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.

287 cottages found 287 match all criteria.

The Chalet is one of a prestigious collection of 7 luxury apartments set on the cliff overlooking the beach at Saunton Sands on the North Devon coast. Apartment 6 is a wonderfully bright 3-bedroom apartment with incredible sea views. This beach apartment is designed to a very high spec.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

The Old Chapel is a luxurious holiday home converted from an old 1829 Congregational chapel.The Chapel sleeps 10 people in 5 bedrooms and has a beautiful open plan living area with the original exposed church beams.The Chapel is on the edge of the pretty North Devon village of Goodleigh.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 2

The Penthouse is set on the top floor of The Chalet, with uninterrupted views of Saunton Sands beach and the sea and dunes beyond. The Penthouse has two, stunning en-suite bedrooms. The open plan lounge/kitchen/diner enjoys the best sea views through the massive glass, sliding doors onto the patio.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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 beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is only a hop, a skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

With stunning views, great amenities, on the South Devon coast Kingswear, Tree Tops is a large and stylish holiday cottage sleeping 8 with gorgeous River Dart views. Pets Welcome.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

Farthings Cottage is A pretty Brixham holiday home in Torbay. This 2-bedroom house with harbour views is set over three floors and hidden away in a small, private terrace close to Brixham's busy fishing harbour and town centre.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Bell Cottage provides relaxing self-catering holiday accommodation in a newly refurbished, countryside cottage with rural views close to East Devon's superb Jurassic coast at Sidmouth.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

A large detached holiday house in the South Devon village of Kingskerswell. Harewood House sleeps 10 guest in 5 bedrooms and has a superb Games Room. This spacious, dog friendly holiday cottage lies within easy reach of Torquay, Teignmouth and Paignton.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 5

Lodge 26 at the Beyond Escapes Resort is located in the Devon countryside close to the coat near Paignton in Devon. It features luxurious residential lodges each with a hot tub where you can book your holiday and relax to ease your mind and enjoy some fun family time.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

At Lodge 18, Idyllic countryside and Torbay’s quaint beaches and fishing harbours are your backyard. There’s plenty of room in this luxury lodge for six, guests to recline into holiday mode with modern conveniences, and a private hot tub. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

The popular resort town of Salcombe is home to this unforgettable holiday home that’s suitable for nine. 4 Courtenay Cottage is fully renovated to create a one-of-a-kind getaway only minutes from the coast and Devon countryside. Features a wonderful elevated deck, and breath-taking coastal views.

  • Sleeps 9
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Set in a sheltered valley two miles inland from Slapton Sands, and Blackpool Sands, Buckland House is a large elegant Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse c1750 and later rebuilt in the Regency style Offering high quality comfortable holiday accommodation for two or more families. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 5

Courtyard Lodge 29 is one of Beyond Escapes Devon’s inspiring collections of 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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3

25% off

21st-28th Dec

Honeybag Cottage Listing
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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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Combining the gorgeous rural settings of Torquay with nearby Torbay beaches, The Threshing Barn, a large luxury holiday cottage on Old Manor Farm is a serene and secluded getaway for all the family within easy reach of the coast. Pets Welcome

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

Something of a showstopper holiday rental, The Lookout is a large, luxury coastal cottage in the countryside village of Stokoe Fleming between Dartmouth and Blackpool Sands. Sleeps 10 in 4 spacious bedrooms. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

25% off

21st-28th Dec

Hameldown Cottage Listing
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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.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

A tastefully renovated eco-cottage near Winkleigh in North Devon, Otter is a dog-friendly holiday cottage in a secluded rural location on a farm managed as a wildlife reserve. Suitable as a romantic escape or for a small family, facilities include boating on a lake and bikes to borrow. Sleeps 4.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

A brand new lodge at?Beyond Escapes, Lodge 20 is bright, spacious and contemporary.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Lodge 5 is a high-standard South Devon holiday lodge near Paignton equipped with everything your family needs for a quality stay. On-site facilities such as our spa, gym, and restaurant complete the experience, within a picturesque rural setting. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

River View Devon Sleeps up to 27 in 10 Bedrooms - Heated Indoor Swimming Pool. Countryside Location and Near To The Coast.

  • Sleeps 27
  • Bedrooms 10
  • Bathrooms 8

South Devon Coastal Cottages

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!

Sleepy East Devon Cottages

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. on Head west along the south coast to discover 'chocolate box’ villages, country pubs and beaches such as Bantham Bay and Burgh Island where you can enjoy lunch or dinner at The Pilchard Inn or the Burgh Island Hotel and, if the tide is in, return to your car by sea tractor.

Idyllic North Devon Countryside Cottages

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.

Discover the 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.

Seafaring Devon and Fishermens Cottages

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!

Family-Loving Devon

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!