A change is as good as a rest - try a mid-winter break in a Devon character cottage

PUBLISHED: 12:29 06 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:41 20 February 2013

By the Way Cottage, Ottery St Mary

By the Way Cottage, Ottery St Mary

We can't be the only ones lamenting the fact that it's a long wait until summer. They say a change is as good as a rest, so wouldn't it be nice to have a few days away to recharge the batteries during this seemingly interminable winter?

A change is as good as a rest - try a mid-winter break in a Devon character cottage


We cant be the only ones lamenting the fact that its a long wait until summer. They say a change is as good as a rest, so wouldnt it be nice to have a few days away to recharge the batteries during this seemingly interminable winter? Feel the fresh air on your face, stroll along a deserted beach, put your boots on and trek to the pub for lunch, cycle through muddy puddles and savour the aroma of damp dog...

It will soon be Valentines Day, so why not treat the one you love to a romantic weekend in Devon? OK, yes, its February and it might be cold and wet, but these character cottages are bound to warm the cockles of anyones heart.

Mounson Lodge, Cheriton Bishop: situated in a quiet location just outside the village of Cheriton Bishop, this attractive detached cottage has lovely views across a large lawned garden towards north Dartmoor and Heltor Rock. Theres a woodburner in the open-plan living area, perfect for snuggling up and enjoying a romantic evening with a nice glass of wine. Days can be spent exploring the moors or visiting Exeter, just 10 miles away, where there are some excellent attractions and shops. Your dog is welcome to come along and play gooseberry too!

Swallows Nest, near Lynmouth: surrounded by countryside walks and within easy reach of the coast, this picturesque area is ideal for a short break during the winter months. Swallows Nest is one of a pair of converted barns situated in the pretty hamlet of Kentisbury Ford close to the edge of Exmoor. Designed and furnished to a high standard, each cottage has its own private patio. While youre in the area, pop along and visit Verity, Damien Hirsts controversial statue overlooking Ilfracombe harbour, or take in a show at the Landmark Theatre.

By the Way Cottage, Ottery St Mary: this pretty converted barn nestles in the heart of the Otter Valley close to Aylesbeare Common and the East Devon Way, from which the cottage takes its name. Although it sleeps four, couples can stay at a discount in low season. All rooms are stylishly furnished and the lounge features a woodburner. Wi-Fi is available too. With excellent walking territory and the RSPB Reserve practically on your doorstep, this is one for dedicated lovers of the outdoors and their dog.

Further info: West Country Cottages, 01803 815015. westcountrycottages.co.uk

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