This autumn, discover the delights of Devon!

You don’t need to travel far to feel like you’ve had a well-deserved, relaxing break. In our opinion, you simply need incredible food, delicious wine, and a gorgeous space to rest your head at night, which is why we believe idyllic Devon is the perfect place for a UK staycation…

Nestled on the southwest coast, Devon boasts the official start of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile-long stretch of natural World Heritage site, where white fossil cliffs, rocks, and unusual landforms reign supreme – a visit to which is worthy of being on your bucket list!

Famed for its fossils, it might come as a surprise that Devon was in fact the origin of a classic British love affair: the cream tea. As we start to welcome in the cooler days, we can think of nothing better than curling up in an armchair, surrounded by glorious scones, decadently topped with cream and jam, followed by a steaming hot tea.

In this part of the country, tailored tasting experiences can be devoured by wine and gin lovers alike, with Devon hosting the oldest gin distillery in the world, still operating in its original location: Plymouth Gin. Crafting gin here began in 1793 and the distillery has come to be treasured as something of a national monument. For an experience like no other, nothing beats a trip to Plymouth Gin to distil one’s own botanical fare.

Wine lovers – do not despair! Whilst the harvest season is drawing to a close, Devon is home to family-run vineyards who simply love to entertain their guests and showcase their boutique, English wines all year round. Some of our top vineyard picks this month include: Huxbear, an off-grid winery, focused on organic production and sustainability, and Kenton Park Estate, an award-winning winery nestled in the gentle foothills of Haldon Forest.

At the end of a busy day of exploration, blissfully returning to a luxury Georgian manor house – complete with its very own vineyard! – will feel like a dream come true. Settle in for the evening to tuck into seasonal offerings from a visionary chef.

To embark on your own bespoke trip to Devon, contact us at sales@smoothred.com or call +44 208 877 4940 for more information.


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