Choosing cottages with hot tubs on the Hartland peninsula will bring you to a picture perfect place to explore the north coast of Devon and Cornwall. Whether you are with family or friends this will be a wonderfully relaxing break and what could be better than relaxing in hot bubbles under a starlit sky at the end of the day.
Walkers and wildlife spotters will love the coastal path along the dramatic coastline and inland there are more gentle and level circular walks. The very nature of the landscape and high cliffs means many of the rivers turn into spectacular waterfalls at the coast. There’s something for everyone whether you want a gentle stroll or a hard workout and the scenery is spectacular enhanced by peregrine falcons, scented wild garlic and look out for the tiny Devon violets.
Hartland Abbey is set in a beautiful valley leading down to the sea and was the last abbey in England to be dissolved by Henry VIII. The house boasts stunning architecture and decoration as well as important collections of paintings, furniture and much more. Outside you can explore 50 acres of garden and walk to the beach which has been a film setting for Sense and Sensibility and more recently The Night Manager.
The glorious light and gorgeous scenery has attracted artists and crafts people for hundreds of years hence regular festivals take place throughout the year as well as a great choice of galleries and studios. The Hartland Quay and Shipwreck and Smuggling Museum are a great day out, right on the coast with fabulous views and tell the stories of four centuries of ship wrecks. Stay a while to see one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see if it’s a clear night.
To get closer to the water take the ferry, or for something special, a helicopter from Hartland Point to Lundy Island which is a jewel in the Atlantic. This is a wild and startlingly beautiful place, a haven for wildlife and perfect for stargazing with no light pollution.
Hartland has a rich history of farming and fishing and boasts locally produced breads, fresh fish and crab, home reared meat plus so much more at farmers markets or one of the many food festivals. Add to this locally produced beer, cider and wine and don’t miss award winning cream teas to try.
Hot tub breaks at Hartland go very quickly so make sure you book yours today and start planning your Devon holiday.