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 Garden Cottage is set in stunning Devon countryside near Grest Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a charming one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Lower Mill Cottage at Wheel Farm is a 1-bedroom holiday home for couples with communal use of a heated indoor pool and tennis court, near award winning Blue Flag beaches at Woolacombe and Putsborough. The wilds of Exmoor where ponies and red deer roam freely are also only a short drive away.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Stable Cottage is a large pet friendly holiday cottage sleeping up to 6 at Wheel Farm, set in the beautiful North Devon countryside near Ilfracombe just a short drive to the gorgeous coast line and Exmoor National Park. Onsite facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court, sauna and free WiFi.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

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

The Byre, a stunning converted barn for up to 6 people and a dog, is a great place to stay and visit the beautiful North Devon coast and the wilds of Exmoor. The cottage is light, bright and spacious and very relaxing but also benefits from being 3 miles from Barnstaple and 8 miles from the coast.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Stables is a large stunning holiday cottage converted from stables in Tawstock near Barnstaple, North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated 6-bedroom interior with loads of space to relax and unwind. Outside there is a large private patio, garden play area and shared games room,and tennis court.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 7

This delightful seafront holiday home in the North Devon seaside village of Combe Martin is a tastefully furnished, large Victorian House offering self-catering holidays sleeping 8 (+cot) guests. With stunning views, Horizons is ideally located for beach holidays and exploring North Devon and Exmoor

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

A luxurious seaside property in Bigbury-on-Sea, this beautifully appointed, contemporary South Devon holiday home is a real find! Having sea views, a spacious balcony, oak flooring and motion-activated lighting inside and gardens, beach storage and external show on the outside it's rather special!

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Tidicombe is a large family-friendly Holiday Cottage in the Exmoor foothills. Ideal large groups & families. Peaceful rural location, 5 acres garden/woodland/meadow. Sleeps 12 + cots. Cliffs, Coves, Fishing Harbours & famous Surfing Beaches15-25 mins drive. Lovely footpaths. Short Breaks available.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Fastnet is a brand-new, large and luxurious Salcombe townhouse furnished to offer the highest quality self-catering holidays in Devon, just a short stroll from Salcombe’s town centre snd the beach. Located on the coast in the South Hams region of South Devon, Fastnet sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Ilfracombe, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Blue Horizon is a large seaside holiday home on the Espanade at Woolacombe offering awesome panoramic sea views across award winning Woolacombe Sands from its wrap-around balcony. This pet friendly holiday let in North Devon sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

North Lake Chapel has been attractively converted to offer self-catering holidays in Morchard Bishop near Witheridge, a tiny heart of Devon village in a secluded rural location. This large detached and dog friendly holiday home with gorgeous rural views oozes character and style.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

Cornborough Cott is a stand-alone dog friendly self catering cottage next to Cornborough Combe in rural surroundings on the North Devon coast. It sleeps two and is completely self-contained. decorated to the highest standards to create an ideal escape for a couple looking for a quiet break.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Thanks to its superb estuary-side location near Kingsbridge it is very easy to send your whole holiday at The Boathouse, simply watching the world sail past your windows. This light and airy 2-bedroom holiday cottage (sleeps 4), close to South Devon beaches has been beautifully designed with a nauti...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Once a working corn mill near Kingsbridge, it has been beautifully renovated to create a large, luxury Devon holiday cottage in a secluded rural location near the South Devon coast. The Cornmill sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms, welcomes dogs and is perfect for large family holidays or gatherings of friends.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 4

A luxury North Devon holiday home in Ilfracombe, Lantern House is perfect for families and large groups, comfortably sleeping up to 12 people with ample living space, stunning sea and harbour views, a delightful enclosed, sheltered garden and secure on-site parking for 3 to 4 cars. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 2

Exclusive large self catering holiday cottage near Totnes in South Devon. Beautifully converted stone barn sleeping 8 set in 80 acres of picturesque South Hams countryside with private coarse fishing lake, nature walks & views to Dartmoor. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Aggies is a beautifully furnished rural holiday cottage in Devon sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms nestled in the hills of the North Devon Coast close to the coast and beaches at Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Enjoy the quiet, comfortable luxury of The Round Retreat, a large rural holiday cottage on the coast near Barnstaple in North Devon with an indoor pool & spa, tennis court, gym, spa and sauna. Sleeping 12 - 14 guests in 7 bedrooms, it is perfect for large or dual family holidays or celebrations....

  • Sleeps 13
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 5

Andromeda, sits on a quiet residential village street in Chillington close to Slapton Sands, Blackpool Cove, Dartmouth and other South Devon seaside resorts. This 3-bedroom holiday cottage welcomes families and their pets, having a secure garden and lots of countryside walks close to hand.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Deep in leafy Devon lanes, pet friendly Larches Cottage lies on the coast,1.5 miles north of Slapton in a sheltered wooded valley, Grade II listed converted stone barns around a courtyard flanked on two sides with Virginia creeper and stone walls. 1.5 acres of garden.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

A stunning 3 bedroom contemporary Devon barn in secluded rural surroundings near Brayford with lake, tree house and woodland walks suitable for sleeping up to 7 guests. Situated centrally within a 53-acre organically managed country estate.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

The Roundhouse is a large and spacious holiday cottage with an indoor pool near Barnstaple on the North Devon Coast at Combrew Farm. Sleeping 9, this 5-bedroom barn conversion offers luxurious self-catering holidays for large families or groups of friends all year round.

  • Sleeps 9
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 3

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!