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The West Country, England (South West)
The West Country. Southwest England. Wessex
The ancient county of Wessex in Southwest England now consists of the counties of Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. Craggy coastlines, beautiful beaches, rolling countryside and a very mild climate make this area a favourite tourist destination for British and overseas visitors. Ancient architecture, medieval towns and intriguing myths and history, with many literary references (Daphne Du Maurier, Agatha Christie, Thomas Hardy) also add to the mysterious atmosphere of this region of England. There are many excellent restaurants including four owned and run by celebrity chef, Rick Stein, in Padstow, Cornwall.
Here are a selection of some of my favourite places in The West Country, photos, travel reviews and recommendations.
The West Country
Map of the West Country: Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Devon
Roman Ruins in Dorset
Fowey, Cornwall - One of the prettiest villages in Cornwall
Fowey is a gorgeous little village, a little off the beaten track, but well worth a visit. It is also home to the Du Maurier Festival, which celebrates the work of Daphne Du Maurier, who wrote some of her best work while living in Fowey.
Where to stay in Fowey (pronounced "Foy")
The Marina Villa Hotel in Fowey is one of the best hotels in this part of the world: Two houses opposite each other on the Esplanade in Fowey each with a few rooms. The house backing onto the harbour has wonderful views from its terrace and restaurant. The rooms are old fashioned, very comfortable and nicely finished, but the real attraction of this wonderful friendly hotel is the restaurant. Absolutely fantastic (and quite expensive when compared to the reasonably priced rooms, but worth every penny)
Marina Villa Hotel,