Welcome to our guide, our on-line journal (aka, our blog) about staying somewhere else. It's a balance of things you might find useful or interesting, before, during and maybe even after your holiday.
Dip in and out. Bookmark an article for your coffee break. Or get lost in our West Country world. And please, feel free to let us know your thoughts. We'd love to hear about your stories from the South West so email us at nas@classic.co.uk and we'll share them for you.

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Best 3 National Trust properties in Devon

There are many great National Trust places to visit in Devon and I go regularly with my three children aged 5, 7 and 9. This is a list of our personal favourites and a quick explanation of why we love them.

Panary Dorset

Bake bread with Paul Merry at Panary in Dorset and taste the difference a locally milled flour can make. Be inspired by Paul to stay in Dorset.

Out of the Valley on Dartmoor

Out of the Valley on Dartmoor create bespoke and beautiful furniture and timber structures inspired by the landscape around the riverside workshop. Be inspired to stay on Dartmoor when we Meet the Maker and discover Rupert's story.

Somerset Charcuterie

'Basically, we love where we live.’ Be inspired to stay in Somerset when we Meet the Maker and discover the Simpson story.

New Year holidays with a view

See in the New Year with something special to see - these holiday cottages have views to feast your eyes on.

The Cornish Food Box Company

"We always knew we wanted to sell only Cornish food – that way we knew exactly where it had come from". Tor and Lucy tell us how their Cornish food box company came to be and now delivers all over the country.

Things to do in October half term in Cornwall

There's a fun-filled week of activities planned if you're looking for things to do this Autumn halfterm in Cornwall - pumpkins feature quite a lot and there are plenty of Halloween plans.

September events in Cornwall

The children may go back to school but many entertainers come out to play in September; think harvest fairs and village fetes, a late summer is adorned with events in Cornwall.

September events in Dorset

Dive into Dorset and uncover lots of local events to pique your interest this September.

A day tour of Longleat

The beauty of Longleat is that as an attraction, it never gets old, with something new to delight you with every visit, so it is well worth going back again and again when on holiday in Somerset.