There are lots of nice things about living in Devon and working at Blue Chip (the regular office bake offs for one…), but one of the best has got to be that we get to recommend some gorgeous places to stay when our families start making their way to the West Country for those festive visits.
Last weekend saw my brother, his girlfriend and their 1983 BMW chugged their way from Kent to set up home in Haytor Lodge at Indio Lake. Set on the outskirts of Dartmoor National Park and centred around a shimmering lake, I’ve been urging Scott to book a stay at the resort for months. With a bubbling hot tub, decking that overlooks the lake and an open plan design, the lodge is perfect for couples keen to escape the hustle and bustle for a few days.
Scott and Amy arrived in Devon on Friday, greeted by the welcome sight of the cream tea hamper me and Kim - who runs the Blue Chip Experience – arranged to help them settle into Devon life after the drive.
Keen to experience Devon life in all its glory, Scott and Amy set off bright and early on Saturday and drove the half an hour or so to Torbay. Now, there are some Facebook photos you’ll only ever see in your news feed if you have friends or family in South Devon…such as the Golden Hind that sits in Brixham harbour and the illuminated pirate ships that currently light up the harbour…and as the day wore on and the pair kept us updated their friends back in Kent had a great time reminiscing about their own Devon breaks.
When Sunday dawned bright and crisp, the pair picked me up, bestowed me with a fir cone-speckled bunch of winter flowers, and we made our way to Kents cavern in Torquay. Our tour guide, Alan, filled us in on everything there is to know about the prehistoric cave system, created moss candles in sea shells to demonstrate how our ancestors achieved that homely glow and finally delivered us to the entrance cavern, where kids can visit Santa in his grotto throughout December.
Once above ground again, we made our way along the seafront to everybody’s new favourite restaurant in Torquay, Bistrot Pierre to meet mum and indulge in some festive fodder. As the sun set behind the sea outside, the diners reached for their camera phones to capture that beauty that makes Torquay sparkle.
And then, just to top off the day, the longest line of Santas you could ever wish to see strolled their way along the seafront on their annual family Santa walk…what more could you ask for?! Scott and Amy stayed at Haytor Lodge at Indio Lake, click here to see more.
Images courtesy of Amy Rose Bailey