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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 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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Great Meadow at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Great Meadow at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

Set in quiet corner of Sherrill Farm, Great Meadow is a quaint barn conversion with WiFi near Tavistock and Dartmoor in West Devon. It sleeps 4(+2) in two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Use of shared indoor pool and fishing lakes. Dogs welcome.

Thatchers Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Thatchers Cottage, Barnstaple

Thatchers Cottage, sleeping up to six, is one of seven Devon cottages at Muddlebridge House, near Barnstaple. With an indoor swimming pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for surfing, cycling, golf and fishing. Pets welcome.

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.

Lake Victoria Cottage, Dartmouth, Devon

Lake Victoria Cottage, Dartmouth

Beautiful 2-bedroom, pet friendly Dartmouth holiday cottage in the heart of Dartmouth for romantic retreats (with or without a little one!). A light, airy and colourful Lake Victoria Cottage lies just off the Market Square a short stroll to the Quayside and many excellent shops, restaurants and bars...

Cornborough Coombe, Westward Ho!, Devon

Cornborough Coombe, Westward Ho!

This stunning large dog friendly 5-bedroom house with Wi-Fi, large gardens and woodland near the seaside resort of Westward Ho! in North Devon dates back to the 12th Century in parts. It is full of charm and style, with every care taken to ensure it's guests have the most relaxing holiday imaginable...

The Garden Cottage, Great Torrington, Devon

The Garden Cottage, Great Torrington

The Garden Cottage is set in stunning Devon countryside near Grest Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a charming one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.

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.

Cuttery House, East Allington, East Allington, Devon

Cuttery House, East Allington, East Allington

Families, friends and their pets are welcome at Cuttery House. This large South Devon holiday cottage lies close to the coast in gorgeous, remote rural surroundings near East Allington in the South Hams region of Devon. Cuttery sleeps 2-8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

Parsley Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Parsley Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

Parsley comprises the ground floor of a Devon barn conversion on the Sherrill Farm estate. The cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, both having en suite bathrooms. It has Wi-Fi and use of shared indoor heated pool, fishing lakes and jacuzzi. Pets welcome.

Babbacombe Bay House, Torquay, Devon

Babbacombe Bay House, Torquay

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....

Crooked Lake Cottage, Bideford, Devon

Crooked Lake Cottage, Bideford

Nestled in the heart of the North Devon countryside between Bideford and Clovelly, Crooked Lake is a charming 17th Century cottage ideal for a quiet and relaxing getaway amidst beautiful countryside.

Willow Lodge, Exeter, Devon

Willow Lodge, Exeter

Willow Lodge stands in 6 acres of grounds in the beautiful Devon countryside a few miles outside Exeter. This luxury lodge with Wi-Fi sleeps 4. It will appeal to those planning a few days, a week or more, fishing in the adjoining lakes, walking, cycling or simply spending time on local beaches.

Long Barn, Torquay, Devon

Long Barn, Torquay

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...

4 Courtenay Cottage, Salcombe, Devon

4 Courtenay Cottage, Salcombe

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.

Protea Cottage, Torquay, Devon

Protea Cottage, Torquay

A Victorian South Devon holiday cottage in Torquay, Protea Cottage is located mid-way between Livermead Beach (a 10-minute walk) and Cockington village. This spacious 2-bedroom, 4-star estate cottage is tastefully decorated with period furniture and has sea views from the master bedroom.

Berry Farm, Great Torrington, Devon

Berry Farm, Great Torrington

Berry Farm is a large Devon Farmhouse with 7 bedrooms sleeping 16 offering pet friendly self-catering holidays in for families and groups. It lies in a beautiful rural location in rolling Devon countryside just 5-minutes from Petrockstowe, a quaint village with a shop and a great pub, The Laurels.

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.

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe, Devon

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe

Blue Horizon is a large seaside holiday home on the Espanade at Woolacombe offering awesome panoramic sea views across award winning Woolacombe Sands from its wrap-around balcony. This pet friendly holiday let in North Devon sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

Gamekeepers Hide, Modbury, Devon

Gamekeepers Hide, Modbury

Gamekeepers Hide is a comfortable 2-bedroom rural retreat on the Colmer Country Estate near Modbury in the South Hams area of Devon. Guests at this pet friendly holiday cottage have use of the Estate’s indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Walk the grounds to see deer, rabbits, foxes and badgers.

Ladybird Barn, Barnstaple, Devon

Ladybird Barn, Barnstaple

A stunning 3 bedroom contemporary Devon barn in secluded rural surroundings near Brayford with lake, tree house and woodland walks suitable for sleeping up to 7 guests. Situated centrally within a 53-acre organically managed country estate.

The Linhay at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth, Devon

The Linhay at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth

The Linhay in Sidmouth, East Devon sleeps 6 and is one of seven spacious holiday cottages at Boswell Farm, set in the secluded and delightfully rural Sweetcombe valley. Pets welcome.

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.

The Shippen, Honiton, Devon

The Shippen, Honiton

"What a fantastic place! Easily the best self-catering cottage we have stayed in. Our son?s words upon arrival were 'Can we stay here forever?'- a sentiment that has certainly not wavered through the week." Hugh, Caroline, Ella & Lucy 22.2.1

Newlands, Brixham, Devon

Newlands, Brixham

Newlands is a family holiday cottage by the sea in Brixham, Devon, within walking distance of Breakwater Beach, Its garden facilities include a hot tub, trampoline and a playhouse ensures it will appeal to children on holiday in Devon. Sleeps 7.

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.

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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.

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!