14 July 2020
Cornwall and Devon are two counties that conjure up images of golden sandy beaches, quaint seaside towns, rolling green farmlands and long sunny days spent outside exploring or maybe just relaxing in your own little tranquil shelter.
When it comes to deciding which to visit on your summer staycation, we thought we’d offer our advice to help you pick the county that’s right for you.
Considered by many as the home of some of Britain’s best beaches, Cornwall’s treasure trove of golden swathes of sand deservingly makes it one of Europe’s, premier beach destinations. For a real local’s experience, search out Portheras Cove Beach (pictured). Located on Cornwall’s north western tip, the secluded cove doesn’t receive many visitors, due to its off the beaten track position, but this only makes it all the more rewarding for those making the journey.
The proud home of 14 Blue Flag beaches, Devon can assure visitors that wherever they are, an inviting stretch of sand will never be too far away. On the northern coast, Croyde Beach sits in a wide-open bay against a rural setting of undulating sand dunes and lush rolling pastures.
With over 400 miles of coastline, Cornwall is blessed with access to the freshest seafood that the Atlantic Ocean provides, meaning its restaurants have a leading edge when it comes to serving up sumptuous seafood dishes. Dedicated foodies should head straight for the two Michelin starred Outlaw’s New Road where you’ll find a homage to Cornwall’s coastal waters.
Traditionally consisting of tea, scones, clotted cream and jam, afternoon tea is available in tea rooms across Devon with certain establishments heightening the meal to an unmissable experience and one which is unique to Devon. For an unforgettable outing, take your cream tea within the grounds of a medieval landmark at Bickleigh Castle.
Polzeath Beach (pictured) sits on Cornwall’s northern coast, around half an hour’s drive from Newquay. The award-winning beach is a popular haunt for local surfers thanks to its slow consistent waves and has been known to welcome seals and dolphins into the swell off its shores.
Devon is home to the Dartmoor National Park where you’ll find miles of trails for hiking and cycling, and a thrilling canoeing experience on the River Dart. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars as the wide-open expanse of moorland provides excellent hunting grounds for birds of prey which are often seen plummeting down from the sky.
Trevose Harbour House Samphire Studio is a unique coastal villa in St Ives. The pretty property boasts a bold green aesthetic, quirky interiors and a characterful exterior, decorated with the work of local artists. With your own botanical garden and just a short stroll to the beach, you’ll feel closely connected to nature throughout your stay.
Live out a childhood fantasy with a stay in the Scandinavian style Treetops, Woody Bay (pictured) which sits suspended up in the forest canopy. Your private decking area overlooks a wooded hillside and leads directly inside via the large glass sliding doors which flood light into your treehouse.
Sat high on a Cornish cliff with panoramic views out across the bay and the hotel’s own private beach, Driftwood Hotel (pictured) is the ultimate seaside experience for discerning travellers. The boutique property invites guests to unwind and soak up some vitamin sea as they enjoy some escapism.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa sits waterside in south Devon, with an inviting yacht club atmosphere. The rooms have soothing aesthetics, accented with light blue and white colours and natural wooden furnishings. For the finest views in Devon, head to the rooftop terrace.
Speak to your Travel Counsellor today to book your south coast stay, whether that’s in Cornwall or Devon, and take advantage of full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.