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.
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.
Fairways East sleeps 8 in four en-suite bedrooms. The large, luxury house is set within the lovely Devon countryside within the grounds of Highbullen Country Estate. Guests have access to the 18 hole golf course, 6 brand new tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a gym and a sauna.
This 2 bedroom seaside holiday cottage in Torquay is a charming 2-bedroom estate cottage with sea views on the Manor House estate in the Devpn village of Cockington, Torquay. Facilities include communal use of a heated swimming pool, gym, sauna and lovely gardens in Cockington.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
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.
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6 - View Listing
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.
A Victorian South Devon holiday cottage in Torquay, Protea Cottage is located mid-way between Livermead Beach (a 10-minute walk) and Cockington village. This spacious 2-bedroom, 4-star estate cottage is tastefully decorated with period furniture and has sea views from the master bedroom.
Devon Beach Court is a light and airy modern seaside apartment with WiFi in Woolacombe, North Devon. Offering comfort and style throughout, it sleeps 4 people in 2 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...
Shippen sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms. It is tucked away in a quiet corner of North Devon, not far from the coast in the seaside village of Combe Martin at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages; a collection of charmingly refurbished self-catering cottages restored from an old water mill and farm. The Shippon is a p...
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
Buzzards View is a thoughtfully designed, delightful South Devon holiday cottage near Kingswear with 2-bedrooms sleeping 4. This coastal cottage enjoys character features. It is situated at Kingston Farm in a stunning countryside location with gorgeous rural and sea views.
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.
Bright spacious rural cottage in gorgeous secluded location in the South Hams countryside, just 20 minutes from lovely South Devon beaches. 3 bedrooms, ensuite shower and family bathroom and 2 WCs, large kitchen / dining and separate spacious sitting room. Outside there is a large garden with BB...
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.
Woolleigh Barton is a large and pet friendly North Devon holiday cottage that sleeps 8 in the beautiful River Torridge Valley near the village of Beaford in North Devon. This pet friendly cottage also has a hot tub and shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool in delightful rural surroundings.
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...
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 ...
Deep in the heart of Dartmouth and near the beach at Blackpool Sands lies 4 The Pottery Cottage, a beautifully converted from an old warehouse a short walk from Dartmouth Castle and the South West Coast Path. This spacious open plan property has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeping 6. Rental includes...
A large, charming and pet friendly Devon farmhouse for rural self-catering holidays near Tavistock and Dartmoor sleeping 14-22 people in 7 bedrooms with private hot tub and shared use of indoor heated swimming pool.
7 Bedrooms - Sleeps 22 - View Listing
Set in quiet corner of Sherrill Farm, Great Meadow is a quaint Devon holiday cottage with WiFi near Tavistock and Dartmoor in West Devon. It sleeps 4(+2) in two bedrooms, each with its own suite bathroom. Use of shared indoor pool, hot tub and fishing lakes. Dogs welcome.
North Lake Chapel has been attractively converted to offer self-catering holidays in Morchard Bishop near Witheridge, a tiny heart of Devon village in a secluded rural location. This large detached and dog friendly holiday home with gorgeous rural views oozes character and style.
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...
1 Bedrooms - Sleeps 2 - View Listing
Just across the lane from The Mews, Shepherd's Cottage is a semi-detached, pet friendly property with Wi-Fi in South Devon that was formerly a farm worker's residence as its name suggests. It has been tastefully modernised and offers wonderful light and airy accommodation with a comfortable, homely ...
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.
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - 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.
Cherry Cottage Slapton close to the coast was built at Buckland Court in 2001. This spacious rural property sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and is furnished and equipped to a high standard including W-Fi. Central heating & modern insulation ensure this cottage is ideal for off-season use. Pets welcome
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!