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South West England

Two women drawing a sun on the beach at Kynance Cove © John Millar

Two women drawing a sun on the beach at Kynance Cove © John Millar

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts and iconic monuments.

 Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. Sleep in The Captain’s Quarters, The Lieutenant’s Quarters or even The Major’s Quarters as your base to explore the coast.

With over 160 Holiday Cottages in the South West, we can offer you the perfect base for exploring the sites. Search for your perfect holiday cottage here.

The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006.

The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.