The West Country is Great Britain’s most popular holiday destination; it offers a rich variety stunning landscapes from the remote moors of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin to the iconic coastline of Devon and Cornwall. This tapering peninsula reaching out into the Atlantic inspires a great sense of Island Britain than anywhere else in England. It is a land of diverse, yet complementary landscapes that retain strong traces of ancient civilisations. Some were overtaken, but never submerged by successive conquests.
Beach holidays and tours of historical sites and world famous gardens
The farmed land of the South West England includes Dorset’s serene and rolling acres and the unremitting flatness of the Somerset Levels from which rises the famous Glastonbury Tor. It embraces Salisbury Plain with Stonehenge, Devon’s lush pastures, the tiny prehistoric fields of Cornwall’s rugged Land’s End Peninsula and the Mediterranean flower meadows of the Isles of Scilly. Within the farmed lowlands are islands of high ground such as the slight, smooth Polden Hills and the Blackdown Hills of Somerset, the bulky Mendips, breached by craggy ravines like Cheddar Gorge, the tawny Quantocks and the high wild acres of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor.
We’re the only full-service tour operator and DMC based in Cornwall working with visitors from all over the world, as well the UK. We use our local knowledge and extensive network of local partners to offer tailored and unique luxury tours throughout the country.
The West Country is defined by its villages and country towns rather than great cities or industrial conurbations. Even the metropolitan centres of the West reflect the culture of rural and maritime England. Bath with its world renowned spa and Roman history, Exeter is identified with its glorious cathedral in a wide green space; Taunton’s urban image is mellowed by county cricket and cider apples; Plymouth, with its powerful seagoing traditions turns towards wide expanse of Plymouth Sound and the open seas.
In a thousand villages, centuries of complex history have created unique communities created the thatched serenity of wooded Selworthy in Somerset and the cobbled streets of St Ives and Clovelly.
There is always a sense of escape in South West of England, of there being enough land to go around. Most strikingly there is the sea, the great element that makes the West Country so emphatically the heart of maritime England. From Devon and Cornish shored the great adventurers of Elizabethan England- the Raleighs, the Drakes and the Grenvilles. Today, the colourful fishing boats and fishermen of numerous West Country ports such as Newlyn, Padstow, Fowey, Falmouth and Beer retain a flavour of the old-time buccaneering spirit.
Above all there is a sense of detachment from the hustle and bustle of London or Bristol that attracts all those who want to escape and enjoy a memorable holiday for groups, families or couples. Discover the marvellous contrasts of this favoured region, its beautiful and varied countryside, its rugged cliffs, outstanding beaches and resorts, its ancient towns and secluded villages and above all a friendly and welcoming people.