Posts Tagged Devon

Devon Open Studios

Discover art and craft at its Devonshire source from now until 22nd September with the Devon Open Studios. 

With many artists residing in studios across Devon, open studios are a great opportunity to understand artists’ processes more clearly and buy directly from the artist or maker. Many work in interesting locations you might not normally get to explore while on holiday, so could make for an interesting excursion.

Visit the Devon Artists’ Network to find out more and find an artist to visit.

Why not take a week to explore from this beautiful base in Tawton (sleeps 12). It also has a special offer for the week commencing 14th September, with a 20% reduction in price from £1035 to £828.

View from outside

View from outside

A mile from South Tawton in heavily wooded lanes, this stunning house, converted from stone barns has the ‘wow factor’. Inside it is stylishly decorated with mostly porcelain flooring downstairs. Massive living/dining room with open fire, TV/DVD; big fitted kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, two ovens/5-ring ceramic hob, TV) with granite worktops and big double doors to patio/back garden. Utility room with Sheila Maid and loo with butler sink and washing machine. Off living room, a children’s den with TV/DVD, wood floor/rugs. Upstairs there are  five bedrooms (four double, one twin), two are en suite and there is a large separate bathroom also.

 

Opposite is an open-fronted barn with table tennis, darts, storage for bicycles/surfboards. Shooting can be arranged.

Stunning interior

Stunning interior

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Holiday Cottage special offers

Has this week’s sunshine given you a taste for a holiday? If so, Helpful Holidays have a great selection of special offers for the remaining weeks of June. Cast your eyes over these:

Buckfastleigh cottage

Buckfastleigh cottage

This pretty little 18th century cottage (sleep 4) in the quiet town of Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor has 20% off for the remaining weeks in June. I stayed at this cottage myself when I went to learn some vegetarian cooking at the Ashburton Cookery School. See my review of the cottage here.

Horsebridge farmhouse

Horsebridge farmhouse

This detached Georgian/Victorian farmhouse (sleeps 8) ½ mile from the pub in Horsebridge, on the Cornish side of the Tamar also has 20% off on the remaining weeks in June. Renovated by expert craftspeople and redecorated by an artist, this is a totally private and tranquil home surrounded by wooded farmland.

Lustleigh cottages

Lustleigh cottages

3 miles (by car) north-east of Lustleigh in Dartmoor are four very good and attractive cottages, three made from barns. All share an indoor heated swimming pool (behind the cottages. A beautiful setting and great for walks. Snap up the 25% discount in June.

Bovey Castle lodges

Bovey Castle lodges

If you’re really quick and book before 9th June for any of the remaining weeks of June, then not only will you get a 20% discount, but you will also benefit from £100 worth of food vouchers to spend at the Bovey Castle Bistro. Choose one of the smart, stylish, granite-built lodges that overlook the Edwardian gardens, lake and tennis courts in the grounds of Bovey Castle. The hotel’s facilities are yours to enjoy, which include indoor heated swimming pool, tennis courts, sauna, steam room and croquet lawn.

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Blackpool named most popular seaside resort

Blackpool picture by Flickr user Ingy The Wingy

Blackpool picture by Flickr user Ingy The Wingy

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! And the most popular British seaside resort we like to spend our time on has been named as Blackpool!

The resort beat off stiff competition from other favoured destinations, such as Brighton, Croyde in Devon, and Southwold in Suffolk, in the latest TripAdvisor Choice Awards.

On the world scale, London was voted third most popular city, beaten by Paris and New York and followed by Rome, Barcelona and Venice.

Within the UK, the capital was the leading destination, closely followed by Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Belfast and Blackpool.

For more holiday cottages within the UK, go to our main site, or for villas abroad, try our sister site Villaseek.

 

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Events in Devon

Devon is famous for its countryside and coast, and a favourite visitor destination in the UK. It also has a lot of activities on offer, particularly now that the weather is warming up. The Devon Events Guide 2013 is a great place to start, even highlighting the free activities to make planning days out even easier.

Events coming up this May include Six Days of Art around Teignmouth (final showing 11th – 13th May), Devon County Show, Exeter 16-18th May, (featured here previously), Analogue to Digital Music Expo, Exeter 18th May, and the Cycle Tour Series in Torquay on the 28th May.

This one bedroom apartment  (sleeps up to 4) in a central location overlooking Torquay beach has availability at the end of this month. Well maintained throughout, with on street parking available, beautiful gardens and terrace with panoramic views. Prices for a 3 night stay from £234.

Bay Fort Mansions

Bay Fort Mansions

View to the sea

View to the sea

 

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Easter availability 2013

Easter may only be one week away, but it isn’t too late to book a holiday cottage!

Below are just some of the last minute breaks away that can be booked right now via our website.

Cottage in Blamphayne, East Devon

Cottage in Blamphayne, East Devon

Try this sweet cottage for two, perfect for a romantic long weekend away. Settled in the tiny hamlet of Blamphayne, just 4 miles from Honiton and 6 miles from the sea at Beer and Seaton; this cleverly converted and well-presented former cider press sits close to a small trickling stream with views across the valley. A perfect base for relaxing, going for walks, or cycling.

Cottage in St Tudy, North Cornwall

Cottage in St Tudy, North Cornwall

If there is a group of you (6 adults) , or a large family (4 adults, 4 children), then this bright and spacious single-storey holiday let just 2 miles from the little village of St Tudy, could be just what you’re looking for. With west-facing views of the wooded meadows, a fenced lawn and just along the lane 100 acres of private woodland to walk and cycle through, this makes for a peaceful retreat.

Cottage near Looe, South Cornwall

Cottage near Looe, South Cornwall

4 miles inland from the river-mouth fishing village of Looe in South Cornwall, is Brambles (sleeps 4), one of two attached stone cottages converted from barns. A single-storey cottage that combines modern and traditional furnishings, it contains all the amenities one would expect from a holiday cottage. It also has original beams and high-vaulted ceilings, and in the living/dining room there is a woodburner to cosy up in front of. Close by is the owners’ farmhouse and surrounding fields where they keep sheep, pigs and chickens. A rural location, great for walks and watching wildlife. If you’re quick, there is also a special offer on this property!

For more Easter availability, check here or go to the main site and select the dates and area you want in the advanced search option.

 

 

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Londoners prefer sunshine – don’t we all?

In a new survey of Londoners’ holiday preferences, unsurprisingly, 50% prefer holidays in the sunshine.

The ebookers.com survey of nearly 2,000 Londoners also found that a happy holiday consisted of sightseeing (62% of respondents) and hassle-free travel (61%). To add to this, 30% said that beach holidays were their favourite type of vacation.

These results led to the “staycation” maintaining its popularity with 15% of Londoners stating that some of their happiest holidays have been in the UK.

Combine the wish for the beach and the contented holidaymakers in the UK and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a brilliant holiday in one of our many holiday cottages. Why not try beautiful Devon, or Cornwall for instance?

You couldn’t ask for more if you go to this stunning cliff-side chalet (sleeps 4), about one and a half miles from Millbrook at Whitsand Bay. This Helpful Holidays property has sea views to Rame Head and a footpath down to the beach. It’s the perfect place to get away from the stresses of the big city, London or otherwise.

So close to the beach

So close to the Beach

Sunshine in the bedroom

Sunshine in the bedroom

Miles of sandy beach

Miles of sandy beach

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Meet Santa on the train!

Santa picture by Flickr User dryfish

Santa picture by Flickr User dryfish

A special visitor is making an appearance on the steam trains between Barnstaple and Lynton this month! Yes, Santa is coming to town! He’s looking forward to meeting and greeting children in the weeks running up to his busy night of the year, Christmas Eve.

Advance bookings are advisable as tickets are going fast for this special occasion.

Prices are as follows:

9th, 15th and 16th December – Adults £8.50, children £8.50, and children under 1 year £2.50

21st – 24th December – Adults £9.50, children £9.50, and children under 1 year £3

Trains depart from Woody Bay Station between 11am and 3.30pm. Each child will meet Santa who will give them an individually named present.

If you want an early Christmas getaway in the area, then Helpful Holidays have this wonderfully quirky, cosy cottage in Lynton. It sleeps 5 (one double, two single beds). If you have the good fortune for it to snow during your stay, then you can wrap up warm in front of the inglenook fireplace complete with woodburner, or brace the cold to play in the snow in the beautiful surroundings.

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Late booking boost

Preston

A combination of good early summer weather and economic uncertainty produced a late booking surge for UK-based holidays, with many people leaving their holiday decisions to the last minute.

The General Manager of Visit Devon, Rosie Bates, says that there are complex reasons for this trend: “Uncertainty about the economic future and the emergency budget led many people to delay making a decision about their holidays this year. The exchange rate with the euro and dollar and the problems with air travel have all helped to encourage people to holiday at home. On the positive side the good weather has definitely helped attract visitors to make late bookings for holidays in Devon.”

The surge in UK holidays follows news that last year the number of trips made by Brits to foreign countries fell at the fastest rate since the 1970s, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In 2009 the ONS recorded 58.6 million trips, down from 69 million in 2008, and says the number of foreign visitors coming to Britain also fell, though only from 31.1 million to 29.9 million. That’s in sharp contrast to the previous 25 years, when trips abroad grew on average by 4 per cent a year and trips into the UK by 3.2 per cent.

Click here to view list of reports from ONS

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