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.
Coriander is a quaint and welcoming detached barn conversion with WiFi near Dartmoor in West Devon sleeping 6 people in three bedrooms with shared swimming pool and fishing lakes. Pets welcome.
Overlooking quiet rolling fields in South Devon near Kingsbridge, this 400-year old dog friendly thatched cottage is THE perfect venue for a cosy and relaxing holiday. Beaches and cliff walks just 4 miles away. Open all year. Sleeps 6.
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.
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
The Byre, a stunning converted barn for up to 6 people and a dog, is a great place to stay and visit the beautiful North Devon coast and the wilds of Exmoor. Enjoy late Spring and Summer in beautiful North Devon countryside when the wild flowers bloom.
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.
Bright spacious rural cottage in gorgeous secluded location in the South Hams countryside, just 20 minutes from lovely South Devon beaches. 3 bedrooms, ensuite shower and family bathroom and 2 WCs, large kitchen / dining and separate spacious sitting room. Outside there is a large garden with BB...
Dolly's barn is a large 17th Century barn near Ilracombe which has been lovingly converted into a charming 6 bedroom cottage sleeping 11 with disabled access in a beautiful spot on the North Devon Coast.
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 11 - View Listing
Deep in leafy Devon lanes, pet friendly Larches Cottage lies on the coast,1.5 miles north of Slapton in a sheltered wooded valley, Grade II listed converted stone barns around a courtyard flanked on two sides with Virginia creeper and stone walls. 1.5 acres of garden.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
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
Rydon Stables is a newly converted and accessible East Devon holiday property, in historic Otterton close to the sea at Budleigh Salterton. Dogs welcome.
Seascape, a five bedroom house, accommodating up to 10 sits just a short walk from the beautiful award-winning Woolacombe Beach. The large, luxurious house benefits from spectacular uninterrupted views stretching across the bay all the way to Lundy Island.
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
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.
1 Bedrooms - Sleeps 2 - View Listing
A luxury, recently renovated and large 6-bedroom / 5-bathroom house with Wi-Fi, located deep in the heart of North Devon countryside south of Barnstaple. Somers Hiscott can accommodate 12 guests (+cot). This delightfully rural and pet friendly house in a secluded location can offer its guests total ...
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
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.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 7 - View Listing
A stunning new North Devon beach apartment for 2015 in Westward Ho! Directly overlooking the beach in this family friendly resort, this beautiful seaside holiday apartment has a contemporary interior, high quality spec with balcony and wonderful sea views.
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.
Cider House sleeps 6 and is one of seven spacious family friendly holiday cottages at Boswell Farm near Sidmouth, set in the secluded rural Sweetcombe valley close to East Devon beaches. Pets welcome.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6 - View Listing
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
Thyme Cottage is a quaint, well-equipped -1 bedroom cottage having WiFi on the first floor of a converted Devon Barn on the Sherrill Farm estate near Tavistock and Dartmoor. Pets Welcome. Use of a shared indoor swimming pool, games barn and fishing lakes.
1 Bedrooms - Sleeps 2 - View Listing
Pine Lodge is a tastefully decorated pet friendly 5-bedroom house with Wi-Fi sleeping 10, ideally located in Bickington outside Barnstaple close to the North Devon coast. A well-equipped house with large garden and views over open countryside towards Saunton and Lundy Island, it offers ideal group a...
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
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
Set in the heart of Topsham, and offering beautiful views of the River Exe is Pebblebed House. The lovely three bedroom house comfortably accommodates up to eight and is only a stones throw away from Topsham's quay, shops and restaurants, as well as many of Devon's popular attractions.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 - View Listing
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
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.
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!