Experience a quintessential English summer in the south-west of England, from enjoying a game of cricket on the beach to Pimm's-fuelled picnics with cucumber sandwiches in rolling green meadows, and enjoying strawberries and clotted cream as you watch the world go by in quaint seaside towns. And as if you needed anymore to whet your appetite, here are a few more of our favourite ways to enjoy summer in the south-west…
Sailing and Surfing in Cornwall
Right at the very rugged tip of south-west England lies Cornwall; land of beaches, glistening ocean and picturesque fishing villages. Take to the water with the wind in your hair aboard a luxurious classic sailing yacht off the coast, one of the most visually stunning and safe areas for sailing in the whole of Britain. To top off its accolades, Cornwall is also the home of British surfing so if you're looking to dive into the deep end, we can help you ride the waves by arranging private surfing lessons for you and your family.
Horse Riding in Dartmoor
Dartmoor National Park is a place for lovers of the outdoors; whether walking, cycling or on horseback, there are ample opportunities to soak up this dramatic landscape. With imposing granite tors, wooded river valleys, heather covered moorland and hidden villages, there is beauty at every turn. For riding enthusiasts, no matter what level of experience, head to Dartmoor for a private horse-riding experience in some epic scenery; explore the moors, babbling brooks and rocky crags from a height as you ride with your local guide. The rugged landscape of the National Park is so beautiful it was used for Steven Spielberg's WW1 epic, War Horse.
Foodie Fun at Lympstone
Enjoy a gastronomic treat during a romantic stay at Devon's Lympstone Manor where two-Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines, heads up the culinary team. Dine on modern British cuisine cooked by one of Britain's most celebrated and influential chefs during a luxurious stay at the historic Grade II listed manor house in the heart of Devon. The south-west of England is an outstanding source of sensational and fresh food, with fish from the British Channel, organic fruit from a local farm and outstanding wine from a Devon-based vineyard all on the Michelin-starred menu. And when you feel in need of working off some of the world-class cuisine, enjoy walks around the beautiful 28-acre grounds and venture onto one of the many spectacular coastal paths.
Heligan is one of the most mysterious and charming estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this 'Sleeping Beauty' was re-awakened in 1992 to become Europe's largest garden restoration project and the UK's most romantic garden. On the other end of the spectrum is the somewhat space age Eden, boasting the world's largest rainforest in captivity, stunning gardens and world-class sculptures. More than just a garden to visit, the project is working on programmes worldwide to bring about environmental, social and economic regeneration. Continue your green-fingered adventures and visit the National Trust-owned Glendurgan Garden, one of the best of Cornwall's iconic valley gardens, leading to a sheltered beach and coastal village.