Coastal, Countryside and Moorland Holiday Cottages in Devon

For many visitors, renting holiday cottages in Devon is the most enjoyable way to 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. At the same time, wild daffodils and primroses appear in the hedgerows as early as February, bringing added colour to winter and early spring walks in the countryside.

240 cottages found 240 match all criteria.

Stunning 3-bedroom North Devon holiday cottage with panoramic sea views over Woolacombe Bay. This beautiful coastal cottage overlooks Combesgate Beach, Baggy Point and Lundy Island. Sunnycliffe House is mainly open plan with a sunny terrace off the lounge with a picnic table and sun loungers.

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.

If you are looking for a romantic holiday cottage in a secluded rural location in South Devon, within easy reach of gorgeous beaches and the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor, then Lower Clunkamoor Cottage will tick all your boxes. This delightful cottage for two sits in its own private nature reserve.

Spectacular ocean views greet guests at Sherrin, a modern coastal cottage at Bull Point Lighthouse near Mortehoe. The pet-friendly cottage offers spacious grounds & a sea breeze, as well as a light & airy interior with wooden floors, contemporary design features and access to the delights of Devon.

Tucked into the northeast corner of Dartmoor National Park on the outskirts of the market town of Chagford, Devon, Northill Lodge overlooks scenic Teign Valley, a countryside cottage boasting gorgeous views of the region, kitchen with granite worktops, and master king with en-suite double shower.

Relax and unwind in this cosy East Devon rural holiday cottage in the Blackdown Hills near Honiton and slightly further, the Jurassic coast. Apple Tree Cottage is perfect for couples seeking a romantic rural retreat in any season or a family with an infant for holidays during school term times.

Enjoy a rural escape in the North Devon countryside with a stay at The Corn Tallet, one of a group of child-friendly cottages on a working sheep farm near the historic port town of Bideford, Devon, featuring a heated swimming pool on property and upside-down accommodation for up to six guests.

The Cider Press promises seclusion and serenity on a quiet country property near Ottery St Mary in Devon. The romantic cottage sits next to Cadhay Manor and boasts beautiful rural views as well as outdoor areas for al fresco dining, wood-burning stove, space for pets and contemporary comforts.

Fluvius is a truly sophisticated cottage sitting atop a hill with expansive views of the River Teign. The pet-friendly cottage near Teignmouth promises modern luxury & open-plan design as well as large gardens with a hot tub & opportunities for al fresco dining. Holiday in style on the Devon coast.

Redwood, a large coastal apartment in Croyde sleeps 10 people. It welcomes groups including stag and hen groups, perfect for fun, beach holidays at one of Devon's top award-winning beaches. Redwood is open-plan with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining area, lounge, balcony and kitchen.

Buckland House is a large elegant Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse c1750 and later rebuilt in the Regency style Set in a gorgeous sheltered South Devon valley two miles inland from beaches at Slapton and Blackpool Sands. Pets welcome.

Green Knowe Cottage is surrounded by lush green countryside and sits on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The modern rural cottage in Knowstone, Devon, welcomes pets and offers a spacious garden, modern design and furnishings, tiled floors, a log burner and a vaulted conservatory dining room.

The Old Police House is a converted coastal cottage within striking distance of the beaches of North Devon. Nestled in the village of Braunton, the pet-friendly cottage retains some of its original features as well as contemporary comforts and boasts a spacious and furnished garden for relaxation.

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.

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.

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.

Enjoy a holiday in the Exmoor countryside with a stay at Higher Bumsley Barn, charming barn conversion near the rural settlement of Parracombe, Devon, lying on 50 acres of an Environmental/Conservation Farm, a countryside cottage with vaulted ceiling, two comfy bedrooms, and Woodburner.

Rock Cottage is a 200-year-old property situated on an acre of gardens and woodland near the village of East Down in the Barnstaple district of North Devon, a spacious pet-friendly cottage with two sitting rooms and separate sleeping quarters perfect for large families and groups to spread out.

The golden sands of Woolacombe Bay beckon guests at 7 Putsborough, a sophisticated coastal apartment in Devon. The pet-friendly apartment in the Byron complex boasts contemporary styling and modern comforts, plus access to a swimming pool and other facilities, all a short walk from the beach.

Orchid Cottage is a spacious 19th-century character coastal cottage in picturesque Axmouth village, next to the River Axe. This family-friendly East Devon cottage is just 1 mile from the harbour and fascinating Jurassic coast. Ideally located for exploring the Devon and Dorset coast.

Dashel Cottage is a charming stone-built coastal cottage with lovely countryside views in the hamlet of Countisbury, Devon. The pet-friendly cottage is set on an organic farm of 1200 acres with its own beach, moorland and woodland, and boasts a sophisticated interior with natural light a log fire.

Bratton Mill Farmhouse near the medieval village of Bratton Fleming, Devon, offers the perfect escape for large families and groups on holiday in the South West, a 17th-century former mill transformed into a child-friendly two-storey cottage alongside a babbling trout stream.

Torbay Seaside 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. Here, 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. 

Idyllic North Devon Holiday 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. The principal coastal towns of Barnstaple and Bideford provide all the services and supplies you need 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.

Coastal, Countryside and Moorland Holiday Cottages in Devon

For many visitors, renting holiday cottages in Devon is the most enjoyable way to 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. At the same time, wild daffodils and primroses appear in the hedgerows as early as February, bringing added colour to winter and early spring walks in the countryside.

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 can be found at the end of slow drives down deep Devon lanes (all replete with excellent pubs and idyllic holiday cottages). Exeter's city centre 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.

Devon's centre 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 from which visitors can choose. 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.

 

South Devon Coast and Countryside Cottages

Devon's seafaring heritage and traditions can be discovered in the south coast ports of Dartmouth. Taking a trip by Edwardian paddle steamer up-river to Dittisham past Greenaway, Agatha Christie's house is now open to the public. Discover more of Devon's scenic heritage by water at 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 rail 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 Devon's southern corner, 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!

 

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 add colour and enchantment to a woodland walk. The Reserve 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!