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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

New Forest Photographers in the Clink

No not locked up exactly!  We took a break and stayed at The Old Clink in Budleigh Salterton!

On a previous visit to Budleigh we had spotted this little annexe right on the sea front and it promised to be a great spot for a weekend away.  Unbeknown to me, Malcolm booked it for a long weekend.  A lovely surprise as after a manic year a break away is just what the Dr ordered!

The Old Clink, is cute, compact, very cosy and has everything you might need for a weekend break self-catering.  Malcolm kindly advertising it beautifully in the picture below!

The Old Clink, Budleigh Salterton
On entering through the side door, the tiny kitchen is on your left and the winding staircase leads up to the shower room on the small landing half way up and then on up to the bedroom, sitting area and en suite loo.

The owners do say that the accommodation is unsuitable for the elderly, disabled or young children, and I can see why.  I would also add that being tall is a slight disadvantage.  I actually struggled a little with the sloping ceilings, bumping my head several times, especially after using the loo!!  Malcolm is 6'4" and found it hard to stand up other than in the centre of the bedroom/sitting room.

The owners are lovely and very welcoming and there is everything you need in this tiny little self catering apartment.



There are two windows in the apartment upstairs, both giving views of the beach.  The sound of the waves at night time when you are snuggled up in bed is absolutely heavenly.  I found it very comforting.

It was like a dream came true for me to be able to wander out on to the beach first thing in the morning to watch the sun rise and be able to take photographs too!
Malcolm wasn't so keen on getting out and stood and watched whilst I played on the beach!  Oh and he took a cheeky pic!
I hate being on the other side of the camera, but long distance photographs of me are cool as far as I am concerned!
After taking these photographs I wandered up the cute little street to buy the newspapers and fresh baked croissants from the Spar for our breakfast!

Although the kitchen was adequately equipped to home cooking, we were in a very lazy mood and ate out mostly.  The Salterton Arms on Friday served us with absolutely fabulous steaks.

We walked to Otterton Mill on Saturday and had lunch at The Kings Arms before we walked back, seven miles in all - not my usual stroll up the High Street in Lymington.  I almost got a taxi back to Budleigh but thought I really needed to walk off the breaded brie I had just eaten!  However, we succumbed to bread and cheese and a bottle of red wine by the TV in the evening! Oh, and some fresh clementines to add a bit of a health kick!  I also managed to get Malcolm to watch Strictly Come Dancing at Wembley on the TV that evening.  Now that is unheard of - must have banged his head a few too many times! :)

On Sunday we went for lunch at Tobias, recommended by my sister who lives in East Devon.  The food was absolutely out of this world, the best I have had in a restaurant for a very long time and best value too.  If you go to Budleigh Salterton you must go and eat there!

To finish off our break we stopped off at Weymouth.  We had a stroll along the sea front and found our last stop for lunch before getting back home and having to start cooking for ourselves again!  We found yet another fabulous eating place!  Enzo!  We were greeted by a friendly Italian chap and taken to a table in the window.  We ate garlic cheesey bread with anchovies, olives and followed by pasta!  What a scrummie end to our break.  If you visit Weymouth then visit Enzo for lunch!

Oh I'd better sign off here I think it's lunch time!  Oh well I think there might be some soup in the fridge!