With its orchard, thatched cottages and ruined castle, Kingkerswell is a lovely location for self-catering holidays in South Devon. This charming village is a short distance from the county’s spectacular south coast, near the market town of Newton Abbot. A holiday cottage in Kingkerswell is hard to beat if you want to be surrounded by unspoiled countryside and a stone’s throw from some of the region’s best beaches. As you explore the village, you’ll notice a scattering of local businesses, a graceful 15th century church and a welcoming pub. Head east and you’ll soon reach the coast, where long, sandy beaches and secluded, rocky coves await discovery. Watcombe Beach is a particularly beautiful setting, overlooked by wooded hills and towering cliffs. Nearby is Maidencombe Beach, where swimming and sunbathing can be enjoyed in peace. From here, the South West Coast Path is at its most scenic. Wander east or west for breathtaking views across the English channel, towards France.

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South Devon’s most charming seaside towns are within easy driving distance of Kingkerswell holiday cottages. A bustling harbour, state-of-the-art marina and variety of family-friendly attractions can be found in the classic coastal resort of Torquay. Also nearby is Teignmouth, a thriving port with an array of nostalgic seaside amusements. The city of Exeter is well worth a visit, too, with unique independent shops, an exciting food scene and some of the region’s most impressive historical architecture. For a pint of local ale or a bite to eat before retiring to your Kingkerswell holiday cottage, try the Hare and Hounds, an atmospheric village pub which is popular among locals for its excellent carvery. Whether you’re planning on whiling away your days by the sea, exploring historic fishing villages or hiking through ancient woods and country lanes, Kingkerswell is a wonderful location for cottage holidays in Devon.