With the perfect microclimate for growing cider apples and an abundance of local cider makers, cider tasting in Devon is an absolute treat! Here are our picks for the best places to sample a tipple or two. Hunts Devon Cider, Totnes... Read more
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About Emma Holcombe
Director of Cartwheel Holidays and travel blogger.
Hello! I live in the West Country and have the best job in the world - travelling, writing, eating and drinking my way round South West England, visiting fantastic local people and places along the way, to promote holidays, days out and independent businesses in South West England.
I am director of Cartwheel Holidays, which has a great selection of farm holidays and country breaks in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Each self catering cottage, country house, bed and breakfast, camping and glamping site is family-run - you book directly with the owner so you get personal service, the best rate and local knowledge to help you plan your holiday. I know every owner and I am privileged to work with such a friendly group of people!
I write for the Cartwheel Holidays blog, which is all about unique, beautiful and delicious discoveries in South West England. I roam the West Country, writing about Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, visiting working farms, chocolate-box rural villages and lively towns, local events, landmarks and attractions, country pubs and other wonderful places to eat and drink, local food and drink producers, farm shops and farmers markets, and local artisans. I do the research and leg work to help visitors find out the best places to go and get insider knowledge from a local.
I also have a cosy self catering holiday cottage in Mevagissey, Cornwall, which is available to rent all year round. It’s a 19th century fisherman's cottage that sleeps 4, with stunning views over the bustling harbour and out to sea.
As a mum of two little ones, I am also interested in projects that encourage children to get outdoors, learn about the countryside, wildlife, farming and where their food comes from.
The Devon gin scene is thriving and if you have ever fancied trying to make your own gin, here are the gin schools to show you how. All run from local Devon distilleries , you can be sure to have some expert... Read more
From gin and limoncello to rum and single malt whiskey, Devon distilleries are creating some fantastic tipples from incredible local ingredients. Devon Distillery, Dartington Run by Cosmo Caddy, who’s grandfather created Sharpham Vineyards, the Devon Distillery makes its own award-winning grappa (Dappa), limoncello... Read more
1. Frome is the most welcoming town in England According to the Traveller Review Awards 2022 , “Frome is a town full of charm and vibrance and is known for its community spirit. The town is jam-packed with culture, with a thriving art and... Read more
Frome markets have everything you could possibly desire, from local fruit and veg, to vintage fashion and contemporary jewellery. Well known for having a huge variety of markets throughout the year, Frome markets are the among the best places in... Read more
Nothing can quite prepare you for hot air ballooning in Somerset . From seeing the hot air balloons being inflated and the anticipation of taking off, to holding onto the basket as you gently soar into the air, rising high above... Read more
If you love a good gin, take a look at these fantastic handcrafted Somerset gins, lovingly created at small artisan distilleries using local ingredients. Still Sisters , Frome Sisters Hannah and Tori create a range of gins in their bespoke copper still called... Read more
We’ve found five great brewery tours in Devon, where you can see how local brewers make their finest beers. Otter Brewery High in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, this family-run brewery has been producing beer for over 25 years.... Read more