With the festive season now in full swing, here are some last-minute West Country gift ideas to help make your Christmas stockings bulge…
Celebrating its Cornish roots, Seasalt clothing designs have stayed true to the local environment while also supporting the remaining maritime textile traditions of the South West coast. With clothing ranges to suit all seasons, this classic Falmouth brand has a look for any West Country occasion, be it a walk on the beach or a sea shanty festival.
South Devon Chilli Farm continues to wow us with its unique creations all grown from the sunny South Devon farm near the ancient Blackdown Rings. The farm has been perfecting its growing techniques since it was established in 2001 and has on offer an award-winning range of chilli sauces, chilli preserves and chilli chocolate – the ideal gift for someone who appreciates a bit of zing on their taste buds.
Produced on the rugged, green pastures of Stansfield’s Farm on Bodmin Moor, Cornish Blue is a multi-award winning, blue-veined, artisan cheese made from cows milk and lovingly produced by the Cornish Cheese Company. Left to mature for up to fourteen weeks to achieve its full character and flavour, this champion fromage sits handsomely on any plate and is also a wonderful addition to many a sumptuous recipe.
You can’t beat a bit of Cornish fudge, and where better than Rebeccas of Perranporth. This traditional fudge shop has been hand-making its award-winning fudge for more than thirty years, cooked the old-fashioned and time-honoured way. Choose your seasonal flavours and create your very own fudge platter!
His quirky illustrations have been making people smile for decades, and now appear on greetings cards, mugs, aprons, tea-towels, table-mats, coasters….the list goes on! Dartmouth artist, Simon Drew, is a household name in South Devon and his witty puns and imaginative depictions are sure to make a most memorable gift.
Hand-crafted and blended with pure Dartmoor spring water, Salcombe Gin has captured an exquisite taste. Following only traditional methods and refusing to compromise on quality, this burgeoning South Devon distillery has impressed even the most discerning of gin connoisseurs and has received worldwide appreciation; Gold in The World Gin Awards amongst its many accolades.
The South West Coast Path encompasses 630 miles of stunning scenery and continues to captivate all those who walk its off beaten tracks and clifftop trails. The South West Coast Path Association has some wonderful gift ideas for all you lovers of the great outdoors, from bobble hats to guide books, you could even gift your loved one an annual membership allowing them to enjoy a host of offers plus all the latest information.
Providing the widest range of surf and watersports equipment in South Devon, Triocean Surf, near Bantham, is also the largest UK retailer of Starboard and Red Inflatable SUPs. If you’re looking for something more adventurous this Christmas, this reputable and ‘gnarly’ South Hams outlet could be just the ticket.
What better way to toast in the New Year than with a flute of Dorset fizz. The Langham and Furleigh Estates have been producing some of the finest sparkling wines in the region, helping to put ‘the splendid’ in the occasion and upholding their ‘world-class’ reputations.
This Christmas, why not treat someone special to unlimited free entry to the largest indoor rainforest in the world with an Eden Project Gift Membership. As well as priority access and discounts, members can also bring along a guest, for free, on every visit, plus gain ‘behind the scenes’ access to exclusive Eden events.
Season’s Greetings from all at Toad Hall Cottages