Find Self-Catering Cottage Holidays In Devon
For many tourists, to rent 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 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 Budliegh 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.
Whitelady House near Tavistock in West Devon is an imposing Grade II listed country house set in its own stunning grounds within Dartmoor National Park. It sleeps 12 guests in 6 bedrooms, with 4 bathrooms. This dog friendly house is lies at the heart of a rural walkers paradise next door to the Nati...
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
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.
With fantastic views from all windows down the valley to the Taw estuary, Byre Cottage is an ideal Devon retreat for a family or 4 adults. Facilities include Wi-Fi, swimming pool, games room and childrens play area. Pets welcome!
Shippen sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms. It is tucked away in a quiet corner of North Devon, not far from the coast in the seaside village of Combe Martin at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages; a collection of charmingly refurbished self-catering cottages restored from an old water mill and farm. The Shippon is a p...
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 5 - View Listing
This stunning large dog friendly 5-bedroom house with Wi-Fi, large gardens and woodland near the seaside resort of Westward Ho! in North Devon dates back to the 12th Century in parts. It is full of charm and style, with every care taken to ensure it's guests have the most relaxing holiday imaginable...
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
Situated in the heart of the highly desirable South Devon resort of Salcombe with sea views across the estuary, Ferrywatch is a large and pet friendly holiday home with WiFi sleeping 9 visitors in 4 bedrooms.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 - View Listing
Dower House is a large 18th-Century Devon holiday farmhouse sleeping 8 in 4-bedrooms, with panoramic views across the Dart Estuary in the village of Dittisham between Dartmouth and Totnes for holidays with families or small groups of friends.
Beautiful thatched holiday cottage in a quiet village near Barnstaple within easy reach of North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park.
April Cottage is a Grade II listed thatched holiday cottage situated in the medieval town of Colyton in the Axe Valley on the Devon-Dorset border. The seaside resorts of Sidmouth, Beer, Lyme Regis and the Lyme Bay area are a short drive away. Pets welcome.
Cherry Cottage Slapton close to the coast was built at Buckland Court in 2001. This spacious rural property sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms and is furnished and equipped to a high standard including W-Fi. Central heating & modern insulation ensure this cottage is ideal for off-season use. Pets welcome
Whitehorses overlooks the sea in Carbis Bay just outside the Cornish fishing village of St. Ives. Enjoy beautiful coastal views from the rooms and balconies of this 4-bedroom, family friendly holiday cottage with a hot tub, a short walk from Carbis Bay Beach, an award winning Blue Flag Beach.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 7 - View Listing
Devon Beach Court is a light and airy modern seaside apartment with WiFi in Woolacombe, North Devon. Offering comfort and style throughout, it sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
Tollgate Cottage, (1850) is thought to be one of the oldest cottages in Hele near Ilfracombe, North Devon - just a short stroll to the sea, it is ideal for self-catering family holidays and romantic breaks. Dog friendly. Family friendly. Children welcome. Beach. Exmoor. Country. Woodburner. Pubs n...
Berry Farm is a large Devon Farmhouse with 7 bedrooms sleeping 16 offering pet friendly self-catering holidays in for families and groups. It lies in a beautiful rural location in rolling Devon countryside just 5-minutes from Petrockstowe, a quaint village with a shop and a great pub, The Laurels.
7 Bedrooms - Sleeps 16 - View Listing
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.
This family friendly charming and large farm cottage is set in 120-acres of stunning farmland just a few rural miles from the North Devon coast in Kentisbury near the pretty seaside village of Combe Martin. Patchole Farmhouse sleeps 9 in 4 bedrooms.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 9 - View Listing
Located in the idyllic South Devon fishing village of Hope Cove, Pigeon Post is a large and pet friendly holiday cottage sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms. With a sunny garden and just a short walk to the beach this traditional beautifully renovated fisherman?s cottage is somewhere you can hole up in at any ...
Set in a tranquil secluded 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 and an old water mill. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, tennis court ...
Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of a swimming pool and tennis court at Wheel Farm Cottages near Ilfracombe. It is set within the beautiful rural grounds of Wheel Farm inland from the stunning North Devon coast and the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. The seaside resorts of ...
1 Bedrooms - Sleeps 2 - View Listing
Thyme Cottage is a quaint, well-equipped -1 bedroom cottage having WiFi on the first floor of a converted Devon Barn on the Sherrill Farm estate near Tavistock and Dartmoor. Pets Welcome. Use of a shared indoor swimming pool, games barn and fishing lakes.
1 Bedrooms - Sleeps 2 - View Listing
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.
Beautiful, 2-bedroom barn conversion with Wi-Fi located in Braunton sleeping 4, the perfect place for a family getaway on the North Devon coast, being just a 5-minute drive to the beach at Saunton Sands. Onsite, you will find a terrace along with almost an acre of gardens.
Tuckers Retreat is a 2-bedroom holiday cottage in a rural spot on the North Devon coast near Barnstaple. It simply oozes quiet traditional charm. Located at Combrew Farm, guests at this pet friendly cottage have access to leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and tennis court.
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.
Deep in the heart of Dartmouth and near the beach at Blackpool Sands lies 4 The Pottery Cottage, a beautifully converted from an old warehouse a short walk from Dartmouth Castle and the South West Coast Path. This spacious open plan property has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms sleeping 6. Rental includes...
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!