Half Term and Beyond in Plymouth!

Look at what’s going on in Plymouth this Half Term and Beyond!

Autumn Family Food Fayre & Trail
Saturday 22 October 2016

food_medium_bannerFeaturing Michelin Star Chef, Peter Gorton

Peter will be cooking up a storm at the Autumn Food Fayre showing that people can cook easy, affordable meals that the whole family will love. Using seasonal produce supplied by Tamar Valley Foods, Peter will be hosting a series of demonstrations throughout the day.  A selection of local food and drink traders will also be selling their tasty delights.

Children are invited to bring along a loaf of bread they have made into a spooky Halloween face – there will be prizes to be won!

Starting on Saturday 22 October, and taking place throughout half term, a selection of cafes and restaurants in the West End will be providing a number of great deals, discounts and offers.

Click here for more details.

Sleeping with the Sharks
Friday 28 October 2016


Join the National Marine Aquarium for this Octobers Sleeping with the Sharks event! You get a Midnight snack, an evening tour of the aquarium and even breakfast… if you survive!

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Family Fright Night
Saturday 29 October 2016


The National Marine Aquarium are creaking open the cabin doors for an eerie night of tricks and treats. With a creepy array of activities for your family including; pumpkin carving, spooky stories and a truly frightening Fright Night Show!

Click here for ticket information.

Halloween Soiree
Saturday 29 October 2016


On Saturday 29th October from 7pm, Boringdon Hall’s imposing stone towers, secret archways and curious arrow slits will become the backdrop for a devilishly delightful Halloween Soirée full of fiendishly good treats.

Be welcomed by a ghoulish cocktail reception with canapes, join the spine-tingling ghost walk around Boringdon Hall, followed by music and dancing into the night.

For more details click here

Bonfire Night
Saturday 5 November


Plymouth will be hosting a bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday 5 November on The Hoe for Bonfire Night.  Fairground rides and catering stands will be open from 4pm and entertainment, courtesy of Radio Plymouth will be provided from 6pm.  As the night draws in and the temperature drops, this event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit and the fireworks display is set off from the Citadel.

Keep an eye out for updates here

Sunday 13 November


Plymouth Wrestling Association are proud to present “Showdown.” This massive event will be headlined by a showdown of epic proportions, as “The Belgian Bull” Robin Lekime challenges PWA Heavyweight Champion Tyler Hawke for his wrestling crown.

This exciting event coming will also feature a fantastic undercard, which will include up and coming PWA star Max Alexander getting his first opportunity at PWA gold, as he wrestles Grayson Reeves for the PWA British Championship. Also set to appear are: “The Winner” PJ Jones, John Harding, UK Dominator, “The Chosen One” Alex Young, Kelly Sixx, Chuck Cyrus and many more!

To enter, click here

Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of attractions, activities, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing. Come rain or shine you’ll find something for everyone among the city streets, surrounding countryside and marine environment beyond.

Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight 2016 is the 30th year of this special event paid for by the Traders of Dunster in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice here in Somerset.

Candlelight takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday of December when this remarkably preserved medieval village turns its back on the present and lights its streets with lanterns and where possible candles in the houses

Dunster_309640kEntertainers this year include Rimski’s Bicycle Piano, Kwabana Lindsay, The Greens – aka This and That Performance, Bowlore Flaming Swords, Fire Spinners, and Mr. Mommet Punch and Judy Show.  The atmosphere is both traditional and exciting, truly an event for all ages.

There is no parking or access to Dunster Village during candlelight but Park & Ride buses are available from Minehead, Williton, Porlock, Watchet and Wheddon Cross.  The West Somerset Railway (WSR)  also runs special trains each evening from Bishop’s Lydyeard to Minehead.

Why not experience this unique event by combining it with a stay at one of our nearby holiday homes located in the stunning West Country.

Pipistrelle CottagePipistrelle Cottage is situated off a quiet country lane, in the pretty hamlet of Kentisbury Ford near Lynmouth, and is an ideal base for exploring both the coast and nearby Exmoor.  Recently converted, this immaculate barn conversion has been finished to a high standard throughout.



Bramble CottageBramble Cottage at Shillingford near Tiverton is a barn conversion with a high-raftered ceiling, huge granite fireplace and a country style kitchen. Light floods in from the windows and doors, which afford fantastic country views. The bedroom is in the crog loft, traditionally the sleeping area. From the lounge, French windows open onto a small, enclosed patio.


The DovecoteThe Dovecote at Enmore is a delightful property; this former smithy has been cleverly designed in reverse style to take full advantage of the lovely countryside views. The spacious lounge features a high raftered ceiling, stripped pine floor and a woodburner.



Swallow's NestSwallows Nest at Kentisbury Ford, near Lynmouth is a perfectly formed barn conversion, On the ground floor is a smart open plan living/kitchen/dining area and a handsome half turn wooden staircase leads up to a bright and airy gallery bedroom and large en-suite shower room.



Surridge FarmhouseSurridge Farmhouse at Waterrow near Exmoor, is a handsome, detached Grade II listed farmhouse, dating back to the 17th century, and stylishly combines elegant modern living with original period features. The warm and homely character of this spacious, traditionally furnished property will embrace you the moment you cross the threshold.


The HayloftThe Hayloft is a beautiful newly converted barn, bounded by nine acres of mature gardens, and sits in the quadrangle of the well renowned Stable Cottage Tea Rooms in Triscombe, just outside Bishops Lydeard and only 10 miles from Taunton.  As you enter the grounds, prepare to be greeted with breathtaking views of the Great and Marrow Hills just beyond.


To check availability for all of our quality holiday homes visit our website
If you have any further queries you can email us holidays@westcountrycottages.co.uk
or phone 01803 814000
and speak with one of our friendly and helpful booking team

Glorious Autumn!

Autumn Colours!With glorious autumnal colours, low-season prices and half-term fun, October is a wonderful time of year to take a break.  Don’t be left out in the cold – embrace this beautiful season and take a mini break in the stunning West Country!


Atlantic View


Atlantic View in Halgabron is one of a small group of individual cottages in a lovely setting. The cottage is designed with reverse levels to take full advantage of the wonderful sea views and you can walk to the sandy cove of Bossiney Haven via the spectacular Rocky Valley.


Old Lyn Cottage


Old Lyn Cottage in Lynmouth is in a wonderful location right next to the River Lyn. Situated above the fudge shop and next door to the fish and chip shop, it is in a fabulous position with all the traditional British tourist delights on the door step.


The Old Farmhouse


The Old Farmhouse at Pendeen was built in 1798 and is full of character. Whitewashed and exposed stone walls are complemented by beamed ceilings, and a huge inglenook fireplace with woodburner.




Quayside Lookout


Picturesque Brixham is a wonderful destination for a family holiday and Quayside Lookout is the perfect choice. This first floor apartment is located right on the edge of the harbour and has glorious views




In the centre of the village of Timberscombe is Brooklyn. This traditional cottage provides a real home-from-home feeling, and the owners have provided everything you’ll need for an excellent holiday.


Breaches Barn


Breaches Barn in The New Forest is reminiscent of a mediaeval great hall; a huge, wide open living space with high raftered ceilings, exposed brickwork and oak timbers. Much of its original character has been retained providing a comfortable and versatile family holiday home.


New Forest Ponies

To make a booking just give us a call 01803 814000
or visit our website westcountrycottages.co.uk
to check out our great value holiday homes and book online

. Our cottages are situated throughout the West Country in coastal and countryside locations, ideal for an active or relaxing break, many are dog friendly too

New Forest Food & Drink Festival

It’s just four weeks until the first ever New Forest Food & Drink Festival – have you booked your pick of the events before they’re all gone?

New Forest Food & Drink Festival31 October – 6 November

There will be 15 themes with amazing Headline Events hosted by leading Forest venues and producers all with a special twist. Tasting menus, celebrity chef evenings, tea parties – there’s something for everyone.

This is a week of culinary events, produce, tastes, dishes and activities for every foodie. Whether you live locally, want to visit for lunch, a day, a short break or a whole week of forest feasting, a warm welcome awaits you at the New Forest Food & Drink Festival.

Join Simon Rimmer, from Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, at Burley Manor’s vegetarian banquet. It looks set to be a vegetarian’s delight.

You’ve watched the TV programme, read the book and eaten the recipe. Now grab the chance to meet Mr MasterChef himself, Gregg Wallace, at Rhinefield House when he’ll be rocking up as part of the ‘Tastes of the Forest’ theme .

As there’s so much to see and do you’ll want somewhere to stay because you just won’t fit everything in to one day!

We have four holiday homes in the lovely country town of Fordingbridge, ideally positioned for exploring the stunning New Forest. 


Breaches BarnBreaches Barn (sleeps up to 11) is reminiscent of a mediaeval great hall; a huge, wide open living space with high raftered ceilings, exposed brickwork and oak timbers. Much of its original character has been retained providing a comfortable and versatile family holiday home. The spacious living room also has a woodburner, ideal for those colder Autumn nights!


The Little GranaryThe Little Granary (sleeps 2) is an attractive, detached studio. The living area has a high raftered ceiling and an oak floor with a traditional Turkish rug. The kitchen area has a two-ring halogen hob, a multi-function microwave, an oak work surface and a Belfast sink. With pleasant views overlooking neighbouring fields and a natural pond, it is an ideal retreat.


The Old Cart ShedThe Old Cart Shed (sleeps up to 6) is full of character, the high raftered ceilings have exposed beams and natural wood has been used wherever possible. The furnishings are of a traditional English, cottage style and are complemented by modern bathrooms and kitchen. The bedrooms have been made as versatile as possible by the inclusion of stacker beds in one room.


Pond ViewPond View (sleeps 2) is a lovely retreat. The open plan living area has a high raftered ceiling, exposed beams and whitewashed walls, and the attractive bedroom has an ornate bed and a lovely French style armoire.



To make a booking just give us a call 01803 814000
or visit our website westcountrycottages.co.uk
to check out our great value holiday homes and book online

. Our cottages are situated throughout the West Country in coastal and countryside locations, ideal for an active or relaxing break, many are dog friendly too

If it’s good enough for Rod Stewart …

When Rod Stewart has visited South Devon to perform one of his thrilling concerts, he has been known to stay in Salcombe, as his wife’s photograph confirms.

Rod Stewart in Salcombe

He and Penny Lancaster have stayed at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa, in a room which looks out over the stunning Salcombe estuary.

Calling it ‘one of the most beautiful spots in the world’, Penny posted this picture of the superstar relaxing.

So that you too can experience all that Salcombe and The South Hams has to offer, let us suggest somewhere to stay.  Here are a few holiday homes dotted around this beautiful part of the West Country.

Rosemary Cottage, GovetonSituated in a sheltered valley, the pretty hamlet of Goveton is a peaceful haven away from the crowds, yet just two miles from the market town of Kingsbridge with its excellent shops, good pubs/restaurants and waterfront.  Rosemary Cottage (sleeping 6) is a stylish barn conversion, and has original exposed roof beams, stripped wooden floors and a beautiful contemporary finish


Fern Cottage near LoddiswellFern Cottage (sleeping 4) near Loddiswell, is a picturebook detached stone cottage, nestling on the edge of woodland in the grounds of a working organic farm. The cottage is very private, has roses around the door and a pretty patio and garden. This charming holiday home has been lovingly restored, and delightfully decorated and furnished.


Lower Well Cottage near UgboroughLower Well Cottage (sleeping 4), located at the end of a private drive about a mile from the village of Ugborough, is a detached property of character and charm with the luxury of a shared indoor heated swimming pool.  The cottage is furnished and equipped to the highest standard and adjacent to the cottage is a pretty garden with beautiful countryside views.


Mallards, Noss MayoMallards (sleeping 4) is at one end of a converted Malt House that sits at the head of Newton Creek in Noss Mayo, a picture postcard village at the mouth of the beautiful Yealm Estuary. The lounge opens onto a glazed balcony, which is a wonderful suntrap with stunning views of the river and surrounding hills; many of these hills are owned by the National Trust and provide some spectacular walks.


The Coach House, ColmerLocated only 12 miles from Salcombe and 13 miles from Dartmouth, The Coach House (sleeping 6) is situated on The Colmer Estate, a unique collection of 20 holiday cottages, set in 28 acres of grounds, with leisure facilities.  This detached, single storey holiday home’s light and colourful décor and furnishings make it bright and welcoming.


Little Barn near ModburyLittle Barn (sleeping 4) is situated in a rural location, close to the pretty village of Modbury. Just one mile from the Erme Estuary and the sandy beach at Wonwell, this is a perfect destination for a family holiday.  Set in three acres of grounds, which includes a swing for the children, Little Barn is in a quiet, sunny position with wonderful views of the Devon countryside.


Our holiday homes are located throughout the West Country in coastal and countryside locations, ideal for an active or relaxing break,
many are dog friendly too.

To see our portfolio go to westcountrycottages.co.uk
or phone (01803 814000) to request our full colour brochure

We are already taking bookings for 2017,
so check availability now so that you don’t miss out!
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