Wild moors, rugged coastal paths, pub gardens in scenic English villages, cream teas, sand between the toes – a cottage in Devon is the ideal setting for a wholesome holiday in the great outdoors. Devon boasts two National Parks; Exmoor with its remarkable moorland, oak woods, and striking coastline, and open, untamed Dartmoor with its Neolithic monuments, granite tors and wild ponies.
If you are drawn to the glorious shoreline of Devon, then the north coast towns of Woolacombe or Croyde are the perfect spots to learn to surf in the Atlantic swell and enjoy the sandy beaches. While you are there, walk the Tarka Trail or visit the black leopard at Exmoor Zoo. On the south coast, nicknamed the English Riviera, take in the maritime history of harbour towns Torquay and Brixham. Hunt for fossils whilst walking the Jurassic Coast pathways, visit the Norman cathedral in Exeter or sample cider in the laid-back market town of Totnes. Mingle with the yacht-owners in low-key and picturesque Salcombe, or go kayaking on the river Dart.