Sunday, 9 November 2014

A visit to Shaldon

We visited this lovely little seaside village for a couple of hours a few Saturdays ago. It's exceptionally pretty and unspoiled considering its closeness to Teignmouth and Newton Abbot 
as well as some very busy main routes.
 Crossing Shaldon Bridge you get beautiful views up and down the Teign Estuary. The first bridge was built of wood in 1827 (no surprise that it rotted through woodworm infestation).

 The houses and cottages are picture postcard perfect and kept in excellent condition

Shaldon sits opposite Teignmouth and has been built on reclaimed land. Many of the buildings are listed and from the seventeenth century.

 I would love to have the doorway to my home looking like these ones

 Pretty gardens and quiet places to sit and watch the water. The river Teign starts up on Dartmoor and travels down creating wonderful mudflats (near the A380 Newton Abbot).

 The birds taking advantage of the boats moored along the estuary

 You have to remember to look up as well as across the water. The building in the top two photos is called Hunters Lodge and is a Grade II listed building currently for sale.
A little ferry boat will take you across the river to Teignmouth for £1.50 from the beach above and this passenger service has been in existence since the thirteenth century.

It wasn't a blue sky sunshine day, but Shaldon still looks beautiful even on a dull October afternoon. Well worth a visit if you are ever in this pretty area.

Our house buying is not progressing well and we feel a little downhearted by it all. We should have been in by now and we haven't even exchanged. Still, we cheer ourselves up by visiting the seaside as much as possible and our visit to Shaldon was a lovely surprise.

Until next time, take care all
SeagullSuzie

26 comments:

  1. Your photos are a lovely guide to this very pretty village. I remember going to Shaldon in my early 20's. My friend and I went into a pub and saw a famous TV actor of the time but do you think I can remember his name now? I can see his face but not his name. Have to get my thinking cap on. Your photos are gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Denise, I'm glad it's brought back some good memories.....I wonder who you saw!

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  2. P.s. Sorry about the house buying. From my own experience I know how very frustrating and excruciatingly slow the process can be. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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    1. Many thanks, it shouldn't be this slow, but I'm hoping it will work out for us.

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  3. House buying can be so frustrating. I hope it all comes good, and soon. Take care.

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    1. Thank you very much, renting is OK but I'm longing for my own home.

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  4. How frustrating that you haven't even signed the contract yet - I suppose you are part of a chain . . . We haven't even had a viewing this year, apart from two people we found ourselves, and one of those couldn't afford it!

    Lovely photos. It looks a super spot to live. I recognized the house for sale - the lovely Gothic cottage - as I have viewed it on line.

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    1. Do you know, there is no chain.....can't believe it is taking the sellers so long to do anything, missing documents, their solicitor seems useless and even sent documents to our solicitor which hadn't been filled in properly....I feel like screaming at them.
      So sorry you have not had more viewings.
      Yes the house at Shaldon looks interesting, with its pretty facade, but is near a busy junction.

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  5. Such a lovely series of photos.

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    1. Many thanks Linda, I would have liked more blue sky, blue sea images, but sadly it was far too grey a day for those. However Shaldon is so pretty I think it photographs beautifully.

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  6. It is beautiful. I loved the selection of door knockers that you found! I hope that things pick up with the move soon and that all will go well. xx

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    1. Amy I could have taken loads more photos of doors, everywhere I looked there were pretty door knockers, signs and names, but it would have taken me ages to get down any street and visit the place properly!

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  7. A beautiful set of photos of such a lovely village. I really do hope things speed up soon with your house move. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you - it must be so very frustrating.

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    1. Many thanks. I think we are both really fed up with the sellers now and I just keep looking at all the many boxes packed with our belongings and wish we were not in this situation.

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  8. What a beautiful place. I also love those entrances, I wish mine was like that. Fingers crossed for your house move, it is true that it is the most stressful thing to do... but we still do it :-) Take care xx

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    1. Thanks Chel, I would really like to try and make my next house have an entrance like these, even just a little bit of something pretty make it more welcoming. I really, really don't want to move again, I'm sure you will hear me scream if it all falls through!

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  9. You have done it again - tweaked my memories :)!

    South of Haldon moor and so they called it Shaldon or that's what we were told as children. A really beautiful village and fully of historic intrigue a home of real smugglers, then much later it became picturesque and saltily twee with a distinctive charm, that no town planner can ever repeat, because there never was a plan it just developed organically you see.

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    1. Many thanks, I thought it would bring back memories for you. Yes I have read about the smugglers and they say the place is full of smugglers caves.

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  10. You have captured Shaldon well, it is a very pleasant place to visit. There is also a hidden garden above the town that is worth a look. I believe Jane Austen visited Teignmouth and remarked, in one of her letters, on the Amazonian women who then ran the Shaldon ferry.

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    1. I didn't know about the Jane Austen connection, so thanks for the information. I'm sure the women were very strong in those days, as it must have been a tough life, even today if the weather is a bit stormy the ferry doesn't run. I read about the hidden botanical garden but would like to visit in the spring I think.

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  11. I love Shaldon; one of those little gems on the edge of a slightly less gem like area like Teignmouth. I love Teignmouth too, but I'm not sure I'd want to live there.....looking forward to seeing you next week! x

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    1. Hi Em, yes I know what you mean about Teignmouth, we looked there when thinking of moving to the coast, but it just seemed so built up and I hated that ring road so close to the town. The sea front "The Den" is lovely now after a face lift in recent years.

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  12. What a pretty place. Your photos are gorgeous as always and it looks like you had a wonderful day for your trip. Please don't get downhearted about the move - it is difficult, I know, because everything seems so out of your hands. Fingers crossed it all goes through very soon.

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    1. Many thanks Sarah, it's very hard to keep your cool when others are behaving badly, we have had a bit of a foot stamping last couple of days with them all..so we'll see what happens next week.
      Living here with so many places to visit even on dull days, is a delight and Shaldon was a real surprise to us.

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  13. Shaldon is another of our favourite Devon estuary towns, it does look lovely in your images even it was a dull day. Sorry to hear the house buying is not progressing well. I hope things will improve next week and things start moving towards exchanging. It's so frustrating when it takes so long together will all the uncertainty! Sarah x

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  14. Outstanding images! What a wonderful quaint area!!!

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