WANT to feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life but without leaving British shores?

Look no further than Soar Mill Cove, near Salcombe, South Devon — a place nestled by the sea with stunning scenery and picture postcard views.

While the location is a major draw, it is by no means the only reason to pay a visit to this family-friendly beach hotel.

Run by the Makepeace family, the pride and attention to detail is clear for guests to see from the moment they arrive.

The large and comfortable rooms are a plush home from home, with patios looking out to greenery, craggy cliff-tops and tranquil waters.

As summer turns to autumn, enjoy a brisk walk by the sea, taking in long stretches of soft sand from Milton Sands through Hope Cove and to Soar Mill Cove, a small but picturesque sandy hideaway.

The scenery is sure to delight everyone from keen walkers to couples on a romantic stroll to families exploring the great outdoors.

Having worked up an appetite, look no further than the hotel’s two rosette, award-winning restaurant which serves up exquisite, locally-sourced cuisine each evening.

Throughout our stay, my fiancé and I enjoyed sumptuous dishes including roast breast of corn-fed chicken with black pudding croquette and West Country beef fillet steak with a wild mushroom and blue cheese gratin.

Renowned for its fish and seafood, most is freshly caught during the restaurant’s own diving trips and dishes.

And for those with a sweet tooth, the tasty dessert menu even boasts the original Mrs Makepeace’s pavlova — a favourite of Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn.

Following dinner, pay a visit to the hotel’s cosy Champagne bar where you can enjoy a tipple or two, including chilled bubbly, a cocktail or delights from the extensive wine list.

Although winter is approaching, visitors need not worry about inclement weather spoiling their stay thanks to the indoor facilities.

Kick back in your room with a DVD from the free library, peruse books and magazines in the lounge or recharge in the newly revamped and bespoke-built discovery spa.

For those wanting to explore their surroundings, head out on a drive along the narrow and winding country roads before arriving at the South Hams town of Salcombe.

Less than five miles away, you will find more magnificent coastal scenery, stunning beaches, fishing boats, shops and pub lunches galore in the picturesque holiday destination.