A place to write, paint, draw, design, take photographs or create textiles. Pursue your art whilst enjoying a relaxing break from your usual existence.
A place where thinking is possible. Where the world’s hustle and bustle is kept at bay. The landscapes of sea, rocks, countryside, moorland and woodland are all in the valley and throughout the Hartland Peninsula.
And, the Barn, garden and land, which extends to 18 acres, provides the privacy and quiet needed for creative work. You can set up a table, easel, tripod or whatever and start work with ease.
There are no disturbances that can hinder your concentration. When here you will be the only one around and so you can work in complete solitude.
Pacha Design Console Table
Carly painting by Geoff Rice
John Moat "The Fabrication of Gold"
Pacha Design Leaf Lantern
David McInstrey Trees
And when you have stopped work and are free to relax: Eat outside, swim in the ocean, walk through the valley and in the woods, go to the pub, laze on the beach, watch the sunset, discover the magic of your wider surroundings such as Dartmoor, Exmoor or Bodmin Moor, and countless other delights …..
Arts and Crafts of North Devon:
Considering its small size (less than 200 people live here) our village of Welcombe is an extraordinary place for arts and crafts, designers and makers who open up their studios several times a year. This Welcombe Open Studios initiative was spearheaded by the Pacha Design partnership, makers of fine contemporary furniture and accessories using locally sourced reclaimed slate, metal and wood who are now becoming internationally known. At least 10 other artists exhibit during Open Studios, all within walking distance of each other. A fine way to spend a leisurely day. If you would like your visit to coincide with an Open Studios event we can give you details.
The arts and crafts are well represented in this area. For example, this region of England is distinctive for its clay. Potters have dug clay here for centuries and still do. Come and see the work of some of the most exciting ceramic artists working in Britain today. People like Clive Bowen, Svend Bayer, Philip Leach, Lorraine Ditchburn, David Cleverly and Eleanor Bartleman and a host of other people, including our own village potter David Westcott who makes fine and distinctive earthenware and raku pottery and his wife, Alice Gare a maker of kiln formed glass.
There is a Makers’ Co-operative in Appledore designed to showcase and sell the work of North Devon’s finest contemporary practitioners.
The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford also has a craft gallery and an ambitious team of arts administrators who are determined to exhibit work of national importance.
Recent exhibitions have included Howard Hodgkin, Richard Long and successive years of the Jerwood Drawing Prize entrants.
The Appledore Book Festival is held in September each year.
JAMES REVILIOUS AND THE BEAFORD ARCHIVE: The photographer James Revilious created an “endless tapestry” depicting the rural life of North Devon around the village of Dolton between 1972 and his death in 1999. He took more than 70,000 images in what the Royal Photographic Society later called 'a unique body of work, unparalleled at least in this country for its scale and quality'. The Beaford Archive holds digital scans of the 1,700 negatives which he regarded as his finest work.