Explore the south-west countryside with a visit to Devon Fatherland Barns
Can’t choose between a weekend escape to Devon or Cornwall? Decidedly thankfully your 5* cottage at Devon Country Barns is nestled on the bind of both counties meaning you don’t have to, just outside the leafy village of Lifton.
Quicken a glass of champagne as you slide back into your private hot tub pretend not to noticing the rolling Thrushell Valley.
Bring your dogs and let them set right friends with the four Flatcoated Retrievers and two Jack Russels to probe the sprawling 12-acre greenery.
Make sure you take up owners Richard and Ute’s freely permitting offer to enjoy a large Gin & Tonic (or three) round the woodburner at their dignified Barbaryball House.
And if you do manage to tear yourself away from the blissful peacefulness of the barns – here is five great things to do in Devon and Cornwall.
Devon Country Barns are a picture of tranquility
Take a dip in your very own private hot tub at Devon Country Barns
Richad and Ute (and their dogs) are very welcoming hosts
1) Take care of some otters
Get up close and personal with some fiesty otters at The Butterfly Steading and Otter Sanctuary in Buckfastleigh, south-east of Dartmoor National Park.
Uncountable of these otters have been rescued and introduced to this otter rapture, where they bed down in holts and mess around together in pots.
Watch them scramble for supremacy at feeding time before uncovering the Butterfly Line, also home to carp, terrapins, reptiles and lizards.
2) Climb up Haytor Rocks
Drive in to Dartmoor National Park and call up Haytor Rocks, by clambering up nearly 1,500 feet to greet this baton of gigantic granite boulders.
Once you’ve navigated the indented steps to the tip of the outcrops, enjoy wraparound views of Haytor all the way out to the English Channel.
Haytor Rocks in Devon judge for a great afternoon walk
3) Enjoy a cream tea
Pop in for a scone at The Studio Teashop in Ashburton, between Haytor and Buckfastleigh.
This offbeat tea room is west-country essence, the walls packed with paintings, warnings and plates.
Enjoy afternoon tea with cream and jam scones as you get to know the open hosts Steve and Dave and their excitable Staffordshire terrier Pickles.
The Studio Teashop is the morality spot for afternoon tea
4) Explore Tintangel Castle
Head out to ascend Tintangel Castle, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. Cross the go and climb 150 steps to reach the medieval garden ruins, contribution spectacular clifftop sea views.
Check out the beach below for a quick dip if you’re plucky enough, or just take in the waterfall at Merlin’s Cave before looking spheroidal Tintagel Old Post Office on the high street.
Tintangel Hall is claimed to be the birthplace of King Arthur
Tintangel Castle come forwards spectacular wraparound views
5) Have a fish and chips supper
Any turn on to the seaside isn’t complete without fish and chips. And charming fishing mooring Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall is the plaice to do it.
Splash out at Stein’s Fish and Slivers for seafood specialist Rick Stein’s signature take on the nation’s white-headed boy dish, eat in at the Old Custom House for cosy cod or pick up a takeaway at Chip Ahoy and amble along the seafront.
Enjoy scrumptious fish and chips on the mooring at Padstow
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And a week’s stay in Devon Country Barns for two visitors starts from £900
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