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.

281 cottages found 281 match all criteria.

Sleeping up to four in two bedrooms, pretty Royd Holiday Cottage in a rural location at Lower Aylescott just a few miles from the stunning North Devon coastline and Woolacombe Beach. This family friendly cottage has everything you will need including onsite fishing and a children's play area.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Duror is a pretty three-bedroom cottage ideally located at Lower Aylescott near Woolacombe and Ilfracombe in North Devon. Sleeping 2-6, guests have access to onsite fishing and a children's play area. The child friendly cottage is within easy reach of award-winning beaches and Exmoor National Park.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

Lake View Cottage lies in a rural location just outside the pretty North Devon village of West Down within the grounds of Lower Aylescott Farm. One of 6 cottages, it shares lovely grounds, a fishing lake and play area. The beaches at Woolacombe are only 5 miles away and Exmoor is a 20 minute drive.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

North Yeo is a charming first floor North Devon holiday let overlooks the Torridge estuary at Instow. The dog-friendly waterside apartment sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms. It has a lovely balcony to sit and enjoy uninterrupted views across the beach and estuary to Appledore and lovely sunsets.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

Oak Cottage is a stylish and beautifully furnished countryside cottage with superb rural views near Sidmouth. It lies close to the Jurassic Coast in the East Devon village of Sidford. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Originally a Victorian villa, this outstanding large South Devon seaside holiday home is set only a few minutes’ walks from Torquay town centre and the beach. The dog-friendly Torbay manor boasts 5 bedrooms, a hot tub, games room and state of the art amenities in all areas of the house.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 2

Courtyard Lodge 31 is one of Beyond Escapes Devon’s inspiring collections of luxury lodges in the South Devon countryside blending designer chic with rustic glamour. This luxury dog-friendly holiday lodge with a private hot tub will create endless create precious family holiday memories.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Beech Lodge is a dog-friendly North Devon Eco Holiday Home, It offers generous space, privacy, and south-facing countryside views to Dartmoor. Located on Wheatland Farm in a secluded rural location near Winkleigh, Beech sleeps 6. Facilities include bikes to borrow and paddle-boarding on the lake.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Cherry Cottage Slapton close to the coast was built at Buckland Court in 2001. This spacious rural property sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and is furnished and equipped to a high standard including W-Fi. Central heating & modern insulation ensure this cottage is ideal for off-season use. Pets welcome

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

Cherry Tree is an attractive one bedroomed Grade II listed holiday cottage for couples with Wi-Fi, which sits alongside the other luxurious coastal cottages at Littlecourt Cottages. Sleeping 2 it is only a short distance from the beaches of Sidmouth on the South Devon coast

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

A Victorian South Devon holiday cottage in Torquay, Protea Cottage is located mid-way between Livermead Beach (a 10-minute walk) and Cockington village. This spacious 2-bedroom, 4-star estate cottage is tastefully decorated with period furniture and has sea views from the master bedroom.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

A relaxing family holiday awaits you in South Devon at Beyond Escapes Lodge 10. A private hot tub, stylish interiors, and wonderful resort facilities will make an unforgettable holiday within easy reach of Torbay’s fabulous seaside resorts. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Lodge 3 is one of Beyond Escapes Devon’s luxuriously furnished holiday lodges just inland from the Torbay coast in the South Devon countryside. Furnished with state-of-the-art interior design, satisfying facilities including a hot tub, Lodge 3 at Beyond Escapes is perfect for a relaxing holiday.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

A charming 17th Century self-catering luxury Devon coastal cottage with Wi-Fi for up to 6 people located only a short walk from the beach and the town centre of Sidmouth.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Beyond Escapes in South Devon is home to this luxuriously furnished, family-friendly rural retreat near the Torbay beaches. Up to six can relax in Lodge 1’s welcoming contemporary décor, soak in your private hot tub, or enjoy the resort’s spa and a la carte restaurant. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Located in the countryside the Torbay resort of Paignton, situated on the South Devon coast, Beyond Escapes is the perfect getaway lodge for a coast and countryside holiday with your family and friends. Courtyard Lodge 28 offers a luxurious experience with your very own personal hot tub.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

Surcoat is a self-catering holiday cottage near the beach in at Westward Ho! in North Devon with hot tub and spacious enclosed garden. The cottage sleeps 3 in 2-bedrooms. Perfectly located for proximity to the beach pubs and restaurants and with private access to the South West Coast Path.

  • Sleeps 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

One of five luxury Devon holiday cottages only a short walk from the Sidmouth sea front, and part of a history Regency house built in 1802 for the Duke and Duchess of St. Albans. Grade II listed.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Located in the Torbay resort of Brixham in Devon, Samphire Cottage is a sumptuously furnished luxury seaside holiday cottage with old style traditional touches. Enjoy the amazing harbour and sea views from its windows. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

A luxury holiday cottage with a hot tub for couples on the North Devon Coast, Broadpath is a dog-friendly romantic escape on the North Devon coast in Braunton close to coastal footpaths and the golden sandy beaches of Saunton Sands and Croyde.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

nearRowan is a pet-friendly 4* holiday cottage in scenic countryside between Barnstaple and the North Devon coast. Converted from an old barn suitable for 4 adults or a family of 4. Guests at this nicely restored with exposed beams and oak flooring enjoy use of a shared indoor pool and hot tub.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

A romantic Devon getaway just for two with pool (and a pet or little one if you have them) in rural surroundings near Barnstaple. Comfortable and very cosy, it offers a perfect place to forget the worries of the world

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Hayloft Cottage is a rural Devon holiday cottage near Totnes, sleeping 6 set in it's own 80 beautiful acres with private fishing lake, views to Dartmoor and close to coast and beaches. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Bring on the bubbles! Moor Nook is a spacious, beautifully furnished South Devon holiday lodge with a hot tub located in glorious rural surroundings in Ogwell near Newton Abbot.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

South Devon Coastal 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. on Head west along the south coast to discover 'chocolate box’ villages, country pubs and beaches such as Bantham Bay and Burgh Island where you can enjoy lunch or dinner at The Pilchard Inn or the Burgh Island Hotel and, if the tide is in, return to your car by sea tractor.

Idyllic North Devon Countryside 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.

Discover the 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.

Seafaring Devon and Fishermens 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!