Another Valentine’s themed post for those romantics out there – there is a special four-course Valentine’s menu by a log fire at the Venus Beachside Restaurant in Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth, South Devon on Saturday 12th February. You could go for a romantic stroll along the beach and then settle down between 5.30pm and 9pm to delights such as falafel with herbs & lime juice, mushroom & arame pate, BBQ Bigbury Bay oysters Kilpatrick (crispy bacon and Lea & Perrin sauce), Devon free-range chicken breast served with a rustic sauce of bacon, red wine, mushrooms and shallots and chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce, amongst many, see the full menu here.

After such a collosal meal, you will probably want to retire to a beautiful holiday cottage, and Helpful Holidays have just the one! Linney Cottage is a terraced, sunny, south-facing property converted from a 300-year-old barn. A thickly hedged, enclosed, suntrap, private garden (table/chairs) down 12 steps at the back leads to the shared garden. Inside, the cottage is well decorated, light and comfy. There are three bedrooms, a bathroom (suite plus bath-shower), a living/dining room with TV/DVD/video, CD player and good views over the river Dart. There is a well-equipped fitted kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, washer-drier. It’s best for a maximum of 4 adults and prices are from £302 at this time of year.

photo of Holiday cottage in Dittisham, South Hams with 4 stars, sleeps 5