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.
Beautiful thatched holiday cottage in a quiet village near Barnstaple within easy reach of North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park. Rock Cottage is a characterful well-equipped countryside cottage and sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms - just a short walk from The New Inn, a friendly village pub.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 2
- Countryside Cottages
Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 9 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.
Deer View Cottage is a stunning, 5* luxury cottage with an indoor pool and hot tub set within the grounds of the North Devon Highbullen Country Hotel. The pet-friendly Devon holiday cottage is in a quiet corner of the estate enjoying picturesque rural views. Use spa facilities and golf course.
Braefoot is a North Devon countryside cottage close to beaches at Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. This child-friendly rural retreat at Lower Aylescott Farm is perfectly located for family holidays exploring the North Devon coast.
Set up for a cosy group of four, Lodge 8 is a rural rejuvenation pad near Totnes complete with great beds and a private hot tub. Your private abode is also a launch pad to Devon beaches, water parks, castles and more.
Creels is a spacious seaside cottage boasting gorgeous views of the Brixham marina and unique décor as well as a generous, sun-drenched terrace. The pet-friendly property in Devon lies just moments from the harbour and offers modern comforts, a games room and the promise of relaxation in any season.
Experience an amazing stay at this luxurious apartment in Plymouth. With extraordinary views over the Hoe and Plymouth Sound, this beautiful second floor property sleeps six guests and has a large private balcony with spectacular sea views.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 1
- Child Friendly Cottages
A superb coastal cottage in Beesands, South Devon. Beautifully designed to make the very most of its wonderful position on the coast, you'll find a luxurious interior and amazing sea views throughout. Three spacious bedrooms and loads of outdoor space means plenty of room, and it even has a cinema!
Treat yourself to a well-deserved holiday in Lodge 21, a luxurious holiday Lodge near Torbay in the South Devon countryside at Barton Pines with an onsite spa and restaurant, as well as your own hot tub. Pets welcome.
Nestling in the sleepy South Devon coastal hamlet of North Whilborough with an indoor swimming pool and Wi-Fi, Long Barn Cottage near Torquay is the perfect location for a self-catering holiday for large families or groups of friends. It sleeps 13 in 6 bedrooms, 3 en-suites, a bathroom shower room.
A seaside getaway for those wishing for a taste of the captivating Devon Countryside, Lodge 6 is at your service. Enjoy the BE You Spa and gym facilities, on-site restaurant. Lodge 6 is located in open countryside near the South Devon coast resorts of Torbay. Pets welcome.
Honeysuckle is one of three wooden eco lodges at Wheatland Farm nature reserve in rural North Devon. Set amidst 21 acres managed for wildlife, your holiday becomes part of the conservation project. Pets are welcome at this family-friendly lodge that is also a perfect romantic bolthole for couples.
This thatched, 17th century, Grade II listed former farmhouse is situated in the peaceful village of Shute between Honiton and Axminster. It has a south-facing garden with fine views. The lovely resort of Lyme Regis is within easy reach.
Harbour View is a modern coastal cottage in Brixham, Devon, boasting wonderful views from many interior spaces, and especially from the balcony. The sea breeze floats up the hill to the cottage, which offers a sun-trap patio as well as a thoroughly modern interior with a generous conservatory.
This large baby-friendly holiday home in South Devon overlooks Goodrington Beach in Torbay. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping the beach. Braeside is a beautifully presented holiday property sleeping 9 guests (4 bathrooms) near Paignton.
A Luxury Torquay holiday apartment in a former Victorian School, 7 Torwood Gables has 3 bedrooms sleeping 6. This pet friendly, spacious coastal apartment with Wi-Fi is within walking distance of the Harbour, Theatre, Living Coasts and lovely South Devon beaches at Torre Abbey Sands and Meadfoot.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 1
- Child Friendly Cottages
Imagine steaming in a relaxing hot tub surrounded by the South Devon countryside without a care in the world. That’s life in Lodge 2! With a luxurious interior design plan and more onsite leisure activities, no guest will be disappointed with this dog-friendly South Devon holiday lodge near Torbay.
Rock House is a rare find in Torquay - a large and pet friendly South Devon holiday cottage with sea and harbour views, restored and furnished to a very high standard. It lies within easy reach of Torquay's beaches and major attractions. Perfect for large families or groups of friends.
Reserve this beautifully appointed luxury South Devon holiday lodge at Barton Pines - a world-class resort near Paignton serving guests with the first-rate cuisine, a spa, stunning views of the South Devon countryside – and your own private hot tub. Pets Welcome.
The Lookout at Gara Mill is a Scandinavian lodge set among woodland near Slapton in Devon. The pet-friendly cottage is surrounded by lush greenery and enjoys wonderful views and seclusion, as well as access to the coast and the surrounding countryside. Light, airy, modern, secluded and peaceful.
Swanpool is one of three luxury lodges for a romantic retreat on the North Devon coast in Braunton with miles of coastal footpaths and golden sandy beaches for walks. Relax in your private hot tub and walk for miles on golden sandy beaches at Saunton, and Croyde. Pets welcome.
Orestone House is a modern coastal cottage in Teignmouth, Devon, which comprises two apartments within the same property. The exterior of the pet-friendly cottage offers fantastic ocean views while the interior features light and airy spaces with a coastal palette and contemporary style.
Buddleia is a cosy self catering cottage; perfect for guests with up to two dogs. With a large enclosed, safe garden and access through a gate to the meadows and orchard in the higher valley of Dittiscombe Hills, guests can relax and enjoy a secluded and peaceful break in this pretty stone cottage.
Shepherd's Cottage is a semi-detached cottage that was formerly an old farm worker's residence as its name suggests. It has been tastefully modernised and offers wonderful light and airy accommodation with a comfortable, homely atmosphere and great character for 2-6 guests in 3 bedrooms.
- Bovey Tracey
- Bucks Mills
- Cheriton Bishop
- Clyst Hydon
- Combe Martin
- Gara Bridge
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Little Torrington
- 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 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 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!