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.

200 cottages found 200 match all criteria.

The pet friendly Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin manages to combine genuine rustic charm with modern facilities, pool and tennis court, to provide the perfect self-catering holiday.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Seascape, a large five-bedroom family friendly house, in North Devon accommodating up to 10, looks down upon the beautiful award-winning Woolacombe Beach. The large, luxurious holiday home benefits from spectacular uninterrupted ocean views stretching across the bay all the way to Lundy Island.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • 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

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

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

Standing deep in the South Devon countryside just a short drive from the coast at Salcombe, Partridge Cottage is luxurious Devon holiday cottage with 3-bedrooms sleeping 6. It is, quite simply, a beautiful rural retreat in a country house setting for a family or group of friends.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

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

Primrose Cottage at Berry Park offers large quality Self-Catering Holidays at Berry Park by the sea, in the beautiful Devon Countryside near Bideford. Pets welcome. Heated swimming pool and games room.

  • Sleeps 9
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

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

Bright spacious country cottage in a gorgeous secluded location in the South Hams, 20 minutes from lovely South Devon beaches. 3 bedrooms, ensuite shower and family bathroom and 2 WCs, large kitchen/dining and separate spacious sitting room. Outside there is a large garden with BBQ

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

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

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

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

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

A cosy eco-lodge in an idyllic rural setting near Winkleigh in the heart of North Devon, Nuthatch offers dog-friendly self-catering holidays for a family of 4. Borrow bikes, have campfires, boat on the lake and explore the farm all within reach of Dartmoor and the North Devon beaches

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • 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

Set in an elevated position overlooking the golden sands of Saunton Sands beach on the North Devon coast, The Chalet Saunton, is a purpose built “Apart-Hotel” consisting of 6 , 3 bed luxury apartments and a stunning penthouse which has two bedrooms and the best view in the country.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Always assuming there is a Hit Chart for Romantic Holiday Cottages in the UK, remote Barn Cottage near Honiton in East Devon will be hovering very, close to the top. This utterly luxurious one-bedroom thatched cottage for couples nestles deep within the Devon countryside amidst the Blackdown Hills.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

3 Torwood Gables is a family-sized seaside self-catering apartment on the South Devon Coast in Torquay. This pet friendly open-plan apartment with solid pine floors and beams is one of a handful of apartments created from a Victorian Primary School.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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!