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What to do with the family when it rains in South Devon

We’ve been lucky to enjoy a sustained period of amazing sunshine here in South Devon. But the Great British Summer is known for throwing something different our way like an odd thunderstorm or windy cyclone.  Families, friends and couples alike will always need a handy list of where to dash if the weather does take a turn for the worst. Not that we are tempting fate. Far from it, may the...


5 Blue Flag Devon Beaches Close to Long Barn Holiday Cottages

Soon enough, school will be out for the summer. For children the summer holidays seem to last forever—hazy, endless days of running free and wild.  Lollipops, flushed faces, grazed knees, bee stings, laughter, jam fingers, tears, and over tiredness. We wouldn’t have it another way.  Children remind us that life is for the living.   As adults our job is to facilitate their...


10 Things You (May) Not Know About Devon

Roads, Roads, Roads Despite being rural, and idyllic, Devon also has the longest road network of any county. Of its 8000 miles of road, 1000 of these are country lanes. Of course, with the invention of sat navs its difficult to get lost, but there’s something liberating about driving into the deep Devon countryside and exploring a vast Kingdom of pretty lanes. You’ll Have to Shuffle...


6 Smart Reasons Why Self Catering is Better Than a Hotel

When it comes to a stay away from home, a hotel often seems to be the most luxurious and idealistic option. Think five-star luxury beds, fine-dining, relaxing spas and friendly staff that can help with excursions around the area and recommendations for top local tourist attractions. However, self catering cottages often go underestimated when it comes to holidays away from home. In reality, while...


10 Quick & Healthy Family Meals for Your Self-Catering Holiday

There are oodles of reasons that make self-catering holidays better than staying in hotels. One of these is food.  Honestly, hotel “food” can be tragic sometimes – not least of all for children.  No. Chicken nuggets or super shiny catering sausages will not do. It’s not the 90s anymore. Beans are still in though.  What about adults? We must suffer pseudo...