Posted 26th May 2016
Overlooking the Exe Estuary with its bustling birdlife, sits the Easton Estate, owned by family-run Cofton Country Holidays. Their cosy Woodside Cottages make the perfect base from which to explore the delights of South Devon
The Eastdon Estate - in Starcross, just a short drive from Dawlish in Devon - covers 50 acres of lush landscaped gardens and mature woodland. The late 18th-century Georgian house boasts impressive views over tidy sloped lawns down to parkland and out over the Exe estuary. Guests can choose to stay in one of the superbly equipped apartments within the main house or in one of the nearby converted stable cottages. But for an ever greater sense of retreat, then opt for one of the newly refurbished Woodside Cottages, which were once farm workers’ homes, set amongst the fields and woods in the grounds.
Each cottage boasts comfy bedrooms with luxurious hypoallergenic bedding, generous bathrooms, an incredibly well-appointed kitchen, a state of the art TV and even its own hot tub! The huge picture windows afford you fantastic views of the horses grazing nearby, rabbits, deer and foxes that appear at dawn and dusk, and the plethora of birdlife that frequents the estuary. In fact the cottages are even equipped with bird-spotting guides and binoculars to help you make the most of the views. They also have a selection of books for local country walks, as well as board games, cards and dominos to help you pass the time on rainy days.
The Eastdon Estate is part of Cofton Country Cottages and is just a mile and a half from the main 80-acre holiday site, which boasts extensive facilities and a wide choice of accommodation types for all the family, including cottages, static holiday homes, and pitches for caravans, camper vans and tents.
Guests staying on the Eastdon Estate can enjoy all the facilities on the main site, which include both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym, a sauna and steam room, as well as sunbathing terraces and a fitness studio. The site also has a bar – The Swan Pub, Amelia’s Pantry cafe and The Warren Retreat restaurant which serves fresh, locally sourced food with a choice of specials to choose from each day, including local beef and fish fresh from Brixham. There’s even a shop on site with an instore bakery and a fish and chip takeaway.
As well as the usual playground facilities and an outdoor multi-sports wall, the site offer lots of exciting activities to keep the kids amused and help them get back in touch with nature, including pond dipping sessions run in conjunction with the Devon Wildlife Trust and bird box-making workshops.
The site also has five coarse fishing lakes (with rod-hire and fishing lessons available for guests) and there are nature trails, a woodland adventure area, an area planted for butterflies, bug hotels and a letterboxing trial for all the family to enjoy. In fact the site has won a prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award for their work to make the park a sustainable and environmentally-friendly holiday destination.
For those who want to get out and explore the local area, there are six tailored individual walks and cycle trails starting from the site, which have been mapped in conjunction with the South West Coast Path Association. The Exe Estuary Cycle Trail and South West Coast Path pass within a mile of the park, so there are miles of countryside and coastlines to explore right on your doorstep, all in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Just minutes away are Dawlish Warren’s fabulous Blue Flag beach, red cliffs and nature reserve and Dartmoor National Park is just a short drive away. So whether you want to go for a stroll, get on your bike, or just sit back and relax, Cofton Country Holidays offers the perfect base for your Devon retreat.
Visit www.coftonholidays.co.uk to find out more or to book a stay.
Visit www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk for more inspiration on places to see, things to do and events to attend in the local area.
By Anna-Lisa De’Ath