Find Self-Catering Cottage Holidays In Devon
For many tourists, to rent 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 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 Budliegh 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.
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.
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
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.
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...
Whitehorses overlooks the sea in Carbis Bay just outside the Cornish fishing village of St. Ives. Enjoy beautiful coastal views from the rooms and balconies of this 4-bedroom, family friendly holiday cottage with a hot tub, a short walk from Carbis Bay Beach, an award winning Blue Flag Beach.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 7 - View Listing
Escape to the country! Large Dog friendly Chestnut Cottage with WiFi on the peaceful Sherrill Farm Estate near Tavistock in Devon sleeps 8-12 in 4 bedrooms (+ sofa bed) with shared pool and private hot tub.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
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.
Glen Cottage is a delightful 18th Century South Devon holiday cottage in Newton Ferrers with a garden extending down to the foreshore and sleeping 4 in two bedrooms. Relax and enjoy your peaceful waterside view of activity on the idyllic Yealm Esturary.
Harvest Cottage is a large welcoming and accessible cottage in a beautiful rural location. It sleeps 6 near Barnstaple in North Devon with oak beams and southerly aspect. There are no steps to get into the Cottage or once inside.
Nestling in the sleepy hamlet of North Whilborough with its own indoor swimming pool and Wi-Fi, Long Barn Cottage is the perfect location for a large self catering holiday near Torquay in South Devon offering ideal family accommodation. It sleeps 13 plus cots in 6 bedrooms, 3 en suites, a bathroom s...
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 13 - View Listing
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
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...
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 - View Listing
Deep in the heart of Dartmouth and near the beach at Blackpool Sands lies 4 The Pottery Cottage, a beautifully converted from an old warehouse a short walk from Dartmouth Castle and the South West Coast Path. This spacious open plan property has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeping 6. Rental includes...
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.
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
April Cottage is a Grade II listed thatched holiday cottage situated in the medieval town of Colyton in the Axe Valley on the Devon-Dorset border. The seaside resorts of Sidmouth, Beer, Lyme Regis and the Lyme Bay area are a short drive away. Pets welcome.
Hayloft at Wheel Farm is a holiday cottage for couples situated just a short drive from the North Devon coast and the rolling hills of Exmoor, Wheel Farm is perfectly placed to offer guests rural self-catering holidays with a swimming pool. Hayloft cottage has been converted from the original old ba...
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.
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...
1 Bedrooms - Sleeps 4 - View Listing
Belmont House is a large and spacious East Devon holiday cottage in the quaint seaside village of Beer, a 2-minute stroll to the beach. Belmont sleeps 8 in 5 bedrooms (one ground floor), all with en-suite bathrooms and TVs.
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 - View Listing
Devon village of West Down. Comfortably sleeping 4, Braefoot Cottage is a family friendly countryside retreat that also provides an ideal base for exploring the North Devon coast.
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.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
Woolleigh Barton is a large and pet friendly North Devon holiday cottage that sleeps 8 in the beautiful River Torridge Valley near the village of Beaford in North Devon. This pet friendly cottage also has a hot tub and shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool in delightful rural surroundings.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 - View Listing
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.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 - View Listing
Woodbine House, opposite Dartmouth in Kingswear on the South Devon coast,is a 2-bedroom luxury holiday cottage offering the most stunning and panoramic views of the River Dart estuary, Dartmouth and Torbay sea views. Sleeps 4.
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!