Monday, 4 April 2011

Cockington Village

On Saturday we headed for Cockington Village, a short distance from Torquay in Devon.
It is a beautiful setting - it has a manor house, parkland and woodland.
We had been here many years before when Our Daughter was very little - there is usually a horse and cart ride that you can take around the Village but only from Easter onwards!
It was a lovely day though, the sun was shining and I wore sunglasses probably for the first time this year!
The "Rose Cottage" above is normally open as a Cafe / Restaurant. It wasn't "Open" but we weren't daunted as we headed to another Cafe across the road - see below.

We had a light lunch of sandwiches and bacon baps in the lovely little courtyard of this Cafe and Our Daughter declared the banana milkshake to be "One of the best I've ever had!" The staff were very helpful and friendly. It makes such a difference and makes your day out more enjoyable!

There are many thatched roofs here!

The cottages are wonderful but the owners must get annoyed with all the tourists. Mind you they must have known what they were letting themselves in for when they purchased their properties. A small price to pay for living in such a historic location.

There are many beautiful cottages here.

I liked this roller leaning against the tree.

This duck was very happy in its little pond!

Another lovely thatched cottage.

The parkland was full of daffodils.

Is this a rhodedendron - I just loved that light lilac colour. It was a big bush and it was covered in these flowers - striking from a distance and even better close up!

More daffodils.

Some areas of the parkland / woodland were covered with this little yellow flower - it looks a bit like buttercups. Is it celandine?

Torquay of course is famous for its link to "Fawlty Towers".  The story is that John Cleese and the rest of the Monty Python team were filming nearby in Torbay and were checked into the Hotel Gleneagles. The owner, Donald Sinclair, was eccentric and berated Terry Gilliam for not using his knife and fork properly and threw Eric Idle's bag over a wall believing it  to contain a bomb! While many of the Monty Python team abandoned the hotel to go to another, John Cleese stayed on and "took notes" and invited his then wife, Connie Booth, to join him. This turned out to be the beginning of  "Fawlty Towers." Who could ever forget John Cleese as Basil Fawlty and Connie Booth as Polly.
I remember watching these half hour shows as I was growing up - I would be doubled over laughing with tears streaming down my face.
The one show that I most remember is when there is a fire drill practice - only it turns out that there is a real fire. Basil keeps pushing poor Manuel, the waiter, back into the burning kitchen telling the guests and Manuel that it is only a practice!
Another memorable show is when the health inspectors arrive just at a time when Manuel has befriended a rat!
I do believe that the Other Half bought me a boxed set of Fawlty Towers many years ago. I will go in search of that box which must be in a cupboard somewhere!

Until next time.



  1. Have never been to Cockington - it looks so pretty with all the picture postcard thatched cottages.
    Am pretty sure thats a rhodedendron form the pic and your description, and they ceertainly look like celandines too.
    Interesting story about the Fawlty Towers origins - I used to love that programme too, it really did make you cry with laughter! they dont make them like that now - i rarely watch tv but read or sew whilst my husband watches those dreadful CSI and NCIS etc every night - they seem to be on all evening every evening, and what grim "entertainment".
    Much rather watch Fawlty Towers - the characters were all brilliantly funny!

  2. Hi June
    I am lucky to remember tiny details of Cockington as I used to live in the village from age 9 to 20. All of us children used to play in the park by Cockington Court, it was great fun. My mother had a part time job selling gifts in Rose Cottage and in the Forge which was owned by the same family, or leased as it was in the 1950s and the whole village was actually owned by I think a large insurance company. We used to run behind the horse carriages down to the sea front and back and took the horses up to the field at the end of the day.
    I lived in Meadow Cottage next to Meadow Farm at the north end of the village just past the Drum Inn which was designed by the famous Architect Lutyens.
    Funnily enough when I got married in the 1960s we had our wedding reception in the Gleneagles Hotel (Fawlty Towers origins) and remember the man was very strict with how people behaved!

  3. You are so fortunate! As an American I can only dream of experiencing England's beauty. Everything I read relates to England. ie: Edward Rutherfoird's Sarum, New Forest and London (excellent novels). Oh well, for now I continue to dream.

    Fort Worth, TX

    1. Actually have been very disappointed with Rutherford. But Phillipa Gregory....she describes England to a tee! Or, at least, how I dream it might be! But I'm with you. Stuck in America.

  4. I've been to England several times, but a very long time ago. It still beckons me to come and stay. I wish I would have all those years ago. Maybe one day in the near future, I will. I could go all over and explore all those cottages, castles and of course the English food, I love absolutely all of it. England, you will see me soon.

    1. I am so happy that you mentioned the's something that ex-pats miss almost as much as the beautiful countryside. However by the number of British Chefs on TV in America and Canada the cuisine is becoming more popular and people are acquiring the taste for it.

  5. Hi! This is the very 1st time I visit your blog. I lived in England for a year, in Exeter, during my postgraduate studies. I plan to go back in the near future and I will now make time to visit this place thanks to your post.



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