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has with more than 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the holdiay cot­tage rental agency busi­ness. It of­fers a choice of more than 10,000 holiday homes across the UK and Ire­land, in­clud­ing nearly 1,000 prop­er­ties in Devon – from cosy cot­tages for two to larger prop­er­ties that sleep 20 or more. Prices for (which has lift and stair ac­cess) are from £459 in low sea­son and from £919 in high sea­son. Fuel, power, bed linen and tow­els are in­cluded and there is al­lo­cated, off-road park­ing. See much to Hirst’s plea­sure, I’m sure.

While ad­mir­ing the statue, I dis­cov­ered there’s a fi­nite amount of time you can spend talk­ing about mod­ern art to chil­dren.

Inevitably, the ques­tion ‘‘can we go to the beach now?’’ rears its head and that, in­deed, is where we spent the ma­jor­ity of our week.

There’s a small, sandy stretch at Il­fra­combe’s har­bour, where you can pad­dle when the tide is in.

But if you re­ally want to let your kids off the leash, the three-mile long beach at Woola­combe is only a ten-minute drive away.

The equally at­trac­tive beaches at Croyde and Saun­ton are also within easy reach.

Back in Il­fra­combe, the peb­bly Tun­nels Beaches are the town’s top visi­tor at­trac­tion. Vic­to­rian en­trepreneurs em­ployed Welsh min­ers to carve out the tun­nels through a hill­side to en­able ac­cess to the rugged coast­line.

Tidal swim­ming pools were cre­ated (one for gents, one for ladies) and Il­fra­combe grew from a tiny vil­lage to a bustling re­sort.

The Ladies’ Pool is still there, vis­i­ble for three hours be­fore and af­ter ev­ery low tide.

There are fas­ci­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion boards through­out the tun­nels, in­clud­ing some guides to Vic­to­rian era bathing eti­quette. A news­pa­per re­port from 1859 re­marks that two men who in­truded into the Ladies Pool would be ‘‘outed from civilised so­ci­ety’.’

I won­der what the pa­per would have writ­ten about the nude swim­mer we spot­ted from our bal­cony.

How times have changed!

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