Dartmouth Regatta

If you like regattas then Dartmouth Regatta 2014 it is not to be missed – it must be Dartmouth Regatta Every Time!

Dartmouth Regatta 2014
Come and join the fun from 23rd to 30th August – there really is something for everyone! Put on your glad rags at the Regatta Ball, watch the competitive local Barrel Racing or have a go at Water Polo in the Boatfloat. There are sailing and rowing events all week long, sporting events and of course a full schedule of air display including the ever popular Red Arrows and of course the must see fireworks.

Fireworks at Dartmouth Regatta

Fireworks at Dartmouth Regatta

Red Arrows over Dartmouth

Red Arrows over Dartmouth

Super Dartmouth Regatta firework photograph by Herald Tribune

Super Dartmouth Regatta firework photograph by Herald Tribune

It’s a great time to stay at the luxury family friendly Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages only 4 miles from the center of Dartmouth

This time of year is perfect for making Elderflower Cordial

Here at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages we are home to quite a few ‘Elders’, which are currently in flower. It is something that we look forward to each year as our Housekeeper enjoys making it into Elderflower Cordial, which we enjoy with sparkling water and served over ice.

Elderflower cordial

Elderflower from an Elder

The Elder belongs to the genus Sambucus and is a member of the Elderberry family (Adoxaceae) and can have a lifespan of up to 60 years.

It is a small tree or shrub with a short trunk (bole) producing many erect, straight suckers. Its bark is grey-brown, corky and deeply furrowed and it twigs and branches have soft pith at their core. The leaves are opposite and pinnate with five to seven leaflets (each 3–9cm long), oval and toothed, with a pungent scent.

Elders are hermaphrodite: they have ‘perfect’ flowers with both sexes represented in one flower. Flowers are grouped in a large flat-topped umbel with many branches (10–20cm across). Individual flowers are approximately 5mm, with five petals and five stamens, and creamy in colour with a heavy, sweet scent. Fruits are a black edible berry (6–8mm) and appear late August to September.

If you would like to make some cordial – here is the recipe that we follow here at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages.


Kingsbridge Food & Music Festival 2014 is a celebration of the best food and live music our beautiful region can offer.


Yes Sir Boss blues group

It will run from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June and set on the quay, this year’s festival has something for every member of the family and entry is FREE!

Food lovers will be in their element , with Middle Eastern and Southern Indian food, as well as wood fired pizzas, char grilled Steaks, Sushi, proper Devon Pasties, Thai and Chilli sauces, real ale and wines, meringues, cream teas, puddings, ice cream and much more. The Heron Valley cocktail and cider bar will be running throughout the event.

On the music front, this year there is an eclectic mix ranging from folk, blues and classical, to up-and-coming dance DJ’s, Ska and funk bands. Acts include: Sam Fearon, Panda, Chippie Tucker, Hazaar, The Sheikhs, Dr Oz, and Three Men in a Wok. The festival will also feature the not-to-be-missed, irrepressible 8-piece funk band ‘Freshly Squeezed’; and next-big-thing, the energetic soul band, ‘Yes Sir Boss’, who have played alongside Joss Stone, and featured on BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Banks show, as well as on Radio 2, and 6 Music.

The Big Jam will take place on Sunday 1st June – an attempt at making a world record for the biggest group musical Jamming session (open invitation for anyone to download the chords and music from the website and come along with their instrument to play!). Talented young musicians are also encouraged to come along on Saturday and Sunday mornings until 11am to busk and showcase their music.


Higher Bowden Adopts miniature pig

Higher Bowden Holiday cottages adopts a miniature pig from Pennywell Farm. Lin (owner of Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages) states “we have worked with Pennywell over the years having bought 3 Goats from them as well as sometimes providing free tickets to our guests. Our guests have always enjoy a superb day out at the farm whatever the weather”.



Tourism BID ‘could raise £5m’ for Torbay

Experts who have looked into creating an English Riviera-wide Business Improvement District (BID) say the move could generate up to £5million to spend by businesses in the area.

Business Improvement District | English Riviera | Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages

A study carried out by experts working on BIDs in other resorts has revealed the figures and it’s now being suggested businesses ranging from holiday cottages South Devon to amusement parks and restaurants  should work together to create what could be one of the most effective BIDs in Britain.

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RSPB survey shows South Devon gardens top ten birds

The RSPB have been conducting a study that has included the population of birds and other wildlife in South Devon. Have you seen any of these beautiful birds while staying at South Devon holiday cottages? The study used as many as 11,000 Devon birdwatchers to take part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Goldfinch- South Devon Wildlife Survey With The RSPB- Near South Devon Holiday Cottages

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Dartmouth vs Marbella

We’ve taken a look at two popular holiday destinations and run the rule over both – but which will come out on top?

Dartmouth of Marbella?

Check out our infographic to find out….

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Higher Bowden (Dartmouth vs Marbella) infographics

Three of the best walks near Higher Bowden

Salcombe Bay | South Hams Walks | Higher Bowden Holiday CottagesHere at Higher Bowden we’re blessed to be located in the midst of the beautiful South Hams.

We’re surrounded by beautiful open countryside and going out for a stroll across it is an absolute pleasure at all times of the year.

So with that in mind we thought we’d take a look at three of our favourite walks within easy reach of our Dartmouth holiday cottages.

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South Devon beaches in the awards

Anyone who has taken a trip or stayed in and around the region for family holidays in Devon will have no doubt visited one of the superb beaches we have here. And now they have been rewarded for being so exceptional! Slapton and Bigbury have been named in the Top 20 UK’s best beaches in the Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards, announced by travel website TripAdvisor.


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