A Fashionable Long Weekend in Devon

A sunset in Devon

If you are in search of a slice of countryside bliss, then Devon should be the top of your list of places to visit in the UK. This relaxing retreat has all you need for a weekend of luxury, enjoying the peace and quiet as well as the sheer beauty of the countryside. In this quiet corner of the UK, we have got the perfect array of exquisite restaurants, beautiful beaches and stunning sights to visit, so read on to hear about the hidden gems.

Where to go:

There are a variety of magical places to visit in Devon, meaning that it can be a little difficult to choose which one to book a trip to. If you are in search of a city break, then Exeter will be the hub you are looking for. With stunning stretches of National Parks just a short drive away and a plethora of beaches available, you can enjoy the variety of city chic and blissful beach life! Exeter is relatively small, however it packs in a whole lot of history, with a beautiful cathedral, plenty of restaurants and stunning sights in the area. It offers the perfect mixture of county and city bliss!

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Another option is the heart of North Devon, which is a favourite amongst visitors to this region. Its popularity is largely due to the beautiful beaches which are perfect for surfing and sunbathing alike. If you enjoy walking, Devon will not disappoint with an endless amount of scenic paths to be explored, which are particularly enjoyable in the summer sunshine – many of these are also perfect picnic locations! Take some time for yourself and enjoy the sheer relaxation at a yoga or spa break in North Devon to recuperate and re-visit the simple pleasures in life. North Devon also sits close enough that you can take a day trip to the city, offering the best of both worlds.

Day 1: Explore

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When you arrive at your Devonshire address, the first thing to do is to get out and explore the local area. Nothing too tiresome, but a short walk around will help you to find your bearings and might give you a little inspiration on what you would like to do during your stay. Put on a pair of your luxury silk pareo trousers with a simple white shirt or t-shirt, and you’ll be ready to explore, and to head out for a sophisticated dinner in effortless style!

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Why not sample some of Devon’s finest food offerings on your first night to kick start your weekend? We would recommend testing out one of the Michelin star restaurants such as Thomas Carr at The Olive Room in Ilfracombe, or heading to Woolacombe for a unique fine dining experience at Noel Corston at EX34. Both of them serve up a range of exquisite, local, seasonal foods and will certainly give you an experience to remember.

Day 2: Head to the City

The main city in Devon is Exeter, and although small, the area provides a fantastic array of art, history, restaurants, shopping and a magnificent gothic cathedral. If you’re visiting Devon, then you should certainly taste a little bit of the chic city life.

There are a wide range of fantastic restaurants to explore, including many small, independent places, which utilise local products and serve up exciting brunches, lunches and dinners for all to enjoy. For the history buffs amongst us, take a trip to the RAMM Museum to discover Exeter’s fascinating history. Alternatively, the Exeter Phoenix is a fantastic multi-arts centre, where creative workshops and live performances often take place in the eclectic building – so be sure to take a look at the schedules for any activities that take your fancy.

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There’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the day, so dress in one of our comfortable silk kaftans and a pair of simple sandals for the perfect city chic elegance!

Day 3: Explore the Local Beauty

North Devon has plenty on offer in terms of natural beauty. One of the best places to enjoy this beauty is in the National Trust area, such as Arlington Court, where you can enjoy a walk through the stunning gardens and country house before experiencing a traditional Devonshire cream tea.

Another nearby attraction is Broomhill Sculpture Gardens and Art Hotel. Famously known for the red shoe statue, this is another foodie haven where local, fresh produce is shown at its best! Enjoy the culture and arts on offer at Broomhill and explore the local masterpieces on display both indoors and outdoors, before settling down for a sophisticated evening meal.

There are so many other exciting attractions nearby that will be suited to a range of different personalities, so it is always worth researching a little beforehand to see which best meets your travel ideal.

Day 4: A Blissful Beach Day

No trip to Devon would be complete without a visit to the golden sands. Our top recommendations would be to explore  Croyde, Saunton or Woolacombe, as these have the best array of amenities and offer an authentic Devonshire seaside experience. If you want to enjoy a classic seaside scene, head to Saunton where you can hire out a pretty little beach hut for the day, and spend your time sipping cocktails as you watch the sea waves crashing. Bring along a silk wrap skirt for an elegant beach look, it will also make it easier to get ready to take a dip in the sea if you are feeling brave!

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Be sure to wait and watch the magnificent sunsets, particularly during the summer months. This vibrant display of warm colours will be the perfect end to a fashionable long weekend in Devon. Be sure to bring along your silk kimono for warmth in the evening as you watch the sun set into the calm sea.

What are you waiting for? Pack up your luxury silk travel collection and head for a weekend by the seaside or a long fashionable weekend in the heart of Devon!

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Images: Peter Kazmierczak, Antony McCallum, Roger May