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In May 2014 we visited Stonebarrow Manor, a large 'holiday home' in Charmouth, Dorset. The house was very much like a hostel, but with mostly double or twin bedded 'en-suite' rooms (and a few single bedded 'en-suite' rooms) rather than dormitories and communal washrooms, and with no hostel duties to perform!

With most of us now retired we took this opportunity to do our first 'midweek' gathering, staying Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. We did communal self caterering, except for the Tuesday night when people ate either in a local pub or bought something from a local fish & chip shop.

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13 of 39 Lunch break at Golden Cap - the highest point on the south coast of England.
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16 of 39 We were amazed to see so many bluebells in the area.
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21 of 39 On Wednesday night the pub let us use their skittle alley ...
22 of 39 ... We played a game of "killer" ...
23 of 39 ... Jan Barlow won the "pot".
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27 of 39 On Thursday we walked along the beach ( .. well sometimes over rocks! .. ) to Lyme Regis.
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34 of 39 "The Cobb", Lyme Regis.
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37 of 39 The goat is called "Salt". (Salt's partner, "Pepper" unfortunately died last year.)
38 of 39 The large table in the dining room.
39 of 39 On the last morning all 25 of us gathered for a group photo.
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