Any garden lover knows that the South West is full of great gardens to explore, from manicured lawns to expansive parkland. However, one of the biggest highlights of the calendar is usually entirely natural – bluebells. Here we have compiled 8 fantastic spots for seeing bluebells – 4 free, and 4 that charge an entrance fee. As always, let us know in the comments if we have missed your favourite.
We feel hugely privileged to be located in the upper Tamar Valley as you can probably tell from our name. It’s hard to imagine that the gentle river at the bottom of our hill is the same that is spanned by the Brunel bridge at Plymouth. This remarkably unspoilt area is still completely new to many of our visitors so are our 5 top reasons for visiting the Tamar Valley.
Feeling peckish? Fancy something something fancy but nothing too formal? The area of North Cornwall and Devon is peppered with great options for eating out, from simple pub grub to first-class fine dining. If you're looking for a special meal out without the formality, here are fantastic 5 local bistros and gastro-pubs - booking ahead is advised. We couldn't possibly list all the great venues or even choose between our 5, but if you'd like to mention your favourite, drop it into the comments below.
The South-West is is brimming with legend and folklore. Many legends evolved to explain bizarre geographical phenomena – others, to deal with the conflict between pagan traditions and the new arrival of Christianity. We’ve selected our 8 favourite local legends (not including ghost stories – that’s still to come), all within reach of our boutique cottages. Have we missed your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.