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Mark and Clare Flower seized the opportunity to create a stunning pair of properties overlooking the Taw-Torridge Estuary in North Devon

Having tackled numerous self build and renovation projects over the years, Mark and Clare Flower have a wealth of experience in spotting opportunities ripe with potential. As they moved closer to retirement, the pair turned all their attention to the search for a perfect holiday home. Based in Hampshire, the Flowers’ quest started in 2012 and took them all over south west England. “My wife has always wanted to find a project where we could create something with uninterrupted sea views,” says Mark. It was two years before the couple discovered a rundown bungalow in North Devon, positioned on a site with the ocean outlook they’d been dreaming of.

“We were in a privileged position in that if we didn’t find the ideal site quickly, it didn’t matter, as we were never going to live there permanently,” says Mark. Situated within the quaint fishing town of Appledore, the single-storey abode benefited from far-reaching sea views. Plus, it was only a five-minute walk from shops, restaurants and other local amenities. “As we’re getting older, we wanted a place that offered an easy, level walk to nearby facilities. That was one of our main criteria. With this site, it’s worked out superbly,” says Mark.


NAMES Mark & Clare Flower

OCCUPATIONS Civil/structural engineer and chartered surveyor

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