We are Myles and Sarah Thomas. Myles is a retired ecologist and worked in environmental protection for over 30 years. Sarah is a retired Nurse Practioner. In January 2013, we bought Raleigh, a 16th Century Grade II Listed Devon Longhouse with plans for a self-sufficient, low carbon life style supported by two high quality, characterful holiday cottages.
It took over a year to repair the main house by making it weather tight and warm, and a further 4 months to convert one of the outbuildings to holiday accommodation. We completed Raleigh Barn in August 2014 and the conversion of Raleigh Cottage in 2015.
Why North Devon?
We love the peace and quiet and beautiful variety of the area. It’s such a contrast to the hectic part of the country that we used to live in! Rugged Exmoor, sandy surfing beaches, secluded coves, fantastic walking and cycling. Not to mention the rolling hills, beautiful countryside and friendly people (the pubs are quite good too!).