Ivybridge is an ancient town with some delightful Devon holiday cottages nicely located on the southern edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. With its tranquil lanes, pretty Victorian architecture and breathtaking views of the surrounding moors, a more atmospheric location for a break in the South Hams would be hard to find. If you want to unwind in a traditional Devon community which has remained largely untouched by tourism, a holiday cottage in Ivybridge could be exactly what you’re looking for. From your accommodation, you’ll be able to wander into the lively town centre, where a delightful mix of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants can be found. A short drive will bring you to some of the county’s most picturesque countryside.

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Wherever you are in Ivybridge, you’re never far from the turbulent River Erme, which powered the town’s mills during the 16th century. As you explore the welcoming town centre, you’ll notice a number of distinctive historical landmarks, including Ivy Bridge, a 13th century stone bridge over the river, which the town is named after – and lives up to its title with a thick covering of ivy. Look out for signs of the town’s industrial past, such as the old paper mill, and the viaduct over the River Erme. Pick up a heritage trail map from the tourist information centre for a guide to the town’s Victorian and Georgian architecture. For dramatic views of the town and surrounding moorland, take a stroll to the top of Western Beacon.

The countryside surrounding Ivybridge is scattered with ancient woods, windswept moors and magnificent gardens. The challenging 103-mile Two Moors Way begins in the town, but there are plenty of gentler routes to enjoy. Follow the riverside path to the remains of Brunel viaduct or take a wander through Lukesland Gardens. Self-catering holidays in Ivybridge also offer easy access to the stunning south Devon coast, home to idyllic fishing villages and pristine, sandy beaches. Salcombe, Bantham, Hope Cove and Mothecombe are just a short drive southwards.