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As the country continues to navigate the depths of Covid-19, there is no doubt that Valentine’s Day in South Devon will feel a little different this year. However, global pandemic or not, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for loved ones to safely celebrate and indulge in the fun that February 14th allows. This year in particular, there is even more reason to get your creative thinking hat on, and whilst your options may at first seem a little restricted, with the right amount of planning there is no reason as to why you can’t enjoy an incredible Valentine’s Day in South Devon from the comfort of your own home.
The past year has given many of us time to reflect and the space to really appreciate the simple pleasures of life, so find your love language, no matter how big or small that may be, and start planning your pandemic safe romance. At Coast & Country Cottages it’s no secret that we love an excuse to celebrate, so we want to share with you our much loved top things to do this Valentine’s Day in South Devon – from a luxurious breakfast in bed to sharing a romantic night under the stars and even a kitchen disco, we have it covered!
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An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, South Devon boasts some of the lowest light pollution levels in the South West of England, so it comes as no surprise that the South Devon night sky is a paradise amongst avid stargazers. If you want to share a romantic night together under a blanket of stars then wrap up warm, find yourself a seat, snuggle under a blanket and take the time to admire the wonder of the universe. If space allows, choose an outdoor spot where you can see as much of the sky as possible, away from other houses, tall buildings and trees. If you don’t have a garden then not to worry, if you have a balcony, front doorstep or skylight then you can use these to stargaze from – you might get lucky and spot a shooting star, a planet or even a meteor! Stargazing isn’t just for astronomers, and the good news is that you don’t even need a telescope, however, if you have a decent pair of binoculars then great. There are many apps you can use to help you navigate the night sky, although we recommend putting your phone down and grasping the opportunity to adore natural beauty.
Creating dreams, desires and intentions doesn’t have to be reserved solely for New Year’s resolutions. Valentine’s Day provides a great point in time to address any goals you may wish to achieve throughout the upcoming year as a couple. Jot your ideas down in a notebook or go big and create your very own vision board, Pritt Stick and visuals essential! Be creative, it can include anything you both dream to do in life together, and be sure to add a good sprinkle of fun activities and experiences to the list – some of our favourite romantic (and exhilarating!) things to do in South Devon include coasteering in South Devon, surfing in South Devon and for something a little more sedate, exploring secret beaches and coves. For more inspiration, read our guide on things to do in South Devon.
One of the most loved ways to round off the perfect Valentine’s Day in South Devon is to watch the sunset. The fleeting beauty when the sun sets the sky on fire is second to none, especially when accompanied with a decadent hot chocolate or a favourite tipple of choice! To watch a glorious South Devon sunset, it isn’t essential to travel and you can witness a stunning sunset from the comfort of your own home. To catch the last of the golden rays you simply need a clear view, so wrap up warm and sink into ‘the moment’ with your loved one.
If you have an outdoor space that’s big enough, consider turning your garden into a Valentine’s Day wonderland – hang festive string lights, build a roaring fire pit, bundle into your favourite woollen blankets and indulge in a delicious hot drink, mulled wine, spiked hot chocolate, or Irish coffee are just a few of our favourites, and don’t forget the s’mores.
South Devon is a food lover’s heaven, so if a night of pure indulgence is on the agenda then be sure to organise a DIY wine and cheese tasting. Whilst this is a great opportunity to sample smaller, less commercial wines and cheeses from local makers such as Sharpham Wine and Cheese, you can also ‘escape’ a little further afield and enjoy an Italian night, or a French night at home – the options are endless! With regards to wine shops, you will never find yourself far from high quality wine establishments – Barrel & Still, Dartmouth Wine Company and Wine & Greene are just a few of our favourites. South Devon is also peppered with local farm shops, all of which sell a variety of sumptuous cheese – Ben’s Farm Shop, Aune Valley and Stokeley Farm Shop are much frequented amongst the Coast & Country Cottages team. If you want a specialist cheese shop then head to Ticklemore Cheese and Dairy, situated in Totnes, and if you’re really lucky you may be treated to a few tasters.
Throughout the past year, kitchen discos have been bang on trend, and whilst it’s not quite the same as being on the dance floor, it’s the next best thing. Be sure to plan your very own Valentine’s Day kitchen disco that will get everyone in the house dancing! With Covid-19 restrictions keeping people apart, why not spread the love by inviting friends and family to join you via Zoom – simply share your playlist, coordinate a dress code and send some decorations. To really set the scene, invest in a few decorations and props ahead of the big day, a tabletop disco ball, large confetti filled balloons and disco snacks for example, and why not lay out some sweet treats to keep your disco dancing fuelled? It goes without saying, the playlist is vital, so curate this ahead of time, and remember, you don’t need go too soppy, have fun too and include some funk! Be warned, dance offs are highly likely so be prepared and dust off those dancing moves.
If brunch is your favourite meal together, then this is your ultimate Valentine’s Day activity. At a biological level, food and love are intrinsically linked, both producing the same ‘feel good’ hormone of dopamine – what better way to a loved one’s heart? When it comes to choosing what to cook, you are spoilt for choice – we love waffles or crepes with a decadent choice of South Devon pancake toppings, but for something more savoury, smashed avocado with poached eggs or a traditional English breakfast never fails. For more ideas and inspiration, take a read of our South Devon Cookbook which is full of flavour and free to download. Whatever you decide to cook, don’t forget the coffee and place the food on a bed tray with a posy of roses and a heartfelt love note.
If the concept of gorging on delicious food and not lifting a finger in the kitchen appeals, then why not sit back and let someone else take care of the cooking for you this Valentine’s Day. Many South Devon local businesses are offering takeaway and delivery services – something that has positively exploded over the past year! As such, you will find a huge variety in its offering, providing the ultimate convenience for food lover’s. From mouth-watering fish and chips to traditional pub grub and even spice infused Indian dishes, you will find something suited to every palate. Our top tip is that when ordering a takeaway or delivery to your door, we highly recommend ordering with plenty of notice to save disappointment.
A movie marathon is a true Valentine’s Day tradition that everyone adores, and best of all, you really can’t go wrong with this activity – keep it simple and watch a movie or delve into a TV series with a box of chocolate and bag of popcorn, or go all out with Valentine’s decor and snacks. At Coast & Country Cottages, we like to bunker down in front of the fire, tuck into a sumptuous cheese board, open a bottle of wine and snuggle under a blanket, but the options really are endless. This is a great opportunity to include the children and four legged friends too, so gather the family for a night of snuggles.
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From far out country escapes and traditional coastal cottages, not forgetting our collection of luxury properties, it is fair to say that at Coast & Country Cottages we have covered all bases when it comes to booking a couples break in South Devon, and we have all the extras too – properties with a hot tub, open fire cottages and dog-friendly holiday homes should you want to bring your canine companion. With a myriad of rolling countryside, secluded coves and sandy beaches, the region is one of the most romantic destinations in the country, so book a romantic break and have something to look forward to when Covid-19 restrictions allow. Choose from one of our more rural locations such as Hope Cove, Thurlestone or the outskirts of rugged Dartmoor such as Buckfastleigh, or perhaps choose a property in the bustling harbour towns of Salcombe or Dartmouth?