We decided to stay a little closer to our amazing holiday cottage today. The morning was spent taking the historic Teignmouth to Shaldon ferry and back again. Little Sis didn’t seem to enjoy it but her brother did.
In the afternoon we ventured as far as Dawlish Warren where a steam train was passing through so we stopped to photograph it and wave at the passengers. We didn’t have a great vantage point as there was a lot of engineering work going on and much of the public footpath was closed due to storm damage.
From our seat on the sea wall Big Brother could see the small play area and amusements. He wasn’t happy until he was allowed to go on the huge slide, although he only went on it once, I think it was a little higher than he realised. A ride on the go karts with daddy soon cheered him up!
We love to visit National Trust properties so were excited to spend the morning visiting A La Ronde as it’s a place I’ve wanted to visit ever since reading about it in the National Trust guide book decades ago. It certainly didn’t disappoint even though it was covered it scaffolding.
A la Ronde
Time for a tea break
Running through the grounds
Easter Egg Hunt finished
The sixteen-sided house was designed by two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe in the late 18th century. It includes some of the treasures they collected on their travels, an interesting a feather frieze and a shell-encrusted gallery which is unfortunately too fragile to visit.
The house is amazing, I loved the way it had been originally laid out to make the most of the sun, such a shame that the Victorians came along and ‘modernised’ it.
We took part in the Cadbury-sponsored Easter Egg Trail around the garden which was fun and the children were very happy to take home two large Easter eggs as a reward.
Today we had a lovely day out with Grandad. Our first stop was the Model Village at Babbacombe where we took part in a special Easter Egg Hunt around the site. We found all the hidden eggs and were rewarded with sweets!
Then it was on to Babbacombe Cliff Railway for an amazing ride to Oddicombe Beach which has been badly affected by the recent stormy weather.
Little Sis didn’t enjoy the ride up and down very much but her older brother did. She did love the view once we were at the beach though.
The beach is very pebble-y so daddy tried to teach him how to skim stones. He ended up just throwing them in and paddling – too cold for a dip at this time of year!
He was also pretty pleased to see Lightning McQueen back at the top by the cafe, who was busy raising money for charity.
We finished off our trip to Babbacombe with a delicious lunch at the Carey Arms which is well worth a visit, especially for the beautiful terraces overlooking the beach.