In the spring of 1955, John and Gwen moved into Combas Farm on their wedding day, delighted despite having no money for a honeymoon. John had 20 old sheep and Gwen had enough money for their first weeks groceries.
Eventually there were 4 children in the family and the property was connected to the main electricity grid, had a phone installed and a bore hole drilled for a reliable water source. At the same time, en-suite bathrooms were added to the bedrooms. Over the years Combas Farm has seen vast improvements and in 2008 Gwen received a plaque from Devon Farms in recognition of over 50 years running a B&B in North Devon.
The couple consider themselves fortunate to live in such an idyllic place, so close to Croyde and Putsborough beaches and yet within a secluded valley with no sound of traffic. Gwen and John still enjoy meeting people and spend many an evening in the lounge regaling guests with their stories.