Coastal, Countryside and Moorland Holiday Cottages in Devon

For many visitors, renting holiday cottages in Devon is the most enjoyable way to 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. At the same time, wild daffodils and primroses appear in the hedgerows as early as February, bringing added colour to winter and early spring walks in the countryside.

236 cottages found 236 match all criteria.

Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 9 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.

Deer View Cottage is a stunning, 5* luxury cottage with an indoor pool and hot tub set within the grounds of the North Devon Highbullen Country Hotel. The pet-friendly Devon holiday cottage is in a quiet corner of the estate enjoying picturesque rural views. Use spa facilities and golf course.

Braefoot is a North Devon countryside cottage close to beaches at Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. This child-friendly rural retreat at Lower Aylescott Farm is perfectly located for family holidays exploring the North Devon coast.

The Byre at Wheel Farm is an attractive barn conversion offering self-catering accommodation for up to 5 visitors in 3-bedrooms. Onsite facilities include an indoor heated pool, sauna and tennis court all within easy reach of fabulous beaches and the Exmoor National Park.

Luxury defines 6 Middlecombe, a coastal apartment near the beach in Woolacombe Bay in Devon. The pet-friendly apartment features a sun-drenched balcony, a sophisticated interior with light & airy spaces and access to an indoor swimming pool, games room, sauna & treatment room, plus fun in the sun.

Old Church House is a Grade II listed 16th-century rural cottage nestled beside the churchyard at High Bray. Situated between the country and the coast in Brayford, Devon, the gorgeous pet-friendly cottage boasts multi-pane windows, oak beams and stone fireplaces and a wood-burning stove.

The Artist’s Studio sits upon a hillside overlooking the village of Widworthy, Devon, a romantic cottage extensively refurbished in 2015 to offer cosy and luxurious accommodation for couples on holiday, with wood-burner stove, king-size bed, and balcony with gorgeous views.

Luxury defines 10 Middlecombe, a coastal apartment near the beach in Woolacombe Bay in Devon. The pet-friendly apartment features a sun-drenched balcony, a sophisticated interior with light & airy spaces & access to an indoor swimming pool, games room, sauna and treatment room, plus fun in the sun.

Uninterrupted views across Plymouth Sound await couples at Lighthouse View, a luxurious, romantic apartment on Plymouth Hoe in Devon. The elegant coastal apartment offers a generous furnished balcony with ocean views as well as a living area with sash windows, and gently invigorating sea breezes.

Pip’s Corner is a spacious Edwardian cottage located near the ocean in Lynton, Devon. The pet-friendly cottage enjoys an ideal location and boasts tiled floors, a log fire and modern comforts, as well as multiple outdoor spaces and a sun-drenched conservatory. Enjoy Lynton and the wonders of Exmoor.

Urban chic meets traditional charm at The Shippen, a delightful rural cottage in Membury Devon with wonderful views of an AONB. The pet-friendly cottage offers a generous, sun-lit, open-plan living space as well as a wood burner, double-height bedrooms, beautiful gardens and access to the coast.

Buddleia is a cosy self catering cottage; perfect for guests with up to two dogs. With a large enclosed, safe garden and access through a gate to the meadows and orchard in the higher valley of Dittiscombe Hills, guests can relax and enjoy a secluded and peaceful break in this pretty stone cottage.

Dower House is a large 18th-Century Devon holiday farmhouse sleeping 8 in 4-bedrooms, with panoramic views across the Dart Estuary in the village of Dittisham between Dartmouth and Totnes for holidays with families or small groups of friends.

Set amongst mature riverside gardens and offering gorgeous countryside views, Bratton Mill Cottage near the medieval village of Bratton Fleming, Devon, is a pet-friendly 17th-century cottage recently redecorated yet retaining much of the character and charm of the original mill.

‘Lorna Doone County’ plays host to Oare Manor Cottage, a beautiful property in a stunning valley. The pet-friendly cottage in Oare, Kent, boasts superb views and manicured gardens as well as a generous sunroom, rural elegance, a wood burner, exquisite furnishings and the promise of memories.

The Bowline enjoys an enviable location in the heart of Salcombe and treats guests to subtle elegance. The coastal cottage in Devon offers a heated swimming pool and an open-plan living space which catches the sunlight and ensures comfort and relaxation, plus lovely views of the surrounding area.

Light and airy with a garden view, Rafters is a 2 bedroom cottage sleeping 4, with an enclosed, sunny, dog-friendly garden. From your garden gate you can access the wildlife meadows and woodland at Dittiscombe. We are 2 miles from Slapton Village, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, and Start Bay beaches.

Enjoy a refreshing holiday along the western edge of Exmoor National Park with a stay at Barn Cottage in the small rural village of Brayford, North Devon, This pet-friendly, charming three-bedroom cottage boasts rural views across the gardens to the surrounding willdflower-covered countryside.

Old Thatch is a charming Grade II listed coastal cottage in Torcross, Devon, with panoramic ocean views and expansive grounds. The masterfully renovated thatched-roof cottage boasts landscaped furnished gardens and a sun-drenched conservatory, as well as a log fire, exposed beams and beach access.

Fabulous, 5-star, family-friendly North Devon coastal cottage sleeping 10-12. Facilities include hot tub, swimming pool (Mar-Oct), tennis court, table tennis and pool table. With underfloor heating and cosy a wood-burner; with magnificent panoramic rural and sea views... it is perfect all year round

The Barn is a large newly refurbished 6 bedroom countryside cottage, close to the popular coastal resort of Combe Martin in North Devon There is spacious living spaces, a modern kitchen and 3 family bathrooms. Wheel Farm has an indoor heated pool, sauna and an outside tennis court. Pets welcome.

Hunters Moon is a thoroughly modern rural cottage in the hamlet of Curscombe, within striking distance of the Devon coast. The pet-friendly cottage features a generous furnished garden and a spacious interior with an open-plan design and abundant natural light, as well as a wood-burning stove.

Mill Wheel Cottage lies in beautiful rural surroundings on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin within acres of landscaped gardens and woods, where leisure facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. This restored old water mill sleeps up to 5 in 3 bedrooms.

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.

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. Here, 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. The principal coastal towns of Barnstaple and Bideford provide all the services and supplies you need 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.

Coastal, Countryside and Moorland Holiday Cottages in Devon

For many visitors, renting holiday cottages in Devon is the most enjoyable way to 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. At the same time, wild daffodils and primroses appear in the hedgerows as early as February, bringing added colour to winter and early spring walks in the countryside.

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 can be found at the end of slow drives down deep Devon lanes (all replete with excellent pubs and idyllic holiday cottages). Exeter's city centre 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.

Devon's centre 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 from which visitors can choose. 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. Taking a trip by Edwardian paddle steamer up-river to Dittisham past Greenaway, Agatha Christie's house is now open to the public. Discover more of Devon's scenic heritage by water at 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 rail 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 Devon's southern corner, 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 add colour and enchantment to a woodland walk. The Reserve 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!