If you are looking for a fantastic luxury break in October then you should check out our selection of holiday accommodation in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, the Isle of Wight and Wales.
In association with travel partners Blue Chip Holidays you can choose from traditional cottages to luxury town houses, or how about converted Victorian villas and modern apartments. Characterised by luxury fittings, sea, river or countryside views, en-suite bathrooms and excellent locations, it will come as no surprise that most of this self catering accommodation is 4 star or 5 star.
If you are not sure where to head take a look at our luxury holiday selection for some great ideas and then you can check availability and book online. If you are looking for something last-minute simply call for the latest availability and some great last-minute deals on 0844 704 4966.
What’s even better news is that Blue Chip are currently offering 15% off selected October holidays, call to find out more.
August may have passed but that isn’t the end of the fun across the UK and Ireland, there are still plenty of great days out at County Shows, Country and Agricultural Shows and lots of Events throughout September 2012.
It may be tempting to see the beginning of September as the end of the Summer holidays (as schools are about to go back) but whether you are looking to make the most of the last few days of the school holidays, looking for something fun to do at the weekend or are looking to enjoy an event when there are slightly less people about then take a look at our County Show list for September 2012.
So what can you see this September? A couple of the biggest County Shows are The Royal County of Berkshire Show and the Dorset County Show. Other ones to look out for are the Kingsbridge Show (Devon), The Henley Show (Oxfordshire), Westmorland County Show (Cumbria), Yarrow Show (Selkirkshire) and the Usk Show (Monmouthshire).
Or how about the excitement of a ploughing match in Surrey – Surrey County Ploughing Match and Country Fair – or The Midlands Game and Country Fair?
You can find out more about these Shows and many others across Britain and Ireland by checking out our County Show list and clicking on the various September Shows.
If you want us to add a County Show, Agricultural Show, Country Show or event to our list simply get in touch via this blog, Facebook, twitter and we will be happy to include your event – there is no charge.
Loved by tourists and visitors from across the globe, Totnes in South Devon is just a little bit quirky, a little bit different to your average English town and is all the better for it.
Totnes has successfully held off the commercialisation that has impacted villages and towns across Britain, here you will not find a MacDonald’s, a Starbucks or any major retailer. Instead you will be reminded of how England used to be as a nation of shopkeepers with small proud independent shops offering their own unique products and services.
However, there are rumblings that the Totnes resistance has been broken and that a Costa Coffee shop will be opening sometime soon. This is much to the chagrin of most of the locals who almost to a man/woman oppose the move, but sadly their views do not seem to count.
Is this the beginning of the end for the independent coffee shops in Totnes as big high street chains destroy all before them? And what next, Marks & Spencer and Tesco moving in?
We hope not, let Totnes retain its charm, let the independent shops thrive.
If you are heading to Devon this August take a trip to the Okehampton Show, one of Devon’s largest agricultural shows and a great day out for all the family.
in 2012 the action-packed Show Ring will have Carriage Driving Displays, Terrier Racing, Parade of Hounds, Vintage Vehicle Parade (Vintage and Classic cars and motorcycles, steam engines) and lots more.
Plus all this will be going on at the Show…
- Children’s activities
- Horse & Livestock Classes
- Poultry & Rabbit Shows
- Craft Marquee (exhibition of crafts for sale including cards, hand painted mirrors, wood craft, jewellery and more)
- Over 300 Trade stands
- Devon Food Hall (Devon, local food, say no more!)
- Ferret & Terrier Racing
- Fun Dog Show
- Gundog Displays
- Morris Dancers
- Falconry Display
- Mountain Bike Displays
It is sure to be a great day out and while tickets are fairly priced you can get a discount for booking in advance so it is worth getting them now.
Find out more about the Show, link to the website and booking information here… Okehampton Show Devon
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There are certainly some excellent cottage holiday bargains about, check out this one with 25% OFF a weeks holiday in July in the South Devon region.
We know what you are thinking, ‘to good to be true’? Well this is no fly by night offer, its a genuine offer with our travel partners Coast and Country who have over 400 self catering properties in the South Hams, Salcombe and Dartmouth areas of Devon.
Simply quote the code ‘July25’ when checking out and your discount will be applied. It is available on all their cottages and apartments that are available for a weeks stay in July (please see the booking website for full T&C’s) so you had best be quick as time is running out. Find out more
Is South Devon for you?
Come rain or shine, there is plenty to do in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Enjoy the warmer climate of South Devon and spend exhilarating days walking along the South West Coast Path or long afternoons relaxing on the beach. In case of the odd wet day, why not head to one of the all-weather family attractions like Woodlands Leisure Park or Pennywell Farm?
The historic maritime town of Dartmouth with its boutique shops, award winning restaurants and art galleries is certainly well worth a visit, whilst the popular sailing town of Salcombe is perfect for those with children – enjoy traditional past times like crabbing on the quayside and sampling a delicious Devonshire cream tea!
We think South Devon is perfect for everyone so take advantage of this great offer while you can. Find out more
Whether you are looking for a break on the British coast or in the wonderful British countryside you can do no better than head to South Devon in South West England – it’s simply the perfect place for a cottage break.
Which is why it is such a popular holiday choice and why there is such a great choice of self catering cottages, apartments and lodges in the region – we have 2,500 holiday homes listed in Devon!
The South Hams, Dartmouth and Salcombe areas of South Devon are some of the prettiest in the county and so we are delighted to offer some extra special holiday accommodation with our travel partners Coast and Country in this area. With over 400 selected cottages, many of which are 4 star or 5 star assessed by VisitEngland, you will find some excellent holiday cottages in this South Devon area whether you are looking for a couples break, a family holiday or a group get-away.
If you are heading to South Devon for a holiday here are some more useful holiday links:
- Devon Cottages. See all of our 2,500 Devon holiday cottages
- Blue Flag Beaches. Devon has a selection of quality assured Blue Flag beaches. In 2012 Devon beaches with the prestigious award included Salcombe Sands, Torbay, Croyde Bay, Woolacombe Sands, South Sands and Sandy Bay. See Blue Flag Beaches in Devon
- Gardens to visit in Devon. See Devon Gardens
- Devon County Shows and Fayre. Devon County Show, Mid Devon Show, Totnes and District Show, North Devon Show, Kingsbridge Show,
- Devon Attractions. See more Devon Attractions
The sun has come out and so we feel it’s safe to say that Summer has arrived and what better way to celebrate than some great last-minute deals on some short breaks and holidays?
There is still has some excellent last-minute availability, and there’s still lots of amazing properties to choose from. Plus, with summer discounts on many properties, you might just pick up a bargain. Don’t delay though as great deals like these won’t be around for long! (Click the cottage name to see more details)
- Wisteria Cottage: Wales. Sleeps 2. 4 Nights from 9th July for £317 (was £347)
- Stroxworthy Barn: North Devon. Sleeps 2. 4 nights from 9th July for £302 (was £347)
- Energy at Envirobarns: Lincolnshire. Sleeps 2. 7 nights from 7th July for £448 (was £491)
- The Rookery: Cheshire. Sleeps 2. 7 nights from 9th July for £427 (was £491)
- Grooms Cottage: Cumbria. Sleeps 2. 4 nights from 9th July
To find out more last-minute availability and offers for self catering including cottages, apartments, lodges, holiday parks and even boats call 0844 847 1140.
These offers are subject to terms and conditions with our holiday travel partners, please check the details when clicking through to their website via our booking/more information link.
We like the sound of this special offer in the beautiful South of Devon in August… £300 OFF a luxury farmhouse that can sleep up to 12.
Although much of the availability for this self catering property has now gone, there are still a couple of weeks left so it’s not too late to grab a bargain.
Broad Downs Farmhouse offers a spacious contemporary living space perfect for larger parties looking for a quiet rural retreat this Summer. Relax in the sunshine with the children in the outdoor pool, play ball games in the beautiful shared gardens.
Broad Downs is just a short five-minute drive from the picturesque sailing town of Salcombe with its beaches, waterfront, shops and restaurants. Beautiful walks connect with miles of coastal paths at Bolberry Down leading to Salcombe, Soar Mill Cove, Hope Cove and Thurlestone, whilst Bantham Beach, popular with surfers from far and wide is just a 10 minute drive away. The location provides an ideal secluded country retreat, the perfect base for exploring neighbouring coves and beaches and the market town of Kingsbridge (a 10 minute drive) and beyond to Dartmouth approximately half an hour away.
The offer is for weeks commencing 2/3 August and 9/10th August (Thursday or Friday change-over available) with the price NOW £3525, under £42 per person, per night, based on 12 sharing, if booked before 20th July.
Find out more about Broad Downs Farm in Salcombe
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We are just back from a family cottage holiday in East Devon and have decided that Devon is our new family favourite holiday destination in the South of England.
I have to admit that in previous year’s we have often stopped in Dorset (particularly the New Forest) or gone all the way to Cornwall heading for the coastal surfing resorts. However, this year we thought we would do something a little different and instead of passing through, stopped in East Devon at a wonderful little village called Broadhembury, near Honiton.
Broadhembury conforms to every one of your stereotypes of a Devon village…. reached via winding single lane roads and lanes, peaceful, relaxed, impressive Church, lovely local pub, post office selling delightful cream teas and packed full of thatched cottages. If this is all sounding rather idyllic that is because it was.
Honiton is just a few miles down the road and is a good-sized town in East Devon with takeaways, restaurants and shops to meet all your needs. There is also a swimming pool if you are looking for something more active.
At Broadhembury you are also about half an hour drive away from the lovely regional city of Exeter. Exeter combines a busy and modern shopping centre, restaurants and cinema complex with its old town, Cathedral and historic roots. There are lots of Guided Walks through the City that provide all the history and drama of the City before you get some great family entertainment.
We loved our time in East Devon and would definitely recommend it. Find out more about East Devon and self catering cottages.
It has to be said that Mid Devon can be a little over looked when people are planning their Devon holidays, but Mid Devon is a hidden gem that is perfect for a cottage holiday or short break.
If you have not experienced the delights of Mid Devon before, it can be found between the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor (so both are within easy reach for a day trip) and includes towns and villages such as Crediton, Tiverton, Uffculme, Cullompton, Kentisbeare and Bampton.
One of the most notable things about Mid Devon, and one of the reasons we really love it, is that whatever the time of year the traffic is quiet and so you can truly enjoy the winding lanes and open countryside in peace and a rural pace. The countryside throughout Mid Devon is wonderful, rolling hills, the River Exe and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Blackdown Hills.
Of course another advantage of staying in Mid Devon is that its the perfect place to stay and act as a holiday base for your Devon holiday. Sitting in central Devon you are never far away from 2 National Parks, the coastline, the south-west coastal path and all the other main Devon holiday attractions.
To help you find the best self catering places to stay and more, we have put together a selection of Mid Devon cottage holidays, including Devon apartments and Devon holiday flats. Perfect for a short break or a holiday for couples, families and groups. Find out more about Mid Devon Cottage Holidays and self catering