From a party town at New Year to a lovely quiet family town – Bideford on the North Devon coast is known for a multitude of qualities (and holiday cottages) and is sure to host whatever you’re looking for when choosing to holiday in or around the town. Once an important port on the estuary of The River Torridge (it supplied ships to help Drake defeat the Spanish Armada), it still receives regular visits from maritime vessels. The Quay is lined with welcoming local shops facing the water, scattered with pretty little pastel coloured houses. The Torridge is a focal part of the town and boats and crafts of all shapes and sizes can be seen moving up and down the river every day by visitors taking time to relax on the benches lining the Quay. As you wander the winding, paved shopping streets you're more likely to encounter tiny shops from fantastic photography to intricate pottery instead of the usual High St chains. Many independent shops in and around Bideford stock fresh local and organic produce, another reason to choose self catering accommodation: you'll get to prepare and enjoy some memorable meals in your holiday cottage on the North Devon coast.
Nestled in the heart of the North Devon countryside between Bideford and Clovelly, Crooked Lake is a charming 17th Century cottage ideal for a quiet and relaxing getaway amidst beautiful countryside.
The Oaks is a sophisticated contemporary cottage in Buckland Brewer, Devon. The newly-constructed coastal cottage offers a generous lawned garden with outdoor entertaining areas as well as a spacious interior with sleek design, a neutral palette, contemporary comforts and access to sandy beaches.
Enjoy a rural escape in the North Devon countryside with a stay at The Corn Tallet, one of a group of child-friendly cottages on a working sheep farm near the historic port town of Bideford, Devon, featuring a heated swimming pool on property and upside-down accommodation for up to six guests.
Stoneleigh is a gorgeous 19th-century home designed by prominent Victorian architect William Bryden and situated in the North Devon coastal town of Northam, a large child-friendly cottage that boasts ornate brickwork, original sash windows, traditional games room, and space for up to 17 guests.
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Combe Martin
- Great Torrington
- Lee Bay
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Ottery St Mary
- South Molton
- Westward Ho!
On a sunny day, Bideford comes alive with people bustling around stalls and homes which are open to sell their craft. The river front is lined with bright art and banners form the local school and fairy lights are draped among the street lamps which together light the wonderful promenade as night falls. The railway line is now a 40-mile estuary and riverside cycle and footpath forming part of the Tarka Trail. Whether you fancy setting up camp right in the heart of the town or further out into the countryside or along the coast, you can be sure the right holiday cottage for you is waiting for you in this tranquil corner of North Devon.
A peaceful family park is situated just off the end of the Quay complete with children’s play area, paddling pool and The Burton Art Gallery. Other family attractions include adventure parks just a little way down the main road such as The Big Sheep and The Milky Way which are both full of play grounds and activities to keep everyone entertained for hours. For culture lovers, visit the old fishing village of Appledore and discover the galleries and crafts tucked into its tiny streets. Further afield, trips to Clovelly and Great Torrington, home of Dartington Crystal and the RHS's Rosemore Garden will guarantee memorable days out.
it is the surrounding area that really attracts people to come to stay in Bideford. The North Devon and North Cornwall coast-line is only a short drive away and offers some of the best beaches in the UK. Westward Ho! is nearby and is popular with surfers and kite surfers alike and the town has some great bars and restaurants. If you are into golf, the Royal North Devon golf course at Westward Ho! is reportedly the oldest golf course in Britain and if you fancy a Links course Saunton Sands offers a Championship course to test the bravest of golfers. We have many different types of holiday home in the area both large and small and on coast or moor, so there should be something for everyone.