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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Lower Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Lower Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

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...

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.

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

Willow Lodge, Exeter, Devon

Willow Lodge, Exeter

Willow Lodge stands in 6 acres of grounds in the beautiful Devon countryside a few miles outside Exeter. This luxury lodge with a hot tub sleeps 4. It will appeal to those planning a few days, a week or more, fishing in the adjoining lakes, walking, cycling or simply spending time on local beaches

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...

Higher Mullacott Farmhouse, Ilfracombe, Devon

Higher Mullacott Farmhouse, Ilfracombe

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.

Surcoat cottage, Westward Ho!, Devon

Surcoat cottage, Westward Ho!

Surcoat is a great self-catering holiday cottage near the beach in North Devon with hot tub and spacious enclosed garden. The cottage sleeps 3 in 2-bedrooms. Perfectly located for guests requiring close proximity to local pub and restaurant with private access to coastal footpath leading to Westwar...

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.

Cuttery House, East Allington, East Allington, Devon

Cuttery House, East Allington, East Allington

Families, friends and their pets are welcome at Cuttery House. This large South Devon holiday cottage lies close to the coast in gorgeous, remote rural surroundings near East Allington in the South Hams region of Devon. Cuttery sleeps 2-8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

Merrifield House, Ashburton, Devon

Merrifield House, Ashburton

An idyllic quiet haven, large pet friendly Merrifield House near Ashburton in Devon is a listed Georgian former Rectory sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms. Get away from it all whilst enjoying easy access to Dartmoor National Park and the wonderful sandy beaches of the South Hams.

The Linhay at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth, Devon

The Linhay at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth

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.

Great Meadow at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Great Meadow at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

Set in quiet corner of Sherrill Farm, Great Meadow is a quaint barn conversion with WiFi near Tavistock and Dartmoor in West Devon. It sleeps 4(+2) in two bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Use of shared indoor pool and fishing lakes. Dogs welcome.

4 Coastguards, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

4 Coastguards, Bigbury-on-Sea

A luxurious seaside property in Bigbury-on-Sea, this beautifully appointed, contemporary South Devon holiday home is a real find! Having sea views, a spacious balcony, oak flooring and motion-activated lighting inside and gardens, beach storage and external show on the outside it's rather special!

Granary Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Granary Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Set within the lovely North Devon countryside between the stunning North Devon coast and the rolling moors of Exmoor, Granary Cottage is a large rural holiday let sleeping 8 at Wheel Farm Cottages in Combe Martin with leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna, tennis court, children's play ...

Huccaby, Torquay, Devon

Huccaby, Torquay

Located in the peaceful hamlet of North Whilborough, Huccaby is a beautiful rural location for a self catering holiday in South Devon. This child friendly cottage with a communal heated indoor swimming pool sleeps 6 plus cots in 3 bedrooms and has Wi-Fi.

The Devon Manor House, Barnstaple, Devon

The Devon Manor House, Barnstaple

The Devon Manor House is a stunning Grade 1 listed building, set in 160 acres of beautiful Devon countryside. It sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms and has a swimming pool and tennis court.The house is surrounded by glorious gardens and is a short drive from the long sandy beaches and and the wilds of Exmoor.

Pigeon Post, Hope Cove, Devon

Pigeon Post, Hope Cove

Located in the idyllic South Devon fishing village of Hope Cove, Pigeon Post is a large and pet friendly holiday cottage sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms. With a sunny garden and just a short walk to the beach this traditional beautifully renovated fisherman?s cottage is somewhere you can hole up in at any ...

Lanesend House, Salcombe, Devon

Lanesend House, Salcombe

Located in idyllic South Devon countryside near Salcombe, Lanesend is a beautifully presented and pet friendly 4-Star holiday home with Wi-Fi. The tastefully furnished house lies within walking distance of North Sands Beach and sleeps 7 guests in 4 bedrooms.

Collipriest, Tiverton, Devon

Collipriest, Tiverton

Collipriest Cottage is a large five-bedroom house set in its own beautiful grounds on the edge of Tiverton. The house enjoys far reaching views across the Exe Valley and has the most beautiful gardens ideal for children to play and explore. The house is ideally situated for exploring Devon.

Rydon Stables, Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Rydon Stables, Budleigh Salterton

Rydon Stables is a newly converted and accessible East Devon holiday property, in historic Otterton close to the sea at Budleigh Salterton. Small dogs welcome.

Coastal Way, Braunton, Devon

Coastal Way, Braunton

Coastal Way is a charming three-bedroom cottage situated in the heart of the popular North Devon coastal village of Braunton. The cottage is near enough to enjoy the wonderful beaches at Saunton, Putsborough and Croyde or the enticing bars and restaurants in Braunton just a short walk away.

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.

Buckland House, Dartmouth, Devon

Buckland House, Dartmouth

Set in a sheltered valley two miles inland from Slapton Sands, and Blackpool Sands, Buckland House is a large elegant Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse c1750. Offering high quality comfortable holiday accommodation for two or more families. Pets welcome.

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.

Orchard Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Orchard Cottage, Barnstaple

An ideal country hideaway in North Devon for a young family or a couple wanting a little more room.

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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!