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.

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Sunset Beach, Croyde, Devon

Sunset Beach, Croyde

Large, modern four-bedroom holiday home located in the desirable North Devon seaside village of Croyde. Sunset Beach accommodates up to eight, and is situated within easy walking distance of the golden beach and village centre. The house has an enclosed garden and gorgeous views of the countryside a...

Lake House, Great Torrington, Devon

Lake House, Great Torrington

Lake House is a beautifully remote thatched holiday cottage with a hot tub and lovely rural views in North Devon. This large 4-bedroom cottage (all ensuite) near Great Torrington will suit an extended family or groups of friends seeking a relaxing and characterful property for a self-catering holida...

The Willows Cottage, Axminster, Devon

The Willows Cottage, Axminster

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.

The Byre @ Cross Farm, Barnstaple, Devon

The Byre @ Cross Farm, Barnstaple

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.

Cherry Cottage, Dartmouth, Devon

Cherry Cottage, Dartmouth

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

Abigail's Cottage, Northam, Devon

Abigail's Cottage, Northam

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.

Tarragon, Tavistock, Devon

Tarragon, Tavistock

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.

Coriander Cottage, Tavistock, Devon

Coriander Cottage, Tavistock

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.

Tollgate Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

Tollgate Cottage, Ilfracombe

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...

Dolly's Barn, Ilfracombe, Devon

Dolly's Barn, Ilfracombe

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.

Pine Lodge, Barnstaple, Devon

Pine Lodge, Barnstaple

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...

Hameldown, Torquay, Devon

Hameldown, Torquay

Tucked away in the tranquil hamlet of North Whilborough in South Devon, Hameldown is a large Holiday Cottage sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms, in the perfect rural location for a Devon self catering holiday for families seeking a holiday cottage with a pool and Wi-Fi.

Lower Mill, Ilfracombe, Devon

Lower Mill, Ilfracombe

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...

The Cider House, Honiton, Devon

The Cider House, Honiton

Beautifully maintained 2-bedroom barn conversion amidst glorious Devon countryside sleeping 4 guests with open plan living area and modern and well-equipped kitchen.

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.

Orchid Cottage in Axmouth village, Seaton, Devon

Orchid Cottage in Axmouth village, Seaton

Orchid Cottage is a spacious 19th c. character cottage in picturesque Axmouth village, next to the River Axe, and just 1 mile from the harbour and fascinating Jurassic coast. Ideally located for exploring Devon and Dorset.

Willow Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Willow Cottage, Barnstaple

A spacious family and pet friendly coastal cottage with WiFi sleeping 6 in North Devon countryside near Croyde with ccommunal swimming pool and tennis courts.

Ferrywatch, Salcombe, Devon

Ferrywatch, Salcombe

Situated in the heart of the highly desirable South Devon resort of Salcombe with sea views across the estuary, Ferrywatch is a large and pet friendly holiday home with WiFi sleeping 9 visitors in 4 bedrooms.

Oregano Cottage, Tavistock, Devon

Oregano Cottage, Tavistock

Oregano Cottage forms the ground floor of a converted dog friendly Devon Barn with WiFi on the Sherrill Farm Estate near Tavistock, Devon with shared indoor pool, tennis court and fishing lakes.

Southclay, Bideford, Devon

Southclay, Bideford

Southclay in North Devon is a large, family-friendly, 5-star property that sleeps 10-12. Oozing quality it is a real treat with beautiful rural & sea views. Facilities include hot tub, swimming pool, tennis court & games room. With underfloor heating and cosy wood-burner it is perfect all year round...

Devon Beach Court, Woolacombe, Devon

Devon Beach Court, Woolacombe

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.

Hayloft, Ilfracombe, Devon

Hayloft, Ilfracombe

Situated just a short drive from the North Devon coast and not far from the rolling hills of Exmoor, Wheel Farm cottages are perfectly placed to offer guests a fantastic self-catering holiday. Hayloft cottage has been converted from the original old barn and retains many of the original features.

Lantern House, Ilfracombe, Devon

Lantern House, Ilfracombe

A wonderful North Devon holiday home in Ilfracombe, Lantern House is perfect for families and large groups, comfortably sleeping up to 12 people with ample living space, stunning sea and harbour views, a delightful enclosed, sheltered garden and secure on-site parking for 3 to 4 cars. Pets welcome.

Swallows at Falkedon, Chagford, Devon

Swallows at Falkedon, Chagford

Swallows is a delightful 4-Star Visit Britain rated apartment near Chagford with Wi-Fi. It sleeps 2, part of a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse. Quiet, secluded rural location, in Dartmoor foothills between Chagford and Spreyton in Devon. Ideal location to explore Devon, Dartmoor and both coasts. ...

Rosemary Cottage, Tavistock, Devon

Rosemary Cottage, Tavistock

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.

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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!