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...
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.