organic bed and breakfast south devon

Norwegian Wood. Organic bed and breakfast with

en-suite sustainable well-being. Evening meals.

Hollicombe Lane, Preston Paignton ,TQ3 2DT

01803 528575


Open for Easter, Christmas and New Year.


Things to do.

(by bus, train, boat and cliff railway.)author Pat Turner.

Saturday 20th September.
John took Ian and me to Paignton and dropped us off at the Railway Station where we collected time tables for the Paignton-Exmouth line and also the Steam Trains between Paignton and Kingswear and the South Devon Railway between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. We then went to the bus station office and collected various time tables which we would need to use. As we were near there, we decided to look for Kirkham House. After exploring a maze of narrow streets without success we asked a man in his front garden where it was, and he told us the way from there, which wasn’t very far. We knew it had closed for the winter a few days earlier, but it was interesting to see from the outside. If we come back in future, we would like to see inside.
We walked to the Park Hotel and our Deposit was refunded from the conference and holiday which was cancelled due to a fire alarm going off due to a fault in the system.  We went to the sea-front and walked along the shoreline to Preston Beach, where we sat on a bench near the red cliffs there. Also on the bench was a woman from Derbyshire which adjoins our home county, Nottinghamshire. We had an interesting conversation with her about places we had visited in the area. We walked back up the hill towards Norwegian Wood.
In the afternoon, we walked through the woods to the nearest part of the Musgrave Trail and back. That was when my leg pain started.

Sunday 21st September.
It was a lovely day. We changed bedrooms as the family with two girls had left that morning. We walked to Hollicombe Park and then walked along the seafront to Torre Abbey. We explored the buildings and then the ruins and the gardens. We caught a No. 12 bus from the sea front back to Hollicombe.

Monday 22nd September.
We caught a local bus to Paignton and walked to the Steam Railway. We went on the first train out from Paignton at 1030 to Kingswear, arriving 1100, and then on the ferry to Dartmouth  We went on the ferry which came and went as requested by passengers, from Dartmouth Quay to Dartmouth Castle, and walked up the road to Little Dartmouth. Further on, we found the coastal path and walked back via the path back to Dartmouth Castle. Unfortunately, on a bit of uneven ground I felt a sharp pain in my leg which made it uncomfortable to walk. We enjoyed an icecream under the trees back at Dartmouth Castle. We caught the ferry back to Dartmouth and then the ferry back to Kingswear and caught the last steam train at 1700 back to Paignton, arriving 1730, and caught the first local bus back to Hollicombe.

Tuesday 23rd September.
From Paignton bus station we caught the 1013 bus No. 25 to Stoke Gabriel, arriving at 1039. We walked beside the mill pond but found the path on the other side was private so we walked back and went as far as the weir where the water flowed on its way to the River Dart. We walked back from there via the churchyard where we saw the famous Stoke Gabriel Yew Tree. We caught the 1215 No. 25 bus back to Paignton, arriving 1241, where we caught the No. 12 bus, already standing there, to Newton Abbot. There, we walked through the gardens and roads to the Museum and Town Hall, where there was a Great Western Railway room, with all kinds of railway memorabilia and connections with Brunel. We walked back to the Bus Stop near Newton Abbot Railway Station and caught one of the frequent 10 minute No. 12 buses back to Hollicombe.  

Wednesday 24th September.
Heather took us to Paignton Railway Station where we caught the 1015 to Lympstone, arriving at 1143. We walked through the village to the main road (A376) and waited for the bus from Exeter to Exmouth. The No. 26 bus left Lympstone Saddlers Arms at 1217. We only needed to go to the next crossroads to save me having to walk too far, as A La Ronde was only a short distance away.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see the bus stop in time to press “stop”as it was covered in leaves from the hedge adjacent, so the driver took us to the next stop, resulting in us having to walk back almost as far as if we hadn’t caught the bus in the first place. We walked along the narrow but busy lane to A La Ronde, the “circular” house (16 sides) inherited by two female cousins, which they decorated with shells, feathers, sand and seaweed. There was a lookout window built by the only male inhabitant in the house’s history which had a lovely panoramic view from Exmouth in the south along the Exe estuary as far as Powderham Castle and beyond. We thoroughly enjoyed this visit and I walked round the garden there. We went back along the busy narrow road with no footpath and every time a vehicle came past we had to squeeze against the brambles, of which there were many, nettles and hawthorn. We reached the bus stop and the 27 bus (from Exeter) took us to Exmouth. We had to find our way to the sea, which took quite a long time. Eventually we reached the esplanade and walked eastwards but the scenery didn’t change. It seemed to be just gardens, shelters, ice cream kiosks, new buildings on the other side of the road away from the sea. We reached the Model Railway and decided to look at that rather than walk further and further away from the Railway Station to which we would have to return to catch a train early enough to get all the way to Torquay. The Model Railway turned out to be the “longest in the world” and it was housed in a large rectangular building with so many lines parallel to one another that we couldn’t work out what led to where! We walked all the way back first along the sea front, then the docks, to the station, which we had to find, as we had arrived on the bus at Exmouth. We were relieved when we saw it, but couldn’t get into the building as both doors were locked. We saw a notice saying we had to go through the bus depot there which we did, and eventually reached the railway platform where we were thankful to be able to sit down. We caught the 1553 train to Torquay, arriving 1710, where we caught the local bus to Hollicombe.

Thursday, 25th September.
As Ian and I both had a free pass which could be used two consecutive days travelling on the railway, we went from Torquay Station with a 1023 train to Dawlish Warren, arriving at 1053, where we walked on the sea wall towards the Warren Point. We came across a sand path only. Ian didn’t like walking on sand, so I walked along it until I came to a point where people weren’t allowed. I walked down a slope to the short grass and walked towards the point along there instead although there wasn’t so much of a view, being lower down. It was a very pleasant morning walking along such a soft comfortable path with just occasional areas of sand and rabbit holes. I didn’t get to the point, and was wondering whether Ian was getting anxious so I walked back along the grass to the Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, near to where I had left Ian. I went up a slope and found him sitting on a bench on the sea wall. After a rest with some biscuits, we walked along the wall back to the railway line, where we met an elderly gentleman in a self-propelled wheelchair with plenty of carrier bags of provisions for the day hanging on the sides and back. He was travelling in the same direction as ourselves. 

 We walked past Longstone Rock up to the point where workmen were still working on the line defences where the sea had forced its way through last winter.  There was a convenient footbridge over the railway towards the road, and we walked along there to another footbridge over the railway just before Dawlish Station. This was just after the part that was out of bounds  that the workmen were repairing. We walked past Dawlish Station and further along the path and came to Coryton Cove where the only way to continue on the coast path was by climbing steps and sloping tarmacked paths on to Lea Mount, and round the back of Coryton Cove. We decided to make our way back to Dawlish Station but I had wanted to climb up Lea Mount and explore the area up there, which I did. I was surprised to find gardens and lawns up there with paths leading out onto a main road. We had not seen Dawlish from that part. After admiring the views I made my way down a different way and met Ian on the footbridge back to the station. I had crossed the railway line at the top of Lea Mount by walking over Kennaway Tunnel.

We couldn’t reach the railway platform back to Torquay on the sea-side of the line so had to walk under the viaduct to the other side, find our way to the platform to Exeter, find the footbridge to the other side, and there saw our train coming in. We went over the footbridge but our path was blocked by a lot of youngsters coming out of the train. I had to take my time coming down the steps because of my painful leg, and when we eventually reached the platform our train, the 1427, was moving off. However, we spent a pleasant hour sitting on a seat on the platform which overlooked the railway and the sea and solved some puzzles which I had brought with me.  I saw the gentleman in the wheelchair who we had seen at Dawlish Warren, below us on the coast path and wondered how he had managed to negotiate all those steps. He must have gone back to the Warren Station and caught the train to Dawlish. Probably the workmen night have let him through, as an exception. He was alone. We caught the next train to Torquay, which should have left at 1522 but left at 1530, arrived at Torquay around 1547, and caught the bus to Hollicombe.

Friday 26th September.
This morning my leg was so painful that I found it hard to walk on it. We walked to Hollicombe Park and back during the morning then rested. In the afternoon I went with Heather to see Katrina at Dartington and rested again when we returned to Norwegian Wood.

Saturday 27th September.
We chose today to visit South Devon Railway as they had extra diesels running, in case we missed the last steam train for any reason. At 1015 at Hollicombe bus stop we intended going on Stagecoach Gold to Totnes King Edward VI School as it was the nearest stop to Totnes Railway Station, but another bus to Totnes stopped for us. However, it was only going to Coronation Road after dropping everyone else at the riverside for the boat to Dartmouth. When the driver saw that we were the only two left he decided to take us to the Railway Station, of which we were very grateful.
We walked to the South Devon Railway Station and boarded the 1130 train at Totnes (Littlehempston) to Buckfastleigh. We got off at Staverton station at 1145 and walked along a pleasant path along the river to Staverton village and back. We also went to look at the packhorse bridge near Staverton Mill. We caught the next steam train, 1315, from Staverton towards Buckfastleigh where we alighted at 1330, and wandered around the grounds surrounding the station. We found the workshops and the museum, went on the Riverside Walk there saw the model railway in the café area, and also the model steam railways in the grounds, as well as the miniature railway, giving rides to children and grownups. I was disappointed not to see the maze, although I had seen it on the internet from the satellite camera. (I wondered how I had missed it, and couldn’t quite remember where it was, but when I saw the internet view again, I remembered a piece of rough ground and overgrown hedges and trees which we had seen in that area.) We caught the last steam train at 1545 to Totnes (Littlehempston), arriving at 1620, and walked along a footpath away from the busy roads to the Seven Stars Hotel, where we caught a 1648 Stagecoach Gold bus via Paignton to Hollicombe, where we arrived at 1725.

Sunday 28th September.
At Hollicombe at 1115, we caught a No. 22 bus to St Matthias Church, Babbacombe Road, arriving 1140, where we came back from 3 years ago when we had walked from Torquay Harbour to Anstey Cove. We found the footpath again which led back to Anstey Cove carpark. We walked along the road and found the next part of the South West Coast Path walk, over Walls Hill to Babbacombe. We managed the steps and slopes and came to Babbacombe beach. We walked over duckboards and footpath to Oddicombe Beach where we boarded the Cliff Railway and ascended to the top. We found Babbacombe Model Village and enjoyed looking round it. We went to the bus stop on the main road and a woman insisted that the 1701 No. 32 bus to the Strand was preferable to the 1705 No. 22, which would take us to Hollicombe. The 32 came first and we all boarded it and it took us to the Strand. We waited for the 12 bus but the 22 came first and Ian and I boarded it and eventually arrived at Hollicombe. I realised that if we had waited for the No. 12 bus as the woman suggested we would have come back on a more direct route and arrive at Hollicombe earlier, perhaps 4 minutes. We arrived around 1725.

Monday 29th September.
At Hollicombe bus stop we needed the 1015 Stagecoach Gold which would take us to Shinner’s Bridge, Dartington.  We had to wave on the No. 12, 22 and another before the Gold came along. It took us to Shinner’s Bridge arriving 1107. We were so anxious to stop there and not get taken to a further stop away as we had at Lympstone a few days before, that we were talking about it and a young girl heard us and made sure we knew when to press the stop button. When we crossed the road I realised that this was where the Dartington Shops were. We eventually found the footpath which led to Totnes, continuing with the footpath we found 2 days ago which led from the railway station to the Seven Stars, but this time we walked by the river to Totnes Bridge. We needed Santander in Totnes which we found and then I looked for a few places of interest in Totnes which were in a book from Norwegian Wood. Ian walked faster than me and we lost one another when I walked up an alleyway to see one of the points of interest and unbeknown to me he went into the Post Office. We had previously agreed which bus to catch from the SevenStars, so as there was about half an hour before it went, I went to look at the island which can be accessed from Totnes Bridge and went back to the Seven Stars and saw Ian and we both boarded the 1418 Gold Bus back to Hollicombe, arriving 1453, where we went into the front garden and rested our feet and legs.  

Tuesday 30th September
We caught a local bus to Paignton and walked to the Steam Railway Station. We needed to get off at Greenway Halt so we had to get in a carriage near the front, which had been reserved for a party. However, we found an empty seat. We left Paignton at 1030 and alighted at Greenway at 1050, and walked down to the ferry, hoping to see some views of the river below on the right as we went down the road but were disappointed that the hedges and trees obscured our view. We needed a footpath up a hill on the way back up the road, and a map at the ferry told me that it was near a lodge, which I realised was the lodge to Greenway. As Greenway house was closed today I assumed we wouldn’t be able to go through the gate but a workman near there said we could, and pointed the way to the footpath. When we realised that the path was steep we walked instead through the Woodland Walk back to Greenway Halt. When we came out of the woods, we realised that the best view of the Dart and the boats was from near the top of Greenway Tunnel at the entrance to the slope down to the halt. We had to press a button as soon as we got to the halt platform, to indicate that there was someone needing the train. It was very pleasant sitting down there, on a lovely day, waiting for the train from Paignton. The next steam train from Greenway left at 1235, and took us to Kingswear, arriving 1245, and we boarded the ferry to Dartmouth and we walked to Dartmouth Castle to have a look round it, as we had been too tired and in pain to look round on Monday last week. We looked in the church and climbed up to the entrance to the castle. We looked round various places which seemed to be concentrated on the cannons there. I climbed up the narrow spiral staircase up to the tower where there were good views of the surrounding area. Ian decided not to as the steps were very narrow and difficult. We explored more buildings then walked back to Dartmouth quay where we boarded the Ferry for Kingswear and the last steam train, 1700, back to Paignton, arriving 1730, and the bus back to Hollicombe.

Wednesday 1st October
As buses to Berry Pomeroy Castle were a bit awkward, Heather took us there in her car.  We really enjoyed looking round the castle mansion and ruins. I went down the spiral staircase “alone” into the room where Lady Margaret is supposed to have starved to death but I experienced no bad feelings there because I wasn’t really alone as I had asked Jesus to come down the stairs with me, also because when I was in the room I sang “Praise the Lord”! Perhaps I banished the ghosts! I also went alone down the stairs in the gatehouse into the domed rooms at each side of the gateway which were also supposed to be haunted. There was no bad feeling there either. All 3 “haunted” rooms had sunlight coming through the windows and slits in the walls. Perhaps it has a different atmosphere on a gloomy day! When we went back to the little building that houses the ticket office and shop we were treated to a small glass of liqueur each!
After that I went down the hill onto the narrow road past the ponds which led to the house which used to be a water mill. I also went a little further and saw what used to be the sawmill. After I returned to the castle we walked up the hill to Berry Pomeroy School, where we waited for the 149 bus to Totnes Coronation Road. We weren’t quite sure whether the next bus, timed for 1452, actually existed because of some symbols in the timetable of whether it ran or not were not really clear, but were relieved to see it coming along from Torquay. Otherwise we would have had to wait until 1620 for the next one to Totnes, or 1642 for the next one to Torquay, as the next bus towards Torquay, 1557, terminated at Marldon! When we arrived at Totnes, at 1500, we crossed the road to the Seven Stars bus stop and caught the next Stagecoach Gold bus at 1518 all the way to Hollicombe, arriving 1553. 

Thursday 2nd October.
As we were to return home on the next day, Friday, we would both each use another free railway pass. As each pass can be used for two consecutive days, we used ours to go to Teignmouth by rail. We departed Torquay 1023, arrived Teignmouth 1043. We made our way from Teignmouth Station to the sea front, and walked to the ferry on the beach that took us to Shaldon. The ferry came and went as needed. We went up the beach from the ferry, and walked away from the sea alongside the River Teign to the house that has the Wreckers’ Window. It was a beautiful thatched cottage with a room at the side with the large circular window, which, when a lamp was placed behind it, was supposed to resemble a lighthouse window. This was to lure boats on to the Ness Rocks. As this cottage was a long way from the rocks and we couldn’t see the rocks from there, I had to imagine all the houses that blocked the way to disappear, as they all seemed to be more recently built than the thatched cottage. As the cottage was built on a small slope of ground, perhaps after all, the vessels out to sea might be able to see the window with the light inside. We walked back along the riverside which was quite pleasant, and went as far as the Ness Hotel, then went back down the beach to the ferry to Teignmouth. We enjoyed an ice cream on the seafront and then walked all the way to Parson’s Tunnel and back. It was a lot further than we expected, but we knew we would be resting our feet and legs the next day on a long train journey, equally tiring in its own way. We boarded the train from Teignmouth to Torquay and caught the local bus, No. 22 this time, back to Hollicombe.

Every time we walked up Hollicombe Lane we looked forward to seeing the cats, a rest, a cup of tea and the lovely views from the house, and the evening meals, which we enjoyed.


Nutritional Naturopathy/Iridology workshops.

The Little Theatre Torquay.

Torquay Tennis Club.

Kirkham House.

Kents Cavern.

Compton Castle.

Berry Pomeroy Castle.

Totnes Castle.

Steam railway observation.

Geo Play park.

South West Coastal/Cycle Path .

John Musgrove Trail.

Riviera Centre.


Torre Abbey.

Occombe Farm.

Agatha Christie Tour.

Transition Town Torquay and Totnes .

Living coasts.

Paignton ZOO.

Red Arrows







Preston Beach.








spot the differences between these two photos.




Norwegian Wood is an unusual 1925 house overlooking the English Riviera providing sea air and colour that will relax and revitalise, whether you visit for business, health or pleasure. Only fifteen minutes drive to Totnes.

John and Heather offer you an individual and personal welcome.

Sit in the garden under the monkey puzzle tree ( illuminated gardens at night)and the walnut tree with our cats Daisy and Blossom and take in the stunning views of the sea. We are open ALL YEAR /christmas,easter and bank holidays offering sustainable accommodation of a high standard.

Start the day with a healthy, organic, full-english meat, vegan, lacto-vegetarian, wheat-free, raw food or other customised breakfast to suit your dietary needs, Breakfast is always conventionally cooked Aga or convection never microwaved! Organic beverages and filtered drinking water in rooms.Organic Packed lunches.

You could book a one hour consultation with Heather ( Member of the Institute for Learning, federation for Nutritional therapy practitioners)for Iridology and nutritional naturopathy the following morning or during your stay,

Book a group/family workshop on taking your own health on your own shoulders with nutrition,naturopathic nursing techniques such as Castor oil packing,isopathy,skin brushing, enemas,juicing,cellular health using the solar and lunar calenders. Click on nutritional naturopathy for more details.

Then maybe visit one of the many nearby attractions, three minutes walk to Hollicombe Beach. Close to Institute beach,Preston Sands, Scadsons wood, Paignton geo play area, English riviera , Cockington,Totnes. Close to local bus/train/boat routes.We are a stones throw from the John Musgrove Trail and the South West Coastal path.

All our food is certified organic, free range and locally sourced, if the provenance, quality and taste is excellent.

We are a non-smoking, ecologically sensitive household committed to recycling and laundering our own linens in environmentally and skin-friendly detergent.

We welcome families and their children, Rail enthusiasts,bat and butterfly specialists,walkers, divers, surfers, cyclists, hikers, artists, photographers. We can cater for a family or group up to seven with private bathroom and lounge with fantastic views of the sea. Singles/doubles /twins share bathroom and lounge.

There is plenty of safe parking on site.


2013 beds



Family room £70.00pn based on two people sharing.

Bed , breakfast and evening meal £100.00 pn based on two people sharing.

Free for two children sharing double sofa bed up to 10 years


Singles £45.00 pppn inc of breakfast ,share bathroom and lounge.

with evening meal £60.00 pn.

Single parent with children in either room £70.00. with evening meal £100.00 pn based on two people sharing.


One double room £70.00 pn with one single bed FREE for

one child up to 10 years old inclusive of organic multi

choice breakfast menu. With evening meal £100.00 pn based on two people sharing.

Shares bathroom with family room.





Bank Transfers.
Deposit non refundable £60.00 for double£40.00 single secures your booking if not booked with
Bank transfers of FULL AMOUNT in advance of departure day..
Cash for full amount on departure.

J and H L Nicholson .
sort code : 20.60.88
account number: 10666343
IBAN: GB09BARC20608810666343









View from accommodation




Breakfast Menu


Traditional meat, vegan and vegetarian..Fair trade..Free range , outdoor reared and organic locally sourced when possible.


Muesli, Porridge, Cornflakes.Yoghurt.

Juice of the day.


 Full Traditional English: Bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans and a fried egg.

Vegan:Taifun soy sausages or Hand made nut Beanie/ leek and potato sossages with baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes.

Scrambled eggs.

Poached eggs on toast

Mushrooms on toast


Brown or white toast ,oat cakes ,corncakes

Butter, marmalade, agave syrup.

Fresh ground coffee, Tea, roibosch, , fresh mint and rosemary,sage when available from garden.

EVENING MEALS to be ordered 24 hours in advance please.

tell me what you would like.

1 KG Local Aga Warm Whole Cracked Crab supper.( large

green salad, house mayonnaise and warm bread)£25.00pp.


Family Picnics: Whole roast garlic chicken.French bread and

butter for 4. Salad.


Aga baked potatoes with prawns ,beans, cheese and salad.

£7.50 per person.

Any menu requests welcome.


Holly blue butterflies, newts,deer,badgers,hedehogs,woods.

Shingle Chalet Nutrition/Iridology consultation room.

Added Value offered for Norwegian wood

  • Magnificent views of Torbay.
  • Organic beverage tray.
  • Menu :Fair trade, free range, and organic where possible .
  • Evening meals.
  • filtered drinking water in rooms.
  • Organic bed linen. Own Lounge .
  • Use of beautiful gardens.
  • Dietary requirements a pleasure for
  • Heather Nicholson who is a Nutritional Naturopath/Iridologist with many years
  • experience.
  • Take your health on your own shoulders. Go to workshop link.


Visitors comments

What a lovely break we had, your place is great and the views were spectacular.  We felt at home because of your hospitality and friendliness and we thank you sincerely for making our short break so pleasant.  It is getting increasingly difficult to take my mother away for a few days because of her age at 92, her frailty and blindness from macular degeneration  she has found so frustrating and  devastating as all her hobbies needed reasonable eyesight, not to mention stubborness to listen to people and take their advice!! However I will try to encourage her to eat less sugar and go easy on the Listerine as it is so awful, but that may take a bit of time as she thinks it is the cure of all her allergies through neutralising the acid in the fruit or something and wont accept she is not allergic to many foods. Her mouth ulcers and thrush abated  after she was told to take her false teeth out at night and brush them underneath, then  leave them in Milton overnight, she believes that may have helped thrush but the mouthwash enables her to eat the fruit and chocolate etc. etc. that she says she is allergic to but  I will gradually work on her !!  Would it be possible for you to give me the name of the cactus syrup you recommended and also i see to my fury that I left my phone charger in the bedroom so If I send you a stamped addressed envelope would you pop it in the post for me, thank you.   Once again it was lovely to meet you, give Blossom and Daisy a big hug from us  and warm wishes from us too    Theresa and Ivor xx


thank you for your hospitality in the last 2 weeks. The weather here is awful today. It has waited until we came home and didn’t spoil our holiday! If it had been raining we would have done more WASGIJ! I have found The Great Train Robbery on the internet, not only the original picture but the completed jigsaw, so I now know the answer. I did have a clue from the few pieces we had put together.
We were very sorry to leave you and John and the cats and the lovely house. We loved both rooms we stayed in. There was a special atmosphere about the smaller room which looked over to the trees and the back garden. I liked the velux window over the bed so I could read in bed with the natural light above us. I could also see the TV screen  whilst sitting up in bed in that room.
I appreciated the other bed as I could sit up in bed and rest my head on the headboard at the back. The pain in my leg has eased a bit more.
We loved the views from both windows in the bigger room. I have seen a lot of the pictures on your website but I can’t see either of those views in the daytime. One was taken at night, and one from the front entrance I think. I was sorry I didn’t bring my camera.
I was pleased that the taps on the washbasin in the bathroom were separate. Some people like the water to be combined but I think the water from the cold tap tastes better when not joined to the hot tap. Our daughter has had hers converted to a combination in the kitchen and bathroom but not the cloakroom basin. If I want any water to drink I go there! She does have filtered water but it is for the cat, who is not in the best of health.
I will try to do a record of the trips we went on, but had to thank you first.
Pat (and Ian)


thank you so much for a really pleasant B&B experience at the Norwegian Wood - good luck & best wishes from Rob, Becky, Toby & Holly xxholly1


How are you? Sorry for a delay on getting this feedback to you. The truth is I have been thinking about Torquay a lot since returning, it was such a good trip and the sea and friendliness of our stay has stuck! Here is a bit mainly from Brayley, followed by a bit from me on the advice and diagnosis you gave me. I have attached some photos you might like to keep or use for the website, Preston beach, Torquay harbour. They are big files will send some following others on.

We hope you have fully recovered from your illness now, and we have very much appreciated the welcome and kindnesses you showed us during our stay with you when your energies must have been so depleted. It felt very much as though we were staying in your home, but with the privacy of our own very comfortable and exceptionally equipped room and lounge with its wonderful views from one side of the bay the other. Stunning! Preston and its lovely stretch of red sandy beach, quiet and still much the same as it was in the 1950's when I visited as a child, is an oasis of calm between the bustling towns of Torquay and Paignton. And breakfast was unfailingly delicious with a wide choice and would suit anybody whatever their food preferences. The welcoming committee of Blossom and Daisy, two affectionate cats, was the perfect way to feel at home and we never tired of looking across the bay at any time of day or evening. A beautiful and thoughtfully finished Bed and Breakfast enabling complete relaxation.

Thanks for fitting me in for an assessment at short notice during our lovely stay at your house. I'm new to irridology and I was surprised and impressed with how much it picked up about my geneology and my health. I have been following your advice since returning and I have much more comfort in my stomach especially after eating. I wish I'd found out about some of the suggestions years ago! I will start the caster oil treatment soon. Still sourcing organic suppliers for things. Thank you for alerting me to the extent I was effectively poisoning my body and suggesting complimentary therapies which I'll begin taking up soon. I will report back with any news. Please give the cats a stroke!

Very best wishes,
Lou & Brayley


  • Thank you for a wonderful a couple of days, you made us all feel so welcome.  The room was spacious, clean and comfortable, the breakfasts were tasty and the evening meal you cooked us was first class.  I would recommend you to friends and we will definitely be back, if we're in the area.
    Thank you, Chris, Laura and Eva.
  • Thanks Heather, for looking after me so well.  I love the principles of what you’re doing with Norwegian Wood – I can’t imagine your guests ever feeling like they’re ‘just another customer’.  The room & bathroom were beautiful, spotless and really comfortable – I immediately felt ‘home from home’.  My Aga-cooked dinner was equally unfussy, prepared with care, and really delicious.  You were so helpful, thoughtful,  interesting, and calm – all making it quite possibly one of my most relaxing nights in a B&B ever. Jane , London.


  • Wow! organic Heaven! totally lush food and hospitality,norwegianwood is a wonderful jewel in Devon's crown. Terry and Jay B.
  • Beautifully clean and spacious room,quiet and comfortable, with superb views of the sea, delicious breakfast, and gracious hosts for whom nothing is too much trouble. Henry P.
  • A big thank-you from us to heather and john for making us so at home in their lovely home. We were made to feel really welcome and really at home. Interesting chat, great views, delicious food and great location at a budget price, what more could you ask for! Would highly recommend!

thanks for a lovely weekend hope to see you soonx Ameet Hannah Rohan and Mala


  • To Heather and John Nicholson of Norwegian Wood Organic B and B, after our weekend spent in your lovely Bed and Breakfast I wanted to take the time to thank you for completing a perfect little weekend get-away. 
    We both felt very welcome and relaxed throughout the stay thanks to the great hospitality, tranquil settings, gorgeous rooms and fabulous food. It was a trip that will no be forgotten and we look forward to repeating again in the future.
    Thanks again, take care,
    Nathanael Newton 


  • Just wanted to say a big thanks for making me feel so welcome during my stay at Norwegian Wood.
    It was the perfect location and an excellent find!
    It's close to Totnes where I was doing a yoga course. It was a scenic and easy drive which was well rewarded due to the location of your home. In between yoga sessions, I could take lovely beach walks on the almost private Hollicome beach or walk further afield into Painton and Goodrington beach.
    The breakfasts were excellent - very tasty, filling and nutritious. I have even changed some of my eating habits as a result of some of your suggestions and feel much better for it.
    I loved the views from the bedroom and the garden to the sea. The room was very comfortable and I loved the lounge seating area and bathroom. Everything was so clean and homely. Definitely a home away from home, a perfect retreat, and one that I hope to return to some day soon.
    Best wishes to you and your family
    Susan Sullivan
    Basingstoke, Hants


  • PS - I am still not eating bread and cheese, cut down on the coffee (alot) and drinking a daily cup of linseed tea (which is actually quite comfrting as a night time drink), even had a go at cooking. I brought the castor oil but haven't tried it as it seems a messy business! I do feel a bit better - thanks for your suggestions.



  • Thanks to Heather for her warm and professionel welcome at her peaceful haven on the busy English Riviera. A very comfortable room with far reaching views over Torbay and unique breakfast offerings, tailored for each guest! Heather has set a benchmark for the next time we stay in a b&b!
    Mark and Claire.


  • Many thanks to you and Norwegian Wood for looking after my guests so well when they came to stay in July for my birthday.
    As my house was already full to overflowing over that weekend it was nice to know that the 2 couples were going to be well cared for. Both sets of friends are discriminating travellers and expressed themselves delighted with the accommodation, the welcome and the excellent breakfast.
    It will be a while until I have another 'landmark' birthday but will certainly bear you in mind for next time.
    With all good wishes

    Peter Brook


  • 'One of the best B &B's I've stayed in, and the friendliest.  Sausages to die for'. Wayne.


  • Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely stay.  The pillows were divine, relaxing with such amazing views was restorative, and breakfast was scrumptious.




  • Dear HeatherDer Aufenthalt im "Norwegian Wood" hat alle unsere Erwartungen erfüllt: Freundlichkeit, wunderbarer Garten, tolle Aussicht aufs Meer, schöne Zimmer, gesundes britisches Frühstück und Nähe zu Bus, Bahn und Meer. Guter Ausgangspunkt für Wanderungen und Ausflüge zum Dartmoor, Totnes, Plymouth, Cornwall und viele andere Orte im Südwesten Englands. Wir empfehlen dieses B&B uneingeschränkt weiter. 

  • Alex & Christin Willener-Linder, Lucerne Switzerland Our stay at Norwegian Wood has exceeded our expectations: Cordiality, nice rooms, beautiful garden, great view, healthy british breakfast and proximity to public transport and to the beaches. Good starting point for excursions to Dartmoor, Totnes, Plymouth, Cornwall and many other places in the South West. We recommend this B&B thoroughly.
    Alex & Christin Willener-Linder, Lucerne SwitzerlandCheers





Hollicombe Beach.3 minutes walk from Norwegian wood.


some randoms







bed 07





lounge 14








Norwegian wood shaker kitchen and breakfast room with

beautiful sea views.




Rare oriel bay windows with original stained glass panels of



lounge 4

Blossom on my bed not yours.!!!






Blue bells in spring Scadson's wood.

snow 002

January snow.


We hope all is well in the beautiful Totnes area.  During our Devon travels last year,
we met several b & b owners who suspected WiFi was affecting their sleep. Like many people,
we too notice symptoms if we are exposed to WiFi for any length of time. My husband gets
headaches, and I have severe insomnia – when WiFi was installed in the library where I worked,
I became dizzy, sleepless, sick, and eventually had to give up work. (In France, many libraries
have removed WiFi due to health problems).  We know others who, sadly, have had to
give up their jobs, and we also have many friends who, like us,had to cancel
a short break last year because there was nowhere healthy to stay.

Aware that Totnes and Dartington gently support a green, holistic, outlook, we thought
you might appreciate this email – it seems people quite often develop a sensitivity to
WiFi over time.  Please share this with friends, particularly anyone with WiFi who is struggling
with unexplained poor sleep or headaches, etc.  As health news spreads, many families
may soon appreciate guest houses that use cabled internet/broadband (LAN) rather than WiFi,
perhaps, for example, with a few internet sockets in a lounge for laptops and net-books
(it seems many smaller tablets, except i-pads, may be able to connect via USB-to LAN adapters).
Two friends now have WiFi only by request in a furnished outbuilding.

After I had to stop work, I undertook some thorough health research: the warning science
is concerning*. I found a helpful website called – do take a look.

I also discovered that, unfortunately, cordless phone transmitters can trigger symptoms,
such as an altered heartbeat. They use a similar, aggressive pulse to WiFi, known as DECT.  
(Also, all BT ‘hubs’, bar the 3.0, emit non-stop DECT as well as WiFi, adding to the risks).

It was a relief to learn there are simple, healthy alternatives. May I share them with you?
My husband swapped his WiFi router for a wired router, plus internet sockets (‘ports’) for
laptops etc.  They are easy to use, and simple to fit: LAN cable can run to them along the
skirting board, or outside along the wall: any cable supplier, or handy IT person, can
install them. (Neighbours’ WiFi is usually weaker, unless installed near a shared wall).
Meanwhile, BT ‘hubs’ can be replaced with a wired router, or cordless phones
swapped for relaxing, ordinary phone extensions, or the new ‘eco’ cordless phones
made in Germany (e.g. Siemens), which are dormant between calls.

Four typical case histories Dr Tresidder, GP, has made public (with thanks to Dr Tresidder):
- “A 78 year old whose headaches so concerned me that blood tests, and MRI and
neurology opinion were sought (both normal) – his symptoms disappeared after
switching off his home WiFi hub router and cordless phone”
-  An adult with “tingling of face and muzzle area, and loss of ability to speak and
think fluently when near a WiFi router”
-  A fit 64 year old yoga teacher. After installing a new WiFi router he suffered
progressive tiredness, irritability, hip and other aches over three months. After changing
the wireless router to a wired one, he was restored to his previous health within 2 weeks.
-  A boy, age 4. Three months after a dose of flu he remained unwell, with fevers
and poor sleep. He moved into his mother’s bed; his father used the child’s bed
and found it very hard to sleep there. The hospital could find no cause for the child’s ill
health. A WiFi router was moved from the room adjacent to the child’s bedroom and the
baby alarm (DECT) was disconnected. The child immediately returned to normal health.