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Old Church School - Plymp­ton, near Ply­mouth.

The Old Church School is a beau­ti­ful her­itage prop­erty sit­u­ated in the peace­ful area of Plymp­ton. The for­mer school is in a his­toric part of the area and is close by to the main trans­port links, which makes it a great base for ex­plor­ing all that the South West has to of­fer. Plymp­ton Cas­tle and the cas­tle green is on the doorstep and the city of Ply­mouth is only a short dis­tance away.

Sleeps four. Two bed­rooms.

This year’s Re­mem­brance Day is more poignant than ever, as it will mark the cen­te­nary year of the end of the First World War. It is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant in the South West, as there is a strong mil­i­tary pres­ence, with most of the Royal Marine bases and bar­racks lo­cated in the South West of the UK. Com­mem­o­rat­ing those who gave their lives in the war, plenty of events will take place through­out the re­gion, from exhibitions to art in­stal­la­tions, pro­vid­ing plenty of op­por­tu­nity for guests to mark the cen­te­nary. cot­tages.com have a range of mil­i­tary in­spired prop­er­ties all over the coun­try which make for a unique hol­i­day, in­clud­ing the for­mer WWII op­er­a­tions bunker ‘The Bunker’ in Corn­wall and for­mer ob­ser­va­tion tower ‘RAF Wain­fleet’ in Lin­colnshire.

The Na­tional Trust is host­ing the ‘Pages of the Sea’ event to mark the 100th an­niver­sary and say thank you to those who were lost dur­ing the war. The renowned film­maker Danny Boyle is invit­ing com­mu­ni­ties around the UK, in­clud­ing the South West, to gather at the beaches where many sol­diers de­parted to war from. At low tide, a por­trait of a war vet­eran will be cre­ated in the sand, and will then be washed away when the tide comes in. Poet Lau­re­ate Carol Ann Duffy has also writ­ten a brand-new poem, which vis­i­tors will be in­vited to read. In the South West, the event will be coming to We­ston-Su­per-Mare in Som­er­set, Porthcurno in Corn­wall and Saun­ton Sands in Devon.

As well as spe­cial an­niver­sary events, there will also be sev­eral exhibitions in the area, which will al­low guests to dis­cover the sto­ries of those who were af­fected dur­ing the con­flict. Cote­hele House and Gar­dens in Corn­wall cre­ate a Christ­mas gar­land ev­ery year, but this year prom­ises to be even big­ger than be­fore to hon­our the cen­te­nary by giv­ing the gar­land a com­pletely dif­fer­ent look.

In Dorset, vis­i­tors can come to­gether to watch the light­ing of Thorn­combe bea­con on the Golden Cap Es­tate, with the stun­ning Juras­sic coast­line as a back­drop as part of the na­tional ‘Bat­tle’s Over’ tribute. The bea­con has its own mil­i­tary his­tory, as it was one of the sights on the South West coastal path that was used to warn of the Spanish Ar­mada in 1588.

What’s more, the re­gion is at the heart of mil­i­tary his­tory, and there are plenty of ex­hibits and mu­se­ums where guests can re­trace the foot­steps of sol­diers and pi­lots. The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Mu­seum is Europe’s largest naval air mu­seum, where guests can ex­plore the her­itage of the air force. Vis­i­tors can ex­plore the four ex­hi­bi­tion halls that house over ninety dif­fer­ent air­craft - in­clud­ing the first Bri­tish Con­corde. Keen pi­lots can take part in The Air­craft Car­rier Ex­pe­ri­ence, where they can try their hand at ‘fly­ing’ a he­li­copter, visit the con­trol rooms and even see a nu­clear bomb.

The Tank Mu­seum in Dorset is home to the largest num­ber of ar­moured ve­hi­cles in the world that spans over a hun­dred years of his­tory. The Bri­tish in­ven­tion was in­tro­duced dur­ing the First World War and changed war­fare for­ever. Vis­i­tors of the mu­seum can also ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand what it was like to be a sol­dier in the war, from the re­cruit­ing of­fice right through to the front line and can learn how the tank played such an im­por­tant role in break­ing the stale­mate dur­ing the war.

The iconic Pop­pies: Wave in­stal­la­tion Wave and Weep­ing Win­dow, by artist Paul Cum­mins and de­sign Tom Piper has al­ready been seen by four mil­lion peo­ple in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions across the UK since it was first seen at the Tower of London. Vis­i­tors in the South West will get a chance to see the fa­mous cas­cade of bright red pop­pies for them­selves, as they will be at the CWGC Ply­mouth Naval Me­mo­rial un­til the 19th Novem­ber. The me­mo­rial over­looks the Ply­mouth Sound and hon­ours the 7,300 ser­vice men and women of the First World War.

cot­tages.com have an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of her­itage prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing mil­i­tary in­spired prop­er­ties, that will give hol­i­day­mak­ers the chance to re­live his­tory and make the date even more mem­o­rable.

There are a num­ber of events tak­ing place in the South West to com­mem­o­rate those who gave their lives in war

Carol Ann Duffy has writ­ten a brand-new poem which vis­i­tors will be in­vited to read. In the South West, the event will be coming to We­ston-Su­per-Mare in Som­er­set, Porthcurno in Corn­wall and Saun­ton Sands in Devon

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