Now that February half term is over, it’s time for the empty nesters to shine – if you want suggestions for a child free trip to North Devon, here are some suggestions to help you plan the perfect visit to North Devon.

While we love welcoming families, for those of you without children, it can be overwhelming sharing the dining room with excitable youngsters or trying to keep up with a group of youths on a group tour – sometimes, you just want the peace and quiet of a break during term time and North Devon is a great destination for anyone looking for tranquillity. With a host of heritage attractions where you can explore the past, some of the best golf courses in the UK and wonderful arts and crafts experiences, there is plenty to keep you amused here.

If you’re interested in finding some beautiful pieces for your home and learning more about a dying art, take a trip to Dartington Crystal – as well as being a premier shopping destination, their factory experience gives you a chance to learn more about glass production and why Dartington Crystal’s products are as sought after as they are. Plus, the Visitor Experience, really gives you an insight into the history of glass blowing and how incredibly skilled the team at Dartington Crystal is.

Another excellent place to spend the day is RHS Rosemoor, not only do you have the chance to wander around some beautifully landscaped gardens, but there is also a charming café where you can enjoy a cream tea in stunning surroundings and even pick up a few tips for your own gardens when you return home!

RHS Rosemoor
Image: RHS Rosemoor

For those of you who love discovering more about the past, Hartland Abbey and Gardens is reopening on 10th March and is one of the region’s best loved heritage attractions. Built in 12th century, Hartland Abbey survived as a monastery longer than any other in the country and has been a family home since the 1530s. Both the house and the gardens are beautiful and by visiting in the spring, you’ll have the chance to see those spring flowers making their first appearance. Alternatively, learn more about the region’s maritime history by visiting the SS Freshspring, a historic steamship berthed at Bideford. The ship is open to visitors from April and gives you a chance to discover this fascinating ship – one of the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers commissioned in the 1940s.

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Now you have an idea of how to spend your days, here are some suggestions for places to call home during your visit.

In the heart of the North Devon countryside is Woodford Bridge Country Club, a rural retreat with its own leisure centre, steam rooms and badminton and squash courts to enjoy. The resort has its own spacious apartments, allowing you to have privacy and peace and quiet, while also keeping you close to all the action. If you want a chance to play a few holes while you’re away, there is a golf club just nine miles from Woodford Bridge, so bring your clubs just in case!

For those of you who want a chance to explore the coastal walks in the region, take a look at Hartland Quay Hotel, which is located right on a cliff edge and provides incredible views as well as easy access to the South West Coast Path. The main building has been run as a hotel since the 1880s and the onsite bar and restaurant serves a host of locally sourced dishes and ales.

Or for something centrally located within easy reach of the coast and the amenities of being in a town centre, the Imperial Hotel in Barnstaple is set by the River Taw and is one of the leading luxury hotels in the region. The hotel manages to combine the magic and style of a traditional country house while also offering the comfort of a luxury hotel, providing a wonderful home from home.

Don’t fancy a hotel stay? Why not choose a cosy cottage to call home? Marsdens Devon Cottages have over 2000 cottages across the county, with many located in places like Applefore, Woolacombe and Croyde, where you’ll have easy access to not only the coast for those peaceful beach walks and the region’s top attractions. Marsdens have been offering high quality properties since the 70s and have a host of local knowledge, giving you everything you need to create the perfect get away.

These are just a few suggestions for a child free break in North Devon, you can find more inspiration for your trip here.