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.
Memory House is probably the most prestigious house in Woolacombe, enjoying uninterrupted views of Woolacombe beach across to Putsburough. The large ground to ceiling windows across the entire ground floor means you can watch the surfers over breakfast or the sun setting over the sea in the evening
Stables is a large stunning holiday cottage converted from stables in Tawstock near Barnstaple, North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated 6-bedroom interior with loads of space to relax and unwind. Outside there is a large private patio, games room, and shared outdoor play area and tennis court.
Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Combe Martin, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.
The Garden Cottage is set in stunning North Devon countryside near Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a luxury one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.
Egret is an ultra-modern coastal cottage just moments from the beach in Brixham, Devon. The romantic cottage features a neutral palette with dashes of bold colour and boasts a spacious sunlit deck, open-plan living areas and views of the ocean, plus a heated swimming pool and a gentle sea breeze.
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.
Bentwitchen Barn Cottage is a gorgeously restored rural cottage near North Molton in Devon. The stone-built cottage features exposed beams, stone walls, open fire and an upside-down design to capture the countryside views. Serenity and relaxation are assured at this cottage in the heart of Exmoor.
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 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.
Hamilton House is a modern coastal cottage in the lovely seaside town of Branscombe, in Devon. The sophisticated cottage boasts a unique dining room as well as a sun trap garden and proximity to the beautiful beaches of this popular town. The large deck catches the sea breeze and invites relaxation.
Moorparks Barn is reverse-level accommodation, offering two bedrooms on the ground floor, 1 king-size and 1 twin. Ground floor bathroom. Stairs leading to the lounge/diner, kitchen and cloakroom. The Barn is suitable for children over 6 years of age. • Bathroom: with shower over bath and WC,
Tidicombe is a large family-friendly Holiday Cottage in the Exmoor foothills. Ideal large groups & families. Peaceful rural location, 5 acres garden/woodland/meadow. Sleeps 12 + cots. Cliffs, Coves, Fishing Harbours & famous Surfing Beaches15-25 mins drive. Lovely footpaths. Short Breaks available.
Escape to Exmouth in this beautifully presented penthouse apartment overlooking the Exe estuary. With two bedrooms sleeping four this home is just a short stroll from Exmouth’s long, sandy beach and is the perfect retreat for a seaside holiday in one of Britain’s oldest and prettiest coastal towns.
Fastnet is a brand-new, large and luxurious Salcombe townhouse furnished to offer the highest quality self-catering holidays in Devon, just a short stroll from Salcombe’s town centre snd the beach. Located on the coast in the South Hams region of South Devon, Fastnet sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.
Chubbs Farm welcomes groups to a grand rural cottage boasting a thatched roof, contemporary design, ample gardens, traditional charm and an open fire. The pet-friendly cottage near Axminster in Devon offers views of the countryside and lies just moments from sandy beaches and lovely walks.
Stars in the Sky is a sophisticated romantic cottage for two nestled among the greenery near Plymouth, Devon. Stargaze through the skylight or the secluded hot tub. Bask in the sun on the furnished deck, before retiring to a chic open-plan space and the lofted bedroom. Enjoy coast and country life.
Visitors to Harvest Moon, a converted threshing barn can relax on the patio while they watch the wildlife in the fields near Honiton in Devon. Guests can run their dogs in the generous gardens before retiring to a modern rural cottage which seamlessly blends modern comforts and traditional charm.
The village of Torcross can be found on one of south Devon's prettiest stretches of south coastline and is the perfect setting for anyone looking to relax near the sea. Just metres from Slapton Sands and its clear water, this lovely apartment provides guests with bright and spacious accommodation.
Lower Mill Cottage at Wheel Farm is a 1-bedroom holiday home for couples with communal use of a heated indoor pool and tennis court, near award winning Blue Flag beaches at Woolacombe and Putsborough. The wilds of Exmoor where ponies and red deer roam freely are also only a short drive away.
This North Devon coast and countryside cottage in the picturesque coastal village of Westleigh near Instow Beach is a perfect spot to relax with the whole family or just as a couple. Elm Cottage is a delightfully cosy 2-bedroom rural retreat, beautifully presented and very well-equipped.
Once a working corn mill near Kingsbridge, it has been beautifully renovated to create a large, luxury Kingsbridge holiday cottage in a secluded rural location near the South Devon coast. The Cornmill sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms, perfect for large family holidays or groups of friends. Pets welcome.
Honeysuckle is a single storey, detached cottage within the Dittiscombe Hills estate, perfect for couples looking for peace and tranquility. Dog-friendly with an enclosed garden, guests can take a stroll around the valley which is just on the doorstep. Far reaching views from the garden and cottage.
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Combe Martin
- Great Torrington
- Lee Bay
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Ottery St Mary
- South Molton
- 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!