A cosy cottage in Devon – perfect for a Christmas shopping break
25 October 2017
There’s no better way to overcome the Winter blues than by taking a break in a peaceful cosy cottage in Devon and getting into the Christmas spirit. Get involved in the festive buzz and the hustle and bustle of the busy city of Exeter just up the road from Cofton, then retreat to your cosy cottage to for a relaxing break to de-stress. Enjoy a stunning view of the Estuary, your own private hot tub or a luxury leisure complex right on your doorstep – it’s up to you just how much peace and quiet you need.
Destination Devon for a Cosy Cottage retreat
Exeter is a fantastic destination for a Christmas shopping break. Whether it’s finding a hidden gem in the Farmers’ Market, tucking into a juicy hog roast roll in the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, or scouring the mix of independent shops and high street names to find the perfect gift for someone special. Exeter has it all!
You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy some Christmas cheer. In fact, our Winter accommodation discount offer means that you can save 20% on a short break or 30% on a week’s break or more (T&Cs apply), which should leave you with a few pennies to enjoy some retail therapy.
Some of our cosy cottages have private hot tubs, so if you’re thinking of a relaxing break that will let you bubble your troubles away, make sure you book one of our hot tub holidays and make it the perfect time to get some well-deserved R & R.
Top things to do on a Christmas shopping break
The joy of coming to South Devon on a cosy cottage break before Christmas is the wide range of festive things to do. There are countless Christmassy things to do this time of year, but if Christmas shopping is your bag then here are our top recommendations for finding that perfect gift or treat for yourself.
The Michaelmas Fair is only a short drive away from our cottages at Powderham Castle. If you’re after wonderful handmade items wonders and lovingly crafted pieces, this is the place for you. You won’t find these gifts on the high street and the event is also supporting The ABF – The Soldiers’ Charity.
Dawlish Farmers Market
If you’re after something a bit more low-key, then maybe the Dawlish Farmers Market is for you. Have a lazy breakfast at your home from home, which should be a breeze to prepare because our cottage kitchens are fully equipped with everything to make a hearty feast or a healthy snack. But don’t be too late to the market because it starts at 10.00am every second Saturday of the month right on Dawlish Seafront. It’s the perfect way to take a leisurely stroll by the seaside while browsing the finest produce our glorious corner of Devon has to offer. Everything from cheeses, pies, ales and cakes – it’s the perfect place to stock up on some tasty local treats.
Princesshay Shopping Centre
If you’re looking for the glitz and glamour of Christmas that the high street retailers do so well, then Exeter’s Princesshay shopping centre is the best place to be. With all the big brand names you could possibly want, Princesshay links up seamlessly with the high street and the newly refurbished Queen St dining area. Don’t forget to try and fit in a visit to Exeter’s Underground Passages if you have the time…
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
In the midst of all of this, it would be easy to forget one of the main attractions, the famed Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market. With a mix of acclaimed continental traders, local crafters and performers, this years’ Christmas Market is shaping up to be the best yet. It’s a fantastic Christmassy place to be, with around 80 traditional continental chalets and plenty of places to get a mulled wine or festive treat. It’s on from 16th November to 17th December, so add it to your list of Christmas must-do’s!
Some of your kind words...
A brilliant stay as always. We stayed in a cottage this time which was beautiful and very well equipped. Lots of lovely little touches with a welcome hamper and lots of board games. Hubbie was well impressed with the huge TV too. Loved the courtyard and we were lucky enough to have the weather to BBQ 2 of the days. All the staff from reception to the shop to the entertainment were friendly and very accommodating of both my girls. Used the chippy which has recently changed hands and the food was still great. There is lots to do, loved the swimming, the zip wire, the park and walk in the woods and around the fishing lake. Have to be honest though we missed the caravan...... will definitely be back, hopefully in the Fernworthy van with the hot tub.
Had an amazing weeks holiday. The park was immaculate, the outdoor pool was spotless and the cleaning blocks were cleaned regularly. All the staff were very helpful and the shop on site was reasonably priced. We went with two kids (aged 6 and 7) and our dog, the kids were never bored and had an amazing holiday. We will definitely be returning next year!
My family and I stayed for 5 nights in July, aged between 13 and 40 and we all had a brilliant family stay. The teenagers loved the outdoor pool and the woods and we all loved the donkeys. I’ve been coming here since I was a child and it’s still got a lovely relaxing atmosphere and has all the facilities you could want for a camping holiday. I must say the fish and chip shop is the best we have ever had at a holiday park, reasonable prices and good sized portions. We have booked to come back again on 25th August for a week and can’t wait!
I visited when my relatives came over from Canada and fell in love. I was lucky enough to stay for a week last August for my sons 2nd birthday. It has got to be one of my favourite places to go. Absolutely beautiful, quiet, good facilities, lovely restaurants. The staff are outstanding. I can't wait to come back again this year!
Stayed in campervan for a weekend. Great campsite good location, plenty of things for all to do. Great fishing lakes all in a short walk through the woodland to the lovely Dawlish Warren and Dawlish. Couldn't fault.
Highbridge, United Kingdom
We have had a wonderful experience, the site is very clean, ALL the staff were friendly and helpful especially the bar supervisor, entertainment was second to none, we'll 100% return...
The Warren Family
I just want to say how impressed my fellow Motorhomers and Caravaners were with the welcome and service we received during our stay. Staff in the office were polite and helpful at all times. Scott the restaurant manager was most accommodating when I enquired about reserving space for 25 to 30 of us for lunch after a walk. The service in the restaurant was speedy the food hot and varied. We were very pleased with the standards. Staff in the restaurant were cheerful and polite and helped make our meal most enjoyable. We had such a good time that we will be returning again next year for our Xmas Rally.
The best holiday park we've been to in our motorhome. Our children aged 2 and 4 loved it. Great facilities, entertainment and activities in one of the best parts of Devon!
Delicious fish and chips, friendly and helpful staff and delightful woodland.
Suze - Cornwall
Good location and dog walking, we'll be back and it can't come quick enough.
David - Portsmouth.
Loved the Zumba class! Can't wait to come back!
Elise - Exeter.
A* facilities, always very clean. The pool and food offer great value for money!
Stayed in Honeysuckle Cottage, stunning views over the Exe Estuary.. fantastic place for a family holiday
Ian - Australia.
My little girls aged 2,3 and 5 loved the entertainment.. all they can remember is fun, fun and more fun!
Anonymous - Cheshire.
Quiet and relaxing in a stunning location.. Can't wait to return
Ethan R, Burnham-on-Sea
We usually camp 3 times a year and hire a caravan after the Christmas break at Cofton, and will continue to do so. We thoroughly recommend staying there. Great for families or just the 2 of you.
Jilly B, Cheltenham
Go for swimming and food at this fabulous holiday camp... facilities A-star so clean and just great value for money would defo use over and over again which I do.... I'm a regular visitor. Dip and dine always good option as the food and snacks are fantastic in the bar cafe area near swimming pool!
Excellent toilet block and lovely hot showers. The on site pub was spot on with really friendly staff..
Joan L, Bromsgrove
The superbly equipped Woodside Cottage was beautifully clean with a fantastic Hot Tub. Waking up to horses and cows in the rear field.. stunning!
So friendly and clean, it’s a home from home and we couldn’t go a year with a visit!
Bernice Procter, Swindon
I always pay a visit to Amelia's Pantry, you can just Relax, Indulge and Enjoy!
‘Wonderful facilities, especially the swimming pools! In a lovely setting, for us it is simply the best campsite we have found.’
Margaret Hayes, Leeds
We have been coming to Cofton since 2009 and have stayed at least 12 times. We love everything about Cofton: the location and scenery in and around the park, the quality and cleanliness of accommodation, the friendly welcoming atmosphere; Everything about Cofton is great!
Ethan Robinson, Somerset
‘Dog walks, cycling, lovely country pubs… It suits our every need’
Kay Hancock, Bristol