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National Trust’s Neptune Coastline Campaign celebrates 50 years of success

This year marks the 50th year of an important campaign by the National Trust to save the British Isles’ coastline, titled the Neptune Coastline Campaign, with a book also having been released to celebrate its success.

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5 towns and villages you need to explore in the South Hams

The South Hams is a beautiful pocket of the world, filled with natural beauty, from its countryside to its coastline, with charming towns, villages and hamlets dotted throughout the area waiting for you to explore them. Many of our properties, including our holiday cottages in Torcross, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe are situated in prime locations ideal for visiting and exploring these towns and villages. We’ve decided to put together a little guide of the best places to visit, which include some of the mentioned locations, for your enjoyment, and to help you to decide how you spend your precious holiday time in Devon.

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Dartmouth Food Festival confirmed for 2015

One of the largest events on the town’s calendar, the Dartmouth Food Festival, has just been confirmed as returning for 2015, and is set to be another successful event this year, bringing thousands of visitors to the town.

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2000 year-old pasty discovered on the Devon-Cornwall border

Potentially one of the South West’s most important cultural discoveries, a 2000 year old pasty, preserved in a perfect condition, has been unearthed in the Tamar Valley.

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Exhibition brings works by the South West’s best sculptors to Kingsbridge

An exhibition, titled ‘Conversations’, is set to bring artworks by some of the South West’s greatest sculptors to Kingsbridge’s Harbour House arts centre, not far from our Dartmouth self-catering cottages.

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More Brits are now favouring fitness holidays

Holidays often used to be (and still can be!) all about unwinding and relaxation, a time to recuperate from a busy period of work and constantly being on the go. More and more Brits, however, are now favouring something completely different – a fitness holiday – to recharge the batteries.

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Popular English Riviera attraction the giant Ferris wheel opening this weekend!

If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Torquay while staying in one of our South Devon holiday cottages then you’ve probably seen the giant Ferris wheel. The good news is that if you’ve not ridden it before, or you have and you want to enjoy another ride, it is set for a happy return to the popular destination in the English Riviera just in time for the start of the tourist season.

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Picturesque Dartmouth represents Devon as it joins the UK’s best locations to live

Our beloved Dartmouth has been declared as the only place in Devon to feature in a list of the top 50 best towns and suburbs in which to live, brought together by the national newspaper, The Sunday Times.

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New organisers for Dartmouth Food Festival

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The fabulous Dartmouth Food Festival has a new chair in charge as it gets ready for what’s set to be the best festival ever in 2015.

The festival, which will take place in October, is now being organised by businesswoman Camilla Beloe – who has replaced the organiser of the past seven events, David Jones from the Manna from Devon Cookery School.

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Totnes pub scoops a hat-trick of top food awards

It’s official – the best pub for a meal out in the South West can be found in Totnes.

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Solar eclipse set to take place over Devon this Friday

One of nature’s rarest occurrences, a solar eclipse, is set to take place this Friday, mesmerising the millions who will be looking up at the skies across the country.

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10 facts you may not have known about Dartmouth

If you’re planning in staying in one of our holiday cottages in Dartmouth, you may want to know more about this tourist favourite, well known for its marine heritage and traditional buildings. Here’s just a few Dartmouth facts that remain a hidden secret to many:

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West Dart Valley appears in the Guardian

A beautiful photo of the West Dart Valley has been featured in a Guardian article all about the Great British landscape – and the way it’s described.

The photo is from a new book by photographer Dominick Tyler called Uncommon Ground. It’s being marketed as “a word-lover’s guide to the British landscape” and tells the story of how Dominick travelled Britain to explore the etymology of words which describe the marvels of Britain’s woodlands.

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Line-up announced for 38th annual Dartmoor Folk Festival

One of Dartmoor’s biggest and most popular events, the Dartmoor Folk Festival, will be seeing a packed line-up of stellar artists and activities coming to the region when the festival takes place later this year, with our Dartmoor cottages to rent being perfect to retire to after a day of festivities.

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7 savvy tips for a happy holiday with your dog

If you are taking your four-legged friends on holiday with you to our Torcross holiday cottages, or any other location for that  matter, it is essential that you’ve gone through and crossed off the vital things an a ‘to do list’ in preparation for having your pooch on holiday with you prior to leaving. By taking the time to plan ahead you will have ensured that both you and your pet enjoy have the best possible vacation.

So to give you some help we thought we would give you 7 savvy tips for a happy holiday with your dog that will surely help you on the road to success when holidaying with your family pet.

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Ninth annual comedy festival kicks off in Dartmouth

Dartmouth Comedy Festival has returned to the town’s The Flavel theatre, not far from our Totnes holiday cottages, for the ninth year running, with shows taking place every night until the festival wraps up on Saturday.

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Dartmouth gets glowing reference in National newspaper

The town of Dartmouth, which is the location of some of our finest South Devon holiday cottages, was declared as a 'seductive and real food destination' in a one of the country’s leading national newspapers over the weekend.

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Stunning photographs capture the starry Milky Way sky over Dartmoor

A series of breathtaking photographs taken by an amateur photographer have captured the stunning night skies above Dartmoor National Park, with truly beautiful results.

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Plans for a second major link road could improve access to Devon

Major plans to increase road access to Devon by creating a second link to the county could very well take place in the near future, making it easier than ever for people across the country to reach our cottages in Totnes.

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Rockfish restaurant set for exciting new refurb thanks to restauranteur Mitch Tonks

The well-known popular eatery Rockfish fish and chips restaurant in Dartmouth is currently being expanded by the renowned local Brixham restaurateur Mitch Tonks.

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