[BX] FOR PLEASURE My business life often entails travel to all manner of exotic, even glamorous locations, so a down-to-earth hotel perched close to a stretch of golden Devon beach, and with a cosy pub around the corner, provides the perfect antidote. The Saunton Sands hotel near Barnstaple in North Devon isn't the most spectacular hotel, being built in that spare '60s style that's becoming fashionable again, but its owners, the Brend family, do the simple, no-nonsense stuff well. With two young children, practicality is as important as pleasure when it comes to holidays, so a hotel that can provide things to keep the kids occupied is a blessing.
This really comes into its own with a special children's dinner at 5pm every day, when they tuck into their own tailored menu. By the end of the day, the children are exhausted and in bed by 8pm, leaving my wife and I free to enjoy a relaxing Devon evening alone.