The West Country has long been a popular holiday destination, the allure of its golden beaches, unique culture and rich heritage drawing visitors from far and wide.
Encompassing the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset, the West Country is diverse, each region offering something different, from the soft sand and aquamarine water of the Cornish coast, to the somnolent towns and villages of Dorset.
The South West has much to offer groups; challenge yourselves to an exciting array of activities such as surfing and coasteering, visit an outstanding selection of attractions including the Eden Project and Stonehenge and admire the opulent elegance of the region’s stunning collection of stately homes.
Cornwall is synonymous with beach holidays, and there’s no question that it’s vast choice of bays and coves from the north to south coast is reason enough to visit. Besides the fun to be had at the seaside though, the county is also a destination for adventurers. Exhibiting some of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coast Path, it’s a haven for walkers, while inland, the Camel Trail traces a scenic, 18-mile path through the countryside. Delve into the county’s history at Poldark Mine, discover exotic plant species at the Eden Project, hike on Bodmin Moor, witness drama at the iconic Minack Theatre and while away hours exploring the pretty towns and villages; a holiday in Cornwall is far from ordinary.
Neighbouring Devon offers two coasts, the north coast boasting popular surf beaches including Croyde, Woolacombe and Putsborough, whilst the south coast is peppered with more traditional seaside resorts and elegant towns. The coast path meanders along both shorelines, including part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site which continues across the border to Dorset. The wild and rugged moorland of Devon’s two moors, Dartmoor and Exmoor, with their chocolate box villages, granite outcrops and wild ponies are ripe for exploring, with horse riding, rambling and even river kayaking being popular pursuits here. Paignton Zoo and the smaller Exmoor Zoo make great family days out.
North of Devon is Somerset, a varied county where the flat plains of the Somerset Levels contrast with the undulating countryside of the Mendip Hills, and striking geography of Cheddar Gorge. On the coast, the seaside resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Minehead are perfect for bucket and spade days, and inland market towns and attractive cities such as Wells and Glastonbury make for great days out. Exmoor straddles the Devon and Somerset border, offering numerous opportunities for walking and horse riding. Don’t forget to sample some of Somerset’s most famous exports; cider and cheddar cheese which is still matured in the caves near Cheddar.
Next to Somerset and joining on to Devon is Dorset, whose incredible stretch of Jurassic Coast has been favoured by the makers of Broadchurch and hit film Dunkirk. Admire awe-inspiring geographical wonders such as Durdle Door and West Bay, search for fossils at Lyme Regis and Bridport and sunbathe on the golden sands of Bournemouth. Besides these, there are numerous other attractive towns and cities to visit, including Poole, Wimborne Minster, Sherborne, Dorchester, Weymouth, Portland, Christchurch and Shaftesbury (of Hovis commercial fame).
Our large holiday cottages across the West Country provide the perfect base for your group holiday, whether you prefer donning the walking boots or pulling on a wetsuit!