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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 town of Newton Abbot stands astride the River Lemon, a few miles inland from the hustle and bustle of the beaches of the English Riviera. A market town since the thirteenth century, visitors mainly take in two sights in the town. Tucker’s Maltings near the town centre is the only working malt house still open to visitors in this country. It offers hour-long guided tours of the process of turning barley into beer. The nearby National Trust owned property, Bradley Manor is a thirteenth century manor house, in which the Great Hall displays the coat of arms of Elizabeth I.
Families with children will want to visit the nearby Miniature Pony Centre, which provides the opportunity to experience many species of miniature ponies, horses, goats, pigs and other animals all within 20 acres of beautiful Dartmoor countryside. Children can take part in the usual activities and displays, whilst the tea shops serves a selection of local foods and traditional Devon cream teas.