Choice Cottages | Self catering holiday accommodation | January 2013

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize Exhibition

by Admin31. January 2013 09:00

Places to visit in Devon:

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize Exhibition

Runs until 1st march 2013

Broomhill Sculpture Garden

Broomhill Sculpture Gardens. Just one month left to visit this exhibition and cast your vote. Ten UK-based sculptors selected by a top judging panel were given the challenge of exhibiting in the National Sculpture Prize Exhibition, in a bid to win the 2012 NSP title. Each of the ten finalists had a £1,000 budget and three months to turn their proposed idea into an inspiring finished piece for the Summer Exhibition. The final ten sculptures have been on display at Broomhill since 1st June 2012. Be prepared to have your art critic hat on when you visit, as they’ll be asking you to help them select the ‘Public Speaks’ winner! You will be able to cast a vote for your favourite sculpture online and at Broomhill until 1st March 2013. There is also a restaurant and gallery at the sculpture gardens. Perfect Country Cottages in Devon are available for your stay.


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William Frederick Rock - Barnstaple's Greatest Benefactor

by Admin30. January 2013 09:00

Local Devon history:

William Rock - Barnstaple's Greatest Benefactor

Barnstaple Cottages | Justin Beckley Photography

William Frederick Rock was born in Barnstaple in 1802, He was a successful publisher in London, but  always remebered his North Devon links. He never married and spent his time, energies and wealth is fighting injustice and supporting other good causes. Enjoy a walk in Rock Park, alongside the estuary in Barnstaple  - purchased by him and dedicated to the public in 1879. Poetry was an interest of Rock’s since his childhood and he was first published in the Barnstaple Miscellany of October 1823. He later produced his own volumes in 1867 and 1877 and wrote special verses for friends and relatives, too. If you're keen to read some of his longer works, you should try Jim & Nell, a dialect poem from 1867, in which William endeavoured to include all the local slang terms that he was familiar with! Stay in perfect Family Holiday Cottages in Barnstaple.

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Devon County Show | South West Agriculture

by Admin29. January 2013 09:00

Date for the Devon diary:

Devon County Show

16th – 18th May 2013

Devon County Show | Justin Beckley Photography

The Devon Show is the curtain raiser for the South West agricultural season and this year are welcoming two national cattle shows – the South Devons and the Dexters. The Diggerland Dancing Diggers Stunt Team are signed-up to perform their gravity-defying routine in the Mole Valley Farmers’ Main Arena. Savage Skills – the UK's leading mountain bike and BMX extreme freestyle display team - will be demonstrating their skills and giving advice to budding cyclists! As always there will be things to do for everyone, from ‘would be’ and established farmers to food tasters and shopaholics! Local producers usually offer to let you sample their produce. There is a wide range of local crafts and an extensive selection of clothing retailers, often selling something a little different from the high street chains! A non-stop programme of events is scheduled in the various arenas and the traditional judging of farm animals and selling of major equipment (anyone want to buy a combine harvester?) will give you a day out to remember. Devon Cottages are available to make you stay an even more enjoyable one.

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Braunton Burrows | Saunton Sands | North Devon

by Admin28. January 2013 09:00

Places to Visit in Devon:

Braunton Burrows

Braunton Burrows | Justin Beckley Photography

Braunton Burrows is an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (Europe’s highest level of recognition). It’s one of the largest and most impressive sand dune eco-systems in the UK, stretching from Saunton to the Taw Estuary, a distance of some 6 km and 1.5 km wide. The dunes can be approached from Saunton or Velator Quay, along minor roads, one being a toll road. Parking is available to the rear of the dunes at both ends and in the centre. There are many paths through the dunes and a lovely walk takes you along the wide sandy beach from Saunton, crossing the dunes on a wooden walkway at the furthest end, returning through the dunes or along the unmade road at the rear of the dunes. The dunes themselves have been described as a range of sand mountains, and on occasions you wonder if you will be able to find your way back to the track or beach as they seem to stretch on and on. The desert like climate (minimal rainfall) has enabled an extensive range of unusual plant to flourish, including several orchids. Local shops stock books to indicate what to look for and where they are to be found. Choice cottages has Luxury Holiday Cottages in Devon and Self Catering Apartments in Saunton; a perfect base from which to explore the Braunton Burrows.

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Cycle the Tarka Trail | Things to do in Devon

by Admin27. January 2013 09:00

Things to Do in Devon:

Cycle the Tarka Trail

Fremington to Great Torrington (approx. 12 miles)

Tarka Trail | Cycling | Holiday Cottages in Devon

The Tarka Trail is an old railway track, converted into a traffic-free cycle and walking trail. It can be followed from Ilfracombe to Okehampton, although some of the route at either end is on minor roads, where the track of the railway is no longer available. Fremington to Great Torrington is all traffic free and some lengths are so far from the road that there is no traffic noise in the background. The route is all tarmac, well used and suitable for all ages and abilities. The Fremington to Gt. Torrington stretch is almost flat, with a climb (railway gradient!) up to a tunnel on leaving Bideford, then compensating downhill all the way to Torrington. Other than the short climb to the tunnel, the track follows the Taw and then Torridge estuaries, joining back up with the river Torridge after the tunnel. There are plenty of access points and parking at Fremington. Instow, Bideford and near The Puffing Billy at Great Torrington (please note this is some distance from the centre of the town) and the route can be cycled in either direction. There are regular refreshment stops available along the way and shops can be accessed at Instow and Bideford.


There are many self catering Holiday Cottages in Devon, perfect to explore the Tarka Trail.


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Cycle hire is available at: (Fremington) (Bideford) (Gt. Torrington)

The Nutcracker | Queens Theatre, Barnstaple | Devon Cottages

by Admin26. January 2013 09:00

Date for your Devon Diary:

The Nutcracker - Presented by Hartley Williamson School of Dance

Saturday 2nd February 2013, 2pm & 7pm

Nutcracker Ballet | North Devon Theatres

Queens Theatre, Barnstaple: The talented young dancers of HWSD return, following their well-received adaptation of Swan Lake in 2010, to present another of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet pieces. Performed by the senior students, a magical visit to the theatre is guaranteed for all ages. As a curtain raiser the youngest students will perform a new work, The Selfish Giant with music by Dan Goeller. Proceeds will be donated to The Children’s Holiday Foundation (North Devon). Stay in one of many Luxury Cottages in Devon.


Minimum age recommendation: 2


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Ilfracombe RNLI SOS Day | Stay in Ilfracombe Cottages

by Admin25. January 2013 09:00

Things to Do in Devon:

Ilfracombe RNLI SOS Day

Friday 25th January 2013

RNLI Ilfracombe

SOS Day is all about having fun and raising funds. On the last Friday in January, lifeboat stations and RNLI supporters around the UK and Ireland hold lots of fun events, really brightening up this otherwise dull month! Covering part of the north Devon coast, Ilfracombe has celebrated nearly 180 years as a lifeboat station. The two lifeboats carry out a wide variety of shouts and four Medals for gallantry have been awarded. There is also an RNLI shop just along the street from the Lifeboat station.



Why not allow time to have a look at Damien Hirst’s ‘Verity’ statue while you are in the area. Stay over in chocolate box Holiday Cottages in Devon.


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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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