Why You Should Rent a Holiday Cottage in Devon
Devon is the great escape. An idyllic corner of England where you can completely relax and unwind, breathe in the fresh air and cast off those everyday concerns. Whether you choose to spend your time strolling the pristine beaches, rambling the wild moors, hiking the rugged coast, sailing the choppy seas or sightseeing the captivating cities, a holiday cottage in Devon provides freedom by the bucketful. Here are just five superb reasons to book your stay today.
The Incredible Nature
Devon has a big reputation for spectacular sandy beaches, with sublime stretches at Bantham, Teignmouth and South Milton Sands attracting visitors all year round. These long golden sands are loved by all – sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, beachcombers, fishers, horse riders, seal spotters and dolphin watchers – yet they represent just a tiny part of what Devon has to offer. The craggy cliffs and bays of the UNESCO-protected Jurassic Coast and the beautifully bleak open moorlands of Exmoor and Dartmoor are complemented by bluebell-filled fields, dusty woodland and vast deer reserves – making Devon the perfect haven for nature lovers.
Devon’s largest and most significant city, Exeter, offers a wealth of local history. Those who rent a holiday cottage in this leading university city can enjoy the impressive Roman ruins and city walls, the imposing Gothic cathedral (surrounded by a pretty green), the still-in-use medieval Guildhall and the bar- and restaurant-dominated historic quayside. Other popular towns to visit in Devon include charmingly sprawling Dartmouth, tourist-packed Torquay, cheerfully colourful Ilfracombe, alternative and artsy Totnes and love-it-or-hate-it Plymouth.
Devon may be England’s finest foodie retreat. Seafood lovers will be spoilt, with South Devon crab being some of the best to be found anywhere, while those with sweet teeth can dig into traditional cream teas of scones, jam and clotted cream. Then there’s the local drink, from tasty micro-brewed beer to traditional Devon scrumpy cider; even Devon-made sparkling wine is gaining global recognition. When it comes to restaurants, budget option River Exe Café offers hard-to-beat sea-to-plate fish, while two-Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park provides the ideal decadent treat.
Whatever time of year you book a holiday cottage in Devon, you’ll find a host of fun festivals and events. Winter sees Dartmouth hold its beer festival, its comedy festival and its farmers’ market. Spring provides the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, the Paignton Bike Festival and the Devon County Show. Summer exhibits the Beautiful Days music festival, the Dartmouth Regatta and the Agatha Christie Festival. And autumn has the Plymouth Seafood Festival, the classical music Two Moors Festival and the very early Hannah’s Christmas Fayre.
And So Much More
With this amazing combination of awe-inspiring nature, culture-crammed cities, lip-smacking cuisine and family-friendly fests there really is no greater escape than a cottage in Devon. But in case you do need further convincing, here are our five favourite things to do in the county:
- Admire the remarkable vaulted ceiling inside Exeter Cathedral
- Hike, bike or drive your way through Dartmoor National Park
- Taste the best cream tea in Devon at The Old Walled Garden
- Enjoy a golden beach without the crowds at East Portlemouth
- Relive maritime history at coastal fortress Dartmouth Castle