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.
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.
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!
Sitting on 18 acres of private woodland, Deer Leap is a luxurious rural cottage which offers peaceful seclusion and wonderful views of Higher Ashton and Devon. The pet-friendly thatched cottage boasts an orchard, a stream and a pond within its grounds, and offers country charm and an open fire.
- Bovey Tracey
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Cheriton Bishop
- Combe Martin
- Gara Bridge
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Lee Bay
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Noss Mayo
- South Molton
- Stoke Fleming
- 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.