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 beach apartments overlooking wide sandy bays from Woolacombe in North Devon to Slapton Sands in the South Hams. Discover thatched cottages in quaint coves such as Beer, Lee Bay, Blackpool Sands and Ladram Bay with clear waters backed by lush green Devon countryside. Stay in a thatched Devon holiday cottage in the heart 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 from Clovelly to Budleigh Salterton scattered across Devon offer a fine choice of self-catering accommodation. Find 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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Court Barton Cottage No.7, South Huish, Devon

Court Barton Cottage No.7, South Huish

No.7 Court Barton No. 7 in South Huish sleeps 6 in luxurious, pleasingly stylish self-catering accommodation close to the South Devon coast between Thurlestone and Salcombe. Guests staying in this 3-bedroom rural holiday cottage enjoy use of an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool and sea views.

Merrifield House, Ashburton, Devon

Merrifield House, Ashburton

An idyllic quiet haven, large pet friendly Merrifield House near Ashburton in Devon is a listed Georgian former Rectory sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. Get away from it all whilst enjoying easy access to Dartmoor National Park and the wonderful sandy beaches of the South Hams.

Riverdale, Newton Ferrers, Devon

Riverdale, Newton Ferrers

What could be a more idyllic destination for a relaxing holiday that a quaint and cosy fishermans cottage close to the water in the South Devon fishing village of Newton Ferrers. Dog friendly Riverdale Cottage welcomes 4 guests for walking, boating, culinerary and beach holidays all year round.

Tidicombe House, Barnstaple, Devon

Tidicombe House, Barnstaple

Tidicombe is a large family-friendly Holiday Cottage in the Exmoor foothills. Ideal large groups & families. Peaceful rural location, 5 acres garden/woodland/meadow. Sleeps 12 + cots. Cliffs, Coves, Fishing Harbours & famous Surfing Beaches15-25 mins drive. Lovely footpaths. Short Breaks available.

Partridge Cottage, Kingsbridge, Devon

Partridge Cottage, Kingsbridge

Standing deep in the South Devon countryside just a short drive from the coast at Salcombe, Partridge Cottage is luxurious Devon holiday cottage with 3-bedrooms sleeping 6. It is, quite simply, a beautiful rural retreat in a country house setting for a family or group of friends.

May Cottage, Combe Martin, Devon

May Cottage, Combe Martin

May Cottage is one of 6 rural cottages at family friendly Yetland Farm. It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms on a small working farm on the North Devon coast near The Exmoor National Park, Woolacombe and Putsburough's stunning beaches and the quaint seaside village of Combe Martin. Pets Welcome.

Ivy Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Ivy Cottage, Barnstaple

A romantic Devon getaway just for two with pool (and a pet or little one if you have them) in rural surroundings near Barnstaple. Comfortable and very cosy, it offers a perfect place to forget the worries of the world

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 Mews, Plymouth, Devon

The Mews, Plymouth

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.

Holly Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Holly Cottage, Barnstaple

Tastefully converted from old Devon Mill, Holly is ideal for a young family or a couple wanting more room.

Dower House, Dittisham, Devon

Dower House, Dittisham

Dower House is a large 18th-Century Devon holiday farmhouse sleeping 8 in 4-bedrooms, with panoramic views across the Dart Estuary in the village of Dittisham between Dartmouth and Totnes for holidays with families or small groups of friends.

The Coach House, Kingsbridge, Devon

The Coach House, Kingsbridge

Bright spacious rural cottage in gorgeous secluded location in the South Hams countryside, just 20 minutes from lovely South Devon beaches. 3 bedrooms, ensuite shower and family bathroom and 2 WCs, large kitchen / dining and separate spacious sitting room. Outside there is a large garden with BB...

Tollgate Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

Tollgate Cottage, Ilfracombe

Tollgate Cottage, (1850) is thought to be one of the oldest cottages in Hele near Ilfracombe, North Devon - just a short stroll to the sea, it is ideal for self-catering family holidays and romantic breaks. Dog friendly. Family friendly. Children welcome. Beach. Exmoor. Country. Woodburner. Pubs n...

Fairways West, South Molton, Devon

Fairways West, South Molton

Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 18 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.

Crofters Cottage, Plymouth, Devon

Crofters Cottage, Plymouth

Crofters Cottage is a very special little Devon holiday cottage in the most beautiful spot with no neighbours and lovely views out to sea. It is remote, rustic and fairly basic but if looking for peace, tranquillity and a pet friendly, chance to escape from everyday life, then this is the cottage fo...

Florence Cottage, Teignmouth, Devon

Florence Cottage, Teignmouth

Florence Cottage is a warm and welcoming South Devon holiday let in a village just outside the seaside resort of Teignmouth above the Teign Estuary. This bright and airy 2-bedroom cottage sleeps 5 and is perfect for that family escape to South Devon.

Rowan Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Rowan Cottage, Barnstaple

Rowan is our pet friendly 4* holiday cottage in the peaceful North Devon countryside between Barnstaple and the coast. Recently converted from an old barn suitable for four adults or a family of four. Restored to a high standard with exposed beams and oak flooring. Guests have use of shared indoor p...

2 De Challon, Kingsbridge, Devon

2 De Challon, Kingsbridge

2 De Challon is a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom family-friendly holiday cottage. It stands in gorgeous rural surroundings on the Fallapit Estate near East Allington village in the picturesque South Hams area of Devon between Dartmoor and the South Devon beaches.

Buzzards View, Kingswear, Devon

Buzzards View, Kingswear

Buzzards View is a thoughtfully designed, delightful South Devon holiday cottage near Kingswear with 2-bedrooms sleeping 4. This coastal cottage enjoys character features. It is situated at Kingston Farm in a stunning countryside location with gorgeous rural and sea views.

Harewood House, Kingkerswell, Devon

Harewood House, Kingkerswell

A large detached holiday house in the South Devon village of Kingskerswell. Harewood House sleeps 10 guest in 5 bedrooms and has a superb Games Room. This spacious, dog friendly holiday cottage lies within easy reach of Torquay, Teignmouth and Paignton.

Cornborough Cott, Westward Ho!, Devon

Cornborough Cott, Westward Ho!

Cornborough Cott is a stand-alone dog friendly self catering cottage next to Cornborough Combe in rural surroundings on the North Devon coast. It sleeps two and is completely self-contained. Furnished and decorated to the highest standards to create an ideal escape for a couple looking for a quiet b...

Surcoat cottage, Westward Ho!, Devon

Surcoat cottage, Westward Ho!

Surcoat is a great self-catering holiday cottage near the beach in North Devon with hot tub and spacious enclosed garden. The cottage sleeps 3 in 2-bedrooms. Perfectly located for guests requiring close proximity to local pub and restaurant with private access to coastal footpath leading to Westwar...

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.

The Bay, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

The Bay, Bigbury-on-Sea

Talk about stunning sea views: The panoramic cliff-top one through windows at The Bay House in Bigbury-on-Sea embraces award-winning Devon Beaches and Atlantic sunsets. This charming and child friendly 2-bedroom seaside holiday cottage nestles in a Cliffside location above Challaborough Beach.

Collipriest, Tiverton, Devon

Collipriest, Tiverton

Collipriest Cottage is a large five-bedroom house set in its own beautiful grounds on the edge of Tiverton. The house enjoys far reaching views across the Exe Valley and has the most beautiful gardens ideal for children to play and explore. The house is ideally situated for exploring Devon.

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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 chuntering 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 accommodation.

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 the popular (and idyllic) South Hams region in the southern corner of 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!