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Planning on shaking off the hordes and escaping to South Devon this Christmas? Regardless of whether you’re staying in a cosy chocolate box cottage for two, or you’ve booked a larger property for a group of friends or extended family, Christmas in South Devon is simply magical, so expect lashings of indulgent food, winter warming spa treatments and festive afternoon teas. At Coast & Country Cottages we’re on hand to help plan the perfect South Devon self catering Christmas break and can help to organise Christmas decorations, source a Christmas tree and even point you in the direction of where to order your turkey. Whilst mistletoe and wine are optional, these additions are highly recommended!
If you haven’t yet booked your self catering Christmas break, then don’t worry, we still have availability. Hurry though, our remaining properties are fantastic, and are likely to be snapped up quickly.
Hit the beach
The region of South Devon pulses with excitement on Christmas Day. We’re lucky enough to enjoy some of the best beaches in the UK, and you will find them a hive of activity, so wrap up warm, don your wellies and join in the fun. What’s more, you will find many of the local (beachside) village pubs open for a few hours over the lunchtime period. Boasting roaring open fires, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a tipple or two and share some festive cheer. To point you in the right direction, we’ve collated a list of which pubs are open in South Devon on Christmas Day.
Make local traditions part of the fun
An icy Christmas day swim has long been tradition throughout the region, and you will find the beaches of South Devon peppered with both locals and visitors alike braving the chilly plunge. If you’re keen to join in, read about our favourite beaches for a Christmas Day swim. If this seems a little too adventurous, why not head out for a blustery coastal walk instead.
Bring a few familiar Christmas friends with you
Everyone has something that speaks ‘Christmas’ to them, whether this is a simple tree decoration, a favourite box of chocolates, or granny’s homemade Christmas cake. There is no reason to why your South Devon Christmas break can’t be a home from home experience, so pack your favourite festive trinkets, bring the board games and prep the playlist, Slade and The Pogues included!
Christmas eve and Twixmas
One of the best thing about taking a break over the festive period is that every day is special, so it’s unlikely you will experience the post Christmas blues. South Devon’s Christmas calendar is jam packed with festivities, from magical nativities with a full cast of animals (reindeer too!) to illuminated National Trust gardens. Try to plan something special, and don’t forget to book in advance. For more inspiration, check out our guide to what’s on in South Devon this Christmas.
Plan ahead for the children
Whilst children adore a Christmas adventure, they are also creatures of habit, and will each have a set of predefined festive expectations. With questions like ‘how will Santa find us on holiday’, and ‘where can we sing carols with other people’ it’s essential that you are prepared, so do some research before your holiday, and keep a few tricks up your sleeve.
Indulge in a winter warming spa treatment
Winter is the perfect season to indulge in some serious pampering, so why not book yourself into one of South Devon’s luxurious spas. For those staying around Salcombe, the spa at Salcombe Harbour Hotel and The Voyage Spa at Thurlestone Hotel are popular options. Whilst for those staying in or around Dartmouth, Dart Marina and The Dartmouth Spa are just as popular. Offering a range of packages, from twilight spa experiences, to top to toe pamper days, expect to be suitably relaxed. Find out more about pampering in South Devon.
Enjoy a festive feast
South Devon has a fantastic reputation for sumptuous food, and it is no secret the festive season is heavily focused on decadent dining. Throughout the region you will find a wealth of pubs, restaurants and cafes, all serving seasonal, fresh, local produce. Check out our popular articles on the best cosy pubs in South Devon this winter, or 5 fabulous Christmas dinner options in South Devon. If you would rather bunker down and enjoy the comfort of your holiday home then how about ordering a luxurious food hamper, delivered straight to your door. This year, with our friends at Pretty Local you can order some delicious Christmas boxes complete with Free Range turkey, all the trimmings and even a Christmas pudding, and best of all, everything is locally sourced.
South Devon makes a wonderful base for couples, groups and families looking for a truly magical festive break. You couldn’t wish for a cosier Christmas bolthole than our holiday cottages, where you can enjoy the crackle of a log burning stove, a pan of mulled wine brewing, and all the home-from-home comforts a luxurious self catering property enjoys.