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.
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.
- Sleeps 5
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 1
- Child Friendly Cottages
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.
Corn Dolly Farmhouse is a beautiful thatched farmhouse set just a few miles from the town of Chulmleigh and 6 miles from the larger market town of South Molton in Devon. This dog and child-friendly cottage comfortably sleeps 6 in three bedrooms surrounded by stunning unspoilt Devon countryside.
Bluebelle Cottage is a dog-friendly rural retreat for couples in the picturesque old farm of Moortown near the pretty hamlet of Chawleigh and just outside Chulmleigh in North Devon. This cottage for couples is an “upside down” house to take advantage of lovely rural views. Pets welcome.
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.
Bring on the bubbles! Moor Nook is a spacious, beautifully furnished South Devon holiday lodge with a hot tub located in glorious rural surroundings in Ogwell near Newton Abbot.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 2
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.
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.
The Cider Press is a beautifully restored rural cider barn in Aish, between Totnes and Torbay. This large South Devon holiday cottage sleeps 8 guests providing perfect group accommodation for large families or a get together with friends. Pets welcome.
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
A pretty stone cottage, Dovecote has a flexible arrangement as the second bedroom has a single bed and pull-out bed for a child making this is an ideal coastal cottage for families with smaller children, or with Granny or Grandad and a dog or two! Access to Dittiscombe meadows through a garden gate.
From its elevated position above Brixham, Mariners Reach enjoys views to the ocean and the region of Devon. The pet-friendly coastal cottage captures the sea breeze with light and airy spaces and boasts contemporary comforts, an open fire, a beautiful garden and luxury detailing throughout.
In a lovely South Devon coastal location with beautiful views, Corner Cottage near Plymouth is a large and stylish luxury 5-bedroom holiday home with a spacious, sunny open plan living/kitchen area - perfect for a larger family or group of friends. Dogs very welcome.
Rose Barn is a large luxury holiday cottage with a swimming pool in North Devon that cleverly combines two adjoining cottages at Combrew Farm near Barnstaple to create a 7 bedroom, pet friendly holiday home that sleeps 12. Perfect for large families or groups for holidays and special occasions.
The Lynhurst, located on Exmoor, offers commanding sea views. A large North Devon holiday cottage, it has retained many of its charming original Victorian features. It sleeps 22 in 10 bedrooms with 9 en-suite bathrooms. 5 minutes from Lynmouth beach. Walking distance of Lynton. Pets welcome.
A comfortable, 3-bedroom, pet-friendly family house on a quiet street between Paignton and Brixham, 24 Steed Close will give your South Devon holiday an elegant, relaxing air. 2-6 guests can enjoy this spacious, 2-story property complete with a conservatory and beautiful private garden.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 1
- Child Friendly Cottages
Rose Cottage is a luxuriously furnished and equipped 4-bedroom coastal cottage in a rural location on the North Devon coast near Barnstaple. Guests enjoy use of a heated indoor pool and many more leisure facilities. Sleeps 7. Pets welcome.
- 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!