Jenni Falconer

The buyers: Ronnie and Peter Bright
For Veronica, a novelist and scriptwriter, and Peter, an artist and music producer, Devon’s beautiful landscape has always provided plenty of creative inspiration.

They’ve been married for 25 years and have three sons, so they’re looking for a large house with spectacular views in the north of the county.

Why North Devon?
The stretch of coastline that runs between Lynton and Appledore is dramatic and varied – from the Cliffs and rocky landscape of the Exmoor coast at Lynton and Lynmouth to the vast surfer beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton Sands. Compared to South Devon, it’s relatively unspoilt and much less developed so if you want to get back to nature, it’s the perfect spot.

There are plenty of beautiful coastal walks. One of the most popular is Torrs Walk, which takes you from Ilfracombe to Woolacombe with awesome views along the way.

Most of the locals own surfboards and Woolacombe Beach is home to a great surf school. On the same beach you can take part in the Annual Woolacombe National Sand Castle Competition, which attracts teams from across Europe.

Around the bay from Woolacombe is the beautiful Barricane Beach, which is definitely worth a visit. It’s made up of broken shells that have been brought thousands of miles across the ocean by the Gulf Stream. Go when the tide’s out and the beach goes on for miles.

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About peter

'Death by Sushi' Fish can kill me. When I was very small (maybe 3 or 4 years old) my grandfather, who lost the sight of one eye from a bullet fired by a German sniper (fortunately not a very good one) during the Battle of the Somme in World War 1, wiped my face with the corner of his apron, an apron he had used to wipe his filleting knife on. He was a grocery shopkeeper who specialized in wet fish.