Coastal, Countryside and Moorland Holiday Cottages in Devon
For many visitors, renting 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 thatched 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 Budleigh 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.
Set in the heart of Goodleigh village, Magnolia View Cottage is a 17th century traditional Devon longhouse, lovingly converted and recently refurbished to offer dog and child-friendly high-quality self-catering accommodation in a wonderfully tranquil rural setting, yet close to the coast.
Dolly's barn is a large 17th Century barn near Ilfracombe which has been lovingly converted into a charming 6 bedroom luxury holiday cottage sleeping 11 with disabled access in a beautiful spot on the North Devon Coast.
Stunning 3-bedroom North Devon holiday cottage with panoramic sea views over Woolacombe Bay. This beautiful coastal cottage overlooks Combesgate Beach, Baggy Point and Lundy Island. Sunnycliffe House is mainly open plan with a sunny terrace off the lounge with a picnic table and sun loungers.
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 a beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is a hop, skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.
Beaford House is a quintessential country house sitting atop a rise near Beaford in Devon. The house enjoys spectacular views from its expansive grounds. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, space for pets, a unique barbecue hut, open fires and a luxurious interior boasting regal elegance.
Andromeda, sits on a quiet residential village street in Chillington close to Slapton Sands, Blackpool Cove, Dartmouth and other South Devon seaside resorts. This 3-bedroom holiday cottage welcomes families and their pets, having a secure garden and lots of countryside walks close to hand.
Deep in leafy Devon lanes, pet friendly Larches Cottage lies on the coast,1.5 miles north of Slapton in a sheltered wooded valley, Grade II listed converted stone barns around a courtyard flanked on two sides with Virginia creeper and stone walls. 1.5 acres of garden.
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.
This remote 18th century rural barn conversion is sleeps eleven and is surrounded by breath-taking countryside views near Great Torrington and plenty of fun for the entire family. Don’t forget to have a relaxing soak in the hot tub at this large North Devon holiday cottage. Pets Welcome.
This beautiful Devon penthouse apartment is set on the three-mile stretch of shingle beach at Slapton Sands and is literally at the beach. With its own entrance, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a gorgeous open plan living space, we can't think of a better place to enjoy a break on the coast.
A spacious and dog-friendly waterfront retreat, Steamer Quay Cottage’s four bedrooms, five baths, and open living spaces will give a big group an incredible holiday only yards from the beach. Convenient to beaches, parks, and many local attractions in Paignton (Torbay) and the surrounding area.
A stunning farming estate with a swimming pool in the heart of North Devon, The Old Stables is a rural holiday cottage located in a scenic valley between Bishop's Nympton, and South Molton on the edge of Exmoor National Park with easy access to Devon's coastline and other attractions.
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.
Hillside at Gara Mill is a coastal cottage nestled amidst gorgeous woodland on a family park near the village of Slapton, Devon, offering pet-friendly accommodation in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with private hot tub, en-suite master, and unspoilt views of the region.
Barn Owl Cottage at Cornbrew Farm near Barnstaple on the North Devon Coast is a pet-friendly holiday cottage sleeping 5 in a rural location. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, tennis and badminton courts, sauna, spa and children's play area with trampolines and a games room.
The Hamptons is a luxury seaside cottage boasting an Italian marble fireplace, contemporary fittings and an expansive outdoor entertaining area offering sea views. Situated in an exclusive area of Torquay, the large, gorgeous holiday home promises refinement on the South Devon Coast.
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.
Sitting beside a small lake, Heron Lodge assures relaxation. Surrounded by woodland, the rural cottage near Exeter, Devon promises tranquillity and boasts a thoroughly modern interior with an open-plan design and contemporary furnishings. An open fire and indulgent hot tub complete the tableau.
Within walking distance of Fishcombe Cove, Elberry Cove and Broadsands Beach in Torbay, Landfall Holiday Cottage in Brixham is a beautifully furnished, child-friendly 3-bedroom Devon holiday home with WiFi sleeping 6 in style and comfort.
Courtyard Cottage is a comfortable, well-equipped coastal holiday cottage in North Devon sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Close to North Devon's many beaches, you will also enjoy access to facilities at Combrew Farm such as our indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, games room and gym.
Within a seagull's cry of the bustling Brixham harbour waterfront in Torbay, 1 Middle Manor is newly-built Devon coastal cottage part of a small collection offering comfortable, contemporary self-catering accommodation. Pets welcome.
Relax and unwind in this cosy East Devon rural holiday cottage in the Blackdown Hills near Honiton and slightly further, the Jurassic coast. Apple Tree Cottage is perfect for couples seeking a romantic rural retreat in any season or a family with an infant for holidays during school term times.
Wells Park Barn is a coastal cottage set in a quiet courtyard in the South Hams village of Stoke Fleming, Devon, a former dairy barn that combines charming features such as an oak staircase and vaulted ceiling with modern touches such as underfloor heating to achieve the perfect holiday oasis.
41 Marine Reach is a large, contemporary holiday home in Brixham, part of an award-winning waterside development with captivating views across Brixham Harbour and across Torbay. This family friendly house sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms.
- Bovey Tracey
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Cheriton Bishop
- Combe Martin
- Gara Bridge
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Little Torrington
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Noss Mayo
- South Molton
- Stoke Fleming
- Westward Ho!
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). It's a haven for superb family theme parks such as Diggerland, an adventure theme park with a real emphasis on DIGGERS! An invigorating construction experience for adults & children. Highly recommended!
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. For delightful views of the River Ax estuary - and the chance of a Devonshire Cream Tea in Colyton, enjoy a sedate ride on restored trams at The Seaton Tramway that runs from Seaton along the estuary to Colyton.
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.
Find Cottages in Dartmoor and the Heart of Devon
Inland Devon is equally inviting to visitors. Quiet thatched villages such as Broadhembury, Coleford, Sampford Courtenay or Chittlehampton (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 towpath 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 mainline 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 South Devon 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 clifftop 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 Devon's self-catering holiday cottages and seaside apartment welcome back the same visitors year after year!