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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Dawlish and Newton Abbot

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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On a cottage holiday, Dawlish and Newton Abbot are well worth a visit.


Dawlish is a popular Devon holiday town, located between Teignmouth and Exeter and across the estuary from Exmouth. It has three beaches, and gives easy access to neighbouring Dawlish Warren, with its two miles of sand providing safe family bathing along the Exe Estuary. The town is worth exploring with its mixture of Regency period buildings and modern shopping centre. Aside from the beaches, the Lawn is the focal point of the town; an attractive public green space filled with mature trees and exotic plants and much used by locals and holidaymakers alike. Dawlish Water runs through the centre of the Lawn and is home to the famous Dawlish black swans and a variety of other birdlike. On summer evenings, this watercourse is illuminated making it a lovely place to take an evening stroll before heading off for dinner at one of the town’s restaurants or continuing on to the seafront.


The Sykes Cottages Guide To Dartmouth and Salcombe

Friday, February 17th, 2012
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On a cottage holiday, Dartmouth and Salcombe are well worth a visit.


A well-established yachting centre on the South Devon coast, Dartmouth is an attractive, colourful town with some interesting historic buildings and a lovely harbour area. The old market centre holds markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is otherwise a pleasing mix of high street stores and independent retailers selling local crafts and regional produce, and there are many excellent brasseries, pubs and restaurants catering for locals and the town’s many visitors, with some of these housed in buildings dating centuries back, in narrow, cobbled streets. Explore the narrow streets of Foss Hill, Browns Street and the Butterwalk, more than 300 years old. Dartmouth has a castle too, which is now under the protection of English Heritage and is a well-known visitor attraction.

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Budleigh Salterton

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
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So named with reference to the salt panning which was once the mainstay of the economy of this small Devon village, Budleigh Salterton today enjoys a tranquil existence in its lovely coastal position among picturesque rolling countryside in the heart of Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The bay is a half moon sweep of large, smooth pebbles that gives way to a sandy stretch of beach just a short walk beyond the village at nearby Littleham Cove, and forms part of the region’s ancient Jurassic Coast, with its wonderful red rocks. The waters are clear and children will love exploring the rocks making a natural playground at Ottermouth, to the east of the village. (more…)

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Tavistock

Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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The town of Tavistock in Devon is set on the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor countryside, just 15 miles north of Plymouth. Birthplace of Sir Francis Drake, to whom a monument can be visited just outside the town, Tavistock is a busy market town with pleasant riverside walks and a collection of independent and mainstream shops, theatre, restaurants and leisure centre.


The Sykes Cottages Guide To Combe Martin and Exmoor

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
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Combe Martin

Explore Combe Martin and Exmoor on a cottage holiday. The village of Combe Martin is located where Exmoor National Park and the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meet, it really is worthy of a mention simply for the pure picturesque nature of its setting. Whitewashed houses, pleasant pubs and beautiful coves off the main beach nestle between the two main headlands protecting the village. A walker’s paradise, sections of the South West Coastal path pass through Combe Martin, whilst visitors must see also the neighbouring delightful ancient village of Berrynarbor. (more…)