Never heard of Devon? Neither had we until London’s crème-de-la-crème adjusted their jet-schedules to include weekends in this windswept wonderland. We learned that this seaside sanctuary is home to fabulous accommodations – from castles complete with hot-air ballooning, archery and falconry to hip harborside havens offering top-rated spas and private cinemas to restored Georgian manors hosting garden side croquet. Just what we need to come down from the news of Kylie’s potential pregnancy whilst still reeling from the Brangelina breakup! There is so much to see in Devon – think Medieval cathedrals, Arthurian ruins, the fossil-encrusted Jurassic Coast and loads of nature. Devon’s location, in the UK’s wild Westcountry, is characterized by magical moors, vertiginous cliffs, heathered headlands, sandy coves and now gnarly waves – that’s right, the surfers have arrived. Which means the hipsters weren’t far behind (it is the birthplace of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, natch), leaving a trail of gourmet cafes, shucked oysters, and artisan-made stuff in their wake. All the better to satiate our shopping habit with! The bearded bros aren’t the first set to be enticed by Devon’s rough beauty, however, as this place has long attracted holidaymakers looking to take in the so-called English Riviera’s fresh air, all the way back to its first famous guest, Queen Victoria. Nowadays, romantic Devon is a playground for rich-and-famous English Roses – take Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kate Winslet, for example. It feels very Camelot meets Monocle, with a touch of Downton for good measure. Sign us up!
Let’s get to a day in Devon. Strolling through the picturesque villages of pretty pastel cottages is sure to make you hungry. Unmissable restaurants abound, from Michelin starred fine-dining to a MasterChef alum-owned gastropub. The focus is on local produce and seafood and showcases the best of what the Great British culinary renaissance has to offer, going well beyond your standard fish and chips (though they are to die for here!). For an upscale bite in a homey setting, try The Mason Arms – aside from holding a Michelin star for over ten years, it was also awarded their Pub of the Year honor. We would wear a sumptuous emerald green velvet jacket from Racil over dark wash denim for a cozy-cool style. Lunch leads to tea time, and we recommend The Pig – at Comb to realized your clotted cream dreams. After you are duly stuffed with scones, it may be time to offset with exercise. Get your glutes going on a scenic cycle through idyllic Dartmoor National Park. For an athleisure outfit, grab some funky printed The Upside leggings and add APL techloom sneakers with a classic windbreaker, and you're ready to sweat. Whilst strolling Woolacombe Beach, you may opt for a striped La Ligne sweater thrown over a gingham Solid & Striped one piece for a Birkin in Britain vibe, beret optional. An evening at The Orange Tree Restaurant calls for subtle sophistication. Try a Brochu Walker sweater dress over thick Wolford tights, adding Chloe OTK boots for a dose of countryside cool. Out of office on, we are heading to Devon.