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.

Berry Farm is a large Devon Farmhouse with 7 bedrooms sleeping 16 offering pet friendly self-catering holidays in for families and groups. It lies in a beautiful rural location in rolling Devon countryside just 5-minutes from Petrockstowe, a quaint village with a shop and a great pub, The Laurels.

  • Sleeps 16
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 5

A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Seascape, a large five-bedroom family-friendly house, in North Devon sleeps up to 10. looks down upon the beautiful award-winning Woolacombe Beach. A large, luxurious holiday home, it benefits from spectacular uninterrupted ocean views stretching across the bay all the way to Lundy Island.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 4

Overlooking quiet rolling fields in South Devon near Kingsbridge, this 400-year old dog friendly thatched cottage is THE perfect venue for a cosy and relaxing holiday. Beaches and cliff walks just 4 miles away. Open all year. Sleeps 6.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

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Woodpecker - a pretty, beamed East Devon holiday cottage with its own sheltered garden. One of four at Lea Hill, an ancient farm set in seven acres of delightful grounds and gardens. Up to four dogs accepted. Many attractions lie within 40 minutes' drive ensuring plenty to do whatever the weather.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

What could be a more idyllic destination for a relaxing holiday that a quaint and cosy fishermans cottage close to the water in the South Devon fishing village of Newton Ferrers. Dog friendly Riverdale Cottage welcomes 4 guests for walking, boating, culinerary and beach holidays all year round.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

You will never tire of the views of Dartmouth and the Dart Estuary from Marina View, a beautiful 2-bedroom Kingswear holiday home. Steam trains to Paignton and ferryboats to Dartmouth and Totnes and Torquay depart from the nearby Quayside.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Imagine a place where you can escape and unwind in peaceful surroundings. Nestled on a farm, the large Granary Cottage is located in a rural North Devon village near Barnstaple, it sleeps 2-8 guests in 4 bedrooms with Wi-Fi It lies within easy reach of North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

The Sea Garden is a fabulous seaside rural retreat, luxuriously furnished to offer memorable holidays on the stunning South Devon coast overlooking Bigbury Bay and Burgh Island. Sleeps 2-4 in 2 bedrooms. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

For an romantic escape to the South Hams a truly picturesque district in South Devon, The Linhay is a luxury countryside cottage for couples with beautiful rural views at Lukesland Farm in Diptford near Totnes. Pets welcome

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

A three bedroom house with the most enviable view of the South Devon coast, Tanna Nivas provides traditional West Country hospitality by the sea. Based within the highly popular Paignton area of Torbay, the dog-friendly holiday home is the ideal accommodation for a charming seaside holiday.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Pheasant's Roost is a pet friendly, stylish Barn Conversion with heated indoor swimming pool nestling in 13 rural acres near Winkleigh in the heart of Devon. Think lots of oak beams, log fires and exposed stonework. This 2-bedroom cottage will sleep up to 4 adults and 3 children.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

The Red Barn is a beautifully-styled, warm and welcoming barn conversion in Braunton near fabulous beaches. This family-friend coastal cottage offers self-catering holidays for 4 guests a few minutes drive from the glorious beach at Saunton Sands. Pets welcome

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

For a truly family-friendly seaside holiday, stay at Cider Barrel on Smallicombe Farm in East Devon. Feed and pet farm animals or ride an open-top 1930's tram from Colyton to the beach at Seaton. Children will love it!. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Woolleigh Barton is a large and pet friendly North Devon holiday cottage that sleeps 8 in the beautiful River Torridge Valley near the village of Beaford in North Devon. This pet friendly cottage also has a hot tub and shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool in delightful rural surroundings.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

A rural, reverse-level, pet-friendly barn convenient to Paignton beaches and Torbay attractions in South Devon. Cwtch Barn is roomy and bright. Four bedrooms provide accommodation for up to eight. Enjoy the nearby Occombe Woods and working Farm, Sleeps 8. Pets Welcome.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

This 3-bedroom 17th Century Exmoor cottage near Brayford near Barnstaple in North Devon is adjacent an age-old farmhouse and is suitable for up to five people. Copper Kettle Cottage is located on an organic estate with a lake, tree-house and beautiful woodland walks, picnic spots and rural views.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

North Street Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom North Devon coast cottage in Braunton dating back to the 18th Century. It is situated on a quiet road, 3 miles from the beach at Saunton Sands. This family-friendly cottage sleeps 6 and accepts 1 dog.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

Family & dog-friendly lodging, sumptuous facilities in the great outdoors make every stay at Beyond Escapes in South Devon near Torbaya deluxe experience. Lodge 4 has luxuries galore: Fully furnished kitchen and living room, private yard and hot tub, 2 spacious and efficacious bedrooms

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

As though straight out of a period drama, the elegant Timberway barn conversion at Barnaway near the little West Devon village of Petrockstowe is an idyllic rural getaway in the heart of West Devon. This exquisite countryside cottage for couples is a peaceful romantic rural retreat.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Convenient to Paignton Harbour and nearby beaches, Lotts View sleeps 6 in 3 fully furnished bedrooms, with a complete and modern kitchen, a breath-taking ocean views across Torbay in South Devon, and close great local attractions, Lotts View will be the luxury seaside getaway of your dreams.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Feel right at home with this charming, open-concept, contemporary holiday lodge, situated perfectly between Totnes and Torbay. This open-plan, reverse-level concept with a chic interior design is perfect for those looking for a luxurious blend of elegance and comfort in the South Devon countryside.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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

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!