Choose 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.
Imagine a place where you can escape and soak up the peaceful surroundings. Nestled on a farm, the large Granary Cottage is a place where memories are made to treasure. Located in a rural North Devon village near Barnstaple, it sleeps 2-8 guests in 4 bedrooms with Wi-Fi It lies within easy reach of...
Magical romantic cottage for 2 with wi-fi A large studio with 5-foot double bed, sofa, dining table and TV. Separate kitchen. Bathroom with double ended bath Garden with furniture for sundowners! Gorgeous countryside all around and use of the 4-acre flowery meadow and woodland.
Warcombe Farmhouse is a large, dog-friendly Devon Long-House with Wi-Fi sleeping 9 in 4 bedrooms. The Farmhouse is set in quiet countryside on the coast near the seaside village of Lee Bay and Woolacombe. Perfect for family summer holidays.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 - View Listing
Amidst the ancient waterways of the River Axe in Devon and set within the grounds of the historic Weycroft Mill, The Willows offers a spacious 2-bedroom self catering holiday cottage close the market town of Axminster. Close to Lyme Regis & The Jurassic 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...
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
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...
A large charmingly furnished, peaceful and pet friendly Devon farmhouse with WiFi near Tavistock and Dartmoor sleeping 14-22 people in 7 bedrooms with private hot tub and shared use of indoor heated swimming pool.
7 Bedrooms - Sleeps 22 - View Listing
Escape to the country! large Dog friendly Chestnut Cottage with Wi-Fi 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
One of five luxury Devon holiday cottages only a short walk from the Sidmouth sea front, and part of a history Regency house built in 1802 for the Duke and Duchess of St. Albans. Grade II listed.
Two bedroom character cottage located in the North Devon village of Northam. Situated just a mile from the Burrows and beach, the cottage is the ideal family or couple retreat. Abigail's comfortably sleeps up to 6 and has a private terrace garden.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6 - View Listing
Pretty two-bedroom first floor self-catering apartment comfortably accommodating up to four guests. The pet friendly Exeter Suite is ideally located in its own private wing of the 16th century Exeter Inn, a wonderful family friendly thatched pub in the sleepy rural village of Chittlehamholt, and wit...
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
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.
Lovely, peaceful 2 bed, dog friendly holiday bungalow in Devon with fabulous River Dart Views. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Galmpton, Brixham, South Devon. Very convenient base for Torbay & South Hams. Availability shown on website ? see link below.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 3 - 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.
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.
Situated on the outskirts of Exmoor, and only a short drive from the North Devon coastline is Ford Hill, a luxury 3 bedroom cottage with beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is only a hop, a skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.
With fantastic views from all windows down the valley to the Taw estuary, Byre Cottage is an ideal Devon retreat for a family or 4 adults. Facilities include Wi-Fi, swimming pool, games room and childrens play area. Pets welcome!
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.
Luggs Barn is tucked away down a secluded 300-yard private drive in East Devon with only the owners' 15thC farmhouse for company. This large, picturesque and pet friendly self catering farm cottage near Honiton offers stylish and spacious accommodation. Sleeps 8 in comfort with stunning view
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 - View Listing
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
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...
Once a hay barn, Colhayne East is situated down a quiet Devon country lane with panoramic views across the Axe Valley, surrounded with wildlife. Public foot paths are just yards away. Close to Lyme Regis and The Jurassic Coast. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sleeps 4.
Cherry Cottage Slapton close to the coast was built at Buckland Court in 2001. This spacious rural property sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and is furnished and equipped to a high standard including W-Fi. Central heating & modern insulation ensure this cottage is ideal for off-season use. Pets welcome
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...
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!