Find Self-Catering Cottage Holidays In Devon

For many tourists, renting holiday cottages in Devon is the most enjoyable 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 Devon countryside. Stay in a Devon holiday cottage in theheart of the countryside 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 or 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 cottage 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 colour to winter and early spring walks in the countryside.

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Rose Barn, Barnstaple, Devon

Rose Barn, Barnstaple

Rose Barn is a large luxury holiday cottage with a swimming pool in North Devon that cleverly combines two adjoining cottages at Combrew Farm near Barnstaple to create a 7 bedroom, pet friendly holiday home that sleeps 12. Perfect for large families or groups for holidays and special occasions.

Fairways East, South Molton, Devon

Fairways East, South Molton

Fairways East sleeps 8 in four en-suite bedrooms. The large, luxury house is set within the lovely Devon countryside within the grounds of Highbullen Country Estate. Guests have access to the 18 hole golf course, 6 brand new tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a gym and a sauna.

Grandad's, Honiton, Devon

Grandad's, Honiton

Grandad's, so named because it is popular with Grandparents wanting to enjoy a self catering holiday with the family while retaining some privacy. This one double-bedroom, ground floor Devon annexe close to family cottages at Stonehayes near Honiton offers exactly that.

South Patchole Farm Cottage, Combe Martin, Devon

South Patchole Farm Cottage, Combe Martin

This charming and large farm cottage is set in 120-acres of stunning farmland just a few rural miles from the North Devon coast in Kentisbury near the pretty seaside village of Combe Martin. Family-friendly Patchole Farmhouse sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms. The seaside resorts and beaches of Woolacombe, Ilf...

Elderberry Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Elderberry Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

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.

Dream Cottage, Westward Ho!, Devon

Dream Cottage, Westward Ho!

Romantic Dream Cottage, near the beach in Westward Ho! North Devon, is a 5-star gold holiday cottage, the perfect choice for couples looking to retreat and relax in complete luxury and is dog friendly. With south facing views of the countryside and a private 2-person hot tub you are sure to fall in ...

The Old Chapel, Brixham, Devon

The Old Chapel, Brixham

This beautiful old chapel has been lovingly renovated to create a large Brixham holiday cottage within easy reach of the bustling Harbour and the award-winning Breakstone Beach. The Old Chapel welcomes up to 8 guests for seaside holidays in this picturesque fishing community in Torbay.

The Sea Garden, Bigbury, Devon

The Sea Garden, Bigbury

Nestled away in the Devon village of Bigbury, The Sea Garden is a contemporary, rural retreat with superb rural views and sea glimpses is a short distance from the beaches at Bigbury and Bantham. This dog friendly Devon holiday cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.

The Byre at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

The Byre at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

The Byre at Wheel Farm is an attractive Devon barn conversion offering self-catering accommodation for up to 5 visitors in 3-bedrooms. Located on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin, Wheel Farm?s glorious rural surroundings give visitors acres of landscaped gardens and woods in which to walk and p...

Seascape, Woolacombe, Devon

Seascape, Woolacombe

Seascape, a five bedroom house, accommodating up to 10 sits just a short walk from the beautiful award-winning Woolacombe Beach. The large, luxurious house benefits from spectacular uninterrupted views stretching across the bay all the way to Lundy Island.

7 Torwood Gables, Torquay, Devon

7 Torwood Gables, Torquay

A Luxury Torquay holiday apartment in a former Victorian School, 7 Torwood Gables has 3 bedrooms sleeping 6. This pet friendly, spacious coastal apartment with Wi-Fi is within easy walking distance of the Harbour, Theatre, Living Coasts and lovely South Devon beaches at Torre Abbey Sands and Meadfoo...

Upper Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Upper Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of a swimming pool and tennis court at Wheel Farm Cottages near Ilfracombe. It is set within the beautiful rural grounds of Wheel Farm inland from the stunning North Devon coast and the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. The seaside resorts of ...

Mill Wheel at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Mill Wheel at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Mill Wheel Holiday Cottage at Wheel Farm lies in beautiful rural surroundings on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin within acres of landscaped gardens and woods, where leisure facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. This lovingly restored old water mill sleeps 5 in 3...

Abigail's Cottage, Northam, Devon

Abigail's Cottage, Northam

Two bedroom character cottage located in the North Devon village of Northam. Situated just a mile from the Burrows and beach, the cottage is the ideal family or couple retreat. Abigail's comfortably sleeps up to 6 and has a private terrace garden.

Artist's Retreat, Exeter, Devon

Artist's Retreat, Exeter

The Artist's Retreat is a wonderfully stylish Devon holiday cottage within a historic lodge, just a short walk from Exeter’s vibrant city centre. This pet friendly distinghuished two-bedroom property will appeal to a couple or small family seeking an urban escape, within easy reach of the seaside...

Granary Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Granary Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Set within the lovely North Devon countryside between the stunning North Devon coast and the rolling moors of Exmoor, Granary Cottage is a large rural holiday let sleeping 8 at Wheel Farm Cottages in Combe Martin with leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna, tennis court, children's play ...

Miller's Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

Miller's Cottage, Ilfracombe

Grade II listed ?The Miller's Cottage?, located next to the 16th century working water mill in Hele Bay, is a cosy, pet friendly holiday cottage in Ilfracombe 300m from the beach and the South West Coast Path. Sleeps 4. Family friendly.

Pheasant's Roost, Broadwoodkelly, Devon

Pheasant's Roost, Broadwoodkelly

Pheasant's Roost is a pet friendly, stylish Barn Conversion with heated indoor swimming pool nestling in 13 rural acres near Winkleigh in the heart of Devon. Think lots of oak beams, log fires and exposed stonework. This 2-bedroom cottage will sleep up to 4 adults and 3 children.

The Roundhouse, Barnstaple, Devon

The Roundhouse, Barnstaple

The Roundhouse is a large and spacious holiday cottage with an indoor pool near Barnstaple on the North Devon Coast at Combrew Farm. Sleeping 9, this 5-bedroom barn conversion offers luxurious self-catering holidays for large families or groups of friends all year round.

Hayloft Cottage, Totnes, Devon

Hayloft Cottage, Totnes

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.

Rock House, Torquay, Devon

Rock House, Torquay

Rock House is a rare find in Torquay - a large and pet friendly South Devon holiday cottage with sea and harbour views, restored and furnished to a very high standard. It lies within easy reach of Torquay's beaches and major attractions. Perfect for large families or groups of friends.

Cider House at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth, Devon

Cider House at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth

Cider House sleeps 6 and is one of seven spacious family friendly holiday cottages at Boswell Farm near Sidmouth, set in the secluded rural Sweetcombe valley close to East Devon beaches. Pets welcome.

Old Maids Cottage, Lee, Devon

Old Maids Cottage, Lee

Award winning, historic and lovingly restored thatched 3-bedroom cottage sleeping 6 in the beautiful Devon seaside village of Lee Bay. Pets welcome.

Lynhurst, Brixham, Devon

Lynhurst, Brixham

A large and luxurious family-friendly holiday home in Brixham with landscaped gardens, in a quiet yet convenient area of this Devon seaside town that comes complete with its own traditional Beach Hut on Broadsand Beach. Lynhurst sleeps 10 in 5 bedroom, perfect for large families or groups of friends...

Rydon Stables, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Rydon Stables, Budleigh Salterton

Rydon Stables is a newly converted and accessible East Devon holiday property, in historic Otterton close to the sea at Budleigh Salterton. Small dogs welcome.

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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 but just as welcoming to visitors. 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 before a leisurely ride home to your holiday acommodation.

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. IF not Gnomes, they try sheep: The Big Sheep in Bideford has everything from baby lambs to feed to roller coaster rides - all year round! 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!