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13th November 2007 – Christmas is fast approaching and the media and commercial frenzy is upon us. However, there are still those who are unsure of what to do this year –or even where to go. Here at we still have a number of luxury self catering properties from large seaside houses to cosy thatched cottages and stunning barn conversions with a range of unique features.

With one of the mildest climates in the UK; with idyllic coastlines and moor land – South Devon is fast becoming a major Christmas and New Year destination for families and couples looking for a festive break. One of several recent new properties is The Old Vicarage near Salcombe that can sleep up to 22 people; with eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms, this luxurious accommodation is a perfect Christmas and New Year retreat for large families and friends. The property boasts a games room, spacious reception rooms featuring three state of the art plasma screens and large grounds. The fantastic kitchen also has surround sound, an Aga oven plus even an illuminated well for added effect.

Other properties that are ideal for a New Year break – especially if you intend to visit the festivities taking place in Dartmouth - include our three new properties at Dart Marina. These three beautiful waterside properties set in the heart of the award winning Dart Marina, complete with beautiful health spa, offer stunning water views and luxury accommodation, just a short walk along the waterfront to historic Dartmouth’s shops and restaurants, including Michelin starred The New Angel owned and run by celebrity chef, John Burton Race.

Another recent addition, a stunning brand new barn conversion at Broad Downs near Salcombe can accommodate up to fourteen people. We anticipate this stylish, country retreat being an ideal property for the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Karen Jones, Partner at Coast and Country Cottages explained “We are very fortunate to live in and promote such a beautiful area with a wide choice of holiday accommodation for all tastes and budgets, fabulous coast lines and a wealth of scenery, all resulting in visitors re-booking to return year after year. The standard of self-catering accommodation sought after by visitors is increasing every year, with the demand for ‘extras’ such as plasma TVs, broadband access, multiple en-suite bathrooms and more being satisfied by many of the latest additions to our portfolio of nearly 400 properties exclusively in the South Hams.

For many visitors the opportunity of being able to pre-order an organic festive food box from locally based Riverford Organics for arrival adds to the experience of a stay in this beautiful area during the festive period and avoids cramming the car with goodies. And for those who still have shopping to do, the individual shops in picturesque towns and the wonderful selection of award-winning local produce make that last-minute Christmas shopping enjoyable rather than a chore.

For those with children, looking for a chimney for Santa to come down, we have many properties with open fires or wood burning stoves, perfect for a cosy night in after a day rock-pooling or kite-flying.

And nothing beats a New Year’s Day stroll on a nearby beach –the best hangover cure ever! New Year’s resolutions can also be kick started with local organic food and juices and the promise that you will treat yourself to more breaks in South Devon in the coming year….!’’

Recent findings have indicated that visitors are becoming more flexible about where they spend Christmas, or simply have not made up their minds, and are booking holidays and self catering accommodation as late as early December. Companies such as Coast and Country Cottages are still able to offer suitable accommodation to meet the needs of families and friends seeking a relaxing Christmas and New Year break, but hurry!

Why not visit today and make this the Festive Season 2007 a break to remember.

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Contact Details:

Karen Jones
Tel: 01548 843 773
Fax: 01548 843 330

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