We love the summer here at Fursdon near Exeter. It brings different types of holiday visitors at different times. It's June now and a relatively uncrowded month in Devon so visitors staying in Fursdon Cottage, the Park Wing or the Garden Wing generally come for peace, quiet and closeness to nature; relaxation in a rural setting. They come for short breaks, long weekends and cream teas, appreciating the birds, the garden and the outstanding views. When the schools break up in July it's a different story. Fursdon Cottage is made for families and dog friendly, too. While the wonderful rural setting at historic Fursdon is still appreciated, its proximity to the vibrant city of Exeter is more important as visitors plug into what's on in the area and Devon beyond. The sound of young voices drift through the early evening air and is that a game of football in the cottage garden?
The Garden Wing, by contrast, is made for couples and is still quiet and peaceful at the very height of the summer when the Fox Garden can be enjoyed alone with an evening glass of wine. By the time the dog days of August come along, families staying in the spacious Park Wing are out and about to the coasts and moors and are not around much during the day. They come home tired and hungry to plan the next day's fun. This is the month when we see more day visitors to the Historic manor house and the garden and tea room are busy in the afternoon. At about this time the perfect peace of Fursdon takes on other sounds as it's harvest time in the local farming community - the sound of combine harvesters, foragers, tractors and bailers fill the air - and they don't always stop at tea time! It's bliss.