LayoutWith the weather getting warmer lots of us are thinking about getting away to the seaside for a bit, and enjoying a good old fashioned British Beach Holiday, and where better to do so than in beautiful Devon with its rolling coastlines and sea breezes. Winning bronze in last year’s Best UK Holiday County or Region category of the British Travel Awards, and with a selection of blue flag beaches, Devon is the ideal summer escape to the country, and with its extensive list of things to do and great shopping, you’re sure to leave with much more than a tan!

Stay at…

The Gildleigh Park hotel in Chagford, which frequently tops hotel and travel guide’s lists of great places to stay. With its Tudor style exterior and lavish grounds, this seemingly quintessential country house hotel boasts beautifully designed bedrooms with stunning en-suites, and several spa suites, with hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms, to compliment the in-room treatments they offer. They also have a world class restaurant; voted number one by Harden’s Sunday Times Food List 2014, and headed up by double Michelin starred Chef Michael Caines MBE. All of this is set in the incredible Dartmoor countryside. Of course, Devon is also perfect for those wishing to get back to nature, with more camping sites than you can shake a hiking pole at. Whatever level of luxury or low key escape you’re looking for, you’ll find it in this fantastic county.

Eat at…

The Elephant in Torquay is much more than you’d expect from this touristy bucket-and-spade town, and is one of only three Michelin starred restaurants in the county. This two story restaurant has an informal brasserie on the ground floor, and the Michelin starred ‘The Room’ upstairs, serving locally sourced ingredients, many from their local farm, and prides itself on its award winning cuisine, without the formalities. Or for a meal with a view check out Ilfracombe’s The Quay, dishing up great local cuisine – focusing on freshly caught seafood – with a fantastic view over the pretty harbour and landscape, not to mention the view inside, where Moroccan style kaleidoscope tiling sits alongside works by famous artist Damien Hirst.

Explore…

The spectacular scenery of Dartmoor

One of Devon’s five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmoor’s stunning natural beauty and rugged landscapes have provided the inspiration for a number of literary works, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, and has been the backdrop for a number of films and TV series. There are some great cycle paths to be tested, and the Dartmoor Prison Museum provides a fascinating day out. There are also lot of quaint pubs and restaurants to refresh yourself in.

The English Riviera in Torquay

If you’re looking for an area that’s packed with things to do, Torquay has plenty to offer, from Coasteering and canoeing to catching your own supper and cooking it with the sous-chef of The Elephant! The town is steeped in rich maritime history, and there are lots of festivals and events that are hosted here, including their own Regatta.

The Stunning South Coast

Packed with sandy beaches, watersports, relaxing walks and bars and restaurants, South Devon has all the ingredients for an incredible coastal getaway. This region of contrasts attracts many visitors, and has lured in many musicians and artists – this is definitely a place for free spirits and getting back to nature.

Some Serious Shopping in Exeter

Exeter is known for its fantastic shopping, and spending the day perusing the high street in this pretty city centre is a real pleasure. With a range of shops from high street to high end, there are lots of gems to be found. Besides, if you don’t come home with something, it’s like you never even went away…

Feeling inspired to get away to delightful Devon? Let us know what you’ve got planned for your holidays, and send us your holiday snaps! Tweet us at @MapMarketingUK – we love hearing from you!