Explore the wild West Country
The West Country is more than a region, it is a state of mind!
The West Country is a beautiful region of the UK, and although it is not geographically defined, you always know when you have arrived! Usually agreed to encompass Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset, as well as swathes of Wiltshire, West Country holidays are a veritable feast of unspoilt English countryside, bountiful outdoor activities, charming rural pubs and the UK finest cider! Whether for a family activity holiday, beach break, walking holiday, romantic escape or spa break, West Country cottages cannot be beaten for peace and beauty.
It is hard to know where to start with explaining West Country holidays. The enormous swathes of quintessentially English countryside encompassed by the West Country are a dream for anyone who longs for the rural lifestyle, peace and natural beauty. Walking and cycling holidays in the West Country hugely popular, and when you see the huge range of famous walking routes and West Country cycle paths, it is clear to see why. The South West Coast Path, the Tarka Trail and the many miles of West Country cycle paths and footpaths that cross both Dartmoor and Exmoor are certainly worth taking a self catering West Country cottage for.
Great West Country holidays
Top 5 West Country holiday destinations
West Country holidays in CornwallThe Cornish coast is the best known place to take a West Country cottage, made famous by resorts including Newquay, Polzeath and St Ives. The unique culture of Cornwall, as well as attractions like The Eden Project make it a real family favourite.
West Country holidays in DevonDevon shares Cornwall’s inextricable link with the sea, from magnificent little seafood restaurants to picturesque harbour villages. Sailing holidays here are second to none, and it is also home to some of the finest coastal paths.
West Country holidays in SomersetWest Country cottages in Somerset offer a wonderful combination of sweeping beaches, wild countryside and rich culture. Somerset is home to the highest concentration of cultural and historical attractions in the West Country.
West Country holidays in DorsetDorset is a holidaymakers dream. The ‘Dorset minute’ is equivalent to at least 4, such is wonderfully relaxed pace of life, and anyone with a love for nature and natural beauty, especially along the coast, simply must visit.
West Country cottages in WiltshireWiltshire is a perfect location for walking holidays. The lush green downs are littered with ancient sites of interest, most notably the Avebury Stone Circle, Sillbury Hill and Salisbury Cathedral. Golf courses are in rich supply too.
During the summer months though, it is the beaches that draw visitors to West Country cottages. The coastline of the West Country is quite astonishing, starting in the East with the world famous Jurassic Coast, so called for the amazing fossils found in the visible layers of rock. The Jurassic Coast is a wonderful place for families to take a West Country cottage, as, although it does not have the sailing and surfing credentials of Cornwall and West Devon, there is a vast amount to do, from rock pooling to coasteering, canoeing to windsurfing. Further to the west, kitesurfing, sailing and surfing holidays in the West Country thrive, but wherever you take a West Country cottage on the coast, glorious, sandy beaches are never far away.
When it comes to spa breaks, West Country cottages cannot be beaten. There are a vast range of health and wellness centres throughout the region, so those hoping to be pampered whilst relaxing in a peaceful country location, you know where to head! The hearty, traditional food and fine ciders make it a real pleasure for gourmets too, especially for those with a hankering for fresh fish.
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