Book A Charming Self Catering Cottage 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 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 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 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.
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.
Devon Beach Court is a light and airy modern seaside apartment with WiFi in Woolacombe, North Devon. Offering comfort and style throughout, it sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
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...
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 3 - View Listing
The Devon Manor House is a stunning Grade 1 listed building, set in 160 acres of beautiful Devon countryside. It sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms and has a swimming pool and tennis court.The house is surrounded by glorious gardens and is a short drive from the long sandy beaches and and the wilds of Exmoor.
8 Bedrooms - Sleeps 16 - View Listing
One of five luxurious cottages with Wi-Fi at Littlecourt Cottages, Magnolia sleeps up to 6 people in a charming property only a short distance from the town centre and beaches of Sidmouth on the South Devon coast.
4 Courtenay Cottage is a recently refurbished, large Salcombe Holiday Cottage with sea views in a most beautiful part of South Devon. Lying within walking distance of the waterfront and idyllic beaches, the property offers comfortable holiday accommodation to families and friends all year round.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 - View Listing
Situated a few miles from North Devon's beautiful beaches and a short drive to the wilds of Exmoor, The Farmhouse at pet friendly Wheel Farm near Ilfracombe is the perfect place to take a secluded, rural holiday surrounded by beautiful North Devon countryside. Guests have free use of an indoor heate...
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
Nestling in the tranquil South Devon hamlet of North Whilborough near Torquay, Honeybag is the perfect location for couples with an infant, or those seeking a romantic hideaway with a swimming pool. It sleeps 2 (plus a cot) with an en suite bathroom.
A stunning farming estate in the heart of rural North Devon. The Mornacott Cottages are located in a scenic valley at the edge of Exmoor National Park close to the town of South Molton and well served by road transport links being located around two miles from the arterial North Devon Link (A361) w...
Close to the East Devon coast above Lyme Regis, Whytings is a large self catering barn conversion on a working sheep farm in a beautiful rural location. This pet friendly holiday cottage sleeps 20 guests in 8 bedrooms. Perfect for large family gatherings or groups of friends.
8 Bedrooms - Sleeps 20 - View Listing
Tarragon is a delightfully dog friendly cosy cottage with WiFi, sleeping 7 people in 3 bedrooms on the Devon-Cornwall border near Tavistock and Dartmoor. Use of shared indoor swimming pool, fishing lakes, games barn, jacuzzi and tennis court.
Set in the scenic North Devon countryside, Lower Mill Cottage at Wheel Farm is a 1-bedroom holiday home for couples with communal use of a heated indoor pool and tennis court, near award winning Blue Flag beaches at Woolacombe and Putsborough. The wilds of Exmoor where ponies and red deer roam freel...
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 ...
Babbacombe is a large, pet friendly Devon holiday cottage with sea views in Babbacombe, Torquay within easy reach of the beach. (reached on foot or by cliff railway). This luxury holiday home has been elegantly renovated to create a high-end property that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms on The Devon Riviera....
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...
Staple Barton is a stunning 250 year old sensitively converted self catering barn sleeping 4 situated next to the Tarka Trail at Great Torrington, in North Devon. Comfortable, cosy and well equipped, and ideally placed for cycling, walking or just chilling out. Pets welcome.
Tucked away in the tranquil hamlet of North Whilborough in South Devon, Hameldown is a large Holiday Cottage sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms, in the perfect rural location for a Devon self catering holiday for families seeking a holiday cottage with a pool and Wi-Fi.
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.
Butterdon a beautifuly decorated stone cottage located in the Teign Valley on Dartmoor - sleeps 5. Butterdon is one of 3 self catering cottages at Clifford Barton which all have private fenced gardens, pet friendly, great for kids, 2 acre lake, 50 acre private nature reserve and Games Barn.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
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.
Mill House, sleeping six, is one of seven spacious holiday cottages at Boswell Farm, set in the secluded Sweetcombe valley near Sidmouth and the beaches on the East Devon coast. Pets welcome.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6 - View Listing
A stylish 1-bedroom barn conversion near Barnstaple for 2, Park View Lodge has been very well, you might say, luxuriously equipped, from reclining massage chairs to underfloor heating - and all mod cons in between. It's lovely romantic rural bolthole for exploring the North Devon coast.
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.
Orchard Cottage self-catering holiday home with a pool in South Molton is a bright contemporary Devon barn conversion in the middle of the beautiful rolling Devon countryside. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.
Award winning, historic and lovingly restored thatched 3-bedroom cottage sleeping 6 in the beautiful Devon seaside village of Lee Bay. Pets welcome.
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.
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!