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 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.
Smithy Cottage accommodates up to four guests in two bedrooms and is situated outside Ilfracombe in the glorious North Devon countryside just a handful of miles from the beach at Woolacombe. This North Devon holiday cottage on-site fishing and a children's play area is located at Lower Aylescott.
Blare Cottage at Lower Aylescott Farm stands amidst glorious North Devon countryside a few miles from the fabulous Woolacombe Beach. This pretty two-bedroom holiday home sleeps 4. Guests can roam the grounds, fish the well-stocked lakes while children will enjoy the onsite children's play area.
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.
Stay in your very own railway station in Kingsbridge, Devon. Every child’s fantasy comes to life in this charming pet-friendly cottage sitting on spacious grounds beside the river and the original train station. Signal Box Cottage features an upside-down design and traditional character.
Sundeck is a cosy two-bedroom cottage in a quiet residential neighbourhood at the edge of the Torbay resort of Brixham, Devon, a pet-friendly coastal retreat ideal for small families looking to relax in South Devon, with large sundeck, an enclosed garden and French windows.
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.
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.
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A coastal townhouse offering stunning views of Breakwater Beach and Torbay from its three balconies, 15 Heath Court sits in a quiet neighbourhood in Brixham, Devon, a three-storey reverse level property with wood flooring, master bedroom with en-suite, fully fitted kitchen and dedicated carport.
Mill House, sleeping six, is one of seven spacious holiday cottages at Boswell Farm, set in the secluded Sweetcombe valley near Sidmouth and the beaches on the East Devon coast. Pets welcome.
Clock Cottage is a charming rural cottage surrounded by 60 acres of woodland at Rockenhayne Farmstead. The stone-built, pet-friendly cottage near Branscombe in Devon enjoys privacy and proximity to beautiful beaches, as well as beautiful grounds, traditional features and contemporary comforts.
Courthaye is an East Devon luxury holiday cottage with Wi-Fi in Sidmouth within an easy walk of the beach and set alongside 4 other luxurious cottages which once formed a Regency house for the Duke and Duchess of St.Albans. Grade II listed. Sleeps 4.
The stone walls of The Old Barn house a rural cottage replete with exposed beams and features from the 1500s. The pet-friendly cottage in Branscombe, Devon, sits on 60 acres of woodland of the Rockenhayne Farmstead and boasts tranquillity, beautiful views, a wood burner and proximity to the coast.
The stylish Coast Barn at Noss Mayo is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway for two in Devon. Communal gardens and tennis courts plus an ideal coastal location make this a luxury holiday experience you’re sure to treasure.
Drake Lodge on the Lakeview Lodges estate near the historic market town of Honiton, Devon, sits amidst the splendour of the Blackdown Hills, a three-bedroom countryside cottage featuring contemporary furnishings, en-suite master with king-size bed, and decked terrace with glass surround.
Old Maids Cottage on the spectacular North Devon coast has been fully restored as a luxurious, open plan luxury holiday home for six people in three double bedrooms, (two en suite). You’ll enjoy its picture-perfect thatched cottage that just oozes the holiday feeling from the moment you arrive.
Old world grandeur meets super chic living in this sophisticated apartment. Sleeping four guests, Lady Astor has recently been refurbished its plush interior is second only to the stunning views from its balcony that overlook the Hoe as well as Plymouth Sound.
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.
- Bovey Tracey
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Cheriton Bishop
- Combe Martin
- Gara Bridge
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Lee Bay
- 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 Chittlehampton (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!