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With the Christmas rush approaching, a timely escape to Devon can be just the tonic. Whether you are looking for Christmas shopping without the stress, some excellent festive food or simply the chance to get away from it all and relax, Devon makes a delightful getaway destination at this time of year.

Should you need any further persuasion however, we have some great deals on late season breaks (such as our Autumn Escape for Two), as well as some superb Christmas packages and events. These are a fantastic way to enjoy beautiful surroundings and exceptional seasonal food and hospitality. Add some enjoyable 2015 Christmas events in North Devon and this is also a great chance to find that special gift and enjoy a day excursion or two. Here are some highlights to savour at this time of year:

Christmas Design Fair at RHS Garden Rosemoor

With a wealth of creative, original gifts this excellent event is all about arts, crafts, the beautiful and the unconventional. You can meet and learn from various stall holders and artisan types here. An inspiring day out, this is also a handy place to find unique and refreshingly different Devon Christmas gifts for those fussy friends and relatives. Read more on this event HERE.

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Christmas Fayre & Carols in Barnstaple

Looking for a more traditional taste of Christmas in Devon? This annual fair, held at Barnstaple Pannier Market, has plenty of local stalls, presents and edibles to enjoy. You’ll find crafty, tasty and locally made gifts galore, along with the magical sound of traditional Christmas carols . Add a cheeky glass of mulled wine and the fact that all the Barnstaple stores keep their doors open for late night Christmas shopping and you have an enjoyable trip. Further details HERE.

Barnstaple Real Food Market

Fancy a taste of the real Devon? As our dining guests will testify, North Devon is a superb area for fresh produce- and this is never truer than during the festive period. Should you be looking for special gifts for foodies, or simply a taste of Devon to take away with you, this is an excellent market to browse. You’ll find some of our favourite suppliers here, selling everything from excellent cider to cured meats and cheeses.453241303

Seasonal Splendour on Exmoor

Although it’s tempting to stick to the warmth of the indoors at this time of year, we would highly recommend an excursion onto Exmoor late in the season. You might need to wrap up and bring a pair of outdoor boots, but it can be a magical place as winter approaches. Nor does the wildlife go to sleep; keep an eye out for winter birds and hardy survivors such as Exmoor ponies and red deer. Unlike most of Devon and Somerset’s milder parts, there is also a good chance of finding some snow up on the high moorland. So be brave, venture forth and enjoy this great National Park at one of the prettiest and most peaceful times of year. The official Exmoor site also has some handy maps and suggested walks HERE.

Superb Festive Food, plus Christmas, Twixmas and New Year’s Packages in North Devon
Could you use a well-earned break before the Christmas rush? Or perhaps you would like to treat someone special to a wonderfully relaxing Christmas break with no turkey to cook or house to tidy up? Based in idyllic rural Devon, Northcote Manor is the ultimate cosy Christmas retreat, with some fantastic events and packages, including the following:

Christmas Breaks: With superb food and excellent, friendly service we can provide the perfect stress-free Christmas retreat. Read more about our current packages HERE

Superb Festive Lunches: Book now for the best of the season with all the trimmings, cooked to perfection. CLICK HERE.

New Year’s Eve Breaks: See out the year in style, as we take care of everything. Enjoy a luxury stay with the very best in food and hospitality. More information HERE

Alternately, simply call our friendly team at the hotel for enquiries and bookings on 01769 560501