Memories of Thurlestone

My memory of the Rock House Hotel is very particular and rooted in the period 1973-1980 My stepfather's family owned the White House across the paddock field from the Rock House Hotel. The gate from The Huts & Boat Shed nearest the road to the beach opened almost directly onto the side entrance to the (...Read full memory)

Growing up in Hope Cove I often walked across the cliifs to Thurlestone Bay, with Kim our Border Collie and every time the view over the vast beach and that magical rock with a hole in it, never ceased to amaze me.

My parents brought 'Rixholme' (house in the foreground) in eary 70s and renamed it Seamark. It was an amazing house to grow up in. The house had a lightning conductor on one of the chimneys and I still remember the house shaking when it was hit.

I used to live in the first house on the left side of the photo 'Thurlestone Cottages 1890', in 1969 for a number of years. The house was then called 'Thatchways'. The smaller cottages attached to the main house are now missing; I believe they were destroyed many years before. We did however discover the old flagstone floor under the front lawn!!

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