This September will mark the third year in a row that we will have stay-cayed in Devon. The power of three now making it a family tradition! So, here’s our top 10 favourite things to do.
1: Cream Tea
Cornish or Devonshire; potato/potato cream tea is definitely my Achilles heel! I can’t think of a nicer way to wile away the day than sat at a table laden with tea, scones and lashings upon lashings of clotted cream! We’ve stuffed our faces in practically every tea house along the Devonshire coast. But, our most treasured venue has got to be Chambercombe Manor Hidden way up in the forest, this little oasis is the perfect tourist attraction. Explore the grounds and it’s manicured gardens and water ways and then sit back in the sun and gorge!
One of the best family holidays we’ve had so far was a long weekend in one of the glamping pods at Whitehill Country Park. My advice however, would be to book this kind of a stay mid summer during the height of the good weather; especially if you’re camping. Having said that these Pods are fully heated and weather proof. But no one likes having to nip out into the cold for a late night wee!
There’s nothing better for the ole Insta grid than a day of snaps by the Seaside, by the sea. And Devon doesn’t disappoint with it’s vibrant back drops of brightly coloured tea rooms and beach huts. Yiannis love the English Seaside as it’s so far removed from a beach day in Greece. Plus it’s a great way to soak in some sun and British culture.
I think of all the places we’ve visited Ilfracombe offered the best photo ops for us, including the picture used for our ‘About Us’ page!
With so much to do, with a family it’s essential to schedule in a ‘chill’ day. Just to recuperate and avoid that ‘need a holiday, after that holiday’ feeling. Whether camp, glamp, hotel, motel or Air BnB we always make sure we book somewhere with a heated pool. It’s essential for those non-beachable days. Quite often in Devon the sun can be out, but by the sea can be too nippy or windy to truly relax. A pool day in the gorgeous Devon countryside for me is as glorious as a beach day in Greece. Plus there’s no sand to shake off at the end of the day.
5: Road Trip
So far as a family staying in Devon we’ve glamped and rented a barn conversion via Air BnB. Both really different and really enjoyable options. This year we’re renting an RV and road tripping down to Devon. The idea being we can then explore as much of the Devonshire and Cornish coastline as possible.
There are loads of really great rental offers on at the moment. From as little as £99 for 3 days, which if you calculate accommodation costs for a family of four is an absolute bargain! Although, don’t forget to budget in pitch/parking and the cost of fuelling one of these beasts!
The South-West coast is abundant with top quality campsites to park up in. Many with 5 star facilities. From Pools and spas to club houses and woodland schools. We’re pre-booking most of our activities and have mapped out our routes via all our favourite hang outs. Which I plan to share over on our Pinterest page.
I really can’t wait to hit the road! What are you waiting for? Get planning and don’t forget to Pin me all your recommendations!
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I love that you put cream tea first, because that’s my tradition! Every Summer when I was growing up we would stay in Devon, and the first thing we would do after the 6 hour drive was enjoy a cream tea at our favourite hotel. You can’t beat it!
oh my gosh, this is us!
Definitely need to visit Devon at some point and spend some time doing all the lovely things you have recommended! Made me hungry reading about scones 🙂
My plans this summer are to visit Italy where I am from for 2 of my friends weddings! Can’t wait!
Half of my family are Greek so we spend alot of the summer attending baptisms and weddings, to be fair there are worse ways to wile away the summer!! 🙂
Great tips! I love Devon, the beaches are incredible!
I know! My husband still can’t get over how comparable to Greece they can be in the summer!