While many things at the moment are so uncertain, one thing that seems inevitable is the rise of the staycation.
As restrictions for jumping on a plane remain in place it’s time to look closer to home for your next holiday, and we know you’ll be surprised by how much the UK has to offer. There is no need to compromise, as Devon boasts the loveliest stretches of coastline and is the ultimate alternative to a hectic foreign getaway. Here’s one example of how you can spend five fabulous days in the South West to give you some inspiration for post lockdown adventures…
Day 1 – torquay & cockington
If you are staying in our Torquay apartments and you have had a long drive to reach us all the way down South, spend the morning exploring the local area. Head down rockwalk which connects the flats to the promenade in minutes and walk along the harbourside. Enjoy a refreshment at the newly built Las Iguanas which is a stone’s throw away from Astor House, and walk along the coastal path for the best sea views. If you are with children, they will love Living Coast, a coastal zoo with hundreds of cute penguins!
In the afternoon, head to Cockington, a charming country park also on your doorstep. Explore the woodland area and the picturesque park, and you’ll be transported to a period drama with the thatched houses and horse and carriages! The Drum Inn is a great place for a bite to eat in this area, or you can easily find a cream tea close-by to finish off your brilliantly British day.
Day 2 – Dartmoor
With 365 square miles of woodland, streams and tors, this wilderness is the ideal adventure playground for children and the ultimate hiking spot for nature enthusiasts. Amble up the hills to one of the 170 granite tors, to get unrivalled 360 degree panoramic views of the national park. Surrounded by wild horses, reservoirs and gorse, you will struggle to feel more in touch with nature anywhere else. Whether you want to cycle, kayak, hike, horse-ride or swim, the opportunities to be active are endless on the moors. After a fun-filled day, stop by a local pub for a Sunday roast or a post-hike pint to get a taste of local village charm. Check out our restaurant and bar recommendations in the Torbay area for more foodie inspiration.
Day 3 – totnes & dartington
Totnes is a funky town that deserves a visit on your Devon holiday, especially if you gravitate towards places with personality. Saunter up the high street leading you past the clock tower, indie coffee shops and craft centres. If you visit on Saturday you are in for a treat as the market invites you to browse handcrafted jewellery, homemade culinary delights and vintage furniture amongst many other things. There is a castle on the hill for the history enthusiasts, china to paint for anyone creative, and a river to walk down for those seeking an oasis. There is an abundance of opportunities for good coffee and a slice of homemade cake, our favourites include The Curator, The Hairy Barista and The Almond Thief!
Dartington is extremely close by so it is worth combining the trips. The village of Dartington is minute so doesn’t require a whole day but if you visit the Estate you can explore the vast grounds, catch the latest film at the Barn Cinema and, check out the boutique shops selling local produce and crafts for some gifts to take home.
Day 4 – salcombe
Salcombe is renowned for being the playground of the rich yachties who spill down in the summer season, but it’s easy to see why. With the enchanting estuary dividing the two sides, Salcombe offers intimate golden beaches, classy waterfront bars and chic retail stores in the vibrant high street. Make sure to have a Salcombe ice-cream, get the ferry over the estuary and visit the boutique nautical stores (wear something striped or Jack Wills to fit in!). For a true Salcombe experience, head to Island Street to enjoy a beverage at Salcombe Gin’s rustic and stylish bar and distillery, overlooking the river with a backdrop of their impressive copper still.
Day 5 – dartmouth
Saving the best until last! Dartmouth is undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns in Devon, with pastel-coloured houses staggered up the hill and the harbour-side town always brimming with people. The River Dart runs down the middle separating Dartmouth and Kingswear, creating the perfect viewing spot to watch the amateur sailors, paddle steamer and super yachts cruise down the river. Head early to get a table at Al Fresco’s, a locals favourite that serves (only) breakfast until 2pm, and you’re guaranteed good atmosphere and tasty food. Go for a walk along the coastal path for magnificent sea views, a castle pit-stop and dramatic scenery. Dartmouth is an effortless oasis and must be included on any South-West itinerary!
We have accommodation that can put you in the heart of these sought-after staycation spots. Check out our Torquay holiday rentals as well as our Plymouth holiday rentals, to see the varied choice of stays available to suit you.
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