Valentine’s Day in South Devon
February 6th, 2018 | By Ross Purdy
Think about it. Hand-in-hand on a blustery cliff-top, snuggling together in the hearth’s golden glow, savouring seafood delights and taking long strolls along the sand. What could be more romantic than a February stay in beautiful South Devon?
With its rustic charm, wild coastline and rolling hills, South Devon offers a Valentine’s escape like no other. A place for you and your partner to unwind, catch up with one another and enjoy a sumptuous slice of luxury with a West Country twist. Wake to the sound of laidback riverside life, breathe in the fresh Devon air, take a boat along the Dart or stride out over the fields to the warmth of a picturesque country pub. Alternatively, find a hidden cove all to yourselves and watch the sun setting over a wintery sea.
And later? A candlelit dinner or drinks in one of Salcombe or Dartmouth’s finest eateries or bars. The perfect end to an already dreamy Valentine’s day, certain to get the sparks flying or rekindle old flames.
Here’s our Valentine’s list of everything you need for a few incredible nights (and days) to remember:
A romantic bolthole
Whether you are looking for a cosy ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottage, a luxury waterside apartment or a beautiful countryside retreat, Coast & Country Cottages offer around 400 self-catering properties for your romantic getaway. From sea views and riverside balconies, secluded hideaways and private beaches to stylish town centre studios, South Devon is a paradise for those in search of a place to escape.
SPECIAL OFFER: 20% off throughout February at The Penthouse, Woodside Beach (sleeps 4)
Book a break in this luxury apartment with the one you love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You will find sea views from most living areas, including the balcony and the private decking area. The accommodation (ideally suited to family groups or perhaps two couples) is just a short walk from Salcombe’s waterfront, shops and restaurants, and has been fully refurbished and stylishly furnished in recent years.
SPECIAL OFFER: £50 off throughout February at Ferry View (Sleeps 4)
You will find this character apartment in a building dating from the 16th century, and is perfect for couples and family with children. Located just a few steps from Bayards Cove, and a short walk from the famous Dartmouth waterfront, with its many shops, pubs and restaurants. The patio doors from the living room lead to the balcony with stunning river views over the Lower Ferry towards Kingswear.
A loving gesture on arrival
It’s the small personal touches that really make things special. Whether you choose to stay in picturesque Salcombe, historic Dartmouth or in the surrounding South Devon countryside, Coast & Country Cottages will be delighted to help add those luxurious extras that can make all the difference. Hampers, wine, flowers or catering can all be arranged, to make sure your stay is as memorable as possible this Valentine’s Day. Simply call our friendly team to discuss your requirements on 01548 843773.
Other things to do
South Devon proudly waves the ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ flag, so you are never short of exploration opportunities. From it’s rugged coastline, sandy beaches, secret estuaries, patchwork countryside and historic villages, there’s something to suit everyone. A romantic break however, is the ultimate ticket to indulgence, so make sure you really lean into your self care. Strike that happy balance between getting amongst the elements, and being cosy, finding time for quiet. Make your stay extra special by treating your partner (or both of you) to a date in one of the local spas, including the Dart Marina Health Spa and the Salcombe Harbour Spa.
Taste-bud titillating cuisine
Food is the way to many of our hearts, and in the words of Virginia Woolf “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”! With this in mind, we have handpicked our favourite beachside eateries;
A multi-award winning beach front cafe bar – open all day, you can expect to find craft beers, live music and fresh fish.
Just a stone’s throw from the world class surfing beach, Bantham, this 14th century pub oozes history and tradition. Snuggle up on the fireside sofa, or enjoy a more formal meal in the restaurant.
Rewind 28 years, and ‘the shack’ actually housed an Oyster Farm! People would come and pitch their own deck chairs and while away the afternoon in the Avon Valley. Winter here is rustic and cosy, and the menu is handcrafted daily.
Nestled in-between Slapton Ley and the sea, every table has a panoramic view – renowned for their fish and chips!
If you would rather bunker down and not venture too far then don’t worry, you won’t ever find yourself far from a fishmonger, butcher or local farm shop. You can also arrange a food hamper delivery right to your door with local companies including our friends at Pretty Local who source all food locally and can even compile a Sunday lunch box, complete with all the trimmings.
The other half
This one is really up to you. Choose wisely, if you haven’t already!
Each of our romantic getaways is the perfect bolthole for a Valentines break, so slow down, take it easy and indulge in life’s simple pleasures. Whether you’re looking for a short Valentine’s weekend away or a romantic week rekindling your love for one another, South Devon is a fabulous destination for couples looking for a little rest and relaxation.