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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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.

Lower Clunkamoor Cottage, Totnes, Devon

Lower Clunkamoor Cottage, Totnes

If you are looking for a romantic holiday cottage in a secluded rural location in South Devon, within easy reach of gorgeous beaches and the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor, then Lower Clunkamoor Cottage will tick all your boxes. This delightful cottage for two sits in its own private nature reserve.

Beachside Waterfront Apartment, Westward Ho!, Devon

Beachside Waterfront Apartment, Westward Ho!

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.

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.

Stables Cottage, Totnes, Devon

Stables Cottage, Totnes

Exclusive large self catering holiday cottage near Totnes in South Devon. Beautifully converted stone barn sleeping 8 set in 80 acres of picturesque South Hams countryside with private coarse fishing lake, nature walks & views to Dartmoor. Pets welcome.

Deer View Cottage, South Molton, Devon

Deer View Cottage, South Molton

Deer View Cottage is a stunning, 5* luxury cottage, set within the grounds of the North Devon Highbullen Country Hotel. The pet friendly, rural 3-bedroom cottage is positioned in a quiet corner of the estate enjoying picturesque views across the valley. Use of indoor heated pool, spa facilities and ...

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.

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.

Orchard Cottage at Mornacott, South Molton, Devon

Orchard Cottage at Mornacott, South Molton

A stunning farming estate in the heart of rural North Devon. The Mornacott Cottages are located in a scenic valley at the edge of Exmoor National Park close to the town of South Molton and well served by road transport links being located around two miles from the arterial North Devon Link (A361) w...

Fastnet, Salcombe, Salcombe, Devon, Devon

Fastnet, Salcombe, Salcombe, Devon

Fastnet is a brand-new, large and luxurious Salcombe townhouse furnished to offer the highest quality self-catering holidays in Devon, just a short stroll from Salcombe’s town centre snd the beach. Located on the coast in the South Hams region of South Devon, Fastnet sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms....

Cider House at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth, Devon

Cider House at Boswell Farm Cottages, Sidmouth

Cider House sleeps 6 and is one of seven spacious family friendly holiday cottages at Boswell Farm near Sidmouth, set in the secluded rural Sweetcombe valley close to East Devon beaches. Pets welcome.

Luggs Barn, Honiton, Devon

Luggs Barn, Honiton

Luggs Barn is tucked away down a secluded 300-yard private drive in East Devon with only the owners' 15thC farmhouse for company. This large, picturesque and pet friendly self catering farm cottage near Honiton offers stylish and spacious accommodation. Sleeps 8 in comfort with stunning view

The Old Chapel, Brixham, Devon

The Old Chapel, Brixham

This beautiful old chapel has been lovingly renovated to create a large Brixham holiday cottage within easy reach of the bustling Harbour and the award-winning Breakstone Beach. The Old Chapel welcomes up to 8 guests for seaside holidays in this picturesque fishing community in Torbay.

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.

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.

Oyster Cove, Croyde, Devon

Oyster Cove, Croyde

Close to the beach Oyster Cove is a stylish 3 bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, which is only a short walk from Croyde beach sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.

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.

Hayloft Cottage, Totnes, Devon

Hayloft Cottage, Totnes

Hayloft Cottage is a rural Devon holiday cottage near Totnes, sleeping 6 set in it's own 80 beautiful acres with private fishing lake, views to Dartmoor and close to coast and beaches. Pets welcome.

Crooked Lake Cottage, Bideford, Devon

Crooked Lake Cottage, Bideford

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.

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...

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.

Lynhurst, Brixham, Devon

Lynhurst, Brixham

A large and luxurious family-friendly holiday home in Brixham with landscaped gardens, in a quiet yet convenient area of this Devon seaside town that comes complete with its own traditional Beach Hut on Broadsand Beach. Lynhurst sleeps 10 in 5 bedroom, perfect for large families or groups of friends...

Long Barn, Torquay, Devon

Long Barn, Torquay

Nestling in the sleepy hamlet of North Whilborough with its own indoor swimming pool and Wi-Fi, Long Barn Cottage is the perfect location for a large self catering holiday near Torquay in South Devon offering ideal family accommodation. It sleeps 13 plus cots in 6 bedrooms, 3 en suites, a bathroom s...

The Copper House, Kingsbridge, Devon

The Copper House, Kingsbridge

Magical romantic cottage for 2 with wi-fi A large studio with 5-foot double bed, sofa, dining table and TV. Separate kitchen. Bathroom with double ended bath Garden with furniture for sundowners! Gorgeous countryside all around and use of the 4-acre flowery meadow and woodland.

River View, Honiton, Devon

River View, Honiton

River View in the rural East Devon village of Membury is a large holiday cottage with a heated indoor swimming pool a few miles from Honiton and the coast at Lyme Regis. This pet friendly cottage sleeps up to 27 guests in 10 bedrooms within 3 acres of glorious Devon countryside. Large Country Holid...

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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!