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Whether you want to spot dolphins from the Southwest Coast Path, catch a few waves or explore ancient fishing villages and market towns, North Devon holiday cottages have plenty to offer. From the sandy beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe to the wilds of Exmoor and the bustling communities of Barnstaple and Bideford, discovering this spectacular corner of southwest England is an unforgettable experience.  

Barnstaple is a thriving West Country market town on the banks of the River Taw, in the heart of North Devon. Its historic centre is home to independent shops, tearooms, a lovely museum and a number of striking landmarks, including the 13th century Long Bridge, over the Taw. The Pannier Market and Butchers Row are both worth visiting for fresh, local produce or a unique gift to take home. One of North Devon’s best cycle routes, the Tarka Trail, runs through Barnstaple, following an old railway track for more than 30 miles, along the north and south banks of the Taw, from Ilfracombe to Meeth via Bideford and Torrington with stunning views across the estuary. Visitors to North Devon will find some attractive holiday cottages in the leafy sleepy little villages surrounding the Barnstaple such as Goodleigh, Shirwell, Kentisbury and Bratton Fleming.

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Old Maids Cottage, Lee Bay, Devon

Old Maids Cottage, Lee Bay

Old Maids Cottage is an award winning, historic and lovingly restored thatched 3-bedroom cottage sleeping 6. This luxury North Devon holiday home nestles in the beautiful seaside village of Lee Bay between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe. Pets welcome.

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.

Ford Hill Cottage, Kentisbury, Devon

Ford Hill Cottage, Kentisbury

Situated on the outskirts of Exmoor, and only a short drive from the North Devon coastline is Ford Hill, a luxury 3 bedroom cottage with beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is only a hop, a skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.

South Patchole Farm Cottage, Combe Martin, Devon

South Patchole Farm Cottage, Combe Martin

This family friendly 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. Patchole Farmhouse sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms.

Southclay, Bideford, Devon

Southclay, Bideford

Southclay in North Devon is a large, family-friendly, 5-star property that sleeps 10-12. Oozing quality it is a real treat with beautiful rural & sea views. Facilities include hot tub, swimming pool, tennis court & games room. With underfloor heating and cosy wood-burner it is perfect all year round...

Warcombe Farmhouse, Woolacombe, Devon

Warcombe Farmhouse, Woolacombe

Warcombe Farmhouse is a large, dog-friendly Devon Long-House with Wi-Fi sleeping 9 in 4 bedrooms. The Farmhouse is set in quiet countryside on the coast near the seaside village of Lee Bay and Woolacombe. Perfect for family summer holidays.

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.

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.

Lake House, Great Torrington, Devon

Lake House, Great Torrington

Lake House is a beautifully remote thatched holiday cottage with a hot tub and lovely rural views in North Devon. This large 4-bedroom cottage (all ensuite) near Great Torrington will suit an extended family or groups of friends seeking a relaxing and characterful property for a self-catering holida...

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.

Ladybird Barn, Barnstaple, Devon

Ladybird Barn, Barnstaple

A stunning 3 bedroom contemporary Devon barn in secluded rural surroundings near Brayford with lake, tree house and woodland walks suitable for sleeping up to 7 guests. Situated centrally within a 53-acre organically managed country estate.

April Cottage, Combe Martin, Devon

April Cottage, Combe Martin

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.

The Devon Manor House, Barnstaple, Devon

The Devon Manor House, Barnstaple

The Devon Manor House is a Grade 1 listed property, set in 160 acres of idyllic North Devon countryside. It sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms and has a swimming pool and tennis court. This large, luxury North Devon holiday home with glorious gardens is a short rural drive from beaches and Exmoor. Pets welcome...

Dream Cottage, Westward Ho!, Devon

Dream Cottage, Westward Ho!

Romantic Dream Cottage, near the beach in Westward Ho! North Devon, is a 5-star gold holiday cottage, the perfect choice for couples looking to retreat and relax in complete luxury and is dog friendly. With south facing views of the countryside and a private 2-person hot tub you are sure to fall in ...

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe, Devon

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe

Blue Horizon is a large seaside holiday home on the Espanade at Woolacombe offering awesome panoramic sea views across award winning Woolacombe Sands from its wrap-around balcony. This pet friendly holiday let in North Devon sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

Berry Park, Bideford, Devon

Berry Park, Bideford

Primrose Cottage at Berry Park offers large quality Self-Catering Holidays at Berry Park by the sea, in the beautiful Devon Countryside near Bideford. Pets welcome. Heated swimming pool and games room.

Woolleigh Barton Stables, Great Torrington, Devon

Woolleigh Barton Stables, Great Torrington

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.

The Stables , Barnstaple, Devon

The Stables , Barnstaple

Stables is a large stunning holiday cottage converted from stables in Tawstock near Barnstaple, North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated 6-bedroom 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.

Tuckers Retreat, Barnstaple, Devon

Tuckers Retreat, Barnstaple

Tuckers Retreat is a 2-bedroom holiday cottage in a rural spot on the North Devon coast near Barnstaple. It simply oozes quiet traditional charm. Located at Combrew Farm, guests at this pet friendly cottage have access to leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and tennis court.

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...

Miller's Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

Miller's Cottage, Ilfracombe

Grade II listed ?The Miller's Cottage?, located next to the 16th century working water mill in Hele Bay, is a cosy, pet friendly holiday cottage in Ilfracombe 300m from the beach and the South West Coast Path. Sleeps 4. Family friendly.

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.

Abigail's Cottage, Northam, Devon

Abigail's Cottage, Northam

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.

Weavers, Barnstaple, Devon

Weavers, Barnstaple

Weavers Cottage, sleeping up to four, is one of seven dog friendly cottages at semi-rural Muddlebridge House near Barnstaple in North Devon. With an indoor swimming-pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for wonderful sandy beaches,walking on Exmoor, fishing and golf.

The Bay, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

The Bay, Bigbury-on-Sea

Talk about stunning sea views: The panoramic cliff-top one through windows at The Bay House in Bigbury-on-Sea embraces award-winning Devon Beaches and Atlantic sunsets. This charming and child friendly 2-bedroom seaside holiday cottage nestles in a Cliffside location above Challaborough Beach.

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The glorious beaches of Croyde, Saunton Sands and Woolacombe are all a short drive from Barnstaple. Saunton is the closest, with miles of uninterrupted sand and brilliant waves for surfing. There are a number of surf schools in the area and a popular café with a terrace overlooking the Atlantic. A short, scenic drive away is Croyde, a rugged bay, backed by dunes, a stroll from the pretty village of the same name. If you want a holiday cottage in North Devon where you can fall asleep to the sound of the sea, Woolacombe could be for you. Walk the length of this vast stretch of golden sand, to Putsborough, and back on one of the footpaths which meanders through a maze of wild dunes. In the laid-back village above the sand, you’ll find pubs, cafes and shops selling everything needed for a day on the beach.

The South West Coast Path heading east from Woolacombe is beautiful, with towering cliffs, rocky peninsulas and the chance to spot dolphins and basking sharks. Stop for a pint at the Grampus, a charming pub, a mile from Lee Bay, a popular swimming spot with rockpools to explore at low tide. Nearby, Ilfracombe is not to be missed. As you wander around this welcoming resort, you’ll discover grand Victorian architecture and fishing boats bobbing in a working harbour. Looming over the crashing waves is a dramatic sculpture by Damien Hirst, known as Verity.

East of Ilfracombe on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, Combe Martin is another sandy beach with superb rock pools overlooked by imposing cliffs and a selection of cafes and pubs. It’s a great starting point for a challenging walk along the South West Coast Path along the highest cliff tops in Europe towards Exmoor via Heddon’s Mouth and Woody Bay. Exmoor’s enchanting expanse of windswept moorland is a paradise for horse-riding, wildlife-watching and walking. The moor, which extends across North Devon and neighbouring West Somerset meets the coast, where the elegant villages of Lynton and Lynmouth cling to the sides of a wooded valley. If you’re weary after following the steep footpath from Lynton down to Lynmouth Harbour, jump on the Victorian cliff railway and savour breathtaking views of the Bristol Channel on the way back up.

Heading Southwest towards the Cornish border, Bideford, known as the Little White Town, overlooks the River Torridge, with a tangle of narrow streets to explore. At the river mouth, Appledore is a picturesque village with a rich shipbuilding heritage and one of North Devon’s best-loved ice-cream brands, Hocking’s. Appledore’s share of North Devon holiday cottages tend to be charming, beautifully restored fishermen’s cottages clustered on streets leading off the Quay.

On the coast, west of Bideford, secluded rocky coves, breathtaking clifftop walks and shipwreck remains await discovery. Just past the hillside fishing village of Clovelly, The Hartland Peninsula is particularly dramatic, with a magnificent abbey nestled in bluebell-carpeted woods and a pub overlooking a quay, where a pint of ale can be enjoyed, just a few feet from the crashing waves. Often missed by visitors looking for self-catering holidays in North Devon, the region’s inland areas offer tranquil countryside and a scattering of villages and market towns, such as Winkleigh and Great Torrington, where a slower, rural pace can still be found (as can Hocking’s icecreams!). If you do decide to book a self-catering holiday in North Devon, it is odds on you’ll plan to repeat the experience many times in the year’s ahead. It’s that kind of country – and that kind of coast.