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.
This beautiful two bedroom barn conversion is set in an idyllic rural location and is only a short drive away from the stunning North Devon coast and its outstanding beaches. Guests can relax and admire stunning coastal views from the private hot tub and large enclosed garden.
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.
Tarragon is a delightfully dog-friendly cosy cottage with WiFi, sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms on the Devon-Cornwall border near Tavistock and Dartmoor. Use of shared indoor swimming pool, fishing lakes, games barn, jacuzzi and tennis court.
Escape to the country! Large Dog friendly Chestnut Cottage with WiFi on the peaceful Sherrill Farm Estate near Tavistock in Devon sleeps 8-12 in 4 bedrooms (+ sofa bed) with shared pool and private hot tub.
A luxury North Devon holiday lodge in Braunton with a hot tub for couples, Broadpath is a dog-friendly romantic escape on the North Devon coast close to coastal footpaths and the golden sandy beaches of Saunton Sands and Croyde.
A romantic rural cottage set in the tranquil Culm Valley, The Coach House near the medieval town of Cullompton, Devon, offers stylish accommodation for couples in the East Devon countryside, with private terrace, hot tub, free-standing rolltop bath and two flat-screen TVs.
Contemporary chic and gorgeous views define Wortham, an ultra-modern luxury cottage set among rolling green hills near Okehampton. The rural cottage boasts a striking palette, modern comforts and glorious rural vistas from multiple vantage points to Dartmoor National Park in Devon.
Sea Salt Lodge looks like a Swiss ski lodge, but there’s no mistaking your family is on holiday along the English Riviera, with magnificent views of the coastal town of Torquay, Devon, and a nautical theme running through this three-storey child-friendly cottage that features a games room.
Perched high above the vibrant town of Brixham, this property has fantastic views of the harbour and out to sea. With three beautiful bedrooms sleeping six guests it makes an ideal holiday home for families or groups of friends looking for a fabulous coastal break in Torbay, Devon.
A large, charming and pet friendly Devon farmhouse for rural self-catering holidays near Tavistock and Dartmoor sleeping 14-22 people in 7 bedrooms with private hot tub and shared use of indoor heated swimming pool.
Haytor Lodge is a wooden clad rural cottage in a delightful position next to Indio Lake in the Devon countryside. The stylishly-appointed cottage boasts a secluded outdoor hot tub and a spacious deck as well as a sophisticated interior plus proximity to Bovey Tracey and beautiful scenery.
Instow Beach Cottage is a charming first floor North Devon holiday let overlooks the estuary. 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.
A charming conversion above the stables turned into a small cottage nestled in the beautiful Doone Valley amidst pretty Exmoor countryside, The Hayloft in the small village of Oare, Somerset, features stylish sitting room, country style kitchen with granite countertops, and two en-suite bedrooms.
Positioned at the end of the three-mile shingle beach at Slapton Sands, you couldn’t get closer to the sea if you tried. Step inside this beautiful apartment and you'll instantly feel at home. Take in the wonderful sea views from the Juliet balcony, or relax in the spacious open-plan living areas.
Talk about stunning sea views: The panoramic cliff-top one through windows at The Bay House in Bigbury-on-Sea embraces award-winning Devon Beaches and Atlantic sunsets. This charming and child-friendly 2-bedroom coastal holiday cottage nestles in a Cliffside location above Challaborough Beach.
Butterwell Barn is a Victorian barn conversion turned into a comfortable South Devon holiday home that sleeps up to eight near the seaside town of Dartmouth, Devon, a pet-friendly rural cottage offering reverse-level accommodation with high vaulted ceilings, oak beams, and four en-suite bedrooms.
The Owlery is a romantic holiday cottage in South Devon set in the Dittiscombe Hills Estate. Couples will have a lovely rural view from cottage windows, the sound of a small stream nearby, and plenty of peace and tranquility. Add a log-burner and spa bath large enough for two for a special holiday.
Just metres from the beach at Slapton, this chic, beach side apartment is perfect for dog owners looking to enjoy a slice of coastal life. With a lovely, open plan layout, two spacious bedrooms and allocated parking, we can't think of a better way to experience this special part of south Devon.
Hayloft at Wheel Farm is a pet-friendly North Devon holiday cottage for couples situated just a short drive from the coast and the rolling hills of Exmoor, perfectly placed to offer guests rural self-catering holidays with a swimming pool.
Great Horner is a beautiful rural property featuring two cottages set on lovely, large grounds near Halwell in Devon. The stone-built cottages are surrounded by mature gardens and feature sophisticated décor and two open fires, as well as a huge games area and access to the country and the coast.
A Scandinavian style lodge, The Hide sits among natural woodland at Gara Mill and is surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The pet-friendly cottage near Slapton in Devon boasts contemporary comforts and seclusion and places guests close to Slapton Sands and lovely countryside.
Treat yourself to a city break at this fabulously stylish apartment on Plymouth Hoe. A chic, open-plan layout provides a bright and contemporary space for four guests and you'll love the indulgent touches like voice activated climate and music control as well as the barista-style coffee machine.
Hunter’s Lodge, 2 Indio Lake is a delightful wooden-clad cottage sitting beside the lake and surrounded by woodland. Situated near Bovey Tracey in Devon, the rural cottage boasts a private hot tub and lovely outdoor area looking directly onto the woodland, as well as a sophisticated interior.
Sundance is a luxury rural cottage set among ten acres of beautiful grounds in Cheriton Bishop in Devon. This converted fruit barn boasts a private hot tub and summer house as well as entertaining areas and shared facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool, a play area and a games 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!