Find Self-Catering Cottage Holidays In Devon

For many tourists, 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.

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7 Torwood Gables, Torquay, Devon

7 Torwood Gables, Torquay

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 easy walking distance of the Harbour, Theatre, Living Coasts and lovely South Devon beaches at Torre Abbey Sands and Meadfoo...

Driftwood Bungalow, Brixham, Devon

Driftwood Bungalow, Brixham

Driftwood is an attractive chalet bungalow situated at Galmpton Holiday Park, a small, private site. The property offers compact yet stylish accommodation with fantastic views of the River Dart from the patio. The site is peaceful and quiet so you can relax and enjoy the fantastic views.

North Lake Chapel, Witheridge, Devon

North Lake Chapel, Witheridge

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.

Corner Cottage, Plymouth, Devon

Corner Cottage, Plymouth

In a lovely South Devon location with beautiful views, pet friendly Corner Cottage near Plymouth is a large and stylish 5-bedroom holiday home with Wi-Fi sleeping 10 guests, perfect for a larger family or group of friends.

Thatchers Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Thatchers Cottage, Barnstaple

Thatchers Cottage, sleeping up to six, is one of seven Devon cottages at Muddlebridge House, near Barnstaple. With an indoor swimming pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for surfing, cycling, golf and fishing. Pets welcome.

Willow Lodge, Exeter, Devon

Willow Lodge, Exeter

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

The Bay, Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon

The Bay, Bigbury-on-Sea

Talk about stunning sea views: The panoramic cliff-top one through windows at The Bay House in Bigbury-on-Sea embraces award-winning Devon Beaches and Atlantic sunsets. This charming and child friendly 2-bedroom seaside holiday cottage nestles in a Cliffside location above Challaborough Beach.

Woolleigh Barton Stables, Great Torrington, Devon

Woolleigh Barton Stables, Great Torrington

Woolleigh Barton is a large and pet friendly North Devon holiday cottage that sleeps 8 in the beautiful River Torridge Valley near the village of Beaford in North Devon. This pet friendly cottage also has a hot tub and shared use of an indoor heated swimming pool in delightful rural surroundings.

Park View Lodge, Barnstaple, Devon

Park View Lodge, Barnstaple

A stylish 1-bedroom barn conversion near Barnstaple for 2, Park View Lodge has been very well, you might say, luxuriously equipped, from reclining massage chairs to underfloor heating - and all mod cons in between. It's lovely romantic rural bolthole for exploring the North Devon coast.

Forth, Salcombe, Devon

Forth, Salcombe

Forth is a large 3-storey town-house offering self-catering holidays with sea views in the heart of Salcombe, South Devon. This brand new luxury holiday home just a mile walk from North Sands Beach, has 4 bedrooms (2 en suite), sleeps 8 guests and is furnished to pleasingly high standards.

Norville, Brixham, Devon

Norville, Brixham

Offering sea views across Torbay, Norville is a large 4-bedroom seaside holiday cottage in Brixham, sleeping 8 guests. This spacious, child friendly property has a large secure garden and is perfect for large or dual family holidays in Devon.

Ford Hill Cottage, Kentisbury, Devon

Ford Hill Cottage, Kentisbury

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.

The Haven, Barnstaple, Devon

The Haven, Barnstaple

The Haven is a charming cottage sleeping 6 guests in 3 bedrooms in the North Devon countryside between Barnstaple and Exmoor. Built in the 17th century, in converting it to a comfortable rural holiday cottage, it has retained many of its original features, with oak lintels and wooden beams.

Seascape, Woolacombe, Devon

Seascape, Woolacombe

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.

Lake House, Great Torrington, Devon

Lake House, Great Torrington

Lake House is a beautifully remote thatched holiday cottage with a hot tub and lovely rural views in North Devon. This large 4-bedroom cottage (all ensuite) near Great Torrington will suit an extended family or groups of friends seeking a relaxing and characterful property for a self-catering holida...

Singleton Manor, Torquay, Devon

Singleton Manor, Torquay

Singleton Manor is a large Edwardian Manor House with heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub amidst splendid gardens containing a trampoline, lawns, ponds and fountains., offering seaside self-catering accommodation in Torquay. Sleeps 10.

Hemphaye Cottage, Sidmouth, Devon

Hemphaye Cottage, Sidmouth

A charming 17th Century self catering Devon cottage with Wi-Fi for up to 6 people located only a short walk from the beach and the town centre of Sidmouth.

Florence Cottage, Teignmouth, Devon

Florence Cottage, Teignmouth

Florence Cottage is a warm and welcoming South Devon holiday let in a village just outside the seaside resort of Teignmouth above the Teign Estuary. This bright and airy 2-bedroom cottage sleeps 5 and is perfect for that family escape to South Devon.

Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin manages to combine genuine rustic charm with modern facilities plus pool and tennis court, to provide the perfect self-catering holiday. Set a few rural miles in-land from the North Devon coast near Ilfracombe and a short distance from the...

Elderberry Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock, Devon

Elderberry Cottage at Sherrill Farm, Tavistock

Elderberry Cottage on the large dog friendly Sherrill Farm Estate near Tavistock and Dartmoor in West Devon sleeps 10-14 in 5 bedrooms. With private hot tub, Wi-Fi and shared indoor pool and fishing lakes.

Hayloft at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Hayloft at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Hayloft at Wheel Farm is a holiday cottage for couples situated just a short drive from the North Devon coast and the rolling hills of Exmoor, Wheel Farm is perfectly placed to offer guests rural self-catering holidays with a swimming pool. Hayloft cottage has been converted from the original old ba...

Copper Kettle Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Copper Kettle Cottage, Barnstaple

This 3-bedroom 17th Century cottage near Brayford a few miles from Barnstaple in North Devon is adjacent an age-old farmhouse and is suitable for up to five people. Copper Kettle Cottage is located on a 53-acre organic estate with a lake, tree-house and beautiful woodland walks and lovely picnic spo...

Dream Cottage, Westward Ho!, Devon

Dream Cottage, Westward Ho!

Romantic Dream Cottage near Westward Ho! beach in North Devon is a 5-star gold holiday cottage, a perfect cottage for couples looking to retreat and relax in complete luxury. With south facing views of the Devon countryside and a private 2-person hot tub you are sure to fall in love. Pets welcome.

Fairways West, South Molton, Devon

Fairways West, South Molton

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 18 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.

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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).  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. 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.

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.

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.

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 Dart Valley 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!

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!