With the outlook still gloomy as far as the strength of the GBP is concerned, many of us are looking at taking a “staycation” in the UK, and exploring the wonderful scenery on our doorsteps.
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It can often be preferable to travelling further afield, which usually costs much more in terms of money and stress, taking into account boarding kennel/house sitting fees for the family pet(s); flight delays (especially if you have young children) and of course there’s always the chance that your resort accommodation doesn’t quite live up to the travel agent’s description.
Luckily for us, the United Kingdom possesses many areas of outstanding natural beauty and whatever the weather, none is more beautiful than the South West of England.
Of course in the warmer months, the wonderful beaches are the biggest draw for many people, especially those with young families. However, on those cooler days what could be nicer than sitting in front of a roaring fire, cup of tea (or perhaps something stronger) in hand, whilst looking out at a chocolate-box perfect view of the sea, or acres of rolling countryside? For many people who either own or simply rent cottages in Devon and Cornwall, the reality is even better than the dream.
Renting quality accommodation such as cottages in Devon and Cornwall couldn’t be simpler. Many people do this on the spur of the moment, perhaps a last minute break or as an escape from the rat race for 48 hours, at the end of a hard week. Some plan their trips in advance, using their cottages in Devon and Cornwall as their headquarters for corporate team building events or for an activity break or, perhaps best of all, as a surprise gift for a loved one’s special anniversary or birthday. Others return year after year to the exact same place, booking their cottages in Devon and Cornwall up to 12 months in advance. Whatever the reason or occasion, cottages in Devon and Cornwall provide the perfect base for a truly memorable holiday.
For those fortunate enough to actually have their very own cottages in Devon and Cornwall, there’s no need to worry about booking! Whether they live there all year round, or simply use their cottages in Devon and Cornwall as second homes, they have the luxury of having a property hole in one of the loveliest areas of the country – and of course (if owners choose to do so), the income gained from renting out cottages in Devon and Cornwall for a few weeks in the yearly calendar can be a very pleasant added benefit!
Whether you decide to rent or purchase, there’s so much variety in the types of cottages in Devon and Cornwall to choose from that you will truly be spoilt for choice. Whether you prefer traditional thatched roofs and exposed beams, or perhaps a more contemporary look, there’s something for every taste. Some properties are in fact very clever barn conversions which maintain a fairly traditional look on the exterior, but on the inside they can resemble Manhattan loft house apartments, with clean flowing lines and all the latest technology. Many of these newer properties are also “green” houses, featuring eco-friendly solar power etc.
So, what is there to do once you’ve made your choice amongst the many available cottages in Devon and Cornwall, whether as a renter or as a buyer? Whether you prefer to take things easy or if you’re the sporty type, there’s something for everyone in terms of activities and places to visit. Let’s start with the beaches. Both counties have stunning coast lines with hundreds of beautiful beaches, many of them Blue Flag.
Whether it’s surfing or sandcastles, for those who have cottages in Devon and Cornwall there are beaches for every taste, many with facilities such as cafes and restaurants, public toilets and disabled access etc. If you’re bringing your dog for a day at the seaside, many beaches allow them on the sand all year round, but it’s best to check beforehand and of course to be a responsible owner and pick up any souvenirs your furry friend might leave behind!
Apart from the beaches, there are numerous walks and hiking routes, suitable for all abilities whether you fancy a gentle ramble or more of a challenge. Other highlights in Cornwall include the Eden Project, Dairyland Farmworld and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. For art and history lovers there’s Tate St Ives and The National Maritime Museum and the unique open-air Minack Theatre which is set into the granite cliffs of Porthcurnow, near Penzance.
Devon matches Cornwall in terms of beautiful scenery and walking trails, and the “Tarka Line” walks feature over 30 different walks of between three and seven miles long, run through the countryside made famous by Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, is a charity which is trying to end the mistreatment and suffering of donkeys around the world. It’s a great place to visit and entry is free, although all donations are obviously very welcome.
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Exeter cathedral is definitely worth a visit, and of course the city itself is bustling with life with a wealth of shops to suit all tastes. Other great places to shop include Bickleigh Mill, which is an 18th century working water mill near Tiverton. The mill incorporates some really lovely gifts under one roof, including furniture, jewellery and childrens’ toys. Other Devon attractions vary from the mysterious 600 year old Powderham Castle, with its secret doors to hidden passages to The National Marine Aquarium, the largest in the UK.
With all this on offer, is it any surprise that so many of us are looking to buy or rent cottages in Devon and Cornwall? The views, the walks, the places to visit and all the available sports and activities in these two beautiful counties mean you’ll never be bored, so come on, the cottages of Devon and Cornwall are awaiting you!