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.

387 cottages found 387 match all criteria.

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.

Rosemary is a dog friendly, large, light and airy 4 bedroom cottage with Wi-Fi near Tavistock and Dartmoor on the Devon-Cornwall border. It sleeps 8 people with shared use of a heated indoor swimming pool, fishing lakes and tennis court.

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, games room, and shared outdoor play area and tennis court.

Elderberry Cottage on the large dog friendly Sherrill Farm Estate near Tavistock and Dartmoor in West Devon sleeps 10-14 in 5 bedrooms. With private hot tub, Wi-Fi and shared indoor pool and fishing lakes.

Situated just a few moments from Torre Abbey Sands is The Squirrels, a luxurious coastal cottage in Torquay in Devon. The detached property on the English Riviera promises ample grounds and entertaining areas with open fire, as well as spacious interiors with unique contemporary design features.

Designed with romantic retreats in mind, Cutterbrough is a modern, stylishly designed holiday lodge with a hot tub set in Braunton, close to Saunton Sands on the beautiful North Devon coast. Pets welcome.

Beautiful views of the marina stretch before guests from the balcony and open-plan living area of Mast Haven, a contemporary South Devon waterside holiday home in Mount Batten near Plymouth, thoughtfully equipped with everything from Netflix to its own car-charging point.

Long Meadow Barn offers bucolic views over Down St. Mary from its spacious gardens as well as light and airy modern rooms inside the converted barn. The generous sitting room features a woodburning stove and the remainder of the rural cottage in Devon has been decorated with care and attention.

The ample windows and open-plan design of Paddock House award it the essence of a true coastal cottage. Gorgeous views and natural light flood the luxury property in Torquay, Devon and complement the refined décor selection and the ultra-modern fittings. Completing the ensemble is an open fire.

The Byre, a stunning converted barn for up to 6 people and a dog, is a great place to stay and visit the beautiful North Devon coast and the wilds of Exmoor. The cottage is light, bright and spacious and very relaxing but also benefits from being 3 miles from Barnstaple and 8 miles from the coast.

Oak Lodge is a spacious family cottage boasting wooden panelling and ample windows which capture the views of the surrounding countryside. Set among woodland in Bideford, Devon, the modern lodge boasts a hot tub and wood burning stove, plus a large private garden and the promise of peace and quiet.

Hamilton House is a modern coastal cottage in the lovely seaside town of Branscombe, in Devon. The sophisticated cottage boasts a unique dining room as well as a sun trap garden and proximity to the beautiful beaches of this popular town. The large deck catches the sea breeze and invites relaxation.

A luxurious seaside property in Bigbury-on-Sea, this beautifully appointed, contemporary South Devon holiday home is a real find! Having sea views, a spacious balcony, oak flooring and motion-activated lighting inside and gardens, beach storage and external show on the outside it's rather special!

Tidicombe is a large family-friendly Holiday Cottage in the Exmoor foothills. Ideal large groups & families. Peaceful rural location, 5 acres garden/woodland/meadow. Sleeps 12 + cots. Cliffs, Coves, Fishing Harbours & famous Surfing Beaches15-25 mins drive. Lovely footpaths. Short Breaks available.

Escape to Exmouth in this beautifully presented penthouse apartment overlooking the Exe estuary. With two bedrooms sleeping four this home is just a short stroll from Exmouth’s long, sandy beach and is the perfect retreat for a seaside holiday in one of Britain’s oldest and prettiest coastal towns.

Shipshape boasts fantastic views to Brixham Harbour and beyond, and the stylish coastal cottage places guests within easy reach of the coastline of Devon. Light and airy spaces define the interior, which offers contemporary style and the promise of relaxation after a day spent creating memories.

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.

Chubbs Farm welcomes groups to a grand rural cottage boasting a thatched roof, contemporary design, ample gardens, traditional charm and an open fire. The pet-friendly cottage near Axminster in Devon offers views of the countryside and lies just moments from sandy beaches and lovely walks.

Embrace life on the coast with a stay in this beautiful harbour town cottage! With tasteful beach-inspired decor and wonderful views overlooking Brixham marina, we think its the perfect place to enjoy a well earned break on the beautiful south coast of Devon.

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Combe Martin, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.

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.

The Garden Cottage is set in stunning North Devon countryside near Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a luxury 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.

Visitors to Harvest Moon, a converted threshing barn can relax on the patio while they watch the wildlife in the fields near Honiton in Devon. Guests can run their dogs in the generous gardens before retiring to a modern rural cottage which seamlessly blends modern comforts and traditional charm.

The village of Torcross can be found on one of south Devon's prettiest stretches of south coastline and is the perfect setting for anyone looking to relax near the sea. Just metres from Slapton Sands and its clear water, this lovely apartment provides guests with bright and spacious accommodation.

Torbay Seaside Cottages

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!

Sleepy East Devon Cottages

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. 

Idyllic North Devon Holiday Cottages

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 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 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.

South Devon Coast and Countryside Cottages

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!

Family-Loving Devon

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!