South West England has so much to offer yet it is often overlooked for the sunnier climes of Spain and the Mediterranean. If you fancy a holiday but don’t want to go too far or spend too much money getting there, destinations like Bath, Devon and Dartmoor National Park have so many exciting things to offer.
You can expect everything from coastal escapes to cultural retreats and outdoor adventures, making this corner of England a hotspot for your next holiday in 2024. If you absolutely fall in love with the area, why not make it your second home with a lodges to buy? Your home away from home, southwest England is calling.
Beach bliss in Devon
Home to some of England’s most pristine beaches, and definitely one of the hottest contenders for a beach holiday, Devon has so much to offer solo travellers, couples and families. Those who just want to take it easy can meander around quaint little villages, admire local art and enjoy ice creams on the beach.
Those who want a taste of adventure will love the coastal footpaths that weave along the edge of the sea, providing panoramic views of the big blue, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. As for foodies, your proximity to the sea guarantees fresh seafood done differently every day.
Historic Exploration in Bath
Most famously, Bath is the setting in which many of the balls and social gatherings in Jane Austen’s novels take place. And the city doesn’t disappoint. Celestial and regal, every street is like immersing yourself in Austen’s romantic storylines of heroes and heroines.
And when you’re not imaging yourself as part of a dramatic plot, admire the Roman baths and magnificent Georgian-era buildings, visit the city’s many historic landmarks and enjoy a spa day at any of the city’s old thermal houses. You’ll be ready for the ball in no time.
Nature Retreat in Dartmoor National Park
Renowned for its imposing cliff faces and coves, Dartmoor National Park is where history meets quintessentially British countryside. Wild and rugged, Dartmoor is one of few untouched pieces of landscape in the UK and is bursting with local wildlife and plenty of centuries-old stories.
Needless to say, there are endless walks and hikes that you can do. A real outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Dartmoor boasts a huge range of landscapes, from deep river valleys to open moorlands and rocky plains. And thanks to its small population of trees, the panoramic views are like nothing you’ve seen before!
Art and culture in Bristol
Bristol is a historic treasure, giving way to pretty cobbled streets, centuries-old buildings and historic artifacts that deserve a visit. Increasingly, it’s becoming a cultural centre too with more and more artists adding Bristol onto their tours, comedians frequenting the city’s thriving comedy circuit and trendy art galleries making for wonderful places to meet friends and catch up.
It's also never a bad idea to do a spot of training before you go to Bristol; it’s a hilly city that certainly challenges the calve muscles!