Hi everyone. Wow - I'm still pinching myself in disbelief over everything we did and saw over the weekend. There's so much to share that I needed to split today's post in to three!
The last two photos? Yeah we did a lot of that. Our bed & breakfast for the weekend, Hotel Endsleigh in Tavistock, Devon, was extremely conducive to relaxing and we took full advantage of it. The decor was perfectly elegant yet comfortable and cozy, the staff gave just the right amount of friendliness and space, and the library was packed full of books from Dickinson to Polish Folk Art. The day-long log fires and afternoon teas made unwinding in the common rooms that much more pleasant and though there were other guests sharing the house, we hardly ever noticed them.
This was our first stay in the English countryside and I don't think that we can ever go anywhere else! We happened upon Endsleigh after inquiring with dozens of b&bs' closer to London but since we were booking just a few weeks out, no one had vacancy. We expanded our search and by that point we wanted to do the countryside so bad (and do it well) that we said "to hell with it, let's splurge!". Hotel Endsleigh was heaven in so many ways - just wait until you see the full views. It's no wonder that the Duke of Bedford decided to build his home on that spot in the early 1800's. It was the prettiest location then and it definitely lives up to its reputation today. What a dream.