A chic beach re­treat with added hot tub

STEVE HOWARTH heads down to Devon in style for a week­end break that re­ally is be­side the sea­side...

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL -

gi­gan­tic,i ti 20 20-me­tret hi highh bronze Damien Hirst sculp­ture of a naked preg­nant woman bran­dish­ing a gi­ant sword stand­ing like some­thing out of a Jason and the Arg­onauts film be­side the har­bour en­trance... with half of her body in cut out. Bizarre – yet to some awe­some. Oth­ers brand it an eye­sore.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cals, since the sculp­ture ar­rived in 2012 it has drawn in lots of tourists.

Hurst, who has a home in Il­fra­combe, has loaned the statue – which is taller than the more fa­mous

AAn­gell off th the N Northth – t to North Devon Coun­cil.

The re­sort also boasts an al­most equally amaz­ing mod­ern theatre build­ing which looks a lit­tle like a cou­ple of squashed power sta­tion cool­ing tow­ers that also houses more of Mr Hirst’s works.

Other lo­cal re­sorts within a few min­utes drive and worth a visit in­clude Woola­combe with its vast, fam­ily-friendly sandy beach with surf­ing for the more en­er­getic and Lyn­ton and Lyn­mouth, where I can rec­om­mend a ride on the amaz­ing, wa­ter-pow­eredt dVi Vic­to­ri­ant i cliff rail­way and mooching around both re­sorts’ charm­ing shops.

Also worth a look is nearby Watermouth Castle, par­tic­u­larly if you have chil­dren as it is also a fam­ily theme park with rides, a maze, gnome land and even dragons for the kids while adults can ex­plore the Vic­to­rian castle and its gar­dens.

But we kept com­ing back to our just-for-two be­jou beach hut and that hot tub – it re­ally is the per­fect spot for a ro­man­tic break... honeymooners or that spe­cial an­niver­sary.

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