New beginnings

25 Beautiful Homes|June 2020

New beginnings
Since retiring, a series of happy coincidences led Amanda and John Willmott to their unique home in Devon’s beautiful South Hams
SHARON PARSONS

After Amanda and John Willmott retired in 2015, they moved to this riverside village in Devon, having had a holiday home here for many years. ‘Previously, we owned a boutique hotel in Bath,’ says Amanda. ‘We lived in a village not far from Bath, but we’d started to wonder what we should do next.’

That was when fate took a hand. A hotelier unexpectedly came forward with an offer to purchase the hotel, neighbours declared an interest in buying their home... and a house they’d long admired in the heart of an historic Devon village was put up for sale.

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