Back in march we got to enjoy a peaceful weekend away at The lost music hall with Unique homestays in Ipplepen in south Devon.
If you have not heard of unique homestays, they have a handpicked collection of beautiful properties you can rent for a unique get away across the uk.
“Think rose-covered cottages and cliff side hideaways, sea views from every window and local goodies in the fridge: our hand-picked home collection is the stuff of dreams”.
Trailing through their website and seeing all the magical places you can rent will make you want to pack your bags right away.
Each property is unique whether you are looking for a luxury rural retreat or a small quite cabin by the beach.
It was dark when we arrived, so I didn’t get to appreciate how beautiful the entrance was until the morning, when we took our dog Pablo for a walk. The banks were full of daffodils dancing around it the bright morning light.
The house was set at the end of a beautiful long drive, that was lined with trees and a river.
The house inside was breath-taking. You walk right into the open plan downstairs living area, what would have been a music hall when it was originally built.
The parquet floors and panelled walls really created a striking atmosphere. They gleamed in the bright sunshine that flooded through the large windows.
We unpacked our bags, then looked at the lovely welcome package of things the host had left from local businesses for us to enjoy. There was some delicious cheese, bread, local butter and eggs as well as a few other things. They even left some dog treats for Pablo.
We sat down on the sofa and lit the fire, it was really cosy. I expected the house to be cold with it being so big and open, but it always felt lovely and warm.
The bedrooms were so spacious, and full of light. The white bright high ceilings rooms had a calming feeling.
The house was so well equipped, it really felt like a home away from home. I was quite sad to leave, I could have enjoyed a few more days there.
I took a few things with us as i wanted to cook a few special meals while we were there, one was floral pasta (find the recipe here).
It was really nice to have a dishwasher as we dont have one at home.
I wanted to do some baking so we picked up some clotted cream on the way and i baked us some scones.
It was nice to be able to take our dog with us, he absolutely loved it, there is so much space for walks.
The host left dog bowls and a bed out for him. He’s only 10 months old and we haven’t taken him anywhere before so i was a little nervous how he would behave, but thankfully he was great.
We were really lucky with the weather, the sun shone the whole time. This meant that we spent a lot of time outdoors.
I spotted that there was a picnic basket and blanket by the front door. A picnic seemed like the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon tea.
I decided to bake some scones, it is Devon after all. Then we packed them up in our basket with some local clotted cream.
We found a spot and sat under a tree and enjoyed the warm spring sunshine.
It was near the river, on the other side was a field with baby lambs and geese, it really felt like something out of a novel.
I really loved all the space there was so explore. We picked the perfect time to visit as there were so many spring flowers in bloom. There was even wild garlic that I picked to use with dinner.
I made some Floral pasta with lemon, mint and ricotta for dinner while we were there, you can find the recipe for it at unique homestays website here
You felt like you had escaped the outside world for the weekend and were in your own magical bubble.
There were so many books and magazines to look through in the house, I enjoyed spending the evenings looking at them. The bookcases that lined the upstairs hallway could keep you busy for months.
The spring flowers in the garden inspired our pasta lunch.
We thoroughly enjoyed out escape to this magical place.
find out more about The lost music hall here
If you fancy a unique homestay check out their list of beautiful places to stay here.