You might have missed the boat if you were looking for self catering accommodation for this summer, but if you’re looking for holiday cottages for autumn breaks in the UK, we can help. We have cottages in Devon for 4-14 guests, tucked away in the beautiful Blackdown Hills AONB; all are family friendly and dog friendly, and have their own area of garden, plus 15 glorious acres of grounds to explore. What are you waiting for?
Here at Stonehayes Farm we have the cosiest holiday cottages for autumn breaks in the UK, and two of our Devon cottages have late availability for summer 2020. Pipits Retreat sleeps 5 and can be booked from Friday 28th August, whilst Dippers Rest sleeps 6 and is also available from that date. If that suits you, don’t dally - book your stay today as we’ve a feeling that these two won’t be free for long!
We think that booking holiday cottages for autumn breaks in the UK is a wise choice; you miss the crowds that way, things have clamed down considerably and it all feels somehow more gentle. This summer has been particularly busy, for obvious reasons; people couldn’t wait to get away and holidays in the UK have been more popular than ever as folk are cautious about going abroad, or foreign holidays have been cancelled. But autumn is a great time of year too; usually, the weather is still good – in fact we’ve had some fantastic Indian summers in recent years, when it’s even been hot enough for days on the beach.
It's not far to the beach from our dog friendly Devon holiday cottages, we’re lucky in that respect. 20 minutes drive and you can be on the beaches of the Jurassic Coast and what we like about them is that they vary so much. Lyme Regis is well known for its charm, and quite rightly so, because it’s lovely. Independent shops line the wide main street that rolls down to the sea, there are three separate beaches and a long promenade where you can sit and watch the comings and goings. The museum is fascinating, and families will enjoy the Marine Aquarium at the end of the harbour, and Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, or even a boat trip to catch mackerel for tea.
Just along the coast is Seaton, with a long pebbly main beach, or the quieter shores at Axmouth Harbour. There are wetlands to explore, a tram to ride, and a prehistoric adventure to be had at Seaton Jurassic. Then there’s Beer, a peaceful fishing village where you can enjoy crab sandwiches or fish and chips from Ducky’s Beach Café down by the shore. Up on the clifftop, the beer garden of the Anchor Inn is the perfect place to catch the sun dipping over the horizon. Branscombe is another one that oozes quaint; cottages hung with flowers, an old bakery with a tea room, a working forge and a shingle beach with the Sea Shanty Café. Sidmouth and Exmouth are bigger towns with a bit more going on and sandy beaches to play on; in between are Budleigh Salterton and Sandy Bay, so there’s plenty of choice for a day at the seaside.
It’s looking like schools will be open again in September so why not come to Stonehayes Farm for a happy October half term holiday? If you’ve got tinies who aren’t at school yet, even better – you can come whenever you like! We’ve got a terrific play area here where the youngsters can let off steam, and there are several family attractions in these parts, among them Wildwood Escot, Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Diggerland, and Crealy Adventure Park. You could spend a day in Exeter where you can visit the Gothic cathedral, tour the medieval Underground Passages, or go down to the quay for kayaking and paddle boarding on the River Exe. At Tiverton you can sit wool gathering whilst you drift lazily along the Great Western Canal on a horse drawn barge; at Knightshayes, Killerton or Hestercombe House and Gardens you can see all the splendour of the autumn colours.
And that’s a big part of Autumn, isn’t it? Those glorious colours? The reds and the golds, the browns and the yellows, all tumbling in together, ah! And it’s such a wonderful time of year to go for a walk in the country; later on you’ll be ankle deep in last year’s leaves, and there’s that first chill in the air so you can wrap up in warm coats and scarves for the first time in months, feet snuggled in thick socks. We love it! We love Autumn! We love it so much, with all its bounteousness, the chestnuts, the hazelnuts, the shiny conkers, and oh, coming back with purple stained hands after blackberrying! Come and have a big hearty slice of it all, come back from your walk and light the wood-burner, then snuggle round with a tray of frothy hot chocolate and thick slices of toast dripping with butter. Now isn’t that what it’s all about?
Book today and come and make memories to cherish at Stonehayes Farm, where you’ll find the perfect holiday cottages for autumn breaks in the UK. We can’t wait to meet you 🤍