Heading abroad for a winter cottage holiday is always a temptation, but why miss out on the opportunity to explore some hidden gems right here in the UK this winter?
There are some magical places to visit all across the UK, but we have a strong belief that Devon is up there with the very best when it comes to couples getaways and sensational things to see and do.
Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Two stunning coastlines
Devon is the only county to offer two glorious coastlines, both vastly different. In the winter months, it’s a destination full of secret coves, empty beaches and expansive stretches of stunning coastline.
There are some unmissable hiking routes, a chance to enjoy unforgettable views, connect with nature and if you are brave enough even a chance to take a dip in the sea.
North Devon offers some choppier waters ideal for water sports including windsurfing and surfing. South Devon coasts have a tendency to be a little calmer, with some charming seaside towns providing an ideal place to watch the day go by, enjoy a slice of cake and cup of tea while enjoying the stunning seaside views.
2. National Parks
If you are looking for variety, try one of the two national parks situated in Devon, Dartmoor for its rugged and exposed terrain or Exmoor for it’s greener pastures and winding riverside walks.
Whether you’re looking for a challenging hill climb or a relaxed riverside stumble, there is something for everyone.
3. Historic Ruins
Historic ruins can be found all over the place, with Devon holding one of the highest concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze age settlements.
If historic buildings to explore are more your thing, why not check out Killerton House and Gardens on the outskirts of Exeter, or if you are ready for a scare why not head to Berry Pomeroy to experience the most haunted Castle in the UK?
4. A tale of two cities
As cities go, Exeter and Plymouth couldn’t be more different. While Plymouth is located right by the sea and is modern in its architecture, Exeter is an ancient city dating all the way back to the Roman Era.
Both cities are full to the brim of fantastic shops, eateries, museums, theatres, award-winning restaurants, and other cultural activities and well worth a visit on any stay in Devon.
5. Delicious foodie delights
When all the exploring gets too much, you won’t be disappointed with your choice of places to eat and drink. From cosy country pubs through to award-winning dining experiences and local producers, Devon has it all.
If you are looking to sample some of Devon’s best produce, a great place to start is at one of Devon’s fantastic farm shops.
Lets also not forget that with two coastlines you can’t visit Devon without sampling the fabulous seafood. Devon is proud to be the home to Krispies Fish and Chip shop, which was crowned the best chippy in the UK and is well worth a visit if you are stopping in the coastal town of Exmouth.
Finally, if you make the choice to stay at Cofton, don’t forget to check out the onsite eatery. Bucking the trend for holiday parks, Cofton prides itself on serving fresh local produce, to create a menu of hearty favorites. Dig a little deeper into the menu and you will also find some of the chefs more specialist gourmet creations. Perfect for a hearty winter meal, when you just don’t feel like cooking.
6. You can stay at Cofton Holidays
Our 5-star holiday park Cofton Holiday’s is ideally situated on the South Devon Coast and is within commuter distance to all major attractions, making it the perfect place to stay all year round.
In the winter months, Cofton becomes a quieter retreat and the perfect place to help you to escape the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.
For that extra touch of comfort, we recommend booking into one of our cosy cottages or apartments.