Devon and Cornwall known for their pasties and cream teas; while these are still cherished by visitors, recent years have seen a host of imaginative and award-winning producers springing up from vineyards, breweries and orchards to farmers’ markets and foodie attractions.
West Country self-catering specialists, Helpful Holidays, have put together a collection of places to stay within easy reach of some of the region’s quality food and drink outlets and farm shops.
Helpful Holidays have two cottages in the historic port of Fowey in Cornwall, a short drive from St Austell Brewery. Sleeping six Beam Reach, a former fisherman’s cottage furnished in a nautical blue/white theme, is priced from £352 per week while a larger house for seven on three levels starts from £438. Peacefully set beside the river Dart, near Ashprington this time in South Devon, the Georgian Bathing House is within the 550 acre Sharpham estate, renowned for its award-winning vineyard and classic English cheeses. Sleeping three, a week’s stay is from £389, while for larger family gatherings or groups of friends, the nearby Shippon has its own outdoor pool and space for 18 from £1,595 per week, pets welcome.
The West Country is also home to some of the country’s finest gourmet restaurants as well as traditional country inns, cool beach cafés and cookery schools, where you can discover how to make the best use of the local provenance.
The holiday firm have a selection of contemporary apartments sleeping 4 – 7 guests at Bigbury-on-Sea with use of a private indoor pool and leisure facilities overlooking the sandy causeway to Burgh Island; prices are from £497 per week, pets welcome at some. All are within ambling distance of the Venus Café and Watersports Centre, which offers wholesome, locally sourced food, much of which is organically produced.
For a copy of Helpful Holidays Food and Drink Trails and their cottage brochure call 01647 434063 or visit www.helpfulholidays.com. Their portfolio currently includes over 600 special places to stay sleeping 2 – 48 guests in a variety of scenic locations throughout Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.