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Many of you will already know that I often write my books (or some of them at least) ‘on-location’. To research Hetty’s Farmhouse Bakery for example, I visited a sheep farm in Cumbria; for The Lemon Tree Café I went on a minibreak to Sorrento. A Match Made in Devon was no different so, to mark the paperback publication, I asked holidaycottages.co.uk to put together a selection of their favourite holiday cottages in Devon which offer the perfect opportunity to escape from the hubbub of daily life and be inspired…
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Writing Retreats – Home from Home in Heavenly Devon, by holidaycottages.co.uk
There’s something heavenly about Devon. This craggy nook of the South West has, for centuries, provided an abundance of inspiration for world-acclaimed writers who’ve sought solace within the county’s rich rolling hills, ancient moors, and along its sun-drenched shorelines. Here are a few of our favourites.
Set just a stone’s throw from the historic fishing village of Clovelly, Bo-Peep is the perfect retreat for writers seeking liberation from the trappings of the daily grind. A stylish shepherd hut beautifully decorated with a modern country interior scheme that’s as tranquil as its spectacular surroundings, here you can withdraw to your inspiring space to write or explore the beautiful natural scenery of this countryside location and the ancient harbour nearby. Clovelly itself has been wonderfully conserved, with minimal access to the heart of the village by anything other than foot, donkey or sledge penetrating the shingle cobbled streets, where white-washed cottages cling to the steep hillside that surround its still thriving curved harbour, it’s the village that time forgot.
Snug and stylish this petite retreat certainly packs a punch in the inspiration stakes with uninterrupted views across the Atlantic Ocean. Perched atop headland on the stunning Hartland Peninsula, Puffins Nest is a former granary, turned cosy bolthole, expertly arranged to make the most of its square footage, with quirky design touches and canny space-saving concepts such as the mezzanine bedroom built into the eaves, and the opulent roll top bath perfectly placed in the corner of the artfully compact bathroom. The dramatic scenery of nearby Hartland, a much-favoured film location for costume dramas, is the perfect place to let your imagination run wild.
Set within the hustle and bustle of a popular maritime resort, Hideaway Cottage – Brixham, is a stylish pied-à-terre situated just a stone’s throw from the centre of this attractive harbour town. Quite uniquely, this pretty cottage not only features airy interiors befitting of a New England style beach house but boasts a mature cottage garden, abundant in flora and fauna and a beautiful spot to withdraw to. Lose yourself in the seaside activities so readily available within this popular tourist hotspot, for Brixham is one of the English Riviera’s most fashionable resorts and sure to provide plenty of stimulus for epic adventures!
Taking up prime position on a cliff-top overlooking Plymouth Sound, with magnificent views of the bustling bay, The Coastguard Cottage is a wonderful retreat for the whole family to withdraw to. Formally two historic cottages merged and updated to create a spectacular coastal hideaway, here you can lose yourself in the tranquillity of its elite position, looming over Plymouth’s famous attractions, as well as enjoying enough space within the property to evade any of the hullaballoo associated with a family holiday. From the ever-changing vista’s you can witness from its vast garden to the nearby coastal path and picturesque sheltered bay below, you’ll discover plenty of sources for inspiration.
For more holiday ideas, have a look at our collection of properties, spanning the UK at www.holidaycottages.co.uk