On the Map

On the Map: The West Country

30 January 2024

You may not be 100% sure which specific areas define the West Country… but you’re likely to recognise the distinctive West Country accent when you hear it. Just sing a few lines of The Wurzels’ monster hit, The Combine Harvester, for proof!

Along with several unique places to visit (and stay!) you might also recognise some of the delicious food and drink exclusively produced in the West Country. These include the mouth-watering West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, which can only bear the name if it’s made in the traditional way, in Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, or Somerset.

Those counties should offer a clue as to the specific areas covered by the West Country, though they also include all or parts of Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Herefordshire.

Bordered by the English Channel, the Bristol Channel, the Severn Estuary, and the Atlantic Ocean, the West Country offers an ideal holiday setting for beach-lovers and water-sports enthusiasts alike… as well as being spectacularly beautiful, Newquay’s Fistral Beach is an unrivalled surfing destination.

Oh, and if you’re travelling in November, be sure to catch the West Country Carnival – a spectacular series of processions that originated from the time of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.

Come and browse our best West Country stays, and get to know the region a little better!

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Honeydown, Devon

The Brewery Vaults

Freshford, nr Bath, Somerset, England
For a very special escape to stunning Somerset, the Brewery Vaults provides stylish luxury for four in the gorgeous village of Freshford.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£785 (7 nights)

Orchardleigh Church Lodge

Frome, Somerset, England
A divine, pet-friendly escape, complete with a private garden and hot tub, deliciously secluded by a shimmering lake on a historic 500-acre Somerset estate.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£250 / night

Campwell

Nr Marshfield, Gloucestershire, England
An off-grid, eco-friendly village inspired and powered by nature, with eclectic accommodation hidden in woodland near Bath.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-4 per unit
From
£79 / night

Joseph the Multicolour Dream Coach

Hartland, Devon, England
A vibrant and cheerful single-decker retreat for romantic couples, with self-contained facilities, friendly on-site animals, and rolling Devon countryside on the doorstep.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£100 / night

Betty the Boutique Bedford Bus

Washaway, Cornwall, England
A lovingly renovated dog-friendly retreat, secluded on a private site in North Cornwall's idyllic Camel Valley: a designated AONB just 10 minutes away from the golden-sand coast.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£80 / night

Okel Tor Mine

Calstock, Cornwall, England
Beauty, peace and calm combine in two romantic Cornish riverside retreats: the former Smithy and Captain's Office of a Victorian tin mine.
Bedrooms: 1 per cottage
Sleeps:
From
£52 / night

Sunridge Lodge

Yealmpton, Devon, England
Things to note
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 5
From
£1,495/wk

The Cider House

Near Bridport, Dorset, England
A stylish bolthole on a welcoming Dorset farm, perfect for an eco-friendly, all-weather rural escape from everyday life.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£105 / night

The Big Hoot Caravan

Cullompton, Devon, England
A retro, TV-featured showman's living van, vibrantly restored with authentic 1970s style, and secluded on peaceful a Devon farm that's surrounded by wildflower meadows.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 4
From
£95 / night

Railholiday

St Germans, Cornwall, England
View the best of Cornwall's unspoilt countryside from the window of your very own eco-friendly, lovingly restored railway carriage at Railholiday.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 2-6
From
£80 / night

Pentire Penthouse

Newquay, Cornwall, England
Experience an innovative circular penthouse apartment overlooking the golden sands of Newquay's famous Fistral Beach.
Bedrooms: 4
Sleeps: 8+2
From
£1,103 /4nts

Gwelva Hills Eco Lodges

Bude, Cornwall, England
Luxurious, welcoming retreats with wildflower rooftops and coastal views across Bude, set on a friendly farm holiday park.
Bedrooms: 2 or 3 per lodge
Sleeps: 4 or 6 per lodge
From
£278 (3 nts midweek)

Holly Water Holidays

Crediton, Devon, England
A glorious, off-grid glamping escape with a Gold Award for Green Tourism, for grown-up holidays on a farm in the rural heart of Devon.
Bedrooms: 1 or 2 per unit
Sleeps: 2 (huts) 4 (treehouse)
From
£90 / night

Halula Beach House

Newquay, Cornwall, England
A vibrant, exotic large-group retreat with Cornish-themed bedrooms and a heated outdoor swimming pool, perfectly secluded by the surfer's paradise that is Fistral Beach.
Bedrooms: 10
Sleeps: 24
From
£2350 (4 nights midweek)

Faithful

Brixham, Devon, England
Enjoy an authentic seafaring stay aboard a sleek 52ft trawler, beautifully converted and mesmerisingly situated on the scenic English Riviera, in the bustling harbour town of Brixham.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 4
From
£150 / night

HOF Hut

Northlew, Devon, England
A relaxing haven, lovingly handcrafted by the owners and filled with sensory delights including a Japanese Onsen hot pool and a Finnish-style Eco Sauna, nestled in the deepest depths of Devon with magical, ever changing views towards Dartmoor.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£230/night

Exe Valley Glamping

Tiverton, Devon, England
A charming Devon family farm, rich in traditional luxury, cosy creature comforts, and pure back-to-nature loveliness.
Bedrooms: 2 per lodge
Sleeps: 6 per lodge
From
£114 / night

North Thorne Cottages and Glamping

Bratton Fleming, Devon, England
A welcoming, family-run retreat featuring delightfully eclectic accommodation, in an idyllic rural setting that's close to both the North Devon coast and Exmoor National Park.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: Varies
From
£195 (3 nts)

Wilderhus Glamping

Ashburton, Devon, England
A selection of creative eco-retreats with Scandi-style wood-fired hot tubs for stargazing, beautifully secluded on the edge of a traditional working South Devon farm.
Bedrooms: Varies
Sleeps: 6
From
£69 / night

Little Menherion

Menherion, Cornwall, England
Indulge your soul and senses in a refreshing ‘wildcation', sustainably set within a tranquil, wildlife-steeped Cornish valley in the middle of everywhere.
Bedrooms: 1 per cabin
Sleeps: 2 per cabin
From
£125 / night

The Landpods at Wildflower Wood

St Ives, Cornwall, England
Innovative glamping pods with stargazing roofs, secluded in a leafy hilltop hideaway with stunning views of St Ives Bay.
Bedrooms: Open plan
Sleeps: 4 or 5 per pod
From
£75 / night

Seacombe

East Portlemouth, Devon, England
Welcome to the seaside and an award-winning designer escape on the beautiful South Devon coast.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 7 (+2)
From
£1,200 / week

The Hidden Chapel

Zeal Monachorum, Devon, England
A luxurious TV-featured conversion of a 19th century congregational chapel, peacefully secluded in an ancient, rural Devon village.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£170/night

Kudhva

Tintagel, Cornwall, England
For a true escape to pure wilderness, come to Kudhva - an incredible wild camping experience in stunning Tintagel, Cornwall.
Bedrooms: Studio
Sleeps: 2 per unit
From
£110 /night

Starbed Hideaways

Buckland Abbey, Devon, England
Experience a luxury shepherd's hut break in the great outdoors, with opulent al-fresco accommodation in the Tamar Valley's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the National Trust Buckland Abbey Estate.
Bedrooms: 1 per hut
Sleeps: 2 per hut
From
£145 / night

Still House

Marhamchurch, Cornwall, England
Experience a tantalising slice of Prohibition-era Americana, in a purpose-built hideaway packed with curiosities (and a hot tub) nestled in the Cornish countryside.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£190 / night

Scarangar Private Bus

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall, England
Exclusive hire of a vintage bus with relaxed Scandi-style interiors, sustainable comfort, and a friendly driver ready and waiting to take you on a unique, fully-catered tour of unspoilt Cornish nature.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 10
From
£500 /night

Longlands

Coulsworthy, North Devon, England
Reconnect with nature and revive your senses with sumptuously sustainable camping at its finest, set in a North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where everyone is welcome, including the dog.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
From
£177.50 /night

Lilypod

Lewdown, Devon, England
A romantic and restorative eco-retreat, lovingly hand-crafted and nestled on a shimmering Devon farm lake, with an on-site vineyard and a hammock suspended over the water for ultimate luxury.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£220/night

Sheepfold and Sheepshed

St. Eval, Cornwall, England
Exquisite architecture, fabulous eco-credentials and sweeping views of countryside and coastline - that's what to expect at Sheepfold and Sheepshed, a pair of eco-barns in glorious North Cornwall.
Bedrooms: 3 (+2)
Sleeps: 8 (+4)
From
£595-2795 / week

Cider Press Barn

High Bickington, Devon, England
This stylish North Devon haven enjoys views out to Exmoor, ideal for dogs (and people!) to run wild and free in the fields.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£394 / week

Honeydown

Hatherleigh, Devon, England
An enchanting collection of five unique hand-crafted wooden ‘Truffles’, spaciously dotted around 15 acres of ancient oak woodland in the heart of Devon.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2 or 2 (+2)
From
£130/night

Beach Cove Coastal Retreat

Ilfracombe, Devon, England
Individual boutique-style beach huts & suites with an added dose of luxury; these wonderful coastal retreats in popular Ilfracombe area redefine the Great British seaside holiday.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
From
£349 / week

Nimbus Cottage

Padstow, Cornwall, England
A whimsical lighthouse retreat, dog-friendly and soothingly sheltered beneath a Cornish headland by the South West Coast Path, with mesmerising sea views.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£445 (3 nts)

Abbotsham Hideaway

Abbotsham, Devon, England
Step into the pages of a classic fairytale, with a quirky and magical stay in soothing North Devon countryside... complete with hot tub!
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
From
£1,175 (7 nights)

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