The South West has so much to offer, with some of the country’s most beautiful seaside resorts in Devon and Cornwall, plus miles and miles of unspoilt moorland and countryside.
Chilled-out Luxury in Cornwall
For relaxed luxury, Cornwall is hard to beat. The Bodmin Moor Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a wild expanse of grassland and heather, perfect for walkers and a haven for wildlife such as otters, bats and rare, protected songbirds. The bustling seaside towns of Newquay, St Austell and Penzance all feature unrivalled opportunities to let your hair down and try surfing or other seaside sports, making Cornwall the perfect place to plan a luxury family seaside holiday. You can find great seafood restaurants all over the seaside towns of the South West.
Explore Devon and Somerset
Devon and Somerset are well-known for their quaint country villages and expanses of winding country roads which are perfect for exploring on bikes or horseback. Your luxury cottage holiday could find you watching the beautiful sunset over Glastonbury Tor or gazing upon the dramatic cliffs at the world famous Cheddar Gorge. Take in the heart of Devon at Dartmoor National Park, where you can explore stone circles and other archaeological remains, or head on over to the nearby UNESCO Mining Heritage site Tamar Valley.
The Breathtaking Jurassic Coast of Dorset
Dorset is the home of clear air, breathtaking views and Cliffside walks. The UNESCO World Heritage Site the Jurassic Coast is a fantastic place to take the kids fossil-hunting, or just explore the lovely and characterful country villages Dorset has so many of.
Recommended attractions when holidaying in England’s South West:
• Hunting for fossils at Lyme Regis or Charmouth.
• Visit Britain’s first safari park and the home of Lord Bath at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park - then take a drive into the stunning spa city of Bath, with its unbeatable architecture and quirky independent boutiques.
• If you haven’t already been, Stonehenge is somewhere to tick off the list of must-see spots in Britain.
• There are many unique pubs in this region, such as the Highwayman in Dartmoor, which is believed to be haunted and Jamaica Inn, Cornwall’s legendary Coaching House and the setting for legendary Cornish author Daphne Du Maurier’s classic book of the same name, which was adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock.
This area is a great choice if you’re looking for characterful, Fawlty Towers-esque large houses, farmhouses, and beachfront cottages.