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    Guest Writer Catherine Goddard - Holiday in Devon

    It's a pleasure to introduce another guest blogger to the Auto Europe site. Catherine Goddard is a respected freelance writer and friend of AE.

    Here's her experience of holidaying in the UK.

    With the demise of XL airways came frustration and anger for thousands of UK travellers. Whether they were marooned at a holiday spot or stuck at home instead of enjoying sun, surf and sangria, the impact was devastating.

    With a bleak outlook for the airlines in general, British holidays are more appealing than ever. And, with such a wealth of beautiful countryside, superb beaches and culturally-rich towns to explore, a British holiday doesn't have to be a poor man's alternative to a foreign break.

    After honeymooning in North Norfolk and Bath 18 months ago, I was happy to become an ambassador of British holidaymaking. While we benefited from good fortune with the weather - crisp, cloudless blue skies and warm spring sunshine - the locations offered plenty to do even if rain had prevailed. And, if lazy days were in order, our cosy cottage and plush boutique hotel lodgings, were the ideal settings to totally wind down.

    A break in Devon this summer proved again that Britain has it all. Having hired a car from Auto Europe, we were able to stay in a very secluded luxury cottage, perfectly positioned for day trips to countless sandy beaches and quaint villages. Set amongst farmland we opened our windows each morning and enjoyed views of sheep grazing just outside our garden area. It was idyllic. Highlights of our trip included a lunch at Damien Hirst's restaurant, 11 The Quay in Ilfracombe, and horse riding through scrubland near Westward Ho! With no airports to battle with, no timetables to keep to, we enjoyed the freedom of our four wheels and a holiday without a plan. And the sun shone for us again - for a whole week in which the West Coast of Britain looked its glorious best in my eyes.

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