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.

317 cottages found 317 match all criteria.

The Shippen is a pet-friendly holiday cottage in Combe Martin sleeping 4. It is tucked away in a quiet corner on the North Devon coast at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages: A collection of charmingly refurbished self-catering cottages with a pool.

Woodpecker - a pretty, beamed East Devon holiday cottage with its own sheltered garden. One of four at Lea Hill, an ancient farm set in seven acres of delightful grounds and gardens. Up to four dogs accepted. Many attractions lie within 40 minutes' drive ensuring plenty to do whatever the weather.

£450 off

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Berry Farm Cottage Listing
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Berry Farm is a large Devon Farmhouse with 7 bedrooms sleeping 16 offering pet friendly self-catering holidays in for families and groups. It lies in a beautiful rural location in rolling Devon countryside just 5-minutes from Petrockstowe, a quaint village with a shop and a great pub, The Laurels.

£139 off

31st May-7th Jun

Oyster Cove Cottage Listing
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A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.

Seascape boasts elegant furnishings and sea views from its multiple outdoor entertaining areas and is situated just moments from the beaches and harbour of Paignton in Devon. The luxury seaside cottage offers joyful d├ęcor as well as refinement and is ideal for a memorable family holiday by the sea.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Crofters Cottage is a very special little Devon holiday cottage in the most beautiful spot with no neighbours and lovely views out to sea. It is remote, rustic and fairly basic but if looking for peace, tranquillity and a chance to escape from everyday life, then this is the cottage for you!

Pilotage Cottage is a luxurious seaside cottage boasting dashes of tradition and modern comforts as well as sea views and a south-facing terrace. Situated in the heart Brixham, the family cottage offers access to the coast and wonderful seafood restaurants which abound in this corner of Devon.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

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

What could be a more idyllic destination for a relaxing holiday that a quaint and cosy fishermans cottage close to the water in the South Devon fishing village of Newton Ferrers. Dog friendly Riverdale Cottage welcomes 4 guests for walking, boating, culinerary and beach holidays all year round.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

You will never tire of the views of Dartmouth and the Dart Estuary from Marina View, a beautiful 2-bedroom Kingswear holiday home. Steam trains to Paignton and ferryboats to Dartmouth and Totnes and Torquay depart from the nearby Quayside.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Situated atop the hill in Brixham, Lyme View Too enjoys fabulous views of the marina and beyond from its sun-drenched terrace. The coastal cottage in Devon boasts contemporary design features and modern comforts as well as proximity to beautiful beaches, delicious seafood and miles of coastline.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3

The Sea Garden is a fabulous seaside rural retreat, luxuriously furnished to offer memorable holidays on the stunning South Devon coast overlooking Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island. Sleeps 2-4 in 2 bedrooms. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

For an romantic escape to the South Hams a truly picturesque district in South Devon, The Linhay is a luxury countryside cottage for couples with beautiful rural views at Lukesland Farm in Diptford near Totnes. Pets welcome

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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

A three bedroom house with the most enviable view of the South Devon coast, Tanna Nivas provides traditional West Country hospitality by the sea. Based within the highly popular Paignton area of Torbay, the dog-friendly holiday home is the ideal accommodation for a charming seaside holiday.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Clamoak Cottage is a charming waterfront cottage in Clamoak boasting a thoroughly modern interior combined with exposed beams and touches of yesteryear, as well an open fire. The pet-friendly cottage offers outdoor spaces with sweeping views of the Tamar River and the South Devon countryside.

Sunny Corner Cottage is a luxurious coastal cottage with a pool in the delightful seaside hamlet of Hope Cove in South Devon. Light fills the interior and sliding doors connect the living area to the pool deck and the green hills beyond. This luxury countryside cottage is a perfect coastal getaway.

Pheasant's Roost is a pet friendly, stylish Barn Conversion with heated indoor swimming pool nestling in 13 rural acres near Winkleigh in the heart of Devon. Think lots of oak beams, log fires and exposed stonework. This 2-bedroom cottage will sleep up to 4 adults and 3 children.

The Red Barn is a beautifully-styled, warm and welcoming barn conversion in Braunton near fabulous beaches. This family-friend coastal cottage offers self-catering holidays for 4 guests a few minutes drive from the glorious beach at Saunton Sands. Pets welcome

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

For a truly family-friendly seaside holiday, stay at Cider Barrel on Smallicombe Farm in East Devon. Feed and pet farm animals or ride an open-top 1930's tram from Colyton to the beach at Seaton. Children will love it!. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

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.

Seascape, a large five-bedroom family-friendly house, in North Devon sleeps up to 10. looks down upon the beautiful award-winning Woolacombe Beach. A large, luxurious holiday home, it benefits from spectacular uninterrupted ocean views stretching across the bay all the way to Lundy Island.

Kingfish is a charming thatched cottage near Axminster in East Devon with 2 bedrooms, double and twin, sleeps 4-5. This quaint and family-friendly rural holiday cottage has a private garden and welcomes well-behaved pets.

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 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.

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 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 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 cliff top 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 the Devon's self-catering holiday cottages and seaside apartment welcome back the same visitors year after year!