Owning a holiday home or caravan gives holidaymakers the ultimate feeling of freedom. Knowing that they’re just sitting there, waiting for you to turn up with some bedding and food, offering instant access to a beach or seaside town. But how do you choose where to buy one? Is there somewhere that simply has it all?
There is. And it’s Devon.
Devon is the only county in the UK to have two separate coastlines which means double the fun for beaches, and what’s more, any of them are worth visiting at any time of year because the region benefits from the mildest winters and warmest summers anywhere in the country.
Because the region is so popular with visitors, there are a variety of events and festivals laid on throughout the year, including some specifically dedicated to live music, arts, crafts and foods, and others devoted to more quirky interests such as re-enacting Agatha Christie novels, competing in the Go-Kart Wacky Races and worm charming. This means that every time you check-in to your own caravan or holiday home there is a whole new set of entertainments and experiences to enjoy.
The coastline of Devon has contributed to its curious history. There are a number of castles to explore including Drogo – the last to ever be built in Britain, caves to get lost in including those at Kents Cavern, which is home to the oldest human fossil ever found in Britain, and mazes of tunnels to wander through which were carved out by smugglers at Ilfracombe and Beer Quarry in East Devon.
Whether you prefer your wildlife to be local or exotic you can find it in Devon. There are two National Parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor which protect the plants, birds and animals that inhabit them and are perfect not only for getting back to nature, but for escaping it all and enjoying a walk, hike, horse ride or picnic. Alternatively there are a number of animal parks including zoos at Paignton and Exmoor, a Butterfly and Otter Sanctuary in Buckfastleigh and a Wildlife and Dinosaur Park at Combe Martin.
You cannot spend time in Devon without indulging in a lip-smackingly good cream tea. Tea rooms all over the county serve up this traditional, delicious treat, but among the best are those baked at the Otterton Mill in Salterton. With flour they mill themselves and a recipe which is closely guarded, they produce the lightest, crumbliest, warmest and freshest scones in the south west, generously topped with sweet, homemade jam and rich clotted cream. They are unbelievably good and reason enough to buy a holiday home in Devon. On top of that there are a wide selection of cosy restaurants and cafés offering a variety of cuisines including freshly caught seafood from the county’s coastlines.
What’s not to like? If you don’t already own a holiday home in Devon, this is the perfect time of year to look into buying one so that you can get yourself set-up with instant access to everything the county has to offer.