Find Self-Catering Cottage Holidays 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 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 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.

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The Old Granary, Barnstaple, Devon

The Old Granary, Barnstaple

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...

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

2 De Challon, East Allington, Kingsbridge, Devon

2 De Challon, East Allington, Kingsbridge

2 De Challon is a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom family-friendly holiday cottage. It stands in gorgeous rural surroundings on the Fallapit Estate near East Allington village in the picturesque South Hams area of Devon between Dartmoor and the South Devon beaches.

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. ...

Cherry Tree Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon

Cherry Tree Cottage, Sidmouth

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

Upper Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Upper Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of a swimming pool and tennis court at Wheel Farm Cottages near Ilfracombe. It is set within the beautiful rural grounds of Wheel Farm inland from the stunning North Devon coast and the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. The seaside resorts of ...

Fennel Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Fennel Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

Fennel Cottage is a dog friendly detached barn conversion sleeping 7 in 3 bedrooms on the Sherrill Farm estate with Wi-Fi and shared heated pool near Tavistock on the Devon and Cornwall border.

Stone Barn at Beer Mill, Clawton, Devon

Stone Barn at Beer Mill, Clawton

Stone Barn holiday cottage in Devon is a luxurious and spacious eco barn conversion sleeping 10+2 in 5 bedrooms. This pet friendly cottage has a large private enclosed garden and courtyard. With walks from the garden gate, it is a perfect rural escape for large families and special celebrations.

Mill House at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth, Devon

Mill House at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth

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.

Norville, Brixham, Devon

Norville, Brixham

Offering sea views across Torbay, Norville is a large 4-bedroom seaside holiday cottage in Brixham, sleeping 8 guests. This spacious, child friendly property has a large secure garden and is perfect for large or dual family holidays in Devon.

Anzac, Brixham, Devon

Anzac, Brixham

Anzac House is a large 4-bedroom holiday home that sleeps 8, offering panoramic sea and harbour views over Brixham in South Devon. Suitable for large families or groups of friends, this lovely, child-friendly house, perfect for self-catering holidays exploring Torbay and South Devon.

Tarragon at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Tarragon at Sherrill Farm, 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.

The Beach Hut, Plymouth, Devon

The Beach Hut, Plymouth

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...

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.

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.

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.

Bridesmere, Moretonhampstead, Devon

Bridesmere, Moretonhampstead

Bridesmere, a beautifully decorated converted Devon barn, in the Teign Valley on Dartmoor, sleeps 8. Bridesmere is one of 3 self-catering cottages at Clifford Barton which all have private fenced gardens, pet friendly, great for kids, 2-acre lake, 50-acre nature reserve and Games Barn.

Apartment 1, Barton Court, Woolacombe, Devon

Apartment 1, Barton Court, Woolacombe

No.1 Barton Court is a modern and well-equipped 1st Floor Seaside holiday apartment with a parking space in the heart of Woolacombe, North Devon. It sleeps 2-4 in 2 bedrooms just a short walk from Woolacombe's splendid multi-Award Winning beach.

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.

Rosemary Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Rosemary Cottage at Sherrill Farm, 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.

May Cottage, Combe Martin, Devon

May Cottage, Combe Martin

May Cottage is one of 6 cottages at Yetland Farm. It sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms and is set in a working farm on the North Devon coast and not far from Exmoor National Park.The stunning beaches of Woolacombe and Putsburough are a short drive away and the quaint village of Combe Martin is 15 mins away. Pe...

Larches Cottage, Slapton, Devon

Larches Cottage, Slapton

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.

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.

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.

Singleton Manor, Torquay, Devon

Singleton Manor, Torquay

Singleton Manor is a large Edwardian Manor House with heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub amidst splendid gardens containing a trampoline, lawns, ponds and fountains., offering seaside self-catering accommodation in Torquay. Sleeps 10.

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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 before a leisurely ride home to your holiday acommodation.

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. 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!