Devon and Cornwall

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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The Headland Hotel and Cottages, Fistral Beach, Newquay.

The Headland Hotel, overlooking Newquay’s Fistral Beach, is a surprise on many levels.   The heart sinks slightly driving up to the impressive but distinctly Victorian pile, much like those which sit atop cliffs all round the British coast.  But inside, while resolutely Gothic in character, recalling the great age of the railway, the hotel is […]

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