Devon
Overview

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. 

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DINING

With a sunny coastline and rolling hills of lush pastureland to make the freshest produce, it's almost as if Devon was created with food lovers in mind. The English Riviera's restaurant scene captures the essence of effortless seaside dining with plenty of coastal character. Live life on the veg at the fabulous Riverford Field Kitchen, where it's all about sharing and caring with communal tables and an open kitchen. Here you'll feast on dishes made with freshly-picked produce from their very own farm.  A 13th century pub with a beamed bar and frescoed restaurant, The Masons Arms is an award-winning restaurant that serves a mix of British and French dishes on the edge of Exmoor.  Look past the garish décor at The Oyster Shack, as the former oyster farm serves only the freshest. Handpicked from the River Avon less than half a mile away, meaty mollusks are served with a mouth-watering array of sauces. If you're with a non-oyster fan, choose from other fresh dishes cooked to perfection. And icorking views of Ilfracombe’s pretty harbor and seascape or Damien Hirst's artwork weren't a sure enough reason to dine at The Quay, then the locally-sourced menu featuring classic British and European inspired-cuisine should be. The Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie is Torquay's low-key Michelin-starred gem where you can expect a changing menu of skillfully-made dishes and novelty deserts that include fun finishes like pop rock candy. The intimate Gidleigh Park (one of very few restos iDevon with Michelin stars) located in a grand, Tudor-style manor hotel is the perfect spot for a romantic night out.  Work up an appetite for a four-course, six-course, or maybe eight-course meal at The Salutation Inn. But first, make sure to start with some canapès and a glass of sparkling pinot rosé in the loungeYards from the sand, The Beachhouse is just what you're looking for: simple, fresh seafood with no frills. 

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A whitewashed, 19th-century country pub with rustic tables and a sophisticated gastro menu, The Treby Arms is a cozy must-try spot if you're a true foodie.   A whitewashed, 19th-century country pub with rustic tables and a sophisticated gastro menu, The Treby Arms is a cozy must-try spot if you're a true foodie. Tucked away just a few steps from Torquay harbour, the Michelin-starred resto The Orange Tree is renown for it's evolving seasonal a la carte menu in a homey split-level setting.  seasonally changing a la carte menu offering modern British-European cuisine complemented by warm and friendly hospitality. 

NIGHTLIFE

From sea-salty smugglers' inns to Michelin-starred spots, Devon's best pubs are full of charm, character and excellent ales on tapLittle has changed for centuries at The Bridge Inn, one of England's last traditional ale houses that serves up to 10 ales poured straight from the cask. Overlooking village greens, the Pig Nose Inn is an old-fashioned whitewashed smugglers' inn that serves real ales from the barrel and stages live music acts on the reg. Imposing fireplaces, oak beams, snuggly corners and then some is everything you would expect from a country pub, and the Nobody Inn is exactly that. And there's a well-stocked bar with over 300 types whisky, an eponymous beer brew made especially for the inn, plus an entire room housing a 250-strong wine collection that's calling your name. For a waterside tipple on a floating platform, make it to River Exe Café with a Bella Freud wool-blend sweater in hand. On the more glamorous side, a stunning walnut and marble bar at The Coach House by Michael Caines awaits with special libations on classic cocktails. Maybe even head upstairs to the sumptuous lounge. Nestling in the city center's leafy Southernhay Quarter, Rendezvous Wine Bar is an intimate basement bar with an extensive and intriguing selection of drinks and wines from all around the world 

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Explore

A place as picturesque as Devon can only mean one thing: take it all in! Make your first stop at Woolacombe Beachcrowned the best beach in the UK and one of the top five in Europe. See the spectacular coastline of cliffs, coves, and dunes off white-sand beaches that make for an insta-worthy moment. Even more envious is the South West Coast Path, a 630-mile stretch of breathtaking beauty. Explore some of the charming villages along the way, and be sure to make it to the stunning Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and walk the dramatic cliff tops and with the most spectacular views of the coast from the top. Get a sense of royalty at the beautiful Dartmouth Castle, a 14th-century fortress with estuary views. Travel back into the Jazz Age at the Coleton Fishacre, a 1920s country retreat with its admirable Art Deco style to the vibrant colors of the exotic garden, and where wild animals now call home. Beyond the twenties, Babbacombe Model Village is a whimsical miniature world that’s straight out of a storybook. The village depicts English life and culture over the last six decades in its 4-acres of award-winning gardens and displays. For even more time travel, visit the famed Timehouse Muzeum or step into the Stone Age and discover Britain’s oldest home by exploring Kents Cavern’s extensive cave system. Calling all animal lovers! With more animals than anyone else in the South West, the Paignton Zoo has you in for a treat… Visit the zoo to awe over two thousand creatures and explore six amazing animal habitats. The English Riviera is made up of a series of quaint seaside towns, including TorquayPaignton, and Brixham, each unique in their own right, so eat your way through the award-winning restaurants and be spoiled with things to do in each. Spend an afternoon at the magical Brixham Harbourone of the largest fishing fleets in the UK located on the southern side of Tor Bay

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A little lowdown on Devon's towns... A busy fishing port in the Middle Ages, Sidmouth became a fashionable holiday resort when the future Queen Victoria visited with her parents in 1819 and still retains a certain grandeur. A former center for the tin and wool industries, Totnes used to be one of the most affluent towns in Britain. It's now a trendy market town and with a thriving arts community is dubbed as 'the Glastonbury of the West'. The heart and soul of the West Country, Exeter is home to one of the finest medieval cathedrals in the region.  

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SHOP

Where to Shop

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As much as Devon is filled with beautiful beaches and idyllic villages, the chic countryside escape has some of the best places to shop till you drop. Whether you’re after local crafts or cutting-edge designer goods, indulge in serious retail therapy. Be it large city centers for the big high street names, small independent shops where you can find one of a kind items, farm shops for local produce and arts centers – the choice is yours. Venture away from the crowds to the charming villages for unique boutiques. Bibi & Mac in Salcombe is carefully curated and carries a chic collection of European brands with names like Mes Demoiselles. For the romantics, Juste Moi in Dartmouth has a selection of French luxury lingerie brands, along with a great edit of swimwear from names like Melissa Odabash and Heidi Klein. Get your vintage fix at Revival Vintage in TotnesExpect vintage emporium packed with incredible antique clothes, jewels, accessories and gowns, many of which are unearthed at old country houses in the Devon locale. For those with enough time in town, head an hour outside to Garment Quarter in Bristol where you'll find a killer mix of brands like Self-Portrait, Solace London and Comme des Garçons with Mary Kantrantzou and Valentino. For the best of high street, head to Drake Circus Shopping Centre. One the center side, the Princesshay Quarter is strictly for princesses and covers some high street names as well as some more specialized, independent stores. Head over to Drake Circus Shopping Centre for anything you need – this modern shopping mall in Plymouth has been named the best shopping center in the country and could be considered a 'must-see'.  And there's something for everyone at the Barnstaple Pannier Market, one of Britain's largest indoor markets. The historic market is sweet with charm and is filled with fresh local produce and flowers, with some fashion and jewelry sprinkled in between.  

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