Things to Do and Places to Stay in Devon
PUBLISHED: 15:18 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:18 27 August 2015
If you're looking for a wholesome getaway or an early Autumn break, Devon is the ideal destination.
Where cosy meets cool and good food meets the glorious outdoors, Devon offers the best in rest and relaxation with a touch of indulgence.
North Devon offers many visitor attractions, pretty Devon villages with country pubs, lovely gardens nearby like Castle Hill and RHS Rosemoor.
Meander along the beautiful North Devon coastline, the South West Coast Path or roam Dartmoor and Exmoor, by foot or on horseback, and take in the beautifully rugged and wild landscape.
The north coast is a surfer’s hot spot and one of the most surfed areas in the UK. The consistent west-facing beach breaks, in particular the fabled low tide barrels at Croyde, are rarely empty as locals, and visitors alike ride the waves. www.croydesurfacademy.com/
Visit the unforgettable Lundy Island. Only three miles in length, and half-a-mile wide, the Island offers an amazingly diverse range of things to do for day-trippers. Set against a backdrop of stunning natural rugged beauty, Lundy Island is a walker’s paradise. www.landmarktrust.org.uk/lundyisland
The Tarka Trail promises 30 miles of traffic-free cycle ways through the backdrop to Henry Williamson’s classic story; for a more leisurely cycle simply cruise for the six miles from Braunton to Barnstaple.
The south coast of Devon provides a tranquil scene. With calm waters and picturesque beaches it is the place to go for a slice of ‘soliel’ with friends or family.
Devon caters to countryphiles and countryphobes alike so if you’re keen to swap turnstiles for the town, ditch your wellies and visit the nearby University town of Exeter and the charming coastal town of Ilfracombe.
Where to stay:
Highbullen Hotel in North Devon is the perfect bolthole from which to enjoy hidden gems in the surrounding areas. With expansive views to Exmoor and across the Mole Valley, Highbullen Hotel is a destination for leisure, relaxation and exploration.
Highbullen is huddled between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, within easy reach of the Devon County Town of Exeter, the Jurassic Coast to the south and the spectacular Atlantic Coast just a few miles to the north. Set in a 125 acre estate, Highbullen offers seven new tennis courts, an 18 hole golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, croquet, fishing, shooting and a fully equipped gym and spa.
The house itself has just undergone a several million pound refurbishment. Anchored by an impressive Victorian “Arts and Crafts” style manor house, Highbullen has a number of buildings across the estate. The manor house itself is home to 12 individually designed feature rooms. The Loft Suite, a new two-roomed luxurious space equipped with monsoon shower, steam room and sauna, was deservedly awarded ‘Best New Suite’ at the International Hotel and Property Awards.
Highbullen is perfect for groups and couples, as well as a place from which to enjoy the great outdoors and country pursuits of an excellent standard.
At Loyton, Angus and Isobel Barnes have created a luxurious countryside lodge, elegantly designed, where guests are properly looked after and made to feel at home. The Lodge has ten boutique-style bedrooms, an airy sitting room and a billiard room along with two boot rooms. Dine either in the breakfast room with bar or the double height dining room with a blazing log fire. Originally several courtyard buildings, Loyton Lodge was recently renovated and is now a sophisticated combination of rural and metropolitan. With a gifted game chef and experienced, friendly staff offering attentive yet unobtrusive service, guests can achieve the Barnes’s aim of luxuriating in the glory of the Devon countryside.