Devon and Cornwall

GWR First Class service  to Devon

There are a few reserved seats but an empty four seat table winks at us further down the aisle and we fall into its welcoming embrace. And I’m not kidding. Plush leather reclining seats, power sockets within easy reach, a morning paper, free wifi and free refreshments.

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Orestone Manor Hotel

Newton Abbot is the nearest mainline station to the sleepy coastal village of Maidencombe south Devon, where the Orestone Manor Hotel lies tucked away in an almost exclusive enclave.

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Moorland Garden Hotel. Dartmoor

The white, sprawled out, Moorland Garden Hotel is situated 20 minutes out of Plymouth in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. As I drove up the long drive the surrounds were really impressive. After all it had been the byword in glamour when it first opened in the 1930’s, with visitors’ ranging from President Truman to David Niven.

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THE VALLEY. A Cornish Country Retreat

Taking the dog to Cornwall in the summer hols can be a tricky proposition. Many hotels and cottages don’t accept canines, and several beaches ban man’s best friend from the sands from June to September.
The Valley is a good bet for both its location and the management’s superior intelligence.

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Ford Farm cheeses. Smoked cheese has never tasted so good.

You can shout about cheese all you want to because let’s face it with so much choice around we all have our favourite types. Some cheese snobs might argue you can’t beat a strong stilton, a runny brie or a creamy camembert, but sorry cheese snobs you most surely can. England can proudly boast a fine cheese-making heritage and you won’t find a better example than Ford Farm cheeses. And in particular its smoked cheese range.

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Cary Arms Hotel. Devon

That clever Peter de Savary brought us Bovey Castle in Devon, and now his wife Lana has scored a coup in the county of cream, cider and sailing villages – The Cary Arms Hotel in Babbacombe Beach. She identified a rundown pub with the most beautiful location in Britain and decided to endow it with […]

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