England Trips

A cold, magic view from the heart of Devon

My will is not to create a technical post with “do’s and don’ts ” but to catch your interest about how a trip in different areas along your family would look like. Let’s go in Devon!

Devon is astonishing.

There is so much to tell about it but I will try to make a summary, though it’s very hard. Because is still very cold outside I decided is not fair to get you to see the bright sunny days of Devon. So, today I want to let you discover another side of Devon…the inside.

We have been so many times in this area, it is like three hours drive from our home. I remember that first time we’ve been there it was on a very cold early winter day (November) and it was love at first sight. Of course, you want to take the best out of a trip to Devon. Therefore, I suggest you to take yourself a long weekend or quite a few days instead of a one day trip.

A home, please ?!…

There are many beautiful farms in the area, offering bed and breakfast. We had a very pleasant stay at Twitchen Farm. It’s a lovely bed and breakfast located in The Exmoor National Park. It is host by two lovely and friendly sisters Helen and Jaye.  http://www.twitchen.co.uk/

They were really happy to help us with maps and to direct us on finding different footpaths available in the area. If you want to stay in your budget and is not raining, there are gorgeous footpaths along the Coast, the famous South West Coast Path and The Tarka Trail. Just let the owners of the farm to know what you want to do and they’ll tell you where to go. The good part is that you won’t be charged for guidance :). Breakfast is something that is worthy to mention it here. Reason beeing is that they use local and organic produce to make your breakfast. Almost everything is on your plate, it’s been carefully crafted in the village or near by… my mouth is watering.

As a plus, children will be delighted to get closer to the animals around the farm, like dogs, sheep and horses.

Have a look on our pictures here

A lovely Medieval Village

If you believe a walk on the coastline is not really a good idea for your family, than welcome to Dunster!  You are stepping into a Medieval Village with well preserved historic buildings. Once you get here, make sure to try one of the loveliest cream teas I ever had. Warm, freshly baked scones, rich clotted cream and savory tea, cheeseboard with home made chutneys and local vegetables.  https://www.cobblestonesofdunster.co.uk/

At Dunster is so much to do. You might want to visit the castle, The Dunster Castle. Try to see how much you can get in one day from 1000 years of history. It has many stories to tell, for both children and adults. Also, they organize all kind of trails for children all the time. That keeps them busy so you can enjoy the different collections inside.

Even if it’s a bit chilly, don’t miss the subtropical gardens. Especially this time of the year, everything is ready to blossom. Also, visit the restored 18th-century working watermill located in the area of the River Gardens. We have even left with wholemeal flour ground from organic grain, which is available to buy on your visit.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle

Devon Doll Museum

No matter if you have girls or boys, your children will be excited to see one of the largest collections of dolls in the country. There are thousands of dolls from different time era and different cultures. I have even found some from Romania, which is my native country. The museum is on the High Street of Dunster, so you’re not going too far.

Woolacombe

If your kids still have enough energy after that, get them in the car and take them on the award winning Beach, Woolacombe. The beach is known and recognized for the three mile long golden stretch, clear water and beautiful scenery. I found it to be very safe for children also. I know, it’s somewhere between winter and spring time, still cold, we don’t pronounce words like “swimming”. But children can have a lot of fun with a pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass, as the place is rich in wildlife. If, they’re old enough, they can create their own travel journey, where they can draw or write all the things they spot (animals, insects, plants).

Lynton – Lynmouth, inseparable and unique

Another hop on your journey it has to be Lynton and Lynmouth. If you don’t prefer the country side of a farm, you got plenty of elegant places to stay in Lynmouth and Lynton. At this time of the year you might want to check which one of the Guest Houses are opened. As many of them close in this season and reopen in March – April. We enjoyed quality accommodation at Orchard House in Lynmouth. It’s managed by a lovely couple, genuine and friendly. I remember the lady was so kind to our son. So we can enjoy our breakfast, after my son had his, the lady took him and play with him. Even give him a gift like pencils and colouring book, as we left our home. Beautiful moments we had.

Lynton is quite a small village situated on the cliffs above Lynmouth. But, please don’t rush in Lynton & Lynmouth as you might miss a unique experience. In the heart of Exmoor National Park the twin villages are far from industry and commerce. So, take time to look closer, for Lynton -Lynmouth boast an impressive history. You get the chance to visit historic houses, to see the red deer and the wild Exmoor ponies.

Make the first step and start planning

Even if it’s hard to believe it sometimes, there are still beautiful places to discover and wonderful people to meet…just get out of the house, they’re waiting for you.

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