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May 12, 2018 — Driving to our next cottage

We left our lovely cottage in Cornwall, drove across Cornwall to another cottage on the Grand Western Canal and found a marvelous French restaurant in Tiverton.


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Hard to leave Lambriggan Court near Truro, our lovely cottage

Hard to leave Lambriggan Court near Truro, our lovely cottage

Cleaned, packed and checked out of Lambriggan Court. It was hard to say goodbye to Gary and Fiona. They were so nice and very helpful, and the cottage was perfect. Put everything in the car and trusted ourselves to our Garmin GPS. Most of the trip was on the A30, a beautiful drive involving lakes, windmills, the sere Bodmin Moor and stunning scenery. As soon as we got off the A30, Garmin, as usual, went crazy so we stopped for gas and programmed my phone on to Canal Cottage. Narrow country roads but we found the place. It was way too early to check in so we continued on into Tiverton to search for parking and ended up in the Marks & Spencer Food Hall pay and display lot where we left the car to look for tourist information. It was inside the museum and we got a town map, lunch recommendation and directions to long-term parking.

Windmills near Carland Cross in Cornwall

Windmills near Carland Cross in Cornwall

View from the A30 driving across Cornwall

View from the A30 driving across Cornwall

Lake near Bolventor on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall

Lake near Bolventor on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall

Frou Frou Bistro in Tiverton, Fabulous . . .

Frou Frou Bistro in Tiverton, Fabulous . . .


We moved the car and went in search of Frou Frou, a lovely French bistro downtown. We both got the sea bass special that came with a fantastic marinated red pepper and red onion side. I loved it. I got Frou Frou Noir Chocolate Indulgence for dessert and Ed got an ice cream, berry and meringue that was equally good. The young man beside us started chatting and he is here from New Zealand working for two years. His fiancée was our cheery French waitress. Altogether, we had a delightful lunch. Frou Frou Bistro, 43 Gold Street, Tiverton, EX16 6QB; tel: +44 (0)1884 250544; info@froufroubistro.com; Click here for the Frou Frou Bistro web site

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The road to our cottage . . . a little narrow

The road to our cottage . . . a little narrow


Walked back toward the car and stopped for a new shampoo for me since the top broke off the one I brought from home. Then we went to Marks & Spencer for groceries for the week. Strange store . . . nearly everything is prepared food. We got bread, wine, milk, orange juice and ginger cookies; headed for the car and drove back out to the cottage. We are checked in, moved in and are ready to drive to town for Mass. The cottage is lovely but lots of flies and unfortunately many are inside. Expect we’ll keep windows closed most of the time.

Canal Cottage, directly on the Grand Western Canal in Devon

Canal Cottage, directly on the Grand Western Canal in Devon

We had no trouble finding the very friendly church in Tiverton and finding our way back to our cottage. In addition to the flies, we found a rather large bee that I managed to encourage back out the door. There is a farm just across the canal and the cows seem to attract flies who enjoy our lounge area. It's getting warm so we can't leave the windows closed all day. I can see a problem. There are already dead flies on the floor, presumably from the heat. At least we can close off the living area from the rest of the house so the flies can't get in there. I'll deal with it tomorrow when I'm awake. I can't find a broom but with luck there's a vacuum hidden somewhere in here.

Posted by Beausoleil 14:00 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged driving cottage uk devon cornwall devonshire

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Hi Sally - If the M&S you visited was in Tiverton it is likely that it was attached to a Filling Station and mainly stocks "Food on the go". We find them most useful when arriving in Portsmouth by ferry late in the day if only to pick up fresh milk and bread plus something for a light meal when we get home.. The large M&S Department stores in town centres and out of town retail parks always have a full range of fresh food and veg as well as prepared meals and wines and spirits - high quality too.
I am slowly catching up with your travels in the West Country - what a lot you pack in!

by ExRanger49

Hi Barbara. Good to see you here. The Tiverton M&S (that I finally figured out meant Marks and Spencer) was in the center of town and did not have a gas station nearby. We would have loved a gas station there! It was a smaller store and just off the main downtown street. It was called M&S Food Hall although we noticed they had some clothing and other items inside. There was a fairly large Tesco nearer the edge of town and they may have had fuel but we didn't explore that. There was a small filling station on the way to our cottage that was convenient.

I think the M&S Food Hall was probably part of a downtown redevelopment program as it all looked quite new. It really is a cute town. We loved it and were surprised we'd never heard of it before. They even had a very nice little museum. I think Tiverton should be on the map!

by Beausoleil

That Bistro sounds lovely! M&S do sell a lot of prepared meals (they're well known for the high quality of these - I confess we love their curries!) but they do usually also have a good range of fruit and veg, meat, cheeses etc., but less of that in the smaller branches which are aimed at people in a hurry ;)

by ToonSarah

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