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Eden Hotel Collection announces Bovey Castle has been awarded 5 stars by the AA

Images of Bovey Castle left to right: off-road driving, hotel exterior and Elan Spa’s Gentlemen’s Quarter

The Eden Hotel Collection is delighted to announce that Bovey Castle, in Dartmoor National Park in Devon, has been awarded five stars by the AA. 



Less than six months after acquiring the country house estate in 2014, the privately-owned Eden Hotel Collection embarked on an extensive £3.5 million refurbishment of Bovey Castle, encompassing restoration work and a complete refurbishment of the spa, brasserie, restaurant, public areas and

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Great Little Breaks introduces Minidubs for the VW campervan experience


The UK’s best-loved UK short breaks specialist Great Little Breaks introduces a novel VW campervan-inspired vehicle – the ‘Minidub’ – to cruise the country lanes and spectacular coastlines of Cornwall and Devon by day, and which converts into a comfortable bedroom by night.

George II in blue, Jethro in green and Denzil in orange are three individual, custom-built Minidubs imported from Japan. An ingenious drop-down system provides

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Cornish Coast to Coast Challenge

Cornish Coast to Coast Challenge – from £350 pp with Discover Adventure

For those inspired by the new series of BBC1 drama Poldark, sign up to a new Cornish Coast to Coast Challenge to experience the rugged scenery first-hand.

This diverse three-day trek – from the north coast, over the county’s hilly spine, down to the south coast – takes in flat riverbanks, hilly farmland, secluded wooded gorges

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Aspects Holidays offers the perfect getaway in Praa Sands


Located between the Lizard and west Penwith, Praa Sands, in South West Cornwall, boasts beautiful white beaches, a wide selection of pubs and restaurants, and even a haunted castle…

Make the most of this spectacular stretch of coastline and stay at Praaloha (sleeps 10). New to Aspects Holidays’ portfolio, this recently-refurbished and luxurious beach house boasts sea views, five large bedrooms, five bathrooms, two sitting rooms, two

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New Book Sea Journal From Lisa Woollett Explores Devon’s Coast

Whether paddling through the shallows or crouching on a cliff in a hailstorm, Lisa takes the reader on a journey of compelling diversions, showcasing the natural history and wildlife of these locations

This beautiful and unusual book brings together a year’s wanderings along Britain’s shores, featuring the Devon coast. Author and photographer Lisa Woollett has been asked to do a talk on making the books at

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Hallsands, the Village that Fell into the Sea

The village that fell into the sea – Devon for £234 pp with Boutique Retreats

Hallsands, once a fishing village with a thriving community, was washed away one stormy night in January 1917. What remains, seen from a viewing platform on high, is not only fascinating but surrounded by what is undoubtedly one of England’s most beautiful sea views.

Start Bay Lookout (sleeps three), nearby, is an interior-designed

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10 Devon cream teas for under £5

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Devonshire cream teas are a must-have for anyone visiting the region and are a regular weekend indulgence for locals. Everyone loves a cream tea almost as much as they do a bargain, which is why Devon Heaven Hampers have produced this article listing 10 tearooms in Devon offering cream teas (with two scones) for under £5. sell Devonshire cream teas by post, as well as

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Boutique Retreats’ new pin boards website for self-catering properties


Boutique Retreats – a collection of 75 extraordinarily sophisticated self-catering properties across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and the Cotswolds – has launched a freshly-designed website with ‘Look Books’ – pin boards of interior and exterior inspiration to captivate the design-conscious.


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Antiques Roadshow at Wiltshire’s Bowood House and Gardens

The first of two Antiques Roadshow programmes filmed at Wiltshire’s Bowood House and Gardens (near Calne, Wiltshire. back in the summer will air on BBC1 this coming Sunday 3 January at 8pm. The second programme from Bowood is then scheduled for the following Sunday (10 January).

Treasures being featured in the first one-hour episode will include a collection of glass car mascots, a portrait used for

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From Cornwall to the Caribbean – Top Sailing Destinations


Sailing can lead to magnificent discoveries. With most of our planet covered by oceans, sailing gives us the freedom to explore destinations from Cornwall to the Caribbean.

If you fancy wild, rugged scenery and still want to enjoy familiar flavours, Cornwall offers impressive cliffs, golden beaches, and stunning local food.

Meanwhile, sun, white sandy palm-lined beaches and turquoise waters will have you longing to sail toward Caribbean paradise.


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