To celebrate National Picnic Week, the National Trust has handpicked some of the UK’s most beautiful and breathtaking coastal spots for you and the family to enjoy a sarnie, a scotch egg and a slice of cake. Lundy Island, undisturbed by cars and cut off from the mainland by the Bristol Channel, has been listed in the Top 5.
This 400ft-long island is home to a small village and the thirteenth-century Marisco Castle. For a picnic with stunning views over the British coastline, it’s well worth a climb up to the disused lighthouse. Called the Old Light, it offers a panorama over the north part of the island. Nature-lovers can discover the variety of seabirds, wildlife and flowers coating this rocky island, as well as seals basking on the rocks.
Ferries go from Bideford or Ilfracombe up to 4 days a week (dependant on tide times) from mid-March to end of October.
Why not combine a visit to this delightful island with a stay in a holiday cottage?
The Old Parlour, Higher Clovelly is situated in the peaceful rural setting of Highford Farm, a former working farm once part of the Clovelly Manor Estate. This former farm building has been carefully converted into a charming holiday home and retains many original features including arched windows and beamed ceilings. All on one level, this ground floor apartment has a cosy open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with electric woodburner style fire, a spacious double bedroom and an en-suite bathroom.
The Nuthatch is also situated in the peaceful, rural village of Higher Clovell. Beautifully finished throughout, this charming cottage is situated in a courtyard opposite the owners’ farmhouse and set within eight acres of grounds, which includes a small natural lake. There is a neat kitchen/diner and from the lounge a door leads to a private raised terraced garden where you can sit, take in the scenery and enjoy the abundant bird and wildlife, and two spacious attractive bedrooms.
Rose Cottage is located in a quiet country lane about one and a half miles from Hartland Quay. This warm and cosy detached holiday home with open plan living, is traditionally furnished in pine, and nestled in the garden opposite the owner’s house. The cottage has its own private garden area, bordered by a high hedge and colourful roses. Those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy life will love this delightful holiday retreat, where the peace and tranquillity are tangible
Pipistrelle Cottage and Swallow’s Nest, in Kentisbury Ford near Lynmouth are adjoining barn conversions situated in the owners’ grounds. Both have private patios with garden furniture and barbecues, overlooking a shared lawn and with far reaching views to Exmoor, only a mile away. Designed to a high standard, the cottages have open plan living areas and are comfortably furnished. All rooms have attractive beamed ceilings and both cottages have wooden staircases which lead up to the bright bedrooms which are crisp and fresh.
Old Lyn Cottage is in a wonderful location right next to the River Lyn in Lynmouth. This stylish apartment is on two floors – the open plan living area is bright and spacious with wonderful views; and the bedrooms situated on the second floor both have access to the balcony which offers elevated views of the river and pretty harbour. With a bathroom and a shower room, and zip and link beds in the twin room, this apartment offers flexible accommodation for families or couples.
Book your quality holiday cottage now to experience all that Lundy, and indeed the Westcountry, has to offer: westcountrycottages.co.uk / 01803 814000 / firstname.lastname@example.org.