How Devon’s popularity is set to continue for another season
Having cemented Devon’s status as a summer destination, the Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association is now set to help the county emulate this success throughout autumn. More than capable of competing in an international market during the summer, the Association is now ready to move onto its next challenge.
According to travel company ABTA, there has been strong sales for domestic holidays this year with many going to Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands. They also reported that between 2014 and 2015 there was a 13% increase in people taking domestic holidays – something they forecast to increase further throughout 2016.
The Devon Hotels and Restaurants Association is a collection of some of the best restaurants and hotels in the county. Derek Phillips, Honorary Secretary of the Association, said: “Bookings to date are showing indications for a successful autumn. With staycations being, on the whole, more affordable and stress-free than their foreign counterparts, people are able to afford to go away more often. While traditionally most families will take a summer vacation, and occasionally a spring holiday before peak season, many are now looking to September, October and even November to fit another break in before Christmas; the concept of which is extremely exciting and positive for Devon”.
With the new South Devon Link Road, access to the Southwest and its hotels and restaurants has never been easier, and for those not wanting to drive Exeter airport is just a short, direct flight from London City airport. There are also direct flights from Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle, among others.
For families with children at school, the autumn/winter term is always the longest, and with most children getting either one or two weeks for half term, this is the ideal time for a trip to Devon. Suiting all budgets and requirements, Devon Hotels also cover a huge amount of Devon. If you fancy making the most of the last of the warmer weather, then why not head to the Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa. This hotel would be ideal for beach walks, campfires and has a swimming pool and spa. The beautiful resort town of Salcombe is also home to the Salcombe Maritime Museum, a vintage cinema, a ruined castle and is just a short drive from Exeter, Dartmouth and Dartmoor.
If an Indian summer is off the cards then Devon Hotel’s members also include several hotels within the city of Exeter. With museums, shops, restaurants, markets, theatres and public transport there is no shortage of activities to suit all weather conditions and interests.
Another hotel set to be popular this autumn is The Pig at Combe, Honiton. Having just opened in July of this year, The Pig offers customers something slightly different. Describing themselves as ‘no “cookie-cutter roll-out”, The Pig has ‘turned the traditional layout of a hotel on its head’ to provide guests with a unique experience. Within just a short drive are a multitude of activities to suit all ages and interests. These include museums, galleries, independent shops and a nature reserve. Exeter and all of its attractions are also just a short drive away.
Derek Phillips concludes: “While up until now it has been forecasts showing a successful autumn season, our members are now reporting on bookings and interest that are demonstrating what we had hoped. Visitors are absolutely loving Devon, and a huge amount seem keen to return. While the summer is hugely popular, autumn is also attracting a huge demographic of people wanting to visit Devon during a somewhat less crowded time. With all the investments members have been putting into their hotels, it is amazing to see the effort paying off”.