South Sands Holiday Cottage overlooks the beach. Click title to view Goodrington Sands Beach in Paignton, South Devon

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Paignton is a seaside resort on the south coast of Devon with a working harbour, a lively pier and a sandy beach. It lies in the centre of Torbay – also known as the English Riviera – famous for its stunning beaches, mild climate and russet-red cliffs. Self-catering holidays in Paignton have been popular since the Victorian era, thanks to the town’s graceful architecture, an abundance of family attractions and clean, sandy shores. Whether you want to sunbathe, build sandcastles or swim in the ocean, it is undoubtedly one of England’s most idyllic locations for a relaxing break on the coast. Paignton is also perfectly located for exploring Devon, with Exmouth, Exeter and the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to its east and the peaceful coves and estuaries of South Devon to its west.

A semi-detached with a large 1st floor balcony overooks a front garden with off-road parking.

7 The Retreat is a sophisticated coastal cottage in Torbay, just a short walk from the beach in Paignton. Sleeping six, the pet-friendly Devon cottage is beautifully furnished. It boasts a lovely enclosed garden with a summer house, plus a light-filled interior with wooden floors, pastels & Juliet balconies.

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A stay in a Paignton holiday cottage would be incomplete without a trip to the pier, where an array of nostalgic amusements can be enjoyed, from dodgems to crazy golf. Nearby, Goodrington Sands is a haven for sailing, kitesurfing and other water sports. Paignton is also a centre for the arts in the Southwest and is home to many of Devon’s best restaurants and cafes, where you can enjoy delicious seafood freshly landed in the harbour.

Three miles north of holiday cottages in Paignton, Torquay is another of Torbay’s classic resorts with nine beaches overlooked by a palm-lined promenade and a scattering of opulent Victorian villas. At the southern end of the bay, Brixham is a charming fishing port with a busy harbour backed by a maze of narrow lanes where exceptional seafood restaurants can be found. Continue along the coast and reach the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, home to secluded coves, lush estuaries and the Salcombe, Challaborough and Dartmouth resorts.