An Artist’s Week at Bucks Mills Cabin

For the past week Hester Berry has been artist in residence for the National Trust, at the Cabin in Bucks Mills.

We aked Hester what has it been like living so simply, just as the original owners did so many years ago. We were interested in how she has spent her time there and were delighted when she included images of her work.

Sketches by Hester-Judith and Mary
Hester Berry – sketches of Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards

Hester’s Reply

The tiny little stone building was a live-in studio for artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards, from 1920 – 1971. Although there is no electricity or water, the studio is light and cheery, and affords wonderful views over the sea, to Hartland, Lundy, and Baggy Point.

I have been exploring the beach and the coast paths, sketching, making my own paints, and trying to recreate a sense of the dramatic light on the cliffs and beach.  It’s a wonderfully inspiring place, so rich in history.

the coast at Bucks Mills -sketch
Hester Berry – sketch of the coast at Bucks Mills

The large feature image is of the artist Hester Berry at the cabin – photo by Josie Walker

You can discover more about Hester and her open days at the cabin in this article.

See More Paintings During Art Trek

The paintings made, done in locally-sourced home-made Bideford Black, will be on view in the Hayloft Studio as part of Art Trek 2016



7 thoughts on “An Artist’s Week at Bucks Mills Cabin”

  1. We have visited this lovely spot & seen the inside of the cabin. People forget that many of us lived without electricity or running water in the 1940’s and early 50’s.

  2. I so regret not getting over to see you even though I go when I can to Bucks Mills. It’s a dream to be in residence there. So inspiring. I hope you had an incredibly rewarding time there,… how could you not?! Hope to get to Swimbridge during AT.

  3. It might seem as though The Cabin at Bucks Mills would be very isolated years ago, but remember that the lime kiln would have been operating and boats coming and going as the quay would have been functioning. So it might be more apt to think of how busy it would have been – it’s only with our take on things these days we think of how hard it was living then, but anyone living there then wouldn’t have known any different.

  4. Very true Stella, and we can apply this general philosophy to so many things in modern life. Our parents coped perfectly well without mobile phones and all the other techno-wizardry that has become so essential today. I, for one, don’t think it makes life easier, it seems to make it more complicated and distance people from one another!


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