Choice Cottages | Self catering holiday accommodation | February 2013

North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival 2013

by Admin28. February 2013 09:00

Devon Holiday Idea:

North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival 2013 

26th April to 5th May 

Are you booked to stay in Devon to enjoy the UK’s most scenic walking festival? If not why not? Take advantage of the low season’s prices at a time when the weather, in recent years, has been at its best and join in some of the many organised walks. Starting in the Ilfracombe area, as last year, the festival is there for 2 days before moving on to Lynton for another two days. It then moves on to Porlock for 3 days and finally to Dunster for the last three days over the May Day Bank holiday. This festival has 41 guided walks to choose from. Each area starts with a 'Welcome Evening’, which is a simple get-together in a local pub to meet the guides – and Bryan Cath, (the organizer). There are now  ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns at Ilfracombe, Lynton and Lynmouth, Porlock and Dunster. To find out more about this accreditation go to the Walkers are Welcome website.


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Check out the Choice Cottages website today to make sure you are in time to book holiday cottages in the UK that lives up to your dreams, maybe one with a hot tub for relaxing after all the walking.

Chocolate Making Course - Cockington Chocolate Company

by Admin27. February 2013 12:58

Things to do in Devon:

Chocolate Making Course

Cockington Chocolate Company

As a chocolate lover (some might say addict!), how could I not include this dream idea to include in a holiday? What better reason to book a holiday in Devon could there be? Why not gift the course to someone you love – they may be making you chocolates for years to come! Master the medium of chocolate with a course at the Cockington Chocolate Company, and leave feeling confident to create chocolates, desserts and cakes like the professionals. Would you like to know how to make delicious desserts for dinner parties, or how to make chocolate gifts for friends and family? Perhaps you run your own shop? Whatever your motivation, Cockington have a range of courses for you. If you just want to watch and taste why not visit their studio where you can watch chocolates ands truffles being hand made and buy some in the shop to take away. Don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase to take all those chocolate goodies home in! Just in case chocolate alone is not enough for you there is also a tearoom that is open all year.


Family cottages and Devon self catering accommodation is available. 


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Indian Head Massage - One Day Workshop - Northam, near Bideford

by Admin26. February 2013 09:00

Things to do in Devon:

Indian Head Massage - One Day Workshop - Northam, near Bideford

Saturday 2nd March or Tuesday 12th March 10.00 -16.30

Learn to perform an Indian Head Massage on friends and family during a one-day fun and informal workshop. Learn massage techniques to use on the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck and scalp, and put it all together into a  25 - 30 minute routine. The day is aimed at the complete beginner, and provides a great introduction to Indian Head Massage techniques. You will leave at the end of the day feeling confident in using the techniques and how to put them together into a full routine as well as understanding how some techniques can stand alone to provide useful relief from aches, pains, headaches and so on. You can attend the workshop without any commitment to further training but you will find that it provides you with a solid foundation for you to then build upon should you choose. Class sizes are small (from 4 to 8 people), so you will have plenty of individual attention and practice. No previous experience is required. Once you have completed the workshop, practice what you have learnt for the rest of your stay – it promises to be a relaxing visit!


Stay at one of a large selection of Bideford Cottages, Appledore Cottages or Cottages in Westward Ho!


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World Pasty Competition - At the Eden Project in Cornwall

by Admin25. February 2013 09:00

Date for your Devon Diary:

World Pasty Competition - Eden Project, Cornwall

Saturday 2nd March 2013

Evidence of the Cornish pasty as a traditional Cornish food is found in Worgan's agricultural survey of Cornwall of 1808. In the 1860s records show that children employed in mines also took pasties with them as part of their crib or croust (local dialect for snack or lunch). By the end of the 18th century it was the staple diet of working men across Cornwall. Miners and farm workers took this portable and easy to eat convenience food with them to work because it was so well suited to the purpose. Its size and shape made it easy to carry; its pastry case insulated the contents and was durable enough to survive, while its wholesome ingredients provided enough sustenance to see the workers through their long and arduous working days. You can see pasties from all over the world competing at the 2nd Annual World Championships at The Eden Project. The day’s events will include music, demonstrations, storytelling and (best of all!) tastings.


Holiday Cottages in Cornwall, Self catering accommodation in Devon and Devon holidays are available for your stay.


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The Moscow State Circus | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

by Admin24. February 2013 09:00

Date for your Diary:

The Moscow State Circus | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe

Thursday 28th February 2013 17.00 and 20.00

The circus is coming to town! Thankfully in the theatre not a tent, since it is still February. The Moscow State Circus brings its latest & most spectacular show to date to tour the UK with this sensational extravaganza Babushkin Sekret. Inspired by the legend of ‘The 12 chairs’, the new show takes us on an incredible journey in the company of, without a doubt the greatest circus performers on earth. A Mammoth cast of Russia's greatest and most talented circus artistes, many of which have never performed in Britian, transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary & classical circus in way never before witnessed. The newly devised show includes the beautiful queen of Russian Circus Yana Alievia on a revolving ariel chandelier. The Whirlwind Rubsovs troupe who acrobatically catapult themselves at breakneck speed. The Doktorov, flying & spiraling in the apex of the auditorium with grace, beauty and elegance. The flying Veslovski, amazing Roller Skating Troupe, Twisted Contortionist Katia, the Yakovles jugglers on vertical poles & the amazing quick change of Duo Shmandrpvskoys. If all this isn’t enough to keep you sat on the edge of your seat then the award winning clowns, splendid Pavlik & Klava will have you falling off them with laughter.


Large Holiday Cottages & Family Holiday Cottages in Devon.


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Free Entry Day at RHS Rosemoor, Near Torrington

by Admin23. February 2013 09:00

Date for your Diary:

Free Entry Day at RHS Rosemoor, Near Torrington

Friday 1st march 10.00 – 17.00

Get to know your Royal Horticultural Society. Take this opportunity to visit Rosemoor's inspirational 65 acre garden for free. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Garden as it awakens from its winter slumbers and discover the advantages of becoming a member of the RHS. Already a member? Why not bring your friends and share with them the benefits of RHS membership for the day.


Book perfect Devon rural country escapes and self catering cottages.


There is an extensive area of plants for sale, a gift shop and restaurant facilities. Both the plants and food ingredients are locally grown or sourced whenever possible.

Ghost Tour at Dartmouth Castle | Cottages in South Devon

by Admin22. February 2013 09:00

Date for your Diary:

Ghost Tour at Dartmouth Castle

Friday 22nd February 2013 18.00 and 19.30 pm

Dartmouth Cottages

Feeling bored? Need some excitement this evening? Too long to wait for Halloween? Why not head into South Devon and end your day with a visit to Dartmouth Castle. Enjoy a ghost tour of Dartmouth Castle at night, especially for families. Explore every part of this atmospheric site including the Gun Battery and its maze of spooky passages. Hear tales of times gone by and beware of any unexpected visitors who may be lurking round the corner! Tours last approximately 1 hour and include a hot drink. 


Teignmouth Cottages in South Devon are available for your stay.


Purchase your tickets by calling 0870 333 1183 

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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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