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David and Susie
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About David and Susie
Susie Gillespie is an internationally renowned textile artist and her workshop is set in the C15th orchard adjacent to “Orchard Barn House”. Flax is grown from seed in the orchard, harvested, processed and spun into linen for Susie to weave into her artwork. Susie puts on creative weaving courses suitable for both complete beginners and experienced weavers. David is a British Canoeing qualified Sea Kayak Leader and Sea Kayak Coach with many years experience paddling around the South Devon coastline. While you are staying at Orchard Barn House why not come out on one of his Sea Kayaking Guided Tour. Sea Kayaking is a wonderful way to discover the hidden beauty of the coastline and river estuaries of South Devon If you are new to Sea Kayaking, Torbay is an ideal place to start with its sheltered waters, beaches and rocky coves. The coastline is a UNESCO Global Geopark. It is home to the sea grass beds which are the breeding grounds of our native species of seahorse. If you are interested in wildlife the Dart Estuary between Totnes and Dartmouth is the place. Seals, Cormorants, Little Egrets, Kingfishers, Herons and a wide variety of seabirds are often seen as we paddle or drift along with the tide in amongst the reed beds and remote side creeks. For the more experienced Sea Kayakers, the South Hams coastline, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has a rugged coastline, sea caves, headlands and exposed cliffs for the more adventurous.
Why David and Susie chose Paignton
Inside, "Orchard Barn House" is light and bright with wood, stone and one off art pieces. It has a sleek contemporary kitchen and open plan living and dining room with a Scandinavian feel of Eames style chairs, leather sofa, Barcelona glass table and black frameless roof windows which let the light flood in. There are 3 light and bright double bedrooms with stylish wooden beds, oak flooring and a mixture of stone and wooden walls. "Orchard Room" is a double bedroom with an ensuite shower room. “Courtyard Room” is a double bedroom with ensuite shower room. “Valley Room” is a double bedroom with private shower room. There is a sunny patio in the orchard for you to relax in which looks over the flax beds which Susie and David plant, harvest and process for Susie to spin into linen before weaving it into her artwork and cushions. It’s amazing to see the vivid blue flax flowers in the summer.
What makes this Cottage unique
Excellent restaurants in Totnes, Dartmouth and Brixham South Devon’s glorious beaches Sea Kayaking Guided Tours Water sports Spectacular all year round walks on the coast and Dartmoor, Picturesque and historic villages and towns National Trust houses, gardens and coastal footpaths nearby. Dartmoor National Park is a 30 minute drive Plenty of things for the kids to do.