Looking for a historic city break with easy access to lovely beaches, then hear for Exeter in Devon. The Roman city, Isca, is now Exeter, the county capital, built high above the encircling River Exe. Despite heavy WW2 blitz bombings in 1942, there are so many intact evocative areas to grab a visitor's imagination.The city offers an excellent choice of self catering accommodation from luxury apartments to town houses and holiday cottages overlooking the old Quay, now a mecca for bars, bistros, shops and leisurely riverside strolls. Walk along the Roman Wall in Rougemont and Northernhay Gardens near the remains of William the Conqueror's Castle, visit the 14th Century Guildhall, the oldest in the country, and the Cathedral Green, where the magnificent 14th century cathedral dominates its surroundings of half-timbered buildings - look out for Mol's Coffee House especially. The West Front displays the largest collection of 14th century sculpture in England, and inside, you will find another glory, this time the longest unbroken Gothic roof rib-vaulting span in the world. The quaint and unusual are worth searching for - the 15th century astronomical Exeter Clock, still striking on the hour, the carved angels playing medieval musical instruments in the minstrels' gallery, a sculptured lady with two left feet, and the cat, the mouse and a Rugby player in the little St.James chapel replaces the original destroyed in the blitz.
A luxury lodge in the peaceful Devon countryside. With a huge wooden deck and sunken hot tub this home has two en-suite bedrooms as well as a log burner in the spacious living room. Within just a short drive of Exeter, you can enjoy the vibrancy of the city as well as the quiet of a lakeside setting
Sitting beside a small lake, Heron Lodge assures relaxation. Surrounded by woodland, the rural cottage near Exeter, Devon promises tranquillity and boasts a thoroughly modern interior with an open-plan design and contemporary furnishings. An open fire and indulgent hot tub complete the tableau.
Willow Lodge stands in 6 acres of grounds in the beautiful Devon countryside a few miles outside Exeter. This luxury lodge with a hot tub sleeps 4. It will appeal to those planning a few days, a week or more, fishing in the adjoining lakes, walking, cycling or simply spending time on local beaches
Cedar Lodge promises romance. The luxurious rural holiday lodge lies in six acres of wooded grounds near Exeter in Devon and boasts a private hot tub with views, an elegant en-suite, a sophisticated interior and a woodburning stove. Amble the surrounding countryside and return to pure bliss.
Urban chic in a rural setting, this unique architect designed home is so stylish and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a large roof terrace. Take in the amazing countryside views from floor to ceiling windows in the living room or enjoy an evening on the roof terrace - pure bliss!
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Clyst Hydon
- Combe Martin
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Little Torrington
- Lynton and Lynmouth
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Noss Mayo
- South Molton
- Westward Ho!
Another medieval building nearby is the 12th century St.Nicholas Priory; it displays the Elizabethan life-style and beautiful plaster ceilings and oak-panelling. Exeter is not all medieval history. Find the Bill Douglas Centre in the Prince of Wales Road, containing film memorabilia from magic lanterns to Star Wars.
The Quay offers exercise facilities for walkers, cyclists and kayakers along the river and the canal. And under the city, check out the (again)oldest system of 14/15th century underground passages still open in the whole country. Originally made to carry fresh water into the city, there are also tales of ghosts, epidemics and mayhem to be told on a guided tour. Hire a bike to cycle along the towpath, stopping off at the Double Locks pub for refreshments. At Starcross, take the ferry across to Exmouth with its lovely sandy beach close to your holiday cottage.
Tale time out to visit the fabled Devon coastline at Torquay, and at Babbacombe, where the kids will be intrigued by the 1920's funicular railway shuttling up and down the red cliffs; the extensive Zoo at Paignton, where the inhabitants are displayed in their appropriate habitats rather than in cages. Other seaside resorts within easy day or half-day trips from Exeter include the regency town of Sidmouth, Dawlish Warren (for shell collecting and childrens amusements) and the genteel town of Budleigh Salterton.