Top Accomodation Provider in Barnstaple.

I realise I didn’t write the blog last year once I reopened. It was hard work keeping everything covid free but we got through summer and have had a fairly interesting winter. It has been quite quiet! We shall see what the new year brings as the vaccines are being rolled out and hopefully some […]

I am reopening

From 4 July I will be opening up again. North Devon is looking beautiful and it will be lovely to see people again. To be sure I can be Covid safe I have decided to  only open three rooms. This means it maybe a little harder than usual to book. If I don’t appear to […]


Thank you everyone for staying last year and your reviews. I am now listed as one of the top 10 accommodation providers in the Barnstaple area. As with the rest of the UK, things are very quiet. The magnificent magnolia has flowered, admired only by the villagers  and is now moving onto summer mode after […]


Great excitement with the bees at the Spinney. The second hive looked very quiet for a couple of weeks then activity began to build up. Late last week it appeared both new queens mated so now we have two active hives.   Today we began to get the honey off the first hive. I am […]

Two bee or not two bee (hives)

There has been a bit of excitement with The Spinney bees. I was staring out the window last week when I heard a loud buzzing sound and a swarm of bees flew past. Being slightly slow, I thought it was interesting and then later asked Terry the bee man if it was important. He arrived […]

July 2019

As summer is finally starting, the grapes in the conservatory are beginning to ripen, causing a lot of discussion. My tiny lemon tree has got so excited by this display it has put forward a couple of buds of its own however I think it is a little young to produce fruit and I will […]

June 2019

It has been a busy month. The bees seem to have settled and Terry the apiarist thinks we should get a few pots of honey by the end of the summer. I will be serving it with the Oaty Pancake Stack if you want to come and try it. There have certainly been an abundance […]

May 2019 – Bees

  Summer has been a little indecisive about whether it should come or not. The plants are all changing beautifully, leaves are out on the trees, the magnolia at the front had a magnificent display of flowers and has now contented itself with some lovely lime green leaves which will no doubt darken up when […]

March 2019

As you might have seen on Facebook, it’s been an amazing week at The Spinney! It started out with The Spinney receiving a visit from the AA on Pancake Day. This went really well- the stay was rated 4-stars overall, but more importantly, I was given a breakfast award thanks to the locally sourced sausages, […]

February 2019 (2)

The Spinney has just been awarded a Bronze award with Green tourism. There are a number of things I have been doing to improve sustainability of the The Spinney. Any suggestions you have when you come and stay are more than welcome. I have managed to get most of the breakfast from local suppliers. The […]

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Guest Comments

The rooms, breakfast and hospitality was outstanding
Nothing was too much trouble, really went the extra mile