There’s something about the combination of hillside, hedgerow and sea air that invites a more laid back, Devonshire, pace of life. Days on Dartmoor, without another soul in sight, meld with the clatter of cutlery on china as you debate the very real issue of jam on cream or vice versa. Self catering cottages deep in the countryside or organic farm B&Bs let you melt into the ambience of rural southwest England with practical tips and info on where to go, even when it’s raining, always much more reliable when extolled from a lifelong local.
Two coasts, two moors and, perhaps, one too many tea shops make Devon an English county to inspire the artist, the poet and the child in all of us.
No matter which time of year, Devon always has a cheery outlook, especially for foodies, with village stores and warming pubs providing home cooked regional fare whilst, closer to the coast, freshly caught shellfish steal the show after windswept mornings strolling over beach and headlands. Sea, stiles and scones – what’s not to like?