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.
Situated on the outskirts of Exmoor, and only a short drive from the North Devon coastline is Ford Hill, a luxury 3 bedroom cottage with a beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is a hop, skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.
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.
Set among woodland on Nut Tree Farm, Ashcombe is a grand rural cottage near Teignmouth in Devon which offers large groups an ideal setting for a special celebration. Boasting extensive grounds, the property also features an open fire, games room and outdoor pool, plus many extra activities.
Courtyard Lodge 29 is one of Barton Pine's inspiring collection of Devon eco-lodges and apartments in the South Devon countryside between Paignton and Totnes. It's perfect for a family-friendly coast and countryside family holiday or a romantic break for two.
Nestling in the tranquil South Devon hamlet of North Whilborough near Torquay, Honeybag is the perfect location for couples with an infant, or those seeking a romantic hideaway with a swimming pool. It sleeps 2 (plus a cot) with an en suite bathroom.
For any group of four, Lodge 9 near Totnes is a spacious retreat with all kinds of special touches. From your private lodge in the countryside, South Devon offers an endless choice of beaches, Dartmoor, riverside walks, activities, delicious food, and nature reserves. Pets welcome.
Stables Cottage is a luxury rural cottage promising an indulgent adult-only weekend break. The romantic cottage in Challacombe, Devon boasts a full spa facility as well as a stylishly appointed contemporary interior, seclusion, river-frontage, eco-friendly principles & access to beautiful Devon.
Set in the historic Grade I listed building at Royal William Yard, this contemporary one bedroom apartment sleeps four guests and has wonderful waterside views. Enjoy eating out at the many great restaurants that line the streets of the Barbican, or simply cosy up and relax in this stylish home.
Overlooking Small’s Cove and Mill Bay and offering views to the open sea from a year-round conservatory, Keel Row in the lovely seaside town of Salcombe, Devon, is the perfect coastal getaway for any time of year, a charming ground floor waterside apartment decorated to a high standard.
Something of a showstopper holiday rental, The Lookout is a large, luxury coastal cottage in the countryside village of Stoke Fleming between Dartmouth and Blackpool Sands. Sleeps 10 in 4 spacious bedrooms. Pets welcome.
Lambside is a large Georgian 'gentleman's residence' close to the South Devon coast near Plymouth sleeping 11+3. This beautiful house has been refurbished in a way that retains every bit of style and grandeur whilst leaving no doubt about its friendly atmosphere - this house loves people!
Tucked away in the tranquil hamlet of North Whilborough in South Devon, Hameldown is a large Holiday Cottage sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms, in the perfect rural location for a Devon self catering holiday for families seeking a holiday cottage with a pool and Wi-Fi.
Located inland from the coast from the quaint seaside town of Paignton in Torbay, this exquisite luxury lodge resort offers a private hot tub and access to spa facilities within Devon’s beautiful countryside near Torbay. Lodge 7 is perfect for small families or two couples. Pets welcome.
The Shippen makes the ideal home base for walkers and cyclists on holiday in the South Hams district near the village of East Prawle, Devon, a pretty coastal cottage featuring an open-trussed living room with wood-burner stove, open stud work in the kitchen, and three spacious ground floor bedrooms.
Beaching offers stunning views of Brixham Harbour and the ocean from its lovely terrace, and the coastal cottage promises visitors a spacious, modern seaside property just moments from the beaches and the main attractions of this popular town and the surrounding region of Devon.
The Cottage in the seaside resort town of Westward Ho!, Devon, offers the perfect getaway for families and groups looking to escape to the beach, a three-storey coastal cottage refurbished in 2018 to offer cosy accommodation, with four bedrooms, wood flooring, and wood-burner stove.
Middle Hollacombe Farmhouse is a luxury North Devon holiday cottage in glorious rural surroundings between Dartmoor and North Devon beaches. This eco-friendly home, created from the ruins of an ancient Devon longhouse, creates a blend of traditional with stylish living.
The Dairy is a truly romantic escape offering wonderful views, elegant design, a spacious interior and an indulgent hot tub. The rural cottage sits among rolling hills in Cullompton and enjoys the serenity of the Devon countryside, as well as a masterful blend of modernity and traditional décor.
Willow Lodge stands in 6 acres of grounds in the beautiful Devon countryside a few miles outside Exeter. This luxury lodge with a hot tub sleeps 4. It will appeal to those planning a few days, a week or more, fishing in the adjoining lakes, walking, cycling or simply spending time on local beaches
Set in the iconic Grade I listed Royal William Yard, this two bedroom apartment offers a wonderful architect-inspired space with original features and contemporary design. Take in the unique atmosphere of the area where its cobbled streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, bitros and art galleries.
Little Stretton in the popular picture-postcard seaside village of Thurlestone, Devon, offers the best of both a rural getaway and a coastal holiday, a tastefully renovated child-friendly cottage boasting contemporary interior and furnishings, with Shaker-style kitchen and wood-burning stove.
A stylish pet-friendly lodge in a tranquil countryside setting; perfect for a romantic getaway. Thistledown is a short drive from the most amazing beaches in Devon. This rural retreat can be found in the coastal village of Georgeham in Braunton, and has wonderful views as well as a private hot tub.
- 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!