The UK has lots of amazing locations to escape for a great holiday, but there is something about Devon that is just magical. We might be biased as the people who live here, but we feel there is nowhere better. Don’t believe us? Well then take a read of our blog to discover why Devon might be next on your holiday list.
Firstly, here at Devon Farm Holidays, we provide some extremely high-quality, comfortable holiday accommodation. If you are looking for self-catering accommodation, we have a wide selection, from single cottages secluded on their own to holiday venues which have several cottages, a perfect choice for a big family holiday. Additionally, here at Devon Farm Holidays, we have a range of beautiful Bed and Breakfasts, all with comfortable rooms and delicious farmhouse breakfasts. Finally, we even have some camping spots for those who would like to get the family camping this year for something different.
When it comes to beach holidays and beach days, you cannot get any better than Devon. It has such a variety of beaches across every coastline, which makes it the perfect destination for the whole family. In North Devon, you have the surfing beaches, perfect for the adventurous ones in the family or an activity couples break. The likes of Croyde, Woolacombe and Putsborough are great spots or even Saunton Sands for the longboarders. However, there are areas on Woolacombe, Putsborough and Saunton Sands that are calmer and just right for those just looking for a dip in the sea. Finally, if you are on a family holiday, then Westward Ho! Is a must stop with its big stone wall, long sandy beach and of course the arcade. Then on the East coast, you have the dramatic Jurassic coastline, with its sharp lines and gentle seas. Enjoy beaches such as Branscombe and Sandy Bay as well as Seaton and Beer Beach. They all boast long stretches, gentle waves and great places to explore.
A great bonus about Devon is that you could be on the beach in the morning and by the afternoon you could be walking through woodlands or moorland. Everything is relatively close to each other in Devon, yet still provides a feeling of space. Although Devon has some of the most amazing beaches, its countryside does not like to be outdone. In Devon, we are blessed with the green rolling hills, dense woodlands and of course the famous Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. If you want to get out into the countryside and explore, then there are lots of great walks available. Lynton & Lynmouth have an amazing Exmoor walk, starting in the village before rising onto the cliffs, bending round into the countryside, before descending into the woodland and strolling back by the river, not before enjoying a scrumptious coffee and cake at the National Trust Cafe! Another great moorland walk is of course on Dartmoor and is the Lydford Gorge, a place where you can enjoy a good walk, with several routes for different abilities and come face to face with an amazing and powerful waterfall. For those wanting a walk with extraordinary sea views then Salcombe to Hope Cove in South Devon is a must. You can catch a ferry from Salcombe and you can walk straight up the beautiful valley at Mill Bay, this then opens up as you reach the top and start the lovely walk to Prawl.
As our name suggests, many of our holiday accommodation providers are situated on farms. For many people and as our previous guests have told us this is a brilliant addition to a holiday. Many of our guests have the chance to meet the animals, go on farm tours, learn about the profession and even feed the animals. For children it is wonderful, you can see it light up their face as they meet lambs in the spring or feed chickens in the autumn. For adults, many of the previous guests have found it interesting to learn about the animals and the farmers.
Many of the gardens are now open and welcoming visitors but do check to see if you need to book in advance. When it comes to gardens, you are spoilt for choice in Devon. There is a range of National Trust and RHS gardens to choose from. Up first is the famous RHS Rosemoor Gardens, a stunning garden which boasts a variety of planting and has a shepherd’s hut for takeaway tea and coffee and the lovely garden centre section is also open. For East Devon a must-visit is the Bicton Botanical Gardens, it has over 64 acres to explore. The main highlight of the garden, however, is the tropical house with its 18,000 panes of glass which was built 20 years before Kew Gardens! Finally, if you are visiting South Devon then head to Killerton House. It has a fantastic selection of mature trees which makes it the perfect garden for those who love trees.
Many of the attractions in Devon are very excited to have opened their doors to visitors once again. However, please be aware that each will have individual restrictions so please take a look at their website before attending. Many attractions are requesting guests to pre-book online before arrival. Devon has a variety of attractions, from roller coaster rides for the children to craft making for the adults. In North Devon, you have the likes of The Big Sheep Family Attraction, Dartmoor Zoo and the Milky Way which are perfect for a fun-filled day with the children. For the adults, you can head to Quince Honey Farm to learn all about the life of bees or ride the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff railway which is opening on the 18th July. If you are visiting South or East Devon, Crealy is another excellent activity centre for children. Alternatively, for the whole family, you could head to Paignton Zoo or Pennywell Farm, again many are requesting pre-bookings online before attending. For the adults, you could head to Devons Gin School in Dartington and create your very own unique bottle of gin!
We hope you have enjoyed this blog and can now understand why we think Devon is the best place to come away on holiday (we may be a little biased). For more information on what else you can get up to in Devon be sure to keep up to date with our blog. Alternatively, for information on our accommodation head to our website. Also when you book with Devon Farm Holidays you book direct with the accommodation. Which means no booking fees!