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.
Beautiful thatched holiday cottage in a quiet village near Barnstaple within easy reach of North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park. Rock Cottage is a characterful well-equipped countryside cottage and sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms - just a short walk from The New Inn, a friendly village pub.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 2
- Countryside Cottages
Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 18 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.
Deer View Cottage is a stunning, 5* luxury cottage with an indoor pool and hot tub set within the grounds of the North Devon Highbullen Country Hotel. The pet-friendly Devon holiday cottage is in a quiet corner of the estate enjoying picturesque rural views. Use spa facilities and golf course.
Braefoot is a North Devon countryside cottage close to beaches at Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. This child-friendly rural retreat at Lower Aylescott Farm is perfectly located for family holidays exploring the North Devon coast.
Rock House is a rare find in Torquay - a large and pet friendly South Devon holiday cottage with sea and harbour views, restored and furnished to a very high standard. It lies within easy reach of Torquay's beaches and major attractions. Perfect for large families or groups of friends.
Reserve this beautifully appointed luxury South Devon holiday lodge at Barton Pines - a world-class resort near Paignton serving guests with the first-rate cuisine, a spa, stunning views of the South Devon countryside – and your own private hot tub. Pets Welcome.
"What a fantastic place! Easily the best self-catering cottage we have stayed in. Our son's words upon arrival were 'Can we stay here forever?'- a sentiment that has certainly not wavered through the week." Hugh, Caroline, Ella & Lucy 22.2.19
- Sleeps 5
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 2
- Countryside Cottages
Swanpool is one of three luxury lodges for a romantic retreat on the North Devon coast in Braunton with miles of coastal footpaths and golden sandy beaches for walks. Relax in your private hot tub and walk for miles on golden sandy beaches at Saunton, and Croyde. Pets welcome.
Grandad's, so named because it is popular with Grandparents wanting to enjoy a self catering holiday with the family while retaining some privacy. This one double-bedroom, ground floor Devon annexe close to family cottages at Stonehayes near Honiton offers exactly that.
Buddleia is a cosy self catering cottage; perfect for guests with up to two dogs. With a large enclosed, safe garden and access through a gate to the meadows and orchard in the higher valley of Dittiscombe Hills, guests can relax and enjoy a secluded and peaceful break in this pretty stone cottage.
Shepherd's Cottage is a semi-detached cottage that was formerly an old farm worker's residence as its name suggests. It has been tastefully modernised and offers wonderful light and airy accommodation with a comfortable, homely atmosphere and great character for 2-6 guests in 3 bedrooms.
Dippers Rest is a stylish and well-equipped 3-bedroom barn conversion at Stonehayes Farm in the heart of the beautiful East Devon countryside. With free range eggs in your welcome pack and riverside picnic spots, it's perfect for family holidays.
Oceania is a beautiful coastal cottage set in a picturesque corner of the resort town of Torquay, Devon, where large families and friends can gather in comfortable accommodation. This three-bedroom home features high-quality reclaimed furniture, welcoming sunroom and decked rear garden.
Designed with relaxation in mind and offering sumptuous accommodation on the South Devon coast, 2 Edith Mews is a New England-style coastal cottage in the sleepy village of Hallsands, Devon, featuring underfloor heating, communal tennis courts and swimming pool, and easy access to sandy beaches.
Light and airy with a garden view, Rafters is a 2 bedroom cottage sleeping 4, with an enclosed, sunny, dog-friendly garden. From your garden gate you can access the wildlife meadows and woodland at Dittiscombe. We are 2 miles from Slapton Village, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, and Start Bay beaches.
The Byre at Wheel Farm is an attractive barn conversion offering self-catering accommodation for up to 5 visitors in 3-bedrooms. Onsite facilities include an indoor heated pool, sauna and tennis court all within easy reach of fabulous beaches and the Exmoor National Park.
Our wonderful little Beach Hut sleeps 2 in an isolated, quiet and totally private cove, east of Newton Ferrers. The Beach Hut offers a perfect coastal cottage for couples a genuine romantic retreat in South Devon.
Pentire is a charming detached cottage nestled among mature trees and a large garden near Paignton in Devon. The Torbay cottage offers families and their pets a welcoming space full of modern comforts and a cosy log burning fire, as well as seclusion and tranquillity in a peaceful setting.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 1
- Child Friendly Cottages
Fabulous, 5-star, family-friendly North Devon coastal cottage sleeping 10-12. Facilities include hot tub, swimming pool (Mar-Oct), tennis court, table tennis and pool table. With underfloor heating and cosy wood-burner and panoramic rural and sea views, it is relaxing treat, perfect all year round.
The Barn is a large newly refurbished 6 bedroom countryside cottage, close to the popular coastal resort of Combe Martin in North Devon There is spacious living spaces, a modern kitchen and 3 family bathrooms. Wheel Farm has an indoor heated pool, sauna and an outside tennis court. Pets welcome.
Barn Studio is a romantic cottage nestled in the Devonshire countryside on the outskirts of Totnes. The traditionally-furnished bolthole near Gara Bridge offers couples and pets a cosy1-bedroom retreat with contemporary finishes, light-filled open-plan living area and charming rural views.
Mill Wheel Cottage lies in beautiful rural surroundings on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin within acres of landscaped gardens and woods, where leisure facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. This restored old water mill sleeps up to 5 in 3 bedrooms.
Weavers Cottage, sleeping up to four, is one of seven dog friendly cottages at semi-rural Muddlebridge House near Barnstaple in North Devon. With an indoor swimming-pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for wonderful sandy beaches,walking on Exmoor, fishing and golf.
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Cheriton Bishop
- Clyst Hydon
- Combe Martin
- Gara Bridge
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Little Torrington
- Lynton and Lynmouth
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Noss Mayo
- South Molton
- South Zeal
- 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 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.
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!
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!