Last week, my family and I went on our first holiday together in almost ten years. It was a long time coming and unquestionably a wonderful prospect (and experience) to create new family memories together, with the addition of my partner James and my twin sister’s fiancé – also named James, much to our family’s amusement. Devonshire is just beautiful, the rolling hills and coastal views, it’s glorious and if James and I ever decided to relocate anywhere in the UK then I think Devon would be very high on my list – even a location for a second home would be lovely because my beloved Cambridge and all those beautiful surrounding villages have always had a strong hold on my heart.
For the four day break we stayed in the area of Exmouth, right beside the coast. Having the beach on our doorstep was such a lovely treat and perfect for impromptu and inspiring evening wanders. James and I even spent a beautiful sunset walking the coastal path along the cliffs – the views of the Jurassic coast from Orcombe Point are incredible!
Being enthusiastic National Trust members, James and I always try to include a visit to one of their properties whenever we go away. We visited the whimsical A La Ronde, an 18th century, sixteen-sided house set in the beautiful countryside near to Lympstone, Exmouth. The history of this property is quite extraordinary with an equally enchanting interior.
On our third day, we collectively decided to visit Sidmouth which is a beautiful coastal town about thirty minutes up the coastline from Exmouth and a perfect spot to admire the stunning cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. It’s your typical tourist seaside destination, so naturally is was very busy! Being on holiday with my parents meant that we of course had to relive a few of our childhood traditions of fish and chips (with those wooden forks), followed by a wander along the promenade and a search through the little shops for that perfect fridge magnet to add to my parents small collection. On our way back to Exmouth we planned a stop at the top of Salcombe Hill for a family photograph – definitely the highlight from our family holiday. I edited and gifted the photograph to my parents for Christmas, such a special moment for us all.
We were completely spoilt with glorious sunshine for our entire holiday but James and I both agreed that the lovely countryside and coastal views of Devonshire would be stunning to wander during the moodier autumn and winter months. We’re already planning which places to add to the list when we revisit…