Find Self-Catering Cottage Holidays In Devon

For many tourists, to rent holiday cottages in Devon is the most enjoyable way to really experience this charming county. Here are beach apartments overlooking wide sandy bays from Woolacombe in North Devon to Slapton Sands in the South Hams. Discover thatched cottages in 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 the heart 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 from Clovelly to Budliegh Salterton scattered across Devon offer a fine choice of self-catering accommodation. Find 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 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.

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.

The Lodge, Plymouth, Devon

The Lodge, Plymouth

The Lodge is our newest cottage - built in summer 2008. This dog friendly "eco-lodge" wit Wi-Fi nestles in remote countryside on the South Devon coast outside Plymouth. Built to a very high standard it is incredibly eco-friendly having a timber frame, triple glazing, solar panels and many energy and...

Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin manages to combine genuine rustic charm with modern facilities plus pool and tennis court, to provide the perfect self-catering holiday. Set a few rural miles in-land from the North Devon coast near Ilfracombe and a short distance from the...

Clanaborough, Kingsbridge, Devon

Clanaborough, Kingsbridge

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.

Cornmill, Kingsbridge, Devon

Cornmill, Kingsbridge

Once a working corn mill near Kingsbridge, it has been beautifully renovated to create a large, luxury Devon holiday cottage in a secluded rural location near the South Devon coast. The Cornmill sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms, welcomes dogs and is perfect for large family holidays or gatherings of friends....

Seascape, Woolacombe, Devon

Seascape, Woolacombe

Seascape, a large five-bedroom family friendly house, in North Devon accommodating up to 10, looks down upon the beautiful award-winning Woolacombe Beach. The large, luxurious holiday home benefits from spectacular uninterrupted ocean views stretching across the bay all the way to Lundy Island.

Fishlegs, Brixham, Devon

Fishlegs, Brixham

Fishlegs is a child friendly cottage in Devon that sleeps 6. It is more than an ordinary 3-bedroom seaside holiday cottage in Torbay. This Brixham house has been wonderfully refurbished to create a quirky, intelligent design that will make you want to return.

Hemphaye Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon

Hemphaye Cottage, Sidmouth

A charming 17th Century self catering Devon cottage with Wi-Fi for up to 6 people located only a short walk from the beach and the town centre of Sidmouth.

Cotterbury, Dartmouth, Devon

Cotterbury, Dartmouth

With commanding roof top views over Dartmouth down to the River Dart Estuary, the 4-star Gold Award Cotterbury is an impressively furnished South Devon Holiday Apartment, ideal for a group of friends or a family, with private terraces, parking spaces, communal use of a swimming pool and gardens.

Oyster Cove, Croyde, Devon

Oyster Cove, Croyde

A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.

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.

Artist's Retreat, Exeter, Devon

Artist's Retreat, Exeter

The Artist's Retreat is a wonderfully stylish Devon holiday cottage within a historic lodge, just a short walk from Exeter’s vibrant city centre. This pet friendly distinghuished two-bedroom property will appeal to a couple or small family seeking an urban escape, within easy reach of the seaside...

Shire Horse at Greendown Farm, South Molton, Devon

Shire Horse at Greendown Farm, South Molton

Set amongst acres of rolling countryside and 60 acres of private farmland, Greendown Farm cottages offer guests a wonderful opportunity to relax and unwind in the peace and quiet of a lovely Devon Farm. Shire Horse cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, with a private garden and far reaching rural views.

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 ...

Crew Cottage, Brixham, Devon

Crew Cottage, Brixham

Crew Cottage is a seaside holiday cottage for couples in the Torbay resort of Brixham in South Devon. Once a fishermens cottage, and now beautifully transformed to create a blissfuly relaxing cottage for two, a short stroll from the harbiour.

41 Moorings Reach, Brixham, Devon

41 Moorings Reach, Brixham

41 Marine Reach is a large, contemporary holiday home in Brixham, part of an award-winning waterside development with captivating views across Brixham Harbour and across Torbay. This family friendly house sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms.

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.

Thyme Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Thyme Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

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.

Chestnut Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Chestnut Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

Escape to the country! Large Dog friendly Chestnut Cottage with WiFi 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.

Willow Cottage, Kingston, Devon

Willow Cottage, Kingston

Willow Cottage is a freshly renovated large holiday cottage with hot tub in the quaint South Devon village of Kingston, an easy drive to the sea at Newton Ferrers and Bigbury. This country-style, baby-friendly holiday home sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with a secure and sunny lawned garden.

The Linhay, Honiton, Devon

The Linhay, Honiton

The Linhay is a stylish and well-equipped 3-bedroom barn conversion at Stonehayes Farm in the heart of the beautiful East Devon counntryside. With free range eggs in your welcome pack and riverside picnic spots it's perfect for family holidays.

Fairways West, South Molton, Devon

Fairways West, South Molton

Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 18 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.

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...

Stable Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Stable Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Stable Cottage is a large holiday cottage sleeping 8 at Wheel Farm set in the beautiful North Devon countryside near Ilfracombe just a short drive to the North Devon coast and Exmoor. Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, sauna and Wi-Fi. The lively seaside village of Combe Martin is jus...

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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 chuntering 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 accommodation.

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 the popular (and idyllic) South Hams region in the southern corner of 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!