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.
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.
A brand new lodge at Barton Pines, Lodge 20 is a bright, spacious and contemporary South Devon holiday lodge with a private hot tub. Situated on the superb Barton Pines Country Club estate near Paignton, this dog-friendly luxury lodge sleeps 4.
Lodge 5 is a high-standard South Devon holiday lodge with a hot tub near Paignton equipped with everything your family needs for a quality stay. On-site facilities at Barton Pines such as our spa, gym, and restaurant complete the experience, within a picturesque rural setting. Pets welcome.
Feel the sea breeze at 39 Moorings Reach, a modern coastal cottage in Brixham with beautiful panoramic views of the harbour and the ocean. The pet-friendly cottage occupies a waterfront position in this lovely town and boasts a gorgeous patio plus a sophisticated interior and prime location.
Unique four-bedroom coastal property near Dartmouth in South Devon sleeping up to eight. Suitable for large groups or extended families including an outside hot tub and outside covered sauna.
River View Devon is a large East Devon holiday cottage with a heated indoor swimming pool in the picturesque countryside in Membury near Honiton and the Jurassic Coast. River View sleeps up to 27 in 10 Bedrooms. Pets welcome.
A classy contemporary coastal cottage in the heart of South Devon, Above Town 77 overlooks the beautiful town of Dartmouth, Devon, a three-bedroom pet-friendly abode that features underfloor heating, first-floor master with en-suite shower room, and gorgeous views of the harbour and Naval Cottage.
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.
Barton Pines Lodge 19, lies in rural South Devon near Torbay within easy reach of beaches, thatched villages, country pub’s, shops and quaysides for fishing and crabbing - the perfect location for a family holiday or a break for 2-6 guests. Pets welcome at this luxury lodge with hot tub too!
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.
Rye Barn is a lovely barn conversion that is one of five dog-friendly coastal cottages that make up Mead Barn Cottages near the town of Welcombe, Devon, featuring an open plan living area, double master with Freeview TV and en-suite wet room, and access to onsite tennis courts and games room.
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.
No.1 Barton Court is a modern and well-equipped 1st Floor Seaside holiday apartment with a parking space in the heart of Woolacombe, North Devon. It sleeps 2-4 in 2 bedrooms just a short walk from Woolacombe's splendid multi-Award Winning beach.
Stone Barn holiday cottage in Devon is a luxurious and spacious eco barn conversion sleeping 10+2 in 5 bedrooms. This dog-friendly coastal cottage has a private enclosed garden and courtyard. With walks from the garden gate, it is a perfect rural escape for large families and special celebrations.
Primrose Cottage is a charming Victorian country house offering the best of the country and the coast. Set on six acres near Welcombe in Devon, the pet-friendly cottage is steeped in tradition and boasts an open fire, lovely outdoor entertaining areas, a games room and access to beautiful beaches.
Orestone View offers families and pets a luxurious and comfortable home away from home in Teignmouth, Devon. The coastal cottage boasts sun-drenched spaces, contemporary design throughout and an ample balcony which captures the views. The 3-bedroom property is perfect for a seaside family holiday.
Tawstock Castle is a quirky Grade-II listed luxury holiday cottage in North Devon, a beautifully restored 18th-century hilltop folly with wonderful 360-degree views of the North Devon coast and countryside above Barnstaple. Sleeps 8.
A country escape awaits at Brook Cottage. Expansive views of rolling green hills stretch forever from the romantic cottage sitting near Challacombe in Devon. Boasting a four-poster bed & other touches of luxury, the pet-friendly cottage promises seclusion as well as a woodburning stove and sunroom.
Uninterrupted ocean views greet guests at The Beach Retreat, a luxurious coastal cottage in Paignton, Devon. Situated across from the beach, the pet-friendly cottage boasts open spaces with a distinct coastal vibe as well as ample outdoor entertaining spaces in which to savour this seaside holiday.
Quinta Bench is a homely coastal cottage in the ever-popular resort town of Torquay, Devon, offering welcoming child-friendly accommodation for families and groups on holiday along the English Riviera, with fully fitted kitchen, enclosed garden, and easy access to the region’s beautiful beaches.
- 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!