We did a girls trip to Devon over the Bank holiday weekend at the end of May. I had never visited Devon before but had heard so many lovely things about it.
Spring in Devon is spectacular, it feels like you have entered one of those storybook sceneries from your childhood, the first things that come to my mind are the green meadows and the narrow English country roads that are bordered with flower-filled hedges. The weekend was so relaxing, uplifting and filled with laughter.
We drove from London on Friday night, and it took us about 4,5 hours to get to our destination. We had booked a sweet, little cottage from Airbnb, The Surf & Yoga Studio in Bantham, Devon. When we arrived it was almost midnight and completely dark, so we were using the lights from our mobile phones to walk up the steps to the cottage. True Londoners with our technology 🙂
The next morning, we woke up to sunny skies and were so, so happy with the scenery around us. There was a little rabbit in the yard, birds excitedly chirping for Spring, bluebells still blooming and the wisteria on the veranda took our breath away. We had coffee and breakfast on the veranda before slowly getting dressed and ready… bliss!
Our friend Anna use to live in Devon so she knows the area well and took us around to all of her favourite spots.
Hope Cove is a small, picturesque seaside village with a friendly atmosphere, few great restaurants, and a vast scenery of the Bolt Tail to the south – there are also excellent coastal paths all around the village.
The Hope Cove beach is a scenic sandy cove with a harbour wall and rock pools. The seawater was still cold, but we enjoyed the sun and the striking blue and turquoise colours of the water.
Crab and lobster pots
The Cove Cafe and restaurant in Hope Cove.
The best fish finger sandwich with dill mayo.
The sunsets are stunning in Hope Cove
Anna took us to see meadows and forests full of bluebells and Annie never looked cuter running among the flowers. However, afterwards she found a cow pat to roll in and let me tell you, that wasn’t so cute anymore. She literally had to have a wash in the cold river before we could bring her in the car.
A village located on the south coast of Devon approximately 250 metres from the tidal island of Burgh Island. The went there for a nice, long walk along the Bigbury beach (the dog-friendly side). The beach is very clean and dotted with interesting rock pools, and since we got there during the low tide we were greeted with acres of golden sand. Perfect spot for windsurfing, canoeing and paddle boarding during high tide.
A message to Riz…
Bigbury’s most famous landmark is Burgh Island, which overlooks the beach itself. The island is accessible at low tide when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach. However, when the tide is in you can still reach the island by hitching a ride on the popular and unique ‘sea tractor’.
Burgh Island is closely linked to Agatha Christie, as it served as the inspirational setting for Soldier Island (And Then There Were None) and for the setting of the Hercule Poirot mystery Evil Under the Sun.
SOUTH DEVON CHILLI FARM
Anna always picks her hot sauces from a local Chilli Farm and I got some to take home for Rizwan as well.
Salcombe is a beautiful holiday resort town in the South Hams district of Devon, south-west England. The town’s extensive waterfront and the naturally sheltered harbour is a haven for yachts, Salcombe is known as the sailing capital of Devon.
DARTMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Dartmoor is an area of moorland in south Devon and the protected National Park covers 954 square kilometres. The landscape is so beautiful and varies from dramatically exposed granite hilltops with wild ponies to peaceful river valleys.
I absolutely loved Devon and really want to go back sometime, I believe that Rizwan and my parents would appreciate its beauty as well so perhaps we’ll do a family trip next time.
Thank you, ladies, for the amazing weekend!