One of England’s most popular holiday destinations, Devon is home to gorgeous beaches, breathtaking rural scenery and quaint villages. Bordered by Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset, Devon is a jewel of England’s West Country. Ogle at the beauty of Exeter Cathedral, wander amongst the monks at Buckfast Abbey, hunt for fossils on the Jurassic Coast or take in the spectacular views from Dartmouth Castle. If all that sightseeing has worked up a thirst, head to one of Devon’s lovely traditional pubs for a pint of local scrumpy (cider), or perhaps a G&T made with famous Plymouth Gin. Just be sure to line your stomach first, whether with a plate of South Devon crab, a pasty, or even decadent scones at a traditional Devonshire Tea. If you choose a self-catering Devon cottage, you can also take advantage of Devon’s fantastic farmers markets. Here, stock up on seasonal, regional produce, from fruit and vegetables to meat, fish, cakes and cheeses. Not only will you save money on dining out, you’ll get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of Devon life.
When to go to Devon
With warm summers and mild winters, Devon is a fabulous holiday destination at any time of year. A visit to Devon in summer means days spent soaking up the sun at the lovely beaches, while winter affords brisk walks through the countryside. If you choose a Devon cottage with a fire, what could be more delightful than curling up beside the warmth with a glass of red wine and a good book?
Getting to and around Devon
Most tourists arrive in Devon via flights to Exeter International or Plymouth City Airport, alongside trains to Exeter’s two main stations, St. Davids and Central. Once in Devon, bus is a good public transport option.
Where to stay in Devon
When choosing accommodation in Devon, self-catering holiday cottages offer a great alternative to more expensive, impersonal hotels. Not only will a Devon cottage afford you space, privacy and freedom, you’ll save money too. HouseTrip has a number of quality holiday cottages in Devon, ranging from cosy cottages made for two to large properties ideal for families and groups of friends. Plus, HouseTrip makes it easy to find and book your Devon cottage – you can even do it in as little as six clicks.