When you think of Devon, does your mind turn to the rolling green hills full of farms with sheep and lambs in the patchwork fields, the rugged moorland of Dartmoor, or perhaps the stunning beaches, some of which are considered to be among the best in the world?
Many holidaymakers come to Devon for just such scenery, and the experiences such locations can offer, from cycling down country lanes to picnics on the moors or combing rockpools for crabs and other marine life.
One of the best ways to see South Devon is to use a self-catering luxury cottage as a base camp. Unlike a traditional, plain hotel room with the "same old" four walls and decor, you can get an incredible sense of enjoyment and fun just from renting a special cottage tucked away in a village or hamlet in the South Hams area of South Devon. Perhaps you'll spend the night in a luxury thatched cottage near Salcombe, a converted barn near Dartmouth or a country cottage near Kingsbridge. No matter what requirements you have, such as travelling with quite a few young children and needing a large cottage or farmhouse, or with dogs and needing dog-friendly self-catering accommodation, there's an ample selection of cottages and other self-catering accommodation to choose from in the South Devon area.
Of course, it's likely that your new "home from home" will be off the beaten track. Unless you're in the middle of the few towns in the South Hams such as Dartmouth, Kingsbridge or Ivybridge, you'll be "out in the sticks", which means you'll be able to open your front door, take in the spectacular scenery, and set off on a walk, hike, cycling ride, or just a quick drive to the beach, or moors. One of the most famous local walks is the South Coast Walk along the South West Coastal Path, which runs for a total of 630 miles around the Westcountry. Several designated walks fall into the South Hams area, and will be near your lodgings. For example, Salcombe to Bolt Head is a 3 mile walk through a landscape of rocky spires and pinnacles with inspiring views!
If you're within driving distance, you won't have to worry about catching flights from airports, either on the way to or from Devon, which takes away one of the biggest stresses of a holiday! You can take a leisurely drive down through the counties of the West Country, perhaps stopping off at a pub for a traditional ploughman's lunch before arriving at your self-catering cottage or other accommodation.
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