We need the tonic of wildness, said Thoreau. So, choose your favourite person and check in to the restorative cure of a West Country cottage for two.
Whether coming to the West Country for a romantic break or simply to reconnect and recharge with a friend or family member, a self-catering cottage for two in this part of the world will give you the peace and quiet to evoke old, fond memories and create new ones.
Romp through Dorset’s Blackmoor Vale’s romantic rolling hills and explore remnants region’s fascinating mythological and historical past at Sherbourne Abbey or in the very cliffs of the Jurassic coastline.
Head to Exmoor for wooded copses, sparking streams and heather-clad moors to serve as the backdrop to your escapades. Hop aboard the wonderfully nostalgic West Somerset Railway – a scenic 20-mile rail tour from the Quantock Hills to the Bristol Channel coast - to explore this county in style.
Dartmoor’s wilds are equally as compelling. After an action-packed day cycling or hiking its myriad trails, visit the idyllic village of Lustleigh to imagine yourself in a bygone era and to treat yourself to a cream tea.
Stroll to the sound of crashing waves and the cries of seabirds at one of the region’s seaside towns or beautiful beaches. Try the promenade in Devon’s Babbacombe, the sand dunes at Croyde Bay or the elegance of Branscombe beach. Head further west for the Cornish wilds of Sennen Cove, surf-hub Bude and the rugged North Coast or to the mellower seas – and foodie heaven – of Fowey.