Throughout my teens and twenties, I lived in Bournemouth. I was a frequent visitor to the beach through my teens but as I got older and my world grew bigger, life got in the way, it became easy to take for granted that I had a beautiful beach on my doorstep and my visits became less frequent. Then I moved to Bristol and visits to the beach became even less frequent. Being used to golden, sandy beaches, Weston-Super-Mare didn’t quite hit the mark when we went there for the day last year, although we did have a lot of fun. In the hustle and bustle of city life, it can be easy to forget that we don’t have to go abroad to see beautiful beaches or to get a stunning view.
Lucky for us the Devon coastline is a two hour drive (even less if you travel late evening) and a family member has a property in the fishing ‘village’ of Hope Cove. I use the term village in inverted commas because it literally just has a pub, a small cafe bar and a shop-come-post-office. Every time we drive down the hill into the village, a weight lifts from my shoulders and we feel like a world away from real life. While other people may explore Devon when they are here, we choose to kick back and absorb the slower place of life. The furthest we tend to go is the beach which can be seen from the apartment or Salcombe which is 5 miles down the road.
As the name suggests, the beach is a little cove (there are actually two, Inner Hope and Outer Hope although we stick to Outer Hope) that looks like something you might imagine from reading a story book. In fact, just along the coast is Burgh Island where Agatha Christie spent much of her writing career, gaining inspiration from her surroundings.
Of course, no trip to the beach is complete without collecting some wares, which we had to bring home to Bristol with us!
For me, the perfect way to finish off a day in Hope Cove is to have dinner in the (newly refurbished!) Hope and Anchor before stepping outside to capture the last of the sunset. I reckon you would be hard-pressed to find one more stunning in this country.
It really was lovely to get away from it all and just enjoy some quality family time together as a family.