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.
A luxury five bedroom holiday home with its own hot tub and spectacular coastal views, just a short walk from the beach and the lively seaside resort of Woolacombe in North Devon.
Sleeping up to four in two bedrooms, pretty Royd Holiday Cottage in a rural location at Lower Aylescott just a few miles from the stunning North Devon coastline and Woolacombe Beach. This family-friendly cottage near Ilfracombe has onsite fishing and a children's play area.
Duror is a pretty three-bedroom cottage ideally located at Lower Aylescott near Woolacombe and Ilfracombe in North Devon. Sleeping 2-6, guests have access to onsite fishing and a children's play area. The child friendly cottage is within easy reach of award-winning beaches and Exmoor National Park.
Coriander is a quaint and welcoming detached barn conversion with WiFi near Dartmoor in West Devon sleeping 6 people in three bedrooms with shared swimming pool and fishing lakes. Pets welcome.
Cherry Tree is an attractive one bedroom Grade II listed self catering holiday cottage and is only a short distance from the beaches of Sidmouth on the East Devon coast.
A Victorian South Devon holiday cottage in Torquay, Protea Cottage is located mid-way between Livermead Beach (a 10-minute walk) and Cockington village. This spacious 2-bedroom, 4-star estate cottage is tastefully decorated with period furniture and has sea views from the master bedroom.
This lovely Italianate villa can be found on the harbourside in Torquay and makes the perfect coastal getaway for family or friends. With sea views stretching right across the bay this home also has a private courtyard garden; the ideal place to enjoy a glass of bubbles while watching the sun set.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway in the South West need look no further than Stonewater Barn, a stylish barn conversion in the picturesque fishing town of Brixham, Devon, featuring modern furnishings, conservatory overlooking the garden with a stream flowing through, and woodburning stove.
A charming 17th Century self-catering luxury Devon coastal cottage with Wi-Fi for up to 6 people located only a short walk from the beach and the town centre of Sidmouth. PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM JANUARY 2020 THIS COTTAGE WILL ONLY SLEEP UP TO 4 GUESTS IN 2 BEDROOMS
Nestled on 60 acres between the country and the coast is Maple Tree, a rural cottage on Rockenhayne Farmstead in Branscombe, Devon. Serenity and woodland views await visitors to this pet-friendly cottage, which also promises a wood burner, abundant wildlife, exposed beams and modern comfort.
The Linhay in Sidmouth, East Devon sleeps 6. One of seven spacious and comfortable East Devon holiday cottages at Boswell Farm. This child-friendly coastal cottage near Sidmouth is set amidst secluded and delightfully rural Sweetcombe valley. Pets welcome.
Gitcombe Retreat is a large and luxurious rural cottage near Dartmouth in South Devon. The award-winning oak framed building offers spectacular rural views. Facilities include well a shared swimming pool, sauna and tennis court, plus a private hot tub and access for the less mobile.
One of five luxury Devon holiday cottages only a short walk from the Sidmouth sea front, and part of a history Regency house built in 1802 for the Duke and Duchess of St. Albans. Grade II listed.
East Hill Cottage on the outskirts of the rural village of Parracombe, Devon, makes the perfect holiday home in the South West, a child-friendly two-storey cottage featuring plenty of amenities for all ages, including games room, private garden, playroom, climbing frame, and two wood-burner stoves.
Park Hill House is a luxury coastal cottage in the English Riviera resort of Torquay, Devon, affording magnificent sea views and featuring five levels accessible by lift, five bedrooms with en-suite, games and cinema room, conservatory, terraced garden and balcony.
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.
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.
nearRowan is a pet-friendly 4* holiday cottage in scenic countryside between Barnstaple and the North Devon coast. Converted from an old barn suitable for 4 adults or a family of 4. Guests at this nicely restored with exposed beams and oak flooring enjoy use of a shared indoor pool and hot tub.
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.
A romantic Devon getaway just for two with pool (and a pet or little one if you have them) in rural surroundings near Barnstaple. Comfortable and very cosy, it offers a perfect place to forget the worries of the world
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.
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.
- Bovey Tracey
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- 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!