Bluebird Bus unique Devon stays perfect for spring breaks

Spring blooms: 5 unique Devon stays perfect for spring breaks

Thomas Morris
Authored by Thomas Morris
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 11:27

From a beautifully converted railway carriage near Exeter to a 1970s air stream with a private hot tub in Woolacombe, if you are thinking of a Devon staycation this spring, why not try something a little bit different? 

Here, Marsdens Devon Cottages share their 5 most unusual, yet exceptional places to stay in Devon this spring.

1. Three Hares Carriage, Exeter | Sleeps 2

Three Hares Carriage Exeter Spring Staycation Travel

Three Hares Carriage is a beautifully restored period railway carriage with panoramic countryside views. The carriage uses 100% renewable energy and provides a truly unique and fabulously comfortable couples' retreat. Dunsford Nature Reserve, which is roughly a 10-minute drive from Three Hares Carriage, is famous for its wild daffodils in spring.

April and May weeks available from £652

Anthony who stayed at Three Hares Carriage in September says "Myself and my late wife have stayed in many, many self-catering establishments both here in the UK and other parts of the world. I can honestly say that this is the best by a country mile. I was expecting something special when I booked Three Hares Carriage, but this place is something else. The attention to detail is just phenomenal. I would have stayed another week if it was free!!"

2. Bluebird Bus, Seaton | Sleeps 2 + 1 dog

Bluebird Bus Seaton Spring Staycation Travel

This fantastic 1970s Canadian school bus has been lovingly presented in a rustic and eclectic style. Nestled in a secluded spot on a family-run farm, adjacent to a vineyard, close to the Somerset and Dorset borders. Bluebird Bus provides a relaxing, off-grid getaway. Holyford Woods which is renowned for its array of bluebells during the spring is less than a 10-minute drive from Bluebird Bus.

March, April and May weeks available from £425

Clifford who stayed at the Bluebird Bus last March states "We booked the Bluebird Bus expecting a serene setting, with no distractions and that's exactly what we received. It is situated in such a quiet place, with absolutely no one nearby, plenty of space for Luna our dog to explore while being safe. Beautiful views, stunning sunsets, and great links to so many places to visit during the day."

3. Highlands Airstream, Woolacombe | Sleeps 2

Highlands Airstream Woolacombe Spring Staycation Travel

Set in an elevated position, Highlands Airstream is an iconic 1974 air stream with far-reaching sea views, within walking distance of Woolacombe. Highlands Airstream also enjoys a private hot tub, perfect for an evening soak under the stars. Borough Woods, which is less than a 10-minute drive from Highlands Airstream is another great spot for bluebells and is awash with a carpet of colour during springtime. 

March, April and May weeks available from £588

Sarah who stayed at Highlands Airstream in July said "A beautifully restored Airstream. The bed is extremely comfortable. Very secluded with fantastic views. A great location for walkers. We stayed for 4 nights and spent our days walking along the coastal path to Croyde and Ilfracombe".

4. The Watchtower, Barnstaple | Sleeps 2

The Watchtower Barnstaple Spring Staycation Travel

Perched high on a hill with stunning panoramic views over the River Taw, The Watchtower is a unique Grade II listed property which provides a fantastic hideaway for couples. Located just a few miles away from the sea, The Watchtower's location means you can climb the stairs and gaze out over the picturesque surrounding countryside. Marwood Hill Gardens, which is about a 15-minute drive from The Watchtower is a lovely, 20 acre garden with around 80 different magnolias, narcissi, wisteria and camellia for visitors to enjoy.

July, August and September weeks available from £675

Zoe who stayed at The Watchtower in June says "We had an amazing stay, the views from The Watchtower are breathtaking especially at sunset. Excellent access for the beach with a great place to rest after a day exploring Devon! Would definitely recommend."

5. Erme, Dartmoor | Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Erme Dartmoor Spring Staycation Travel

Situated in an idyllic spot in the heart of Dartmoor, Erme is an eco-friendly canvas safari tent which sleeps up to 4 people and 2 dogs. This rural retreat also enjoys a wood-fired hot tub and fire pit for toasting marshmallows under the stars. Lukeland Gardens, is less than a 5-minute drive from Erme and during April and May is awash with rhododendrons and beautiful bluebells.

March, April and May weeks available from £663

Elizabeth who stayed at Erme in June states "Absolutely fantastic! Had a truly magical weekend staying inside this gorgeous safari cabin. The most beautiful setting surrounded by fields and woodlands"

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