30 December

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach is  only a short hop from downtown Sarasota, the capital of Sarasota County, in South Western Florida, a city reaching back to 1821 when William Whitaker first settled there. Siesta Key covers  about 3.5 sq miles, and has approximately 7500 people. Long and narrow, 8 miles in fact, it is situated on the ...

21 December

Not a guest was stirring …

Not a guest was stirring …

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a guest was stirring, not even a mouse, The log burner was stacked and handled with care, The bathrooms cleaned, not so much as a hair. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of Xboxes danced in their heads. And ...

20 October

North Devon Versus South Devon

North Devon Versus South Devon

North Devon Versus South Devon  When it comes to holidays in Devon, there is one age-old question that’s posed again and again: “Should we go to North Devon or South Devon?” Distinctive though the two coastlines are – one faces the wild Atlantic, the other the calmer English Channel – they also have much in ...

5 October

Halloween Thrills: South East England

Halloween Thrills: South East England

Halloween Thrills: South East England Halloween is on the horizon, which means all around South East England, spook lovers are preparing for a scare! Of course, this haunted holiday also coincides with half-term, so – depending on the age of your children – you may want to keep the Halloween activities friendly and fun rather ...

9 September

Where to Get Your Adrenaline Fix in Devon

Where to Get Your Adrenaline Fix in Devon

Some holiday-goers are happy to lie comatose on a beach for days on end, but for adrenaline junkies, sitting still can feel like something to be endured rather than enjoyed. Luckily, Devon offers much more than rest and relaxation with hills, cliffs, lakes, rivers and not one, but two coastlines providing the chance for rip-roaring ...

8 August

Where to go Walking in Devon

Where to go Walking in Devon

Between the office, public transport, cars and the couch, us modern-day humans end up spending a fair proportion of our life cooped up indoors. Pity that, because nothing boosts the spirits like fresh air and nature, both of which Devon has in spades. Not only is the county home to two National Parks (Exmoor and ...

7 July

Devon’s Best Beaches

Devon’s Best Beaches

It’s no secret that Devon is home to some seriously beautiful beaches, but what’s heaven for one holidaymaker can be hell for another. While some people yearn for a hidden stretch to doze on, others pine after exhilarating waves. Some love the feeling of sand beneath their toes, others prefer sand-free shingle. Some want an ...

25 June

Baskets at the Ready: Devon’s Top Picnic Spots

Baskets at the Ready: Devon’s Top Picnic Spots

In life, there are what we call ‘simple pleasures’ – things that cost next to nothing, but whose satisfying effects can turn an average day into a great one. Like the feeling of being warm and cosy inside as the rain patters on the roof or the smell of freshly laundered sheets, for example. But ...

21 May

Summer Fun: Festival Season in Devon

Summer Fun: Festival Season in Devon

Summer is festival season. In Devon, those precious warm months are packed with celebrations and fun. In fact, there’s rarely a weekend when something isn’t happening. There is food to be eaten, beers to be drunk and live music to be listened to, as well as sports, literary and maritime events to attend. Whatever your ...

17 April

Come Rain or Shine

Come Rain or Shine

The days are getting longer. The sun is occasionally gracing us with its lovely presence. Summer is almost tangible. Yet we must concede that – even in England’s sunny south – the weather at this time of the year can be changeable. To help you prepare for any eventuality during your holiday home stay in ...