A family business founded 33 years ago based at the heart of the West Country, in Chagford within the Dartmoor National Park. Helpful Holidays has cottages and properties in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire
Houses and gardens to visit - Large holiday homes - Places to walk and wag - Luxury holiday cottages - Green holiday cottages - Places to wine and dine - Holiday cottages on farms - Sandcastles and surf - Pools and tubs - Easy access cottages - Pubs and pints - Moors and tors -
Helpful Holidays' excellent team of 40 help arrange over 16,000 holidays a year and with a 'small firm' ethos where customers come first. More than 60% of bookings are from previous customers, their friends, relatives and work colleagues, and 99.6% of customers who responded to a questionnaires this year said they would recommend us to friends
From marine wildlife in Dorset, castles and museums along the Jurassic coast, surfing the waves on the Cornish coast and delicious fish, chips and Cornish pasties – there really is something in the West Country for everyone. Why not enjoy all the south west of England has to offer with a Helpful Holidays cottage stay.
Holiday Cottages on Farms from £178
Breathe deep, relax and slow down. Holidays on farms are good for the soul, a chance to return to nature and discard the relentless frantic pace of life for a while. The West Country is shaped by small family farms, traditional methods respected for generations, havens for wildlife. With small patchwork fields, steep hillsides and winding country lanes, it's no wonder little has changed and farmers continue the gentle husbandry of their forefathers. Here are cottages on farms, special places for peace and being at one with your surroundings - and maybe collecting eggs and meeting the animals too.
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Large holiday homes from £300
Huge houses, masses of them, in beautiful locations all over the West Country. Secluded farmhouses, historic manor houses, vast converted barns, seaside houses overlooking beaches – all are available for your exclusive use. Take the children, the dogs, the grandparents and let your hair down. Hire a chef to serve up a delicious meal for a special occasion.
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Sandcastles and Surf from £156
Seaside holidays are 'proper' holidays, fun for everyone. That first thrilling glimpse of azure blue at the journey's end ("I see the sea and the sea sees me"); scrambling with picnic baskets down to secret cove beaches; shedding clothes and authority to build fairytale castles and splash through ‘white horses’. The West Country, its coastline dotted with clean beaches washed by warm southerly rollers off the Atlantic, is world-class for surfing, bodyboarding and simple pleasures of paddling in the shallows with trousers rolled up, hand in small hand. Many beaches are Blue Flagged and lifeguarded, popular with adrenaline-seekers of all generations.
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Moors and Tors from £131
Few wild places remain in the UK, but the West Country is famous for stunning wide-open expanses of moorland, from Exmoor and Dartmoor in Devon to Bodmin Moor and the wildness of Penwith at the end of England. It's perfect for walking, cycling, horse riding, climbing, swimming - or simply escaping crowds for a while and getting back to nature. Across the year the moors change: autumn, a golden time of russet bracken and purple swathes of heather; winter, dramatic rushing rivers and snow-topped tors.
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Pools and Tubs from £195
Have fun at cottages with swimming pools and hot tubs! Park the car, unpack the swimming togs and dive in. With a private pool or hot tub, you have entertainment, whatever the weather. Teach the little ones to swim like fishes, away from the hurly burly of public pools. Pack an inflatable ball for impromptu pool-volley ball matches, whilst you enjoy a poolside lounger and good book.
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