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.
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.
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.
A country escape awaits at Brook Cottage. Expansive views of rolling green hills stretch forever from the romantic cottage sitting near Challacombe in Devon. Boasting a four-poster bed & other touches of luxury, the pet-friendly cottage promises seclusion as well as a woodburning stove and sunroom.
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,
A historic romantic cottage nestled in the heart of the countryside village of Stockland, Devon, Kites Holt makes the perfect Blackdown Hills retreat, part of a 15th-century thatched Medieval Hall House with private entrance, open fire, underfloor heating in bathroom, and quaint mid-floor kitchen.
A romantic riverside holiday cottage perfect for celebrating any of life’s special occasions, The Folly near the village of Bratton Fleming, Devon, sits tucked away on a private lane, with large glazed double doors opening onto a beautifully furnished pet-friendly studio cottage.
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.
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.
Seaview is a Grade II listed Georgian property in an elevated position in Lynmouth, Devon. The pet-friendly cottage is spread across four floors and enjoys wonderful views of the village & the ocean. The elegantly-appointed cottage boasts a sun-drenched patio, ornate fireplace, beams and modernity.
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.
Lower Curscombe Barn is a countryside cottage near Honiton in East Devon, that combines two properties on a semi-working farm, providing child-friendly accommodation for up to 12 guests with six bedrooms in two beautifully-furnished adjoined cottages amidst lovely gardens.
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.
This spacious, coastal home has wonderful views over Brixham Marina and out across the bay towards Torquay. The bright and welcoming open plan living space as well as its enclosed garden with seating makes it a fantastic choice for families or friends looking to spend a special break in Brixham.
Middle Dean Farmhouse is a relaxing pet-friendly holiday retreat near the Exmoor village of Parracombe, Devon, set amidst the splendour of the national park and boasting stone exterior, underfloor heating, exposed beams, five spacious bedrooms for up to 11 guests, and outdoor hot tub.
Urban chic in a rural setting, this unique architect designed home is so stylish and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a large roof terrace. Take in the amazing countryside views from floor to ceiling windows in the living room or enjoy an evening on the roof terrace - pure bliss!
A chic refurbished ground floor apartment set within the opulent 1 Elliot Terrace on Plymouth's Hoe. Designed to provide a bright and airy space, this property has also been thoughtfully laid out to provide privacy to the main sleeping area and even has voice activated music and heating.
A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits at Buckminster Fuller, a Geodesic Dome Home set on vast grounds near Worston in South Devon. Boasting sweeping countryside views and a spacious deck with a hot tub, the dome home also offers a cinema screen, on-site fishing, a and luxurious décor.
A beautiful villa set in a prime position overlooking Brixham's bay. Luxuriously furnished, this home has a large sitting room with a bay window that makes the most of the fantastic sea views. A fabulous dining room with overhead skylight as well as four lovely bedrooms make it perfect for families.
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.
Cider House is one of seven spacious family-friendly East Devon holiday cottages at Boswell Farm near Sidmouth, in the secluded rural Sweetcombe valley close to beaches. Sleeps 6 Pets welcome.
Clamoak Cottage is a charming waterfront cottage in Clamoak boasting a thoroughly modern interior combined with exposed beams and touches of yesteryear, as well an open fire. The pet-friendly cottage offers outdoor spaces with sweeping views of the Tamar River and the South Devon countryside.
Situated on the grounds of a working lighthouse at the southernmost point in Devon, Landward Cottage near the abandoned coastal village of Hallsands overlooks Start Bay and offers gorgeous sea views, a pet-friendly three-bedroom cottage featuring gravel patio and cosy sitting room.
- Bovey Tracey
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Budleigh Salterton
- 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!