Choose A Charming Self Catering Cottage in Devon
For many tourists, renting holiday cottages in Devon is the only way to really experience this charming county. Here are wide sandy bays from Woolacombe in North Devon to Slapton Sands in the South Hams. Discover quaint coves such as Beer, Lee Bay, Blackpool Sands and Ladram Bay with clear waters backed by lush green countrywide. Stay in a holiday cottage in the rural heart Devon to explore deep flower-filled lanes or the wild moorland landscapes of Exmoor and Dartmoor. The many picturesque and historic towns and villages scattered across Devon offer a fine choice of self-catering accommodation from quaint thatched cottages in sleepy villages, stylish barn conversions on working Devon farms and waterside apartments in converted fishing lofts and harbourside warehouses on the South Devon coast. Devon's mild climate makes the County a popular choice for self-catering holidays all year round, as Christmas Day surfers on the North Devon beaches at Croyde and Saunton will testify, while wild daffodils and primroses appear in the hedgerows as early as February, bringing added pleasure to winter and early spring walks in the countryside.
The Haven is a charming cottage sleeping 6 guests in 3 bedrooms in the North Devon countryside between Barnstaple and Exmoor. Built in the 17th century, in converting it to a comfortable rural holiday cottage, it has retained many of its original features, with oak lintels and wooden beams.
Rydon Stables is a newly converted and accessible East Devon holiday property, in historic Otterton close to the sea at Budleigh Salterton. Dogs welcome.
Barnfield is a luxury North Devon Holiday Cottage with WiFi in the rural foothills of Exmoor and an easy drive to wonderful sandy beaches. This large and child friendly thatched cottage sleeps 8-10 in 4 bedrooms one being a ground floor with en suite. Up to 3 pets are welcome.
April Cottage is a pretty three bedroom Devon holiday home sleeping 6, a short drive from North Devon beaches and Exmoor. The family and dog friendly cottage is tastefully decorated and equipped to a good standard. Onsite leisure facilities are also available, including games room and tennis court.
Hayloft Cottage is a rural Devon holiday cottage near Totnes, sleeping 6 set in it's own 80 beautiful acres with private fishing lake, views to Dartmoor and close to coast and beaches. Pets welcome.
Located in the peaceful hamlet of North Whilborough, Huccaby is a beautiful rural location for a self catering holiday in South Devon. This child friendly cottage with a communal heated indoor swimming pool sleeps 6 plus cots in 3 bedrooms and has Wi-Fi.
This lovely detached stone building was originally a barn and home to a domesticated gos hawk. The Mews, named in honour of its former resident, has been thoughtfully renovated to provide delightful, modern accommodation for two people on the idyllic South Devon coast outside Plymouth.
Swallows is a delightful 4-Star Visit Britain rated apartment near Chagford with Wi-Fi. It sleeps 2, part of a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse. Quiet, secluded rural location, in Dartmoor foothills between Chagford and Spreyton in Devon. Ideal location to explore Devon, Dartmoor and both coasts. ...
Rosemary is a dog friendly, large, light and airy 4 bedroom cottage with Wi-Fi near Tavistock and Dartmoor on the Devon-Cornwall border. It sleeps 8 people with shared use of a heated indoor swimming pool, fishing lakes and tennis court.
The Garden Cottage is set in stunning Devon countryside near Grest Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a charming one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.
Imagine a place where you can escape and soak up the peaceful surroundings. Nestled on a farm, the large Granary Cottage is a place where memories are made to treasure. Located in a rural North Devon village near Barnstaple, it sleeps 2-8 guests in 4 bedrooms with Wi-Fi It lies within easy reach of...
Our wonderful little South Devon beach hut sleeps 2 in an isolated, quiet and totally private cove near Plymouth. It is available to rent for 2 night weekend & mid-week breaks during the warmer months. The Beach Hut offers is the perfect place for couples to really escape for a few days away from it...
Exclusive large self catering holiday cottage near Totnes in South Devon. Beautifully converted stone barn sleeping 8 set in 80 acres of picturesque South Hams countryside with private coarse fishing lake, nature walks & views to Dartmoor. Pets welcome.
Once a hay barn, Colhayne East is situated down a quiet Devon country lane with panoramic views across the Axe Valley, surrounded with wildlife. Public foot paths are just yards away. Close to Lyme Regis and The Jurassic Coast. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sleeps 4.
Weavers Cottage, sleeping up to four, is one of seven dog friendly cottages at semi-rural Muddlebridge House near Barnstaple in North Devon. With an indoor swimming-pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for wonderful sandy beaches,walking on Exmoor, fishing and golf.
Fennel Cottage is a dog friendly detached barn conversion sleeping 7 in 3 bedrooms on the Sherrill Farm estate with Wi-Fi and shared heated pool near Tavistock on the Devon and Cornwall border.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 7 - View Listing
"What a fantastic place! Easily the best self-catering cottage we have stayed in. Our son?s words upon arrival were 'Can we stay here forever?'- a sentiment that has certainly not wavered through the week." Hugh, Caroline, Ella & Lucy 22.2.1
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
Deep in leafy Devon lanes, pet friendly Larches Cottage lies on the coast,1.5 miles north of Slapton in a sheltered wooded valley, Grade II listed converted stone barns around a courtyard flanked on two sides with Virginia creeper and stone walls. 1.5 acres of garden.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
Aggies is a beautifully furnished rural holiday cottage in Devon sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms nestled in the hills of the North Devon Coast close to the coast and beaches at Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.
Dill Cottage sleeps two people in an antique 4-poster bed in a quaint and nicely equipped barn conversion with WiFi, shared swimming pool and fishing lakes near Tavistock on the Devon-Cornwall border.
A spacious family and pet friendly coastal cottage with WiFi sleeping 6 in North Devon countryside near Croyde with ccommunal swimming pool and tennis courts.
Primrose Cottage at Berry Park offers large quality Self-Catering Holidays at Berry Park by the sea, in the beautiful Devon Countryside near Bideford. Pets welcome. Heated swimming pool and games room.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 - View Listing
Warcombe Farmhouse is a large, dog-friendly Devon Long-House with Wi-Fi sleeping 9 in 4 bedrooms. The Farmhouse is set in quiet countryside on the coast near the seaside village of Lee Bay and Woolacombe. Perfect for family summer holidays.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 - View Listing
Whitelady House near Tavistock in West Devon is an imposing Grade II listed country house set in its own stunning grounds within Dartmoor National Park. It sleeps 12 guests in 6 bedrooms, with 4 bathrooms. This dog friendly house is lies at the heart of a rural walkers paradise next door to the Nati...
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
Elderberry Cottage on the large dog friendly Sherrill Farm Estate near Tavistock and Dartmoor in West Devon sleeps 10-14 in 5 bedrooms. With private hot tub, Wi-Fi and shared indoor pool and fishing lakes.
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 14 - View Listing
To the south of the county are the bustling Victorian seaside resorts of Torquay, Paignton, Exmouth and Teignmouth, these days offering much more than a traditional bucket and spade holiday (although buckets and spades are still essential holiday must-haves). To the south east corner of Devon are the charming and more genteel Edwardian resorts and villages of Sidmouth, Beer, Branscombe and Budleigh Salterton, where a perfect day can be had pootling around Lyme Bay in a self-hire boat catching mackerel to BBQ back at your holiday cottage in the evening. Head west along the south coast to discover 'chocolate box’ villages, country pubs and beaches such as Bantham Bay and Burgh Island where you can enjoy lunch or dinner at The Pilchard Inn or the Burgh Island Hotel and, if the tide is in, return to your car by sea tractor.
North Devon is much wilder and quieter than the south. Here are the big sandy surfing beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe, Westward Ho! and Saunton Sands (perfect for beach cricket and sandcastle building when the tide is out). Tiny coast-hugging villages such as Lee Bay or Clovelly delight the visitor at any time of the year while the principal coastal towns of Barnstaple and Bideford provide all the services and supplies you will to enjoy a self-catering holiday in a rural or seaside holiday cottage. North Devon also has the occasional geographical claim to fame, such as the biggest village in England (Braunton) and the longest High Street in England (Combe Martin). For visiting walkers and cyclists, the superb Tarka Trail offers more than 40-miles of level cycling on old North Devon railway lines that follow the river valleys and estuaries of the Taw and Torridge. There are plenty of bike hire shops along its route if you don't have space to bring your own bikes.
Inland Devon is equally inviting to visitors. Quiet thatched villages such as Broadhembury, Coleford, Sampford Courtenay or Chitlehampton (all replete with excellent pubs and idyllic holiday cottages) can be found at the end of slow drives down deep Devon lanes. The city of Exeter is well worth at least one day's visit to see the magnificent Cathedral (picnic on Cathedral Green) followed by a trip down to Exeter Quay on the River Exe, full of craft shops bars and bistros. Hire a bike and follow the ship canal tow path through Starcross to the coast. If you make it past the enticing pubs such as the Twin Locks, you'll end up collecting sea shells and nibbling seaside candy floss on the beach at Dawlish Warren.
The centre of Devon is the truly beautiful Dartmoor National Park - offering picturesque wild walks and drives across the moors. Visit Widecombe and Princetown - the latter now earning a reputation as an artistic centre as well as being the location of the famous prison. Above all find and climb a tor - there are hundreds for visitors to choose from! Dartmoor is also home to England's 'newest castle'. Now wonderfully restored by the National Trust, Castle Drogo, designed y Edward Luytens just outside Drewsteignton was built in the early 20th Century and is a fascinating place to visit.
Devon's seafaring heritage and traditions can be discovered in the south coast ports of Dartmouth (take a trip by Edwardian paddle steamer up river to Dittisham past Greenaway, Agatha Christie's house now open to the public), Salcombe or Plymouth where a boat trip visiting all the historic maritime naval yards along Plymouth Sound will provide an entertaining history lesson.
For steam train lovers, as well as occasional main line excursions to and from Exeter, there is steam a-plenty to be found within an easy drive of many holiday cottages. In South Devon, ride the Dart Valley railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes or from Paignton to Kingswear (and then by ferry to Dartmouth). In North Devon discover the Lynton Barnstaple Railway which operates a mile or so of scenic track from Woody Bay Station - combine this with a cliff top walk along the South West Coast Path between Woody Bay and Martinhoe and you have the perfect day out!
With so much on offer in Devon and it's not just the large attractions that appeal to visitors. In North Devon, visit The Gnome Reserve, where over a thousand gnomes are secreted along an enchanting woodland walk. It was once nominated for a Turner Prize. It is no wonder that many of the Devon's self-catering holiday cottages and seaside apartment welcome back the same visitors year after year!