South Molton holiday cottages are a great choice if you want to experience life in a traditional Devon market town, with some of the county’s most beautiful countryside on your doorstep. This thriving community lies on the banks of the River Mole, with the wilds of Exmoor to its north and the sandy beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe to its west. Wandering into the town centre, you’ll pass rows of pretty cottages and an excellent museum, where the history of sheep and cattle trading at the town’s livestock market is explored. In the heart of South Molton there’s an excellent pannier market, which is the place to go for fresh, local produce and antiques. There’s also a good selection of family-run shops, cosy pubs and welcoming tearooms, and a pretty town square, which remains the centre of activity for the community. For a slice of delicious homemade cake or toasted teacakes the size of side plates with a pot of tea, try the renowned Corn Dolly Tea Shop.

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Directly north of your holiday cottage in South Molton, windswept moors, wooded valleys and towering clifftops await discovery in the Exmoor National Park. This enchanting area is a paradise for walkers and wildlife-watchers, with countless footpaths crossing miles of unspoiled countryside, where wild ponies and deer roam. The inland villages of Simonsbath and Brendon are home to charming country pubs, while Lynton and Lynmouth cling to the sides of a steep valley, overlooking a harbour and rocky bay. If you’re after a day on a sandy beach with North Devon’s best surfing conditions, Croyde, Woolacombe and Saunton are a short drive westward.

Self-catering holidays in South Molton are ideal for visiting North Devon’s best family attractions, including Exmoor Zoo, Quince Honey Farm, Watermouth Castle and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park – home to lions, wolves and incredible animatronic dinosaurs which can be found lurking along a jungle trail.