Choice Cottages | Self catering holiday accommodation | December 2012

Running in Devon | Bideford Half Marathon | Ninette Quine & Claire Bisset

by Admin19. December 2012 11:19

Choice Cottages | Bideford Half Marathon Challenge

Not satisfied with running the odd marathon, Ninette (Choice Cottages Self Catering Accommodation Managing Director) who ran two London Marathons previously in 1999 and 2009 has decided to do the Bideford Half Marathon with her daughter Claire (Choice Cottages - Financial Director) in March 2013. With only 74 days to go, training started with new level of commitment today. They will be supporting a local charity and we wish them luck with this project. No doubt they will be as successful with their run as they are in their Self Catering Holiday Cottage Accommodation business!

The Bideford Half Marathon is held in March each year over a virtually level course taking in magnificent countryside alongside the River Torridge between Bideford & Great Torrington. The course is half on country roads and half on the Tarka Trail which was formerly a railway line (you even get to run through a tunnel).

Choice Holiday Cottages in Devon - Season?s celebration!

by Ninette18. December 2012 15:13

Christmas in Devon

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Choice Team!

We would to thank all our Visitors, Owners and Property Managers for the success  of 2012, and look forward to exceeding all expectations during 2013.

Our website is constantly evolving and improving and we invite all our clients to visit it regularly for fresh and exciting updates with information on all our properties and special offers.

We will monitor all sales enquiries and contacts over Christmas/New Year’s week and we’ll be open on the 27th,28th and 29th from 10am-2pm with normal office hours resuming on the 3rd Jan. Our sales team will also be monitoring the enquiries throughout the Festive Season

For your diary: Top Things to Do and See in North Devon

by Admin18. December 2012 14:19

A selection of must see Events, Things to Do, Things to See in Devon while enjoying self catering holiday cottage accommodation in the South West.




Top 10 For Your Diary:

On until 5th January 2013 (matinée and evening performances)

Queens Theatre, Barnstaple

Robin Hood – The Queens Theatre Pantomime

Tickets from £12.00 (Discounts for Groups)

The annual pantomime is always full of action and laughs. It is suitable for all ages from 3 up. This year it stars Laura Main (BBC1 - Call the Midwife). 

More details and booking at



Somewhere to Eat:

Wild Thyme Café, Braunton

Located near the centre of Braunton, in the Caen Field Shopping Centre, Wild Thyme is a friendly café open daytime, seven days a week. It uses local produce and always has interesting options on the menu, many suitable for vegetarians.

The cappuccino and traditional breakfast, which I had on my last visit, were delicious and reasonably priced. There is also a wide range of fruit smoothies and juices. Clientele include all ages, local residents and visitors and there is seating both in and outside. Parking is available (pay and display) right outside the café.

More details, menus and prices can be found at



Things to Do:

Saturday 5th January 2013 18:00

Meet at Dovey Manor Museum, Porlock

Porlock Wassail Day

Free event

Parade through the village, wassailing at the orchards and ending at the community orchard, followed by folk singing and Mummers Play. Bring saucepan lids, drums and anything else that makes a noise!

More details from Porlock Visitor Centre - 01643 863150



Things to See:

Monday January 7th to Monday February 25th     

10:00-15:00 daily

Rendezvous Café, Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

Entropy – Marcus Sousa

Free Entry

A Photographic exhibition, with visually striking images that leave our minds to wander, local photographer Marcus Sousa takes you on a personal and up close journey on how the tides mark the Ilfracombe and Woolacombe coastline.

More details at



Things to do:

Cycling on the Tarka Trail 

(Braunton to Fremington – approx. 10 miles)

An old railway line from Meeth, via Barnstaple, to Braunton has been converted into a traffic-free walking and cycling track. Much of the track is flat as it follows the edges of the Taw Estuary.

At the Braunton end, start from the main village centre car park (pay and display) and follow the well sign posted route from the back of the car park (next to the police station). After cycling through the outskirts of the village you will come out by the edge of the estuary, with its ever-changing tides, sandbanks, water channels and wildlife. 

At Barnstaple cross the new bridge (cycleway beside the road) or go under the new bridge and cross the old town centre bridge in the centre of Barnstaple (less uphill, but further!). 

The cycle track then continues, well signposted, alongside the estuary and through marshes until it reaches the old Quay at Fremington. There are some interesting shelters and artwork along this stretch of the route. Free parking is available at Fremington Quay

See for more details

There are many places to stop for refreshment along the route and cycle hire is available at:

Otter Cycle Hire (Braunton) 01271 813339 (Barnstaple Railway Station) (Fremington)



For Your Diary:

Saturday, May 18th, 2013 from 18:00


Nightwalk 2013

Nightwalk is a women’s fundraising event for North Devon Hospice. Hundreds of women walk from Barnstaple to Bideford (or vice versa) with staggered starting times to avoid congestion. Return transport is provided to your starting point. 

The walk is along the level, firm surface of the Tarka Trail. There are plenty of marshals and also refreshments and comfort stops provided along the route.

A friendly inclusive atmosphere prevails throughout and it is a lovely opportunity to experience the Tarka Trail during the hours of darkness.

More details can be found at



For Your Diary:

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 19:45

Queens Theatre, Barnstable

Talon - The Best of Eagles

Tickets £19; Members/Supporters £18; Young Person £11

Talon are recognised as probably the world’s definitive Eagles tribute show. This show is part of their 15th anniversary tour and booking for tickets is recommended. (Recommended age 8+)

More details and booking at



For Your Diary:

Thursday January 17th 2013 at 19:00

Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

National Theatre Live – The Magistrate

Tickets £12.50; Members/Supporters £10.50; Young Person £7

John Lithgow and Nancy Carroll appear in this comic farce, part of the National Theatre’s initiative to broadcast the Best of British theatre live around the world. (Recommended age 14+)

More details and booking at



Things To See:

Saturday January 19th to Saturday March 2nd 2013

Open 10:00 – 16:00 Monday to Saturday

Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, The Square, Barnstaple

11th North Devon Open Art Exhibition

A showcase of recent work by selected artists. Also at Queens Theatre Gallery Café. 

More details at

Whats on in Devon









Devon Cottages for Christmas | New Year Cottages in Devon

by Justin Beckley7. December 2012 09:40

Choice Cottages in Devon offer a quality selection of affordable self catering holiday cottages along Devon's magnificent coastline & rural heartland - why not come and join us for Christmas ? 


We have had increased enquiries this year for larger self catering Devon cottages for the Christmas & New Year season, with party sizes typically from six to fourteen. Choice Cottages have a number of quality 3 / 4 / 5 or 6 bed family cottages, perfect for sleeping and entertaining the whole family.


Most of the cottages have wifi, entertainment systems, games consoles and many will decorate the cottages with Christmas trees and festive cheer on request.


Even better, our Devon cottages have a large selection of affordable cottages that are pet / dog friendly.


Why not browse our selection of Holiday Cottages UK, special offers and last minute self catering accommodation and take your next holidays in Devon with Choice Cottages.


About Choice Cottages

Choice Cottages specialise in providing quality self catering holiday cottages to let in Devon, Somerset, Cornwall & Dorset in the UK.

We are an expanding family run company with offices in Bideford, Barnstaple, and Braunton and have a friendly, experienced team providing guests with the personal touch.

We have a wide portfolio of quality hand-picked self catering cottages to let in the South West and are proud of our high levels of service to holiday makers.

These well-appointed Devon Cottages will offer you and your family, fantastic access to the designated areas of outstanding natural beauty and inspiring scenery in North Devon and the best weather in England.

We currently specialise in the West Country Counties with many properties in the popular Seaside areas of: Croyde Bay, Saunton, WoolacombeLee Bay, Westward Ho!, Appledore, Bideford, Teignmouth, Lynton and Lynmouth. In addition, a selection of properties are available for the Country and town locations of: Barnstaple, Braunton, GeorgehamExmoorHartland and Torrington

With hundreds of hand-picked properties to choose from, you are assured of the best of quality, from luxury Holiday Cottages to romantic getaways, pet friendly properties and large traditional thatch Holiday Homes - there is something for everyone’s budget.

Choice Cottages is North Devon's Premier self catering holiday cottage letting agent for owners. We have a growing list of clients who have chosen us to market their holiday home for rent and to deal with their bookings, so why not join us now.

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