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.
Mill Wheel Holiday Cottage at Wheel Farm lies in beautiful rural surroundings on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin within acres of landscaped gardens and woods, where leisure facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. This lovingly restored old water mill sleeps 5 in 3...
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
Situated right next to the famous Marwood Hill Gardens in Devon, Glebelands offers a very cosy getaway for four people. Ideal for a family or 4 adults.
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.
7 Bedrooms - Sleeps 16 - View Listing
April Cottage is a pretty three bedroom Devon holiday home sleeping 6, a short drive from North Devon beaches and Exmoor. The family and dog friendly cottage is tastefully decorated and equipped to a good standard. Onsite leisure facilities are also available, including games room and tennis court.
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.
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...
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.
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...
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 3 - View Listing
This charming and large farm cottage is set in 120-acres of stunning farmland just a few rural miles from the North Devon coast in Kentisbury near the pretty seaside village of Combe Martin. Family-friendly Patchole Farmhouse sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms. The seaside resorts and beaches of Woolacombe, Ilf...
Stables is a large stunning converted stable cottage in Tawstock near Barnstaple in North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated interior with loads of space to relax and unwind. Outside there is a large private patio, garden play area and shared games room,and tennis court.
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
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 ...
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 - View Listing
Nestled in the heart of the North Devon countryside between Bideford and Clovelly, Crooked Lake is a charming 17th Century cottage ideal for a quiet and relaxing getaway amidst beautiful countryside.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
Kings Arms House sleeps up to nine in four bedrooms and is ideally located for exploring the beautiful Devon countryside. Nestled between Exmoor and Dartmoor the dog friendly house is only a short drive from Exeter, as well as being within easy reach of both the north and south Devon coastlines.
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.
An ideal country hideaway in North Devon for a young family or a couple wanting a little more room.
Crofters Cottage is a very special little Devon holiday cottage in the most beautiful spot with no neighbours and lovely views out to sea. It is remote, rustic and fairly basic but if looking for peace, tranquillity and a pet friendly, chance to escape from everyday life, then this is the cottage fo...
1 Bedrooms - Sleeps 4 - View Listing
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.
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.
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.
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...
Set within a 450-acre organic farm in rural surroundings, The Old Apple Store near Okehapton is a lovely wooden lodge for 6 guests within reach of South Devon beaches overlooking Dartmoor and the Devon hills. Dogs are welcome.
Parsley comprises the ground floor of a Devon barn conversion on the Sherrill Farm estate. The cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, both having en suite bathrooms. It has Wi-Fi and use of shared indoor heated pool, fishing lakes and jacuzzi. Pets welcome.
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.
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.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 7 - View Listing
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....
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
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!