Settle into your cottage, pour yourself a cuppa or a cheeky glass of wine and breathe in the beautiful sea views from your terrace. If you can pull yourself away, pop down to the beach for an evening stroll and a traditional fish supper from the Beer chippy.
Garlands is located on the stunning South West Coast Path, so lace up your boots and head out along the clifftop route to Branscombe, a mere three miles away. You’ve earned Sunday lunch at The Masons Arms, a fabulous, thatched, 14th century inn, but do call ahead to book as it’s a popular spot.
There’s plenty for kids, big and small, nearby. Pecorama, Crealy Adventure Park and The Donkey Sanctuary are all great fun. And of course, there’s Beer beach. If you find yourself beside the sea for lunch, then the crab sandwich at Ducky’s Beach Café is a must. And all you budding Rick Steins can collect the fish bar’s catch of the day to take home for dinner. Yes chef!
Head East to the magnificent, immaculate seaside fishing village of Lyme Regis. The harbour wall, known as the Cobb, provides a backdrop for many British period dramas. Plan lunch ahead to bag a sought-after window table at the renowned Mark Hix Oyster and Fish House. There’s still time to sample the best local vintages at Lyme Bay Winery or if you’re a Broadchurch fan, or just a fan of gorgeous beaches, a walk along the cliffs to West Bay is a must.
If you see a few spots of rain, get absorbed in your guide’s stories at Beer Quarry Caves. The stone was quarried by hand and built some of our greatest landmarks, including St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. When the sky brightens, take an afternoon walk in Sidmouth, a wonderful resort with Georgian and Regency architecture. Meander along the promenade to Jacob’s Ladder, browse the quirky shops and enjoy a true Devonshire cream tea. Remember, jam goes on top!
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens are glorious all year round. Set in 63 acres of the Otter Valley, there’s even a railway to take you round if it all gets too tiring. If you’re thinking of heading further afield, the cathedral city of Exeter is only 20 miles away, with the English Riviera just beyond it.
There’s still plenty of time to hunt round for the perfect souvenirs in Beer’s treasure trove of gift shops. Take a final snapshot of the view from your cottage… then why not book your next visit? We’d love to see you again – and at least you won’t be so sad on the journey home!