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.
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.
The pet-friendly Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin manages to combine genuine rustic charm with modern facilities, swimming pool and tennis court, to provide the perfect self-catering holiday.
Fairways East sleeps 8 in four en-suite bedrooms. The large, luxury house is set within the lovely Devon countryside within the grounds of Highbullen Country Estate. Guests have access to the 9 hole golf course, 7 all weather tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, gym and a sauna.
Set in a tranquil rural location on the North Devon coast near the charming seaside village of Combe Martin, The Linhay at Wheel Farm sleeps 4 and is one of a small collection of lovingly converted farm buildings. Onsite facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis court and a sauna.
Barton Pines Lodge 19, lies in rural South Devon near Torbay within easy reach of beaches, thatched villages, country pub’s, shops and quaysides for fishing and crabbing - the perfect location for a family holiday or a break for 2-6 guests. Pets welcome at this luxury lodge with hot tub too!
Rye Barn is a lovely barn conversion that is one of five dog-friendly coastal cottages that make up Mead Barn Cottages near the town of Welcombe, Devon, featuring an open plan living area, double master with Freeview TV and en-suite wet room, and access to onsite tennis courts and games room.
3 Torwood Gables is a family-sized seaside self-catering apartment on the South Devon Coast in Torquay. This pet friendly open-plan apartment with solid pine floors and beams is one of a handful of apartments created from a Victorian Primary School.
No.1 Barton Court is a modern and well-equipped 1st Floor Seaside holiday apartment with a parking space in the heart of Woolacombe, North Devon. It sleeps 2-4 in 2 bedrooms just a short walk from Woolacombe's splendid multi-Award Winning beach.
Stone Barn holiday cottage in Devon is a luxurious and spacious eco barn conversion sleeping 10+2 in 5 bedrooms. This dog-friendly coastal cottage has a private enclosed garden and courtyard. With walks from the garden gate, it is a perfect rural escape for large families and special celebrations.
Primrose Cottage is a charming Victorian country house offering the best of the country and the coast. Set on six acres near Welcombe in Devon, the pet-friendly cottage is steeped in tradition and boasts an open fire, lovely outdoor entertaining areas, a games room and access to beautiful beaches.
Orestone View offers families and pets a luxurious and comfortable home away from home in Teignmouth, Devon. The coastal cottage boasts sun-drenched spaces, contemporary design throughout and an ample balcony which captures the views. The 3-bedroom property is perfect for a seaside family holiday.
Tawstock Castle is a quirky Grade-II listed luxury holiday cottage in North Devon, a beautifully restored 18th-century hilltop folly with wonderful 360-degree views of the North Devon coast and countryside above Barnstaple. Sleeps 8.
Uninterrupted ocean views greet guests at The Beach Retreat, a luxurious coastal cottage in Paignton, Devon. Situated across from the beach, the pet-friendly cottage boasts open spaces with a distinct coastal vibe as well as ample outdoor entertaining spaces in which to savour this seaside holiday.
Quinta Bench is a homely coastal cottage in the ever-popular resort town of Torquay, Devon, offering welcoming child-friendly accommodation for families and groups on holiday along the English Riviera, with fully fitted kitchen, enclosed garden, and easy access to the region’s beautiful beaches.
With fantastic views from all windows down the valley to the Taw estuary, Byre Cottage is an ideal Devon retreat for a family or 4 adults. Facilities include Wi-Fi, swimming pool, games room and childrens play area. Pets welcome!
Willows is an ideal holiday cottage for family groups. With four bedrooms (1 en-suite). three bathrooms including a walk in shower on the ground floor, an enclosed garden which is safe for dogs and children, and access to the beautiful valley of Dittiscombe Hills on the doorstep,
Ranscombe House occupies an enviable position in the heart of the popular coastal town of Brixham in Devon. The coastal cottage welcomes groups and pets to a property boasting lovely ocean views, a unique games area with bar, outdoor relaxation spaces and proximity to the beaches and harbour.
This lovely detached stone building was originally a barn and home to a domesticated goshawk. The Mews, named in honour of its former resident, has been thoughtfully renovated to provide delightful, luxury accommodation with hot tub for two people on the idyllic South Devon coast outside Plymouth.
Babble Brook House is a unique seaside holiday cottage and villa near Torquay in Devon, that welcomes families and pets. This seaside escape is replete with wood burning stove, country-style kitchen, exposed beams, ample gardens and a sun-drenched conservatory, just a short walk to Babbacombe Beach.
Gamekeeper's Hide is a beautifully presented and sought after countryside cottage with use of outdoor and indoor swimming pools. It is located on a 28-acre rural estate in the heart of the idyllic South Hams region in South Devon.
Apple Mill delightful Grade II listed holiday cottage in East Devon, accessed via its own driveway. This large rural cottage has its own secluded, private garden, hot tub and courtyard.
Cedar Lodge promises romance. The luxurious rural holiday lodge lies in six acres of wooded grounds near Exeter in Devon and boasts a private hot tub with views, an elegant en-suite, a sophisticated interior and a woodburning stove. Amble the surrounding countryside and return to pure bliss.
Millers Loft offers contemporary luxury in a rural apartment which will delight the whole family, and pets, two swimming pools, vast gardens, tennis courts, children’s playground, boules, wildlife, fishing, a gym and a games room, as well as tranquillity and access to the delights of South Devon.
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.
- Bovey Tracey
- 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 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.
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!