A Day out to Coombe Trenchard

28A few weeks ago a coach-load of us set off for Coombe Trenchard, a beautiful Edwardian Arts and Crafts house in rural west Devon.

We were welcomed by owner Sarah Marsh who supplied us with coffee and biscuits and told us all about the history of the house, and how she and her husband have set about restoring it.

Sarah Marsh talks to us about the history of Coombe Trenchard

Sarah Marsh talks to us about the history of Coombe Trenchard

Sarah took us on a tour of the house, the highlight of which was the amazing disappearing wall! Soon after Sarah and her husband Philip moved to Coombe Trenchard, they discovered that one of the panelled walls in the main hallway had a fascinating design feature. The whole wall, together with a heavy carved oak door, can be dropped into a brick lined void below the oak floor – like a giant sash window. The purpose of this feature is still a mystery, but we were all fascinated by it!

After the house tour, we were treated to a delicious lunch on the verandah in the sunshine. It was a delightfully relaxing atmosphere as well all soaked up the sun … and the wine.

Lunch on the verandah

Lunch on the verandah

Following our lunch, we were taking on a tour of the spectacular gardens which Sarah and Philip are working hard to restore to their former Edwardian glory. The Marshes are very lucky in that they’ve had access to a photo album of the garden from its early days.

Ros Prigg and Vicki Morley

Ros Prigg and Vicki Morley

It was a day to remember! Thanks to Zoe and Joy for organising it all!

The croquet lawn

The croquet lawn

You can see many more photos of our Coombe Trenchard day by clicking here.

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