“Devon, Devon, Glorious Devon”
It’s an old drawing room song from the 1920s but ‘Glorious’ Devon is as good a description today as it ever was. Devon has all the ingredients needed for the perfect holiday home. The Gulf Stream influences a mild climate and sunshine hours are among the highest in the UK (perhaps it’s no coincidence that Devon is home to the Met Office HQ). Devon is the only English county with two separate coastlines and, wherever you stay, you’re never more than an hour from the sea. From the Jurassic coast in the south, where children can spend happy hours searching for ammonites and dinosaur footprints, to the wilder surf-dude vibe of the north, there’s 700km of coastline waiting to be explored.
If that were all of Devon it would be enough. But there’s more, so much more. The two National Parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor, offer some of the most unspoilt and open moorland in the UK with endless opportunities for hiking and biking. The county is dotted with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the Blackdown Hills, where Lakeview Manor enjoys a privileged position. And – most important for a holiday home – Devon is easy to get to. While Cornwall may tempt the explorers, the risk-takers and probably the helicopter owners, Devon is for the pragmatists; the people who realise that a bolthole needs to be easy to get to for a weekend or it’s just an expensive outpost.
All in all, with its natural charms, its temperate climate and its easy accessibility, Devon is a glorious choice for the location of your holiday lodge.