For beaches, Devon can’t be beaten either. You will find a plethora of sandy family-friendly beaches, tiny pebbled coves, and windswept bays with stunning views. The two we picked were North Sands and South Sands. We took a leisurely boat ride across to South Sands where we stopped for cool refreshments before making our way on foot to North Sands. The steep windy road was not easy, but was made bearable thanks to the jaw-dropping views.
As the ultimate chilli fan, I could not return home without squeezing in a visit to South Devon Chilli Farm. Located just outside Loddiswell, you can find everything to do with chillis, from seed to sauce. About 10,000 plants and 10 tonnes of chillies are grown here annually. Guided and individual tours are offered to discover over 200 varieties of weird and wonderful plants in the show tunnel. To top it off, customers can sample chilli goodies ranging from sauces, preserves and chocolates. The words ‘Can you take the heat?’ from the shop assistant was like a challenge to me, and yes, of course, I tried the hottest sauce on offer. My mouth may have been on fire, but I was still in chilli heaven.
They say ‘visit Devon and you’ll want to stay forever’ but if you can’t, I can assure you that you’ll want to return, time and time again.
South Devon – Where and How?
The Salcombe Gin School is £110 per person or £160 for a shared still for 2 people. A bed and breakfast stay at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel is £245 based on a cosy double inland room. The Furleigh Estate experience costs £25 per person.