Winter Holidays in Devon – Chill out with a luxury cottage retreat.
05 November 2019
Heading abroad for a winter holiday is always a temptation, but why miss out on the opportunity to explore some hidden gems right here in the UK this winter?
There are some magical places to visit all across the UK, but we have a strong belief that Devon is up there with the very best when it comes to couples getaways and sensational things to see and do.
Here are just a few reasons why:
1. Two stunning coastlines
Devon is the only county to offer two glorious coastlines, both vastly different. In the winter months, it’s a destination full of secret coves, empty beaches and expansive stretches of stunning coastline.
There are some unmissable hiking routes, a chance to enjoy unforgettable views, connect with nature and if you are brave enough even a chance to take a dip in the sea.
North Devon offers some choppier waters ideal for water sports including wind surfing and surfing. South Devon coasts have a tendency to be a little calmer, with some charming seaside towns providing an ideal place to watch the day go by, enjoy a slice of cake and cup of tea while enjoying the stunning seaside views.
2. National Parks
If you are looking for variety, try one of the two national parks situated in Devon, Dartmoor for its rugged and exposed terrain or Exmoor for it’s greener pastures and winding riverside walks.
Whether you’re looking for a challenging hill climb or a relaxed riverside stumble, there is something for everyone.
3. Historic Ruins
Historic ruins can be found all over the place, with Devon holding one of the highest concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze age settlements.
If historic buildings to explore are more your thing, why not check out Killerton House and Gardens on the outskirts of Exeter, or if you are ready for a scare why not head to Berry Pomeroy to experience the most haunted Castle in the UK?
4. A tale of two cities
As cities go, Exeter and Plymouth couldn’t be more different. While Plymouth is located right by the sea and is modern in its architecture, Exeter is an ancient city dating all the way back to the Roman Era.
Both cities are full to the brim of fantastic shops, eateries, museums, theatres, award-winning restaurants and other cultural activities and well worth a visit on any stay in Devon.
5. Delicious foodie delights
When all the exploring gets too much, you won’t be disappointed with your choice of places to eat and drink. From cosy country pubs through to award winning dining experiences and local producers, Devon has it all.
If you are looking to sample some of Devon’s best produce, a great place to start is at one of Devon’s fantastic farm shops.
Lets also not forget that with two coast lines you can’t visit Devon without sampling the fabulous sea food. Devon is proud to be the home to Krispies Fish and Chip shop, which was crowned the best chippy in the UK and is well worth a visit if you are stopping in the coastal town of Exmouth.
Finally if you make the choice to stay at Cofton, don’t forget to check out the onsite eatery. Bucking the trend for holiday parks, Cofton prides itself on serving fresh local produce, to create a menu of hearty favourites. Dig a little deeper into the menu and you will also find some of the chefs more specialist gourmet creations. Perfect for a hearty winter meal, when you just don’t feel like cooking.
6. You can stay at Cofton Holidays
Our 5 star holiday park Cofton Holiday’s is ideally situated on the South Devon Coast and is within commuter distance to all major attractions, making it the perfect place to stay all year round.
In the winter months, Cofton becomes a quieter retreat and the perfect place to help you to escape the hustle and bustle of day to day life.
For that extra touch of comfort we recommend booking into one of our cosy cottages or apartments.
Cottage and apartment Holidays
You can choose one of the Cofton Cottages on the main Cofton site for a cosy and traditional feel, or opt for our recently refurbished Eastern Estate Apartments for the perfect blend of old verses new. Enjoy modern and luxurious fixtures, all set within a late eighteenth century Georgian house with some sensational views.
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