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.
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...
River View in the rural East Devon village of Membury is a large holiday cottage with a heated indoor swimming pool a few miles from Honiton and the coast at Lyme Regis. This pet friendly cottage sleeps up to 27 guests in 10 bedrooms within 3 acres of glorious Devon countryside. Large Country Holid...
10 Bedrooms - Sleeps 27 - View Listing
This 2 bedroom seaside holiday cottage in Torquay is a charming 2-bedroom estate cottage with sea views on the Manor House estate in the Devpn village of Cockington, Torquay. Facilities include communal use of a heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and lovely gardens in Cockington.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
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.
Cherry Tree is an attractive one bedroomed Grade II listed cottage with Wi-Fi, which sits alongside the other luxurious properties at Littlecourt Cottages. Sleeping 2 it is only a short distance from the beaches of Sidmouth on the South Devon coast
This 3-bedroom 17th Century cottage near Brayford a few miles from Barnstaple in North Devon is adjacent an age-old farmhouse and is suitable for up to five people. Copper Kettle Cottage is located on a 53-acre organic estate with a lake, tree-house and beautiful woodland walks and lovely picnic spo...
Set within a 450-acre organic farm in rural surroundings, The Old Apple Store near Okehapton is a lovely wooden lodge for 6 guests within reach of South Devon beaches overlooking Dartmoor and the Devon hills. Dogs are welcome.
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...
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
Creels is a beautifully presented South Devon holiday home in Brixham offering uninterrupted harbour and sea views. This large, spacious and very family friendly seaside house sleeps 10 in 6 bedrooms. Pets are equally welcome.
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
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.
Enjoy the quiet, comfortable luxury of The Round Retreat, a large rural holiday cottage on the coast near Barnstaple in North Devon with an indoor pool & spa, tennis court, gym, spa and sauna. Sleeping 12 - 14 guests in 7 bedrooms, it is perfect for large or dual family holidays or celebrations.
7 Bedrooms - Sleeps 13 - View Listing
Sage Cottage is on the first floor of a nicely equipped converted Devon barn on the Sherrill Farm estate near Tavistock and Dartmoor with WiFi, shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool, fishing lakes and games barn. Pets welcome.
Shippen sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms. It is tucked away in a quiet corner of North Devon, not far from the coast in the seaside village of Combe Martin at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages; a collection of charmingly refurbished self-catering cottages restored from an old water mill and farm. The Shippon is a p...
Set in the picturesque North Devon fishing village of Appledore, this 3-bedroom cottage enjoys amazing estuary views from the top floor bedroom The cottage accepts pets and is a short walk down to the pretty harbour and the buzzing village centre. Appledore is famous for its crafts and arts.
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...
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
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...
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...
Dating back to the 17th Century, Higher Mullacott Farmhouse near Ilfracombe is a beautiful large 5 bed holiday property which has been tastefully renovated for style and comfort ; all set in a beautiful countryside position with sea views on the North Devon coast.
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - 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.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 4 - View Listing
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.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 4 - View Listing
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.
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
Just across the lane from The Mews, Shepherd's Cottage is a semi-detached, pet friendly property with Wi-Fi in South Devon that was formerly a farm worker's residence as its name suggests. It has been tastefully modernised and offers wonderful light and airy accommodation with a comfortable, homely ...
Stable Cottage is a stylish Devon holiday cottage with acres of space set within the extensive grounds of Highbullen Hotel and Country Club estate, enjoying all the first class facilities available to guests in rural surroundings near South Molton. The cottage sleeps 6 in 3 double bedrooms plus a fu...
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - 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 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!