beautiful locations over the years but this corner of Devon really did surprise me Unspoilt

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  • Sustainability — Spekes House
    catch and store all that valuable rainwater A shower has been installed over the bath in the downstairs bathroom and other water saving devices such as save a flush in the toilet cisterns are used throughout The house is south facing and enjoys wonderful natural light and heat It is kept warm as toast without waste with curtains double lined roofs walls and floors insulated doors and windows draught stripped and most radiators have a thermostatic control Wherever possible A rated energy saving utility appliances have been installed and low energy lightbulbs used The electricity is supplied by Ecotricity Plans are afoot to introduce both solar and wind energy systems in the future Guests are encouraged to try the excellent variety of local produce on offer and in doing so support the local community and save on those petrol miles Details of local producers including dates and venues of the local Farmers Markets are available in the Guest Manual at the house There are some wonderful walking and cycling routes accessible directly from the house and bicycles can be hired and delivered to you All of which means less time in the car The Spekes valley is a haven for wildlife badgers foxes rabbits hares deer and birds of prey including the mighty buzzard The wildflowers will delight and interest botanical enthusiasts being located within the the UK s first new style UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve namely the North Devon Biosphere Reserve a designation which reflects the international importance of the area s diversity and abundance of rare plants and its continuous human use from ancient times Across the water Lundy Island is home to the only statutory Marine Nature Reserve in England Information and field guides are available at the house Ecover cleaning and other environmentally sensitive products are

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  • Gallery — Spekes House
    of the house View to the front of the house Lower garden area Sea view from the garden table House view from the valley Sitting Room Sitting Room Sitting Room Dining Room Dining Room Dining Room Kitchen Study Landing Bathroom Bedroom 1 Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom 4 The track leading to Spekes Mill Mouth Spekes Mill Mouth Spekes beach at low

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