If you're reminiscing on childhood holidays spent on the south coast of England then the 70s-themed Dimmet cottage in Devon may be just what you're yearning for. Sitting in a quiet neighbourhood on the outskirts of the small surf-town Braunton, it's also a few minutes drive to the incredible Saunton Sands beach.
We arrived in early July during a week of the kind of scorching sunshine that makes for memorable summer holidays spent building sand castles, collecting shells and eating fish and chips (bliss). The cottage is decorated with original 70s furniture and kitchenware with Beswick vintage china and a cork wall that takes you straight back to childhood. The owners have even uncovered old records, books and games for you to fully immerse yourself in the 70s experience.
Whilst the 70s detail went straight over the children's heads, the beauty of Devon certainly didn't. The surf and skate vibe of Braunton was vibrant and youthful and my son spent time riding the small ramp in the local skate shop and hours scootering at the nearby skate park. The beach days were long and lazy as we watched the surfers, ran down sand dunes and played hide and seek amongst the colourful huts. As always, the looming end of the holiday gave us the blues on our final evening but our memories more thank make-up for it.