The Accommodation Photography of Ashley House amongst many other shoots, has helped ensure that this year has certainly started well, not leaving me much time to keep the blog up to date. Certainly I have a lot to write about over the oncoming days – studio and location work.
I was really happy to be asked to photograph the interior of Ashley House, a boutique B&B in South Molton on Paradise Lawn. There are a number of factors which make this B&B rather special. Firstly, it’s a house that has some history, being the birthplace of Lord Samuel Widgery, the Lord Chief Justice of England from 1971-1980. Born at Ashley House in 1911. The Widgery’s also had family connections with J. M. W. Turner, the greatest master of British watercolour landscape painting. In fact it is rumored that Ashley House was bought by the Widgery’s with the proceeds of monies procured from contesting Joseph Turner’s Will, in connection with the sale of engravings. For the full story – www.northdevonlink.co.uk/turner.htm
The second factor and by far the more important, is the sheer love and enthusiasm that the current owners Nicky Robbins and her husband, Jamie have lavished on this Victorian house to refurbish the property and bring back many, if not all of the original features. Whilst still having an eye for the modern, they have made sure that each stylish period room has it’s own en suite facilities. As you can see, the rooms are comfortable, warm and inviting with some interesting pieces of furniture through out the house.
Each en suite bathroom has been well designed, well appointed with modern chrome fittings, thick white cotton towels and Ashley House’s own brand of toiletries.
Breakfast will not be a disappointment, with fresh eggs laid by hens enclosed in the garden and homemade marmalade and jams. Much praised in the guest book and reviews.
Nicky and Jamie’s infectious enthusiasm for the house and business ensures that you will receive a very warm welcome to their B&B and to South Molton.
All this and free Wi-fi – take note all you fancy hotels that still charge extortionate amounts for this utility. And it is a utility, just like light and water! Little rant over!
All images © 2013 John Russell.