Friday, 18 March 2016

Go South West

With rugged coastlines, scenic beaches and a wealth of gastronomic delights and relaxing activities, Devon and Cornwall offer perfect getaways

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Devon gardens
South Devon’s prettiest and newest gardens will open for guests at the Thurlestone Hotel as part of its South Devon Gardens Tour (15-20 May). Over five days, guests will visit Heathercombe in a tranquil wood on Dartmoor and Mothecombe Gardens in a picturesque village; the Cider House, set in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and Coleton Fishacre, Lukesland and Garden House.

The Thurlestone Hotel, a four-star property in its own extensive gardens, has 65 rooms and suites, a spa and restaurant. The holiday costs from £750 per person based on two people sharing and includes breakfast, dinner, Devonshire cream tea on arrival, welcome cocktails, tours of six gardens with transport, lunches, afternoon teas and entrance fees.


travel-590-2Coleton Fishacre

Bedruth break

Set into the cliff-top overlooking the beautiful beach at Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, the family-friendly, chic hotel Bedruthan is offering special two-night breaks in April and May from just £298 for two people. The price includes a Cracking Cornish Breakfast on both mornings, a complimentary upgrade to one of the wonderful sea-view rooms and one evening feast, served on long trestle tables from an open kitchen with views across the coastal dune garden, and also including appetiser nibbles followed by platters of local food featuring pork, duck or seafood. Afterwards, you can enjoy the sunset by the warmth of the open firepit and a late checkout time of 1pm on the last day. The break is available on regular feast nights during April and May.


Glam beach huts
Luxury five-star inn, the Cary Arms, in Devon’s Babbacombe Bay, will unveil six chic Beach Huts, two luxurious Beach Suites and a luxury spa in May. The huts and suites will each sleep two and have stunning views across Lyme Bay to Portland Bill. The new Cary Spa will include a glass-fronted pool and sunbathing deck with more great views. The Cary Arms is both family-friendly and dog-friendly, with a choice of suites and cottages with up to four bedrooms. If you can’t wait until May to visit, book a two-night break with your pet, from £450 per double room until 24 March, including a Doggy Heaven welcome pack, with dog bed and bowls, treats and local walks book, three-course supper for you and a dog’s dinner for the pooch on one evening of your stay. Full English breakfast and one Afternoon Cream Tea to share is also included.


travel-590-3Mawgan Porth beach

Holiday home

Due to open in April, Sands Studio is a luxurious onebedroom apartment located in Downalong, the oldest residential area of St Ives. The apartment allows guests the privacy of their own home but with all the comfort and decor of a five-star hotel, as a concierge service that can arrange everything from picnic hampers and fridge supplies, to local restaurant reservations. As a special treat, the price includes a breakfast for two people at the Trevose Harbour House. Weekly stays for two people cost from £665 per week.


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