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Latest News Category: Feature and Guide (3 posts)

Monica Ducard | 26th April 2016 | General Articles
Fun, free activities in South Devon May Bank Holidays are around the corner and May half-term coming up too, making it the perfect time of year to have a short break at our holiday homes in Shaldon. We know holidays can be expensive too, so here are a few free – and fun – activities you can do around Shaldon and across South Devon that are perfect for a stress free day out in the warm spring weather.   Have a sandcastle building competition on Teignmouth beach! Every year the Teignmouth Regatta in August has a sandcastle building competition, but you can have one yourself just for the family!   Add some excitement to your walk by going geocaching in the countryside. Like a big treasure hunt, you use GPS to hide and seek containers, and you can help others who are out geocaching too!   Be a bit daring and try wild swimming. The warm summer will warm up the water, so a dip in a river, lake or even a waterfall will be perfect for cooling off after a day exploring the country side.   See the stunning views of South Devon out to sea, by walking along the South West Coast Path. The path stretches all the way around the South West, and South Devon has some of the best views on offer.   If you’re having a day on the beach, try rock pooling. The kids will enjoy spotting starfish, seaweed and crabs in the rock pools, but make sure you put the creatures back where they came from.   Take a trip to the wilds of Dartmoor. There is a lot to see there, from the Zoological Park, and you might even spot some of the famous Dartmoor ponies.   Journey to Dawlish, where you can spot passing steam trains from the beach and some birds and woodland animals at the Dawlish Warren Nature and Wildlife Reserve.   Remember to bring your camera and take lots of pictures when on your holiday, so you can look back to the brilliant time you had in South Devon.   Photo by: Roger Jones...

Monica Ducard | 13th April 2016 | General Articles
Watersports to do in South Devon   Water sports are fun for all the family and there are tonnes of water sports to get involved with around Teignmouth, which is close to our South Devon Holiday cottages. If you are looking for either a day of fun, or a couple days learning a new skill, this is the place to be.   Windsurfing Whether a novice or an expert at windsurfing there are courses in Teignmouth that provide one on one tuition to help you get to grips with the sport. Teignmouth Bay has fantastic conditions for surfing, and if you are young or old, windsurfing is a fun sport to take part in.   Sailing courses If you are looking to do a bit of sailing, there are junior, youth and adult courses in dinghy sailing for beginners, and those who are little more advanced you can take part in racing courses too. The courses are held throughout the year so whatever time you are staying in South Devon you can jump in the water!   Kayaking and canoeing Kayaking and canoeing is a great way to spend time in the water. The area around Teignmouth Bay is a great place for either kayaking or canoeing, it’s up to you which one to do. You can do beginners courses to start you off, and take the whole day having fun with your family or friends.   Stand up paddle boarding One of the newest crazes in water sports, stand up paddle boarding is fun, easy and a great way to spend the afternoon! Beginners are very welcome; in fact, no previous skill is required and we guarantee you will get hooked on the paddle boarding as soon as you get on the board.   Groups If you are holidaying with a group of family and friends in South Devon, there are activity days covering a variety of water sports that everyone can get involved with from the children to adults. The sessions can be for beginners or skill-based groups and create lots of fun and bit of adventure for you holiday.   Photo by: Steve Fareham...

Monica Ducard | 24th March 2016 | General Articles
Check out these attractions to see across Dartmoor Enjoy a short break holiday at our cottages in South Devon and take a trip up to Dartmoor National Park. This stunning part of the county has many attractions to keep you busy, and here are some of the top places to visit during your stay: Burrator Reservoir Open all year, this tranquil reservoir is located in the heart of Dartmoor. The peaceful water and surrounding woodland is a welcoming break from the rugged moors. You can either walk or cycle around the reservoir, or maybe do a spot of fishing along the banks. South Devon Railway Give your feet a rest and see the stunning Devonshire countryside at a slower pace. The South Devon Railway is a seven-mile line built in 1872. Hop on to a steam train and enjoy an afternoon relaxing in an old-fashioned way. Dartmoor Zoological Park Dartmoor Zoo is 33 acres of beautiful woodland where you see the largest collection of Big Cats in South Devon, as well as many other mammals to visit. Events and animal encounters are held throughout the day so you can see animals being fed and get up close and personal with a variety of creatures. Castle Drogo High above the Teign Gorge, Castle Drogo is a stunning building. It has an ancient feel to it, yet is only 100 years old, the last one built in England. Inside you can explore the rooms that have precious treasures on display. Outside, take a stroll around the formal gardens or the Teign Valley with its ancient gorge, where you can spot all sorts of wildlife. Okehampton Castle This picturesque castle stands tall above the rushing Rive Okement. Once the largest in Devon, the remains of this Norman castle are still very impressive. Allegedly haunted, you can take a tour around the grounds and find out the interesting history of the place. The Granite Way If you want something active do on your holiday, take your bike or hire one, and cycle along the Granite Way. The 11 miles takes you between Okehampton and Lydford al...