As the curtain of the new year was gently pulled back, we found ourselves yearning for a quiet retreat to shake off the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Thus, we set our sights on a three-day sojourn in the verdant landscapes of South Devon.
Our accommodation of choice was the Dartmoor Shepards Huts. Nestled within the tranquil Devonshire countryside, these huts offered a perfect blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. The cabin was spacious, featuring an open-plan kitchen and dining area, and a cosy side room that housed a double bed and bunk beds. Although it claimed to sleep eight, I dare say it would be a bit of a squeeze. The decor was tastefully modern, and while the cleanliness was not spotless, it was agreeably up to par.
Our first evening was spent exploring the nearby town of Paignton. As the evening drew in, we took a leisurely stroll around this charming seaside spot, drinking in the nostalgic beauty of its Victorian architecture and the soft, lapping waves of the Tor Bay. The town, rich in history dating back to Celtic times, served as a quaint backdrop for our twilight adventure.
The next day, we embarked on a whirlwind tour of South Devon. Our journey took us through the bustling city of Plymouth, the pristine beaches of Slapton Sands, the vibrant town of Torquay, and culminated with a breathtaking sunset at Teignmouth, viewed from the vantage point of the sea wall.
Our final day was reserved for reconnecting with nature. We made our way to Avon Dam, where we enjoyed a refreshing walk against a backdrop of lush greenery and the soothing sound of a nearby river. Despite being the depths of January, the weather was surprisingly warm and sunny, allowing us to explore the idyllic surroundings to our hearts’ content.
This trip was a journey down memory lane, visiting places I hadn’t seen since my teenage years. It was a soothing balm to the soul, seeing these familiar locales seemingly untouched by the passage of time. The beaches, especially, were a highlight, just as picturesque and inviting as I remembered. It was the perfect escape, a chance to recharge our batteries and welcome the new year with open hearts and minds.
Looking back on this trip, it was a sublime blend of relaxation, exploration, and nostalgia. So, if you’re looking for a unique retreat, South Devon may just be the hidden gem you’re searching for. I, for one, cannot wait to return, perhaps in the summer next time, to see what other treasures this lovely region has to offer.