We were incredibly lucky with the weather when we took a short mini break to Devon in May 2018. We found an amazing little getaway that had no phone signal and limited wifi which was something we were both craving. Life had all got a little too much in recent months and we were both near to burn out so we booked a cottage at Dittiscombe Holiday Cottages.
Set in 20 acres of land, these 6 cottages can accommodate 2 to 6 people and dogs are welcome. What we loved (aside from the lack of signal) was that Ruth and Jon were welcoming without being intrusive during our stay. I’d arranged to have a Tesco order to be delivered the day we arrived – it arrived early and Ruth had put everything away for us!
We stayed in the Dovecote Cottage which sleeps 3 people. The cottage has a cosy sitting room that included a log burner which would be perfect in the winter months. This lead out to a small mall gravel sitting area with table and chairs with a path leading to a second raised garden, partly surrounded with hedges and fencing. Here there is a picnic table and lovely views of the orchard and surrounding valley. There was a direct access up to fields and orchard which was great for the dogs.
Despite heading to Devon ‘for some rest and relaxation’ we managed to pack quite a bit into the 5 day break!
Slapton Sands and Torcross – this area of beach was taken over by the allied forces in 1943 to use as a rehearsal area for the D-Day Landings. Unfortunately, a combination of live ammunition and poor visibility resulted in the deaths of 749 American servicemen.
Totnes is a super little town that is an independent business haven. I read that it’s famed for its promotion of ethical products, wholefoods and fair trade goods. Almost every shop on the high street is independently owned and offered everything from delis, to vintage clothes, a micro brewery and a shop where there was nothing sold in plastic.
Bantham – we arrived at Bantham thinking we could take the dogs on the beach but I’d obviously read it wrong! It’s a beautiful spot where the bay is completely enclosed and you could see that the water remained shallow for quite some time. When we arrived, it was pretty quite so we walked along the coastal path to Thurlestone golf club. When we returned, the beach was packed!
Salcombe – famous for the original Jack Wills store! We had a delicious cream tea here where we had the cream first in the traditional (& in my opinion, correct!) way.
We really felt that we were abroad during our visit – if you get the fantastic weather in the UK during your week’s holiday it really is a beautiful place to be.