<![CDATA[Pebbles Bed and Breakfast - Blog]]>Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:04:14 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[Availability in November]]>Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:34:52 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/availability-in-november
Enjoy some Autumn sunshine (or winter storms!) this November at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast by the Beach. We now have some rooms available 23rd - 30th November. Please ring or email if you're interested in staying at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing holiday by the Beach, a great location for walking the South West Coast Path or just chilling-out and enjoying the view. 
<![CDATA[Late Availability]]>Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:42:04 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/late-availability1Due to a late cancellation we now have the Boat House room available for four nights commencing on the 21st September.  Please ring or email if you're interested in staying at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast by the Beach in a Room With A View.

<![CDATA[September Availability]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:21:59 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/september-availabilityWe only have very limited availability for this month, we have rooms available on the 6th, 16th, 20th, 27th, 29th & 30th September.

<![CDATA[Humfrey's Offspring - Update on the Pebbles Herring Gull]]>Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:13:15 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/humfreys-offspring-update-on-the-pebbles-herring-gullIn June we saw Humfrey's two chicks for the first time. Over the last month they have put on a lot of weight and are much larger and noisier! The parents have obviously done a good job in finding food for the little Herring Gulls and today they have fledged and left the nest. Initially this meant clambering around on our conservatory roof but this afternoon they were pottering around the garden.

Herring Gull chick calling for food
We wish the two juveniles well...

One of the recently fledged chicks preening on the Pebbles conservatory roof
<![CDATA[Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015]]>Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:16:07 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/trip-advisor-certificate-of-excellence-2015
We were delighted recently to receive our Trip Advisor certificate of excellence 2015 

Deborah and Richard would like to thank all our guests for their lovely reviews and comments about Pebbles Bed and Breakfast by the Beach. We really do appreciate it! 
<![CDATA[Limited Room Availability in July at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast by the Beach]]>Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:41:52 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/limited-room-availability-in-july-at-pebbles-bed-and-breakfast-by-the-beach
Stegosaurus Pebble Design on Budleigh beach
We now only have two single nights available in July. Limited availability in August. Come and enjoy a short break and experience the stunning sea views from the bedrooms which all overlook Budleigh beach and the South West Coast Path. There are some new and wonderful pebble designs on the beach including this amazing Stegosaurus which you can see from the garden. If you're very lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the Beavers and their new kits on the River Otter (as recently featured on Springwatch on BBC TV), the River Otter is just a short walk from Pebbles Bed & Breakfast. 

Single nights are currently available on July 23rd and 31st.

Other dates for longer stays are available in August and September, please ring us or email using the website enquiry form. 

The garden at Pebbles Bed & Breakfast overlooking the Jurassic Coast and South West Coast Path
<![CDATA[Humfrey's Offspring]]>Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:20:07 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/humfreys-offspring
Humfrey the Herring Gull and his two new chicks at Pebbles
We had our first sighting today of Humfrey the Herring Gull's chicks. The nest is on one of the flat roofs overlooking the beach. The two chicks are quite demanding and are regularly calling for food from their parents. Humfrey appears to be doing his fair share of looking after the two youngsters who we have called Horatio and Emma.

Herring Gulls normally have one brood consisting of 2 or 3 eggs. The chicks are quite small at the moment but will grow rapidly. It will take about 4 years for the clear grey back and white underside to gradually appear.

Sunset at Budleigh Salterton beach
<![CDATA[Room Availability in June]]>Sat, 06 Jun 2015 17:27:39 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/room-availability-in-june
Swans swimming past Pebbles
Rooms available from 27th June, fabulous sea views from your bedroom, delicious Aga cooked breakfast in our conservatory overlooking Budleigh's pebble beach. 
<![CDATA[Lighthouse Room Availability]]>Mon, 18 May 2015 13:25:05 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/lighthouse-room-availabilityDue to a cancellation we have the Lighthouse room available on 4th, 5th & 6th June. 
Budleigh beach fishing boats
Come and enjoy the panoramic sea view at Budleigh beach and watch the sun setting over the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast from your room at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast.   
<![CDATA[Beaver Fever - they're here to stay!]]>Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:25:45 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/beaver-fever-update
Our first sighting of a wild beaver in England!
PictureTagged male beaver following his health check
Since our original blog in May 2014 regarding the discovery of beavers in the River Otter there has been some new and exciting news. For the first time since they were hunted to extinction in the 18th Century, England has a population of wild beavers in East Devon and it looks like they are here to stay! The origin of the beavers in the River Otter is still unknown although it's likely to have been either an escape or a deliberate release from captivity.

When the beavers were first discovered to be breeding in February 2014.  Defra announced its intention to capture and remove the animals citing the risk to human health from a tape-worm that European beavers are known to carry, but which is not currently present in the UK. Defra’s decision sparked an overwhelming response from local people, with the vast majority showing their support for the beavers to remain. 

Natural England (the Government's official advisor on the natural environment) has granted Devon Wildlife Trust a five year licence to monitor the beavers which could mean that they remain in the wild in the long term. 

As part of the licence a number of beavers were brought into captivity in order for health checks to be made. This process has been overseen by Defra with expert advice from leading zoological and beaver experts. Having gained a clean bill of health the beavers are now back on the river, a move which signals the start of the five year project in which the animals will be monitored for their impacts on local communities, landscape and wildlife.

The re-release took place on the evening of Monday 23 March 2015. 

This was a key moment in the history of modern conservation and has come after months of hard work trying to secure a long term future for the animals.  

It's been wonderful seeing the River Otter beavers featured on the BBC tv programme Springwatch 2016.

Evidence of beaver activity can be seen along the River Otter from Budleigh Salterton  upstream to Honiton, a distance of around 12 miles. Our most recent sighting of one of the beavers was on Wednesday 8th April. There are footpaths along the river and as our photographs show, good views are possible.  

To find out more visit the Devon Wildlife Trust website: www.devonwildlifetrust.org/devons-wild-beavers-appeal

<![CDATA[Humfrey the Herring Gull - Update]]>Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:41:58 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/humfrey-the-herring-gull
Humfrey on a garden wall at Pebbles
A number of guests ask how Humfrey our 'resident' Herring Gull is so we thought we should provide an update. We should say that this particular gull was given the name 'Humfrey' by one of our more mischievous regular guests.....  

In the summer of 2014 it was clear that Humfrey had somehow sustained a serious injury to his left leg.  He was unable to put any weight on it at all, it hung limp while he was flying and obviously made landing very difficult. People were very concerned how he would survive in that condition.  

Humfrey regularly perches on our garden walls that border the South West Coast Path overlooking the beach. It was obvious in the summer that he could only stand and land on one leg and he did look as if he was in some discomfort.

Humfrey's damaged leg
The good news was that Humfrey seemed to be able to cope and that he could use his left leg for preening and could also put some weight on it. His leg has definitely improved since 2014, as to whether or not it will heal completely only time will tell. He continues to battle with the other gulls for his fair share of the fish, crab and lobster scraps that the fisherman on the beach discard in the sea. This of course means that Richard still has to gather up the odd crab shell or claw from the lawn. 
Fisherman on Budleigh Beach
It's fair to say the that Herring Gulls are not the most popular of our birds but Budleigh wouldn't be the same without its resident population of 'seagulls'.   

The RSPB describe Herring gulls as "large, noisy gulls found throughout the year around our coasts and inland rubbish tips, fields, large reservoirs and lakes, especially during winter. Adults have light grey backs, white under parts, and black wing tips with white 'mirrors'. Their legs are pink, with webbed feet and they have heavy, slightly hooked bills marked with a red spot. Young birds are mottled brown. They have suffered moderate declines over the past 25 years and over half of their UK breeding population is confined to fewer than ten sites". 

Herring Gulls are in the Red category of conservation importance. Red is the highest conservation priority, with species needing urgent action.

Humfrey in winter plumage
Humfrey has now lost his winter plumage and is looking much smarter with his snow white feathers. It's Springtime and unsurprisingly he has found a mate, so we now have two herring gulls sitting on our garden walls and roofs. We may well hear the pitter patter of tiny webbed feet on our roof before too long.......

Humfrey (on the left) and his mate in their smart summer plumage
Herring Gulls on Budleigh beach
<![CDATA[Easter Availability]]>Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:48:10 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/easter-availability
Due to a late cancellation we now have the Lighthouse Room available on the 4th April for 7 nights.  

It's not too late to book and enjoy the sea views at Budleigh beach and watch the sun setting over the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast from your room at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast.   

<![CDATA[Pebbles the Apartment - Availability Update]]>Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:55:19 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/pebbles-the-apartment-availability-update
A recent guest who stayed at Pebbles the Apartment said "We have had a wonderful time at the beautiful apartment....I have definitely found my bolt hole by the sea."

We have limited availability during March and April including the week commencing 9th March when the Budleigh Food Festival is on and the 8th - 21st April just after the Easter Bank Holiday.

If you'd like to enjoy fabulous sea views from the Juliette balcony overlooking the beach then either ring us on 01395 442417 or complete the website enquiry form. We look forward to hearing from you.       
<![CDATA[Pebbles the Apartment]]>Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:59:51 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/pebbles-the-apartment
We are delighted to announce that Pebbles The Apartment is now available for holiday lets. We welcomed our first guests to the Apartment in late December 2014 and we are very pleased to have a number of bookings for 2015. We already have some excellent reviews on Trip Advisor. 

The first floor Apartment has outstanding sea views and overlooks the South West Coast Path, pebble beach and Lyme Bay. Step outside the rear gate and you will be on the Jurassic coast path and Budleigh beach. Open the windows or the French doors and hear the waves and surf breaking on the pebbles.

The accommodation comprises of a light and airy double bedroom with a sea view, a newly fitted separate kitchen and breakfast room with sea view, a separate bathroom with new bath and shower fittings and a lounge with French doors and Juliet balcony overlooking the beach. You really couldn't be closer to the beach!    

The Apartment has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is fully double glazed with new furniture and fittings throughout.  

Pebbles the Apartment is just a few minutes walk from Pebbles Bed and Breakfast and is available throughout the year for weekly bookings or shorter stays (minimum 3 nights).

If you are interested in renting the Apartment and would like to enquire about availability please either fill in our contact form or call us on 01395 442417. 

Please note that Pebbles the Apartment is for adults only, no pets are allowed and we have a strict no-smoking policy.  

Parking is available at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast just a short stroll from the Apartment. 

<![CDATA[Easter Weekend is getting booked up....]]>Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:48:52 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/easter-weekend-is-getting-booked-up
We have two rooms available on Good Friday 3rd April and Easter Monday 6th April but only one room available on the 4th & 5th April. 

It's not too late to book and enjoy the sea views at Budleigh beach and watch the sun setting over the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast from your room at Pebbles Bed and Breakfast.   
<![CDATA[Gannets off Budleigh Beach - update]]>Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:21:11 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/gannets-off-budleigh-beach
This morning guests were treated to the sight of seven Gannets feeding just off the beach in full view from the breakfast conservatory at Pebbles. The Gannets returned on the 12th January in numbers, we counted 21 this time! The Gannet is an unmistakable bird as it's the biggest of all the European seabirds. 

The Gannet is a brilliant white bird with black tipped wings, it's wingspan is approximately 6ft or 1.8m. The group of Gannets this morning were behaving typically, circling and diving for fish. 

Gannets are regularly seen in groups, they're a social bird and nest in huge colonies usually along cliff edges and steep slopes. We believe the Gannets seen from Budleigh beach nest on the Channel Islands. Their nests usually consist of a pile of seaweed and debris often including plastic rubbish. They will have just one egg and one brood. 

They feed by catching fish such as mackerel and pollack underwater diving from height. The Gannet has forward facing eyes and a cushioned head and neck to enable it to spot fast moving fish and dive headlong into the waves to catch them.
These photos were taken by Richard during a visit to the Scilly Islands. One of the best places to see Gannets in the UK is Grassholm, a remote island off the Pembrokeshire coast. The island is a RSPB Reserve. 

<![CDATA[Christmas Day Swim]]>Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:38:37 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/christmas-day-swim
Just some of the hardy souls who enjoyed a refreshing dip in the sea on Christmas Day at Budleigh beach. We were lucky that we only had to step outside the back gate to join the crowds of spectators. It was a wonderful atmosphere and a new way for us to spend time on Christmas Day morning!    It was great to see the Exmouth Lifeboat crews there supporting the event and putting on a show for everyone.

<![CDATA[Birdwatching on the River Otter Estuary]]>Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:13:03 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/birdwatching-on-the-river-otter-estuary
Amongst the more common wildfowl (such as the splendid Mallard shown above) on the River Otter and on the scrapes adjacent to Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club this afternoon was a female Red Crested Pochard! This is a rarely seen bird in the wild in Britain and was generating quite a lot of interest with local birdwatchers.  On the same scape was another unusual bird, a Teal/Wigeon hybrid. More information can be found on the following website:


Numerous Curlew, Shelduck and Wigeon were present, other birds included Heron, Herring Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, Little Egret, Redshank and Reed Bunting.

On the way back to Pebbles we spotted a Black Redstart hopping about on the red cliffs along the seafront promenade, another new bird for the Pebbles birdwatching list.        
<![CDATA[Late Availability]]>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:25:22 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/late-availability
Due to a late cancellation we have three rooms available for Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November. Come and enjoy a short break and experience the stunning sea views from the bedrooms which all overlook Budleigh beach and the South West Coast Path. The heaths just outside Budleigh are also looking stunning in the Autumn sunshine.  Other dates are available in December, please ring us or email using the website enquiry form. 

<![CDATA[November Availability]]>Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:03:44 GMThttp://www.bedandbreakfastbythebeach.com/blog/november-availability
We have two rooms available for Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November. Come and enjoy a short break and experience the stunning sea views from the Sail Loft or Boat House rooms which overlook Budleigh beach and the South West Coast Path. We can't guarantee sunshine but we can guarantee spectacular views from your bedroom and breakfast conservatory of the waves crashing on the pebble beach . Other dates are available later in the month, please ring us or email using the website enquiry form.