You love staycations in the UK and are thinking about staying where in the West country. A fantastic choice given that you will have access to coastal footpaths, relaxing countryside, forested trails and stunning moorlands.
Naturally, you will want to stay in an authentic holiday cottage that looks and feels incredible. You'll want to feel home away from home, be surrounded by raw nature and lush greenery. We put together a list of superb accommodation options with stunning views, breathtaking landscapes and astounding facilities. Who doesn't want to come back to their accommodation and relax in their outdoor hot tub after a long day exploring the beauty of the South West England?
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Where to stay in West Country
First things first, you will need to pick an area. There are many options to choose from. If you're a hiker, you will probably want to stay close to the South West coast path which is England's longest long-distance footpath. It stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. This magnificent coastline is the perfect romantic break which takes through fishing villages, reveals sandy beaches and rugged cliffs.
Alternatively, pick a place along the Jurassic coast which stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 miles, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in mid-December 2001. This area is full of tourist attractions, beautiful gardens and fantastic establishments ideal for afternoon tea or freshly landed seafood.
If you're hunting for the best beaches and love water sports, then you'll want to pick Cornwall. There are plenty of attractions in the area including the gorgeous Eden Project, Saint Michael's Mount, The Minack Theatre, The Lost Gardens Heligan and several National Trust locations which are perfect for the whole family. Cornwall is well known for its breathtaking beauty and breathtaking landscapes. Visit St Ives for galleries and indie boutiques. Stay in the lizard peninsula for remote accommodation and spectacular views.
Countryside lovers should stay in North Somerset, with its gardens and Grade ii listed buildings. Alternatively, the Wiltshire countryside is the perfect setting for a romantic break and a stone's throw away from quaint villages with traditional thatched cottages.
Types of accommodations in West Country
There are many West country hotels to pick from, but for an authentic experience, we recommend staying in a self-catering cottage. The benefit is that you'll get the entire accommodation for yourself and can pick the type of area you are interested in.
For the best experience, we recommend going for a more secluded cottage, in a rural setting. You will definitely want cottages with a hot tub, for a luxury holiday in the countryside. Most of the cottages are easily accessible and come with fabulous views, free parking and spacious rooms.
There are also luxury houses located just walking distance from a local pub or the city. If you want to be closer to amenities, that's also an option. You'll find apartments, barn conversions or larger houses which can accommodate a large group of people.
Accommodation ideas for Somerset
We used to live in Somerset and love the area so much. Stay here for the superb countryside or to hike in Exmoor National Park. It's easy to find the ideal country house here. You'll certainly be close to a golf course and plenty of amenities just a short drive away from your accommodation.
Book your cottage in Somerset.
A fabulous Scandinavian-style lodge that comes with a steaming hot tub, a sauna, and all in a setting in the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with views as far as the Bristol Channel. It accommodates 6 people making it the ideal accommodation for a larger family or a group of friends.
For a romantic getaway, stay in this lovely cottage which dates back to 1690s. Sitting in the heart of Exmoor National Park, you will have so many trails for hiking opportunities. The open plan ground floor has a wood-burning stove, perfect to cosy up with a book and a glass of red.
Accommodation ideas for Cornwall
Cornwall was love at first sight for us. We first visited Cornwall to see the Eden Project but then we made Cornwall into a yearly retreat. Every so often we stayed close to the Lizard Peninsula, while other times we stayed on the West side, closer to St Ives. You cannot go wrong with Cornwall as this is one of the most beautiful places in England.
Stay at the secluded Stargazey Barn, which is surrounded by the Cornish countryside. Just a short drive away from the stunning beaches of St Ives and Sennen Cove, Stargazey Barn is an enchanting single-storey dwelling, perfect for a couple looking for a romantic holiday down south.
The Mews Manor
Nestled in the glorious countryside of west Cornwall, within easy reach of stunning beaches, hidden coves and fabulous coastal walks, The Mews Manor is an opulent holiday home. It can accommodate up to 10 people. The grand front entrance leads off the pretty cobbled courtyard, festooned with gorgeous shrubs and creepers. Step inside and enter a world of luxury!
Accommodation ideas for Devon
Devon is well known for its spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches and the Devonshire cream tea. Devon is home to 120 beaches, and of course, the incredible Jurassic Coast. It has plenty of superb cottages on offer, where guests return year after year.
River Meadow Farm
River Meadow Farm is an extraordinary getaway with a unique period charm. The best part? It is surrounded by 220 acres of private land, so you'll enjoy the perfect retreat. This stunning accommodation accommodated up to 12 people.
Turner Hall is a beautiful woodland cottage, elegantly furnished and a hot tub. Turner Hall is the perfect countryside retreat, surrounded by woodland and teeming with wildlife. We especially love the main sitting area with an open space plan and the double height ceilings with hanging lights and exposed beams.
Are you know ready to book your accommodation in West country? Let us know which location you picked in the comments section below. Whether you pick the beaches of Cornwall, the Jurassic coast or want to enjoy the breathtaking views of the English countryside, you will definitely have a fantastic holiday.
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