Choice Cottages | Self catering holiday accommodation | December 2013

Visit Christmas Farmer?s Markets while in North Devon Holiday Cottages for your special Festive Holiday meals

by Admin10. December 2013 10:28

Farmers Market Devon

Free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, puddings, biscuits, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at the South West’s biggest indoor Farmers Market at The Big Sheep on 14th and 21st December. So why not forget the hustle and bustle of high street shopping and enjoy the social buzz of a fantastic traditional country farmer’s market and while you are there stock up on some last minute Christmas presents in the BIG Sheep’s Sheepy Shop which is an Aladdin’s Cave full of unique and quirky gifts.


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There are farmers markets in almost every town and large village in the lead up to Christmas. As you drive around look out for the signs for them on the approach roads. You are sure to find festive treats, as well as the wonderful locally made produce always available at them.


If you haven’t booked your North Devon holiday cottages you are leaving it a bit late, but have a look now for what is still available – you’ll need a kitchen to cook that Christmas lunch!

Instow Vintage Fair at Instow Parish Hall on Saturday 14th December 2013

by Admin9. December 2013 10:25

Instow Cottages

Instow Vintage Fair is now in its second year and continues to grow. This popular vintage fair draws stallholders and visitors from across the South West. It has a hand picked collection of quality Vintage and Retro sellers who will be offering clothing, accessories and homewards. From the very beginning Instow Vintage chose North Devon Hospice as their charity of choice and continue to work closely with them to raise funds. 100% of the entrance fee is donated to North Devon Hospice after each event.


More info at: Instow Vintage

Picnic With Father Christmas At Arlington Court

by Admin8. December 2013 10:09

Arlington Court

Father Christmas has promised to come to National Trust’s Arlington Court on 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December 2013. Bring along a picnic of your favourite food and enjoy games, crafts and stories at Arlington Court. Visit the house to receive a special pre-Christmas gift from Father Christmas. There are presents for the children and hot drinks for the adults. The National Trust shop may inspire you to find that difficult gift or special present for family or friends. It will be open every weekend in November & December selling Christmas gifts, cards and decorations. Or come and buy a bargain in their sales, from Boxing Day to New Year's Day.


More Info at: Christmas at Arlington Court

Barnstaple Has Everything For A Perfect Holiday - Wonderful Town, Good Shops, Excellent Transport And Beautiful Beaches Nearby

by Admin7. December 2013 09:52

Coming to Barnstaple? As the premier town in North Devon you’ll find great bars, great restaurants and big name high street shopping. But that’s not what makes Barnstaple special. Not alone. That’s done by the independent boutique shops within the town, the proud local food producers selling their delicious delicacies in the Pannier Market and, of course, the town’s colourful history. It’s this mix of new and old, of modern and traditional that’s behind Barnstaple’s charm. We’d love you to share it with us. Barnstaple bereft of history? Think again! It’s the oldest borough in England and was once the most important port in the South West. It even played its role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Whether you want to catch a live band, laugh yourself silly at a celebrity stand-up gig or catch one of the latest films in the cinema, there’s always something to keep you entertained in Barnstaple. It’s not just big high street names that make shopping in Barnstaple fun. Delightful boutique shops offer everything from jeans, to jewellery, to juice. There’s plenty of secure parking close by too. What more could you need? Maybe an extra pair of arms for your bags...


Barnstaple’s restaurants cover cuisine from all over the world. So whether you fancy Italian, Indian, Thai or Chinese, you’re sure to find something that hits the spot. There are plenty of well-known chain restaurants here too. Tuck in!


Devon is renowned for its fresh local produce and Barnstaple gives you plenty of places where you can snap it up at its best. Do your taste buds a favour and get stuck in. You won’t regret it!


Barnstaple is extremely sport-friendly and home to fantastic facilities. Whether you love playing or prefer watching, you’ll find plenty to fill your spare time – from rowing to a round of golf. Fore!


Choice Holiday Cottages in North Devon give you the best of both worlds, close to Barnstaple and all it has to offer, with the traditional village aspects found in many of the wonderful North Devon Villages. Have a look at English Rose Cottage and Overton House, both in Bishops Tawton (with its excellent village pub, the Chichester Arms), or head for the village of High Bickington and Forest View. Start to plan your escape to the country now!


More info at Holiday Cottages UK

Festive Creation Station At Atlantic Village Tomorrow ? Don?t Miss Out!

by Admin6. December 2013 10:40

Festive Creation Station At Atlantic Village Tomorrow – Don’t Miss Out!

atlantic village bideford

Keep the kids entertained with the Heart Angels’ creation station at Atlantic Village on Saturday 7th December 2013. The little darlings (Yes you know the ones – don’t forget to keep reminding them that Santa prefers good children!) can make Christmas cards and have their faces painted while you shop for the perfect gift! The workshops are absolutely free. There is also a new shop at Atlantic Village, just in time for Christmas - The Gift Company. The Gift Company was established in 1995 and this friendly, family run company has 24 stores nationwide. They pride themselves on selling quality giftware at very reasonable prices. From stunning items of jewellery, candles & candleware, frames to oak furniture, quirky wine bottle holders and doorstops there really is something for everyone. Pop down and see for yourself.


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Christmas Is Coming ? Visit The Polar Express At Dartmoor Railway And Experience The Magic!

by Admin5. December 2013 09:55

Christmas Is Coming – Visit The Polar Express At Dartmoor Railway And Experience The Magic!

“All Aboard” The Polar Express!

Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment and the award winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this very special train ride is inspired by magic and designed to delight and inspire your family this festive season. The Polar Express train makes a mystical round-trip journey to the North Pole. The characters of the story come to life with the conductor punching away at the children’s golden tickets, chefs dancing and delivering hot chocolate and cookies, and the doubting hobo wandering through the train. The story is read aloud and the music from the movie plays for all the kids to sing along. At the North Pole, Santa anxiously awaits the children amongst the sparkling lights of his little city and climbs aboard to give the classic silver sleigh bell to all the believing boys and girls. Greet Santa just like the children in the story, and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for the whole family to take part in the magic by coming dressed in your favourite pyjamas! Each passenger in Premium Class seating will receive the commemorative Polar Express mug to take home. Add to it each year as your family makes the Polar Express an annual tradition.


More info at : The Polar Express Dartmoor Railway

Rag Rug Wreath Making At Arlington Court ? Something Special For Your Christmas Holiday

by Admin4. December 2013 10:33

Rag Rug Wreath Making At Arlington Court – Something Special For Your Christmas Holiday

Rag Rug Wreath Making At Arlington Court

The 2nd of National Trust property Arlington Court’s Rag Rug Wreath Making Workshops takes place on Thursday 12th December. You can make a recycled fabric wreath, which can be used for years to come. Learn the skill of rag rug making to create a unique and colourful decoration in a workshop led by Deborah Hastings. You’ll take home a completed wreath ready to hang. There is an £18 charge, but all materials, tools and hot drinks are included. Please bring your own lunch. The tearoom will be closed on Thursday 12 December. There is more traditional wreath making workshops running on the weekend of 7th and 8th December. These have a charge of £10. You will use foliage from the estate to create a beautiful fresh wreath. Pick up ideas about how to decorate your wreath at home and how to keep it looking fresh. What you’ll take home - the start of a wreath with foliage for you to complete and decorate at home. Please bring: a pair of secateurs and gardening gloves. What’s included - materials for wreath body and hot drinks.


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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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