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Devon - Lundy Island

Lundy is the largest island in the Bristol Channel, lying 12 miles (19 km) off the coast of Devon, England, approximately one third of the distance across the channel between England and Wales. Lundy gives its name to a British sea area and is one of the islands of England. Lundy has been designated by Natural England as National Character Area 159, one of England's natural regions.
As of 2007, there was a resident population of 28 people, including volunteers. These include a warden, ranger, island manager, and farmer, as well as bar and house-keeping staff. Most live in and around the village at the south of the island. Most visitors are day-trippers, although there are 23 holiday properties and a camp site for staying visitors, mostly also around the south of the island.
In a 2005 opinion poll of Radio Times readers, Lundy was named as Britain's tenth greatest natural wonder. The entire island has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and it was England's first statutory Marine Nature Reserve, and the first Marine Conservation Zone, because of its unique flora and fauna. It is managed by the Landmark Trust on behalf of the National Trust.
The name Lundy is believed to come from the old Norse word for "puffin island" (Lundey), lundi being the Norse word for a puffin and ey, an island, although an alternative explanation has been suggested with Lund referring to a copse, or wooded area. According to genealogist Edward MacLysaght the surname Lundy is from Norman de la Lounde, a name recorded in medieval documents in counties Tipperary and Kilkenny in Ireland.
Lundy has evidence of visitation or occupation from the Neolithic period onward, with Mesolithic flintwork, Bronze Age burial mounds, four inscribed gravestones from the early medieval period, and an early medieval monastery (possibly dedicated to St Elen or St Helen). 

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An important part of the pleasure of the island is in the buildings, now carefully and expertly restored (as are the stone walls, gates and stiles) with the sort of craftsmanship which lifts the spirits. Most of the island's buildings are constructed from the island's beautiful light-coloured granite and many have been adapted from previous uses or made from stone reclaimed from long-since redundant buildings.

Lundy offers visitors an extraordinary range of buildings in which to stay, from the 13th century castle, a late Georgian gentleman's villa and a lighthouse to the Tibbetts and fisherman's chalet.

The 23 buildings are furnished in typical Landmark style for comfort and practicality. All properties have water, electricity (except Tibbetts), gas and drainage, some have open fires or stoves as well.

Lundy being an island, water supplies may be restricted at times and electricity will not usually be available after midnight. Sheets, pillowcases and one hand and bath towel per person per week, are included in the price of all properties. There are no televisions, radios or telephones in the properties, but there is a pay phone in the Tavern.

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