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.

322 cottages found 322 match all criteria.

Bridesmere, a beautifully decorated converted Devon barn, in the Teign Valley on Dartmoor, sleeps 8. Bridesmere is one of 3 self-catering cottages at Clifford Barton which all have private fenced gardens, pet friendly, great for kids, 2-acre lake, 50-acre nature reserve and Games Barn.

£159 off

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Kittiwake Cottage Cottage Listing
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Beautiful, 2-bedroom barn conversion with Wi-Fi located in Braunton sleeping 4, the perfect place for a family getaway on the North Devon coast, being just a 5-minute drive to the beach at Saunton Sands. Onsite, you will find a terrace along with almost an acre of gardens.

View this four-bedroom, family-friendly coastal cottage in Braunton. Little Stream on the North Devon coast sleeps 7 with facilities including a sauna, pool table, a pretty and secure garden and welcomes dogs.

£319 off

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Braunton Farmhouse Cottage Listing
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Braunton Farmhouse is a 5 bedroom farmhouse, recently refurbished to a very high standard. The North Devon house is perfectly situated on the hill above Braunton and within a few miles of Georgeham, Croyde and amazing, award-winning, beaches at Putsborough and Woolacombe Bay. Pets welcome.

Spindrift is a coastal cottage with sea views in the South Devon seaside village of Hope Cove between Bigbury and Salcombe. Furnished to a high standard in a rural location this dog-friendly cottage is close to superb beaches.

Dorey is a traditional mid-terrace coastal cottage, renovated to provide stylish, comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation. This dog-friendly Appledore holiday cottage in North Devon has lovely sea views over Taw and Torridge estuaries across to Braunton Burrows and Instow.

Shippen Cottage was built in the mid c19th as a purpose built shippen, or cowshed, where the cows would have all been milked by hand. Now a pretty holiday cottage that sleeps up to 4 guests, with enclosed private garden, which adjoins pasture and beyond with stunning views, so is very peaceful.

Duck Cottage is a luxury barn conversion nestled in a quiet corner of Little Torrington. The rural cottage boasts commanding views over its generous gardens to the woodlands of North Devon and features an open fire, a heated outdoor swimming pool, library, games room and access to farm animals.

With a bright, spacious design and a contemporary decor throughout, The Cottage makes a welcoming family-friendly coastal home from home at our impressive Goodrington Lodge development in Torbay, Devon.

Far from the madding crowd, the family-friendly Lodge 34 at the Barton Pines resort near Torbay in South Devon offers a premium holiday experience. Guests at this luxury lodge with private hot tub have access to a soothing spa and sauna, state-of-the-art gym and superb restaurant. Pets welcome.

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

This renovated Victorian coach house, located in a leafy corner of Torquay, is the perfect place for a quiet holiday in Torbay. Still just ten minutes’ walk from the Torquay’s seafront you will enjoy a relaxing seaside holiday in this South Devon holiday cottage for couples.

  • Sleeps 3
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Halcyon Cottage is a charming stone-built barn conversion near Great Torrington in North Devon. It boasts exposed timber and stone throughout and combines character with modern comforts. Outside are extensive grounds, a heated swimming pool, play equipment, space for pets and beautiful views.

Serene, modern, and rich with features, Barton-Pines Lodge 16 provides room for four, a private hot tub, and access to deluxe resort facilities. This pet-friendly, luxury South Devon holiday lodge close to Torbay's beaches at Paignton is a perfect rural retreat for couples or small family.

Lodge 32 is one of Barton Pines collection of luxury eco holiday lodges with hot tubs in the South Devon countryside near Torbay. Carefully designed, these lodges offer an enchanting warm and inviting decor, to give you the perfect coast and countryside holiday in Devon you truly deserve!

Book a relaxing holiday at Prixford Barton, a large holiday North Devon holiday home with a swimming pool. This pet-friendly rural holiday cottage near Barnstaple sleeps 11 in 5 bedrooms, perfect for celebrations, reunions and longer holidays within easy reach of the North Devon coast.

  • Sleeps 11
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 3

Old Nog Cottage is a delightful rural holiday cottage with a pool near Great Torrington in North Devon with exposed stone and timber, modern homely comforts and extensive gardens for pets, Guests enjoy access to a communal swimming pool, visiting farm animals with play equipment for children.

With elegant décor and plentiful features, Lodge 15 on the Barton Pines resort will delight you and your family. Exclusive resort facilities and a private hot tub are only part of a luxurious holiday in this South Devon rural retreat near Torbay's beaches at Paignton. Pets welcome.

Courtyard Lodge 30 is one of Barton Pins Devon’s impeccable collections of lodges and apartments in the South Devon countryside. Equipped with contemporary and eye capturing features, this commodious 3-bedroom luxury lodge with a hot tub is the place to be for a serene and pleasurable holiday.

Barnfield is a luxury North Devon Holiday Cottage with WiFi in the rural foothills of Exmoor and an easy drive to wonderful sandy beaches. This large and child friendly thatched cottage sleeps 8-10 in 4 bedrooms one being a ground floor with en suite. Up to 3 pets are welcome.

Your first reaction at Balebarn Eco Lodge, near Winkleigh, will be ‘Wow, what a view!’ Then you’ll start appreciating its airy comfort, the woodburner, hot tub (optional), 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms -- and the wildlife at your doorstep. Balebarn sleeps 8 and has bikes boats and BBQs to borrow too.

One of five luxurious cottages with Wi-Fi at Littlecourt Cottages, Magnolia sleeps up to 6 people in a charming property only a short distance from the town centre and beaches of Sidmouth on the South Devon coast.

Situated in a quiet back street in the centre of the popular North Devon village of Braunton and just 2 miles from the beach is Kittiwake House. This large, luxury cottage with secure, private garden sleeps 12 people in 6 bedrooms, 2 en-suite plus two family bathrooms. Pets welcome.

Offering breathtaking harbour views and luxury touches throughout, 14 Spinnaker Quay is a coastal cottage in Plymouth, Devon, that captivates guests from the moment they arrive, a spacious three-storey residence with a furnished terrace and first-floor balcony, games room, and two flat-screen TVs.

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!