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Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset - 'The West Country'

There's something for the whole family in South West England - from brilliant bodyboarding beaches in Cornwall and fantastic all weather family attractions in Devon, to fascinating underground caves in Somerset and stunning blue flag beaches in Dorset. The West Country is an ideal self-catering holiday destination and whatever you're looking for you’ll find what it takes to make great family holidays and a wonderful selection of holiday homes to rent!

Perhaps you'd like to walk the impressive Coast Path, cycle one of the many trails or experience the beautiful unspoilt countryside on horseback. Whatever you enjoy, from surfing to micro-lighting, you'll find places to go and all the best outdoor activities if you are renting a self-catering cottage in the West Country. The World Heritage Sites of Bath, the Jurassic Coast and Stonehenge are just some of the many historic places you can explore whilst on holiday in the South West of England. Visit castles, forts and stately homes; and wander through the beautiful and historic gardens. Walk across the moors and find prehistoric stone rows or search for fossils on the beaches of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Nature holidays in South West England include the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, 14 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and over 600 miles of dramatic English coastline.

A self-catering holiday cottage in Cornwall with the family or a group of friends is the perfect way to have some serious fun and totally recharge, whatever the time of year. There are outdoor activities for everyone plus a whole range of visitor attractions including the famous Eden Project, a global garden for the 21st Century. The Cornish towns of Falmouth, St Ives, Newquay, and Padstow are great places to rent a self-catering cottage, and all have much to offer in terms of art and culture, heritage and history along with great pubs and fine restaurants.

A holiday in Devon is full of contrast - from some of the most stunning coastlines and beaches in Britain to the wilds of remote Exmoor and traditional rolling hills. Devon's diversity is also reflected in the towns and villages that make up this unique area of England. Devon caters for every type of visitor, whether you prefer sleepy hamlets hidden amongst the rolling hills, traditional market towns or vibrant coastal resorts offering a wide range of amenities, Devon will not disappoint for a self-catering holiday!

The stunning county of Dorset boasts rolling hills, breathtaking countryside, beautiful villages, sandy beaches and a coastline so unequalled that it has recently received World Heritage status. Bournemouth is a vibrant city, with beautiful sandy beaches, gardens, shopping, night life and entertainment for holiday makers staying in a holiday cottage near Bournemouth. Poole has the second largest natural harbour in the world and Dorchester is at the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Dorset has a great range of holiday cottage rentals - and there are lots of picturesque thatched cottages to hire in this lovely part of England.

Somerset is predominantly an agricultural area with diverse countryside and unspolit scenery. The towns and cities are most interesting with attractive villages and hamlets built mostly of local stone. There are many manor houses dating from Tudor and Georgian times and churches of great architectural merit. As a World Heritage Site, Bath has some of the most famous architectural masterpieces in Europe such as the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. Visit Somerset for a self catering break and enjoy the peace and tranquillity alongside the rich cultural heritage - there is lots of vacation rentals in Bath and the Somerset countryside.

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