Last month I decided we needed to go on a little final family-of-four-fling. Inspired by the Swedish ‘less-is-more’ lagom lifestyle trend I wrote about recently, I quicklyruled out the faff of going abroad (too hot, too expensive and frankly, too unappealing to squeeze my pasty, pregnant body into swimwear). I thought about the things we love doing as a family too: not swimming pools or expensive hotels, actually – but fresh air, the countryside and hanging out together. So with ‘luxury simplicity’ as the theme, I set about booking us a week long UK self-catering retreat in a cosy cabin.
Sunridge Lodge in the heart of the South Hams Devon was the perfect find. Tucked away in 2 acres of land with it’s own private fishing lake, hot tub and beautiful, sprawling views, it’s just ten minutes from the stunning Mothecombe beach and Dartmoor, but also close to Bigbury-on-Sea (home to the famous Burgh Island art deco hotel) and family-friendly Salcombe.
Once we’d navigated the five hour drive down through twisty, high-banked country roads in the dark (tip: aim to get there in daylight!), we were relieved to see Sunridge. The accommodation was small and snug but perfectly formed with one super functional and beautifully-styled living space (expertly kitted out with projector cinema screen and playstation perfect for rainy days) a downstairs bathroom and 2 chic adjoining attic bedrooms upstairs with a terrace.
Taking in the views over morning coffee at Sunridge…
…and then warming up again in front of the wood burner when it got chilly.
They say small is beautiful and Sunridge proves it. I loved the contrast between hanging out in our cosy lodge, fishing at the lake, getting out for some good old-fashioned walks on the beautiful South Devon coast and satisfying our appetite at the local pubs. It was the best and most relaxing way to spend some quality family time together. Here’s how we spent it:
3 ways we unwound on our lagom-style luxury break at Sunridge Lodge
1. devouring delicious daily outdoor breakfasts at Schoolhouse…
….followed by beach fun and kite flying at Mothecombe
2. fishing at Sunridge’s private lake….
…followed by local caught scampi and chips at our favourite local gastropub, The Ship Inn in Noss Mayo
3. spending the day in sunny Salcombe…
….followed by an evening curling up with a good book (or 3) at Sunridge