It’s coming up to that time of year again, when couples get cosy and fancy a bit of romance – yes, it’s nearly Valentine’s Day! So, what better time to take a break away at one of Helpful Holidays’ cottages in the West Country, perfect for romance. Here is a selection to browse:

This beautiful thatched Grade II listed cottage is in the exceptionally pretty village of Drewsteignton, which has a good food pub, shop, restaurant and church. It lies on a ridge a mile from the most spectacular part of the river Teign valley and is 6 miles to the open moor and 14 miles from Exeter. The cottage (ref: A5) sleeps 4 with two bedrooms (a double and a twin), has an inglenook fireplace and a Rayburn in the kitchen. Prices start from £252.

A Grade II listed farmhouse in Newton Ferrers/Noss Mayo (adjoining small villages beside the lake-like River Yealm estuary) has been cleverly and tastefully converted into two dwellings which sleeps two. The Linhay (ref: L118) is a detached, upside-down cottage, recently refurbished from a former grain store, with own west-facing small lawned garden (bench, table/chairs), it’s decor is simple and modern. The area is popular for sailing, lovely for walking or just sitting. There are essential nearby shops and good food pubs, tennis courts and riding stables. If you fancy a bit of a day trip then there is a pedestrian ferry to coast walk to Wembury and a secluded beach. Prices start from £209.

An attached cottage cleverly converted from outhouses facing the main modern house across a walled courtyard in Chagford, a friendly little village perfectly situated for bracing walks across Dartmoor. The cottage (ref: A55) is only 300 yards from local pubs and shops, so is great for nipping to get another bottle of wine for an evening in, or going out for that romantic meal. The interior of the property is elegant and stylish and can sleep up to 4 people, it’s also only 10 minutes walk away from an outdoor swimming pool – in case of some unseasonably warm weather! Prices start from £252.