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We love our Devon home

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 April 2016

Combpyne, Axminster, after the restoration work was completed

Combpyne, Axminster, after the restoration work was completed

Archant

Every month Devon Life readers tell us just what makes their home in the county so very special

Combpyne, Axminster, when Tony and Monica Ashton bought itCombpyne, Axminster, when Tony and Monica Ashton bought it

Tony and Monica

Ashton, Combpyne, Axminster

Tony Explains: We crossed the North/South property price chasm in the mid-nineties with the help of a lengthy overseas contract and found Bulmoor Farmhouse hidden in a tranquil combe where the Blackdown Hills meet the coast. Then followed a couple of decades of concrete removal, green oak replacement, inglenook reopening, cob mixing, lime slaking, goats hair plastering, paint stripping, beeswaxing, bramble clearing, hedge laying and orchard replanting, while also commuting weekly to the South East. Monica had dreamt of living in this beautiful part of the county when she was an au pair over from Sweden, years ago. On the wall of a pub in the New Zealand Alps, dedicated to the spirit of mountaineering, we found the words: “Achievement is your dreams…with work cloths on.”

Manor Road, SidmouthManor Road, Sidmouth

Terry Chappell and Mervyn Cole

Manor Road, Sidmouth

Terry Explains: Settled in a beautiful Cotswolds barn conversion that we had lovingly restored, we were faced with downsizing in preparation for a comfortable retirement. We had discovered East Devon about ten years ago by chance and enjoyed short breaks on the glorious Sidmouth seafront ever since. When we found a penthouse available, within our budget, and we’d already found a buyer for the barn, we moved quickly. We decided to change the magnolia and beige for a more contemporary palette and brought colour and style to the apartment. Now we have an inspiring place to live, in a town we call home.

Do you love the Devon home you have just moved into? We’d love to hear from you if you have. Please e-mail andy.cooper@archant.co.uk in the first instance saying why you love your Devon home.

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