We’ve had some beautiful, far-flung destinations on the blog in the last few weeks so it’s about time we explored somewhere a little closer to home.  For a holiday that stirs up those dreamy childhood memories, the Devon coast is a classic.  Fine art photographer Renata Fry shares her images from her family summer holiday

Destination: Shaldon, Devon

Where did you stay? We stayed at Devon Valley Holiday Village; a family style caravan site on the banks of the River Teign. Great for family holidays if you are on a budget. However whilst we were exploring Shaldon Village we came across Shaldon Beach Huts that have been refurbished into luxury Five Star holiday lets, they even featured on George Clarke’s ‘Amazing Spaces’.  They looked stunning and would make a great weekend break.

What made you pick Devon? I grew up in South Devon and love to be by the sea. Shaldon is a quiet village with quaint pubs, seafood restaurants and pretty walks but is also nearby to bigger towns such as Teignmouth and Exeter.

What is there to do? There is a lovely beach scattered with boats where you can catch a little ferry over the river to Teignmouth. We ate in the most amazing restaurant called the Strand Café in the centre of Shaldon village- it had only been open for 6 days when we visited in August but the service was great and the seafood was to die for! I had scallops and crab, all locally caught. The atmosphere was relaxed and intimate and the décor was contemporary and nautical.

What would be your top packing tips? Pack for British weather! I packed a mix of shorts, flip flops and waterproofs! There is plenty to do in this area whether the sun is shining or not and even if it does start to drizzle there’s plenty of local pubs to dive into!

Would you visit again? Yes. I would love a mini break staying in one of the refurbished beach huts overlooking the river. I would definitely visit the Strand Café again and recommend it to anyone visiting the area.


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