Part of the exotic English Riviera, the Devon seaside resort of Torquay has long been a leading English destination for traditional seaside holidays and holiday cottages. These days it is as popular as ever, with more and more visitors choosing to stay in one of the town's growing number of holiday cottages. Torquay holds amazing views of far-out blue stretches of ocean occasionally inhabited by crowd-pleasing orca whales and a wealth of friendly sea life. View some of the sea life close up at Living Coasts on the harbour. Alternatively, nip 'next door' where there is plenty of more exotic wildlife to be found at nearby Paignton Zoo or the Woodlands Family Wildlife Park for more animal antics.
Torquay has regularly Britain's tables for Best Beaches in the past few years. Swept clean by the tide twice a day, you can sunbathe, build sandcastles or go beachcombing. You can still hire paddle boats from the beach or motorboats from the harbour in which to chunter around Torbay, or take a mackerel fishing trip to catch a fishy feast to BBQ back at your holiday cottage in the evening.
Originally a Victorian villa, this outstanding large South Devon seaside holiday home is set only a few minutes’ walks from Torquay town centre and the beach. The dog-friendly Torbay manor boasts 5 bedrooms, a hot tub, games room and state of the art amenities in all areas of the house.
A Victorian South Devon holiday cottage in Torquay, Protea Cottage is located mid-way between Livermead Beach (a 10-minute walk) and Cockington village. This spacious 2-bedroom, 4-star estate cottage is tastefully decorated with period furniture and has sea views from the master bedroom.
This lovely Italianate villa can be found on the harbourside in Torquay and makes the perfect coastal getaway for family or friends. With sea views stretching right across the bay this home also has a private courtyard garden; the ideal place to enjoy a glass of bubbles while watching the sun set.
Park Hill House is a luxury coastal cottage in the English Riviera resort of Torquay, Devon, affording magnificent sea views and featuring five levels accessible by lift, five bedrooms with en-suite, games and cinema room, conservatory, terraced garden and balcony.
Sea Salt Lodge looks like a Swiss ski lodge, but there’s no mistaking your family is on holiday along the English Riviera, with magnificent views of the coastal town of Torquay, Devon, and a nautical theme running through this three-storey child-friendly cottage that features a games room.
Set in the peaceful suburb of Wellswood, Bishopsgate a luxury Torquay holiday home. “Down to the finest detail…this house is a jewel” remarked one recent guest. Bishopsgate is definitely for those seeking fun and adventure with all the luxuries of a lavish, exclusive coastal home. Pets welcome.
This charming, luxuriously restored carriage house in Torquay is minutes away from the Torbay beaches and South Devon attractions from model villages to steam railways. Monterey Mews is a dog-friendly holiday home in Torquay sleeping six, with cosy gathering places both inside and out.
Located in the peaceful hamlet of North Whilborough, Huccaby is a beautiful rural location for a self catering holiday in South Devon. This child friendly cottage with a communal heated indoor swimming pool sleeps 6 plus cots in 3 bedrooms and has Wi-Fi.
Nestling in the sleepy South Devon coastal hamlet of North Whilborough with an indoor swimming pool and Wi-Fi, Long Barn Cottage near Torquay is the perfect location for a self-catering holiday for large families or groups of friends. It sleeps 13 in 6 bedrooms, 3 en-suites, a bathroom shower room.
A Luxury Torquay holiday apartment in a former Victorian School, 7 Torwood Gables has 3 bedrooms sleeping 6. This pet friendly, spacious coastal apartment with Wi-Fi is within walking distance of the Harbour, Theatre, Living Coasts and lovely South Devon beaches at Torre Abbey Sands and Meadfoot.
Rock House is a rare find in Torquay - a large and pet friendly South Devon holiday cottage with sea and harbour views, restored and furnished to a very high standard. It lies within easy reach of Torquay's beaches and major attractions. Perfect for large families or groups of friends.
Oceania is a beautiful coastal cottage set in a picturesque corner of the resort town of Torquay, Devon, where large families and friends can gather in comfortable accommodation. This three-bedroom home features high-quality reclaimed furniture, welcoming sunroom and decked rear garden.
Singleton Manor is a large Edwardian Manor House with heated indoor swimming pool and hot tub amidst splendid gardens containing a trampoline, lawns, ponds and fountains offering seaside self-catering accommodation in Torquay. Sleeps 10. Pets welcome.
The ample windows and open-plan design of Paddock House award it the essence of a true coastal cottage. Gorgeous views and natural light flood the luxury property in Torquay, Devon and complement the refined décor selection and the ultra-modern fittings. Completing the ensemble is an open fire.
The Hamptons is a luxury seaside cottage boasting an Italian marble fireplace, contemporary fittings and an expansive outdoor entertaining area offering sea views. Situated in an exclusive area of Torquay, the large, gorgeous holiday home promises refinement on the South Devon Coast.
Nestling in the tranquil South Devon hamlet of North Whilborough near Torquay, Honeybag is the perfect location for couples with an infant, or those seeking a romantic hideaway with a swimming pool. It sleeps 2 (plus a cot) with an en suite bathroom.
Tucked away in the tranquil hamlet of North Whilborough in South Devon, Hameldown is a large Holiday Cottage sleeping 8 in 4 bedrooms, in the perfect rural location for a Devon self catering holiday for families seeking a holiday cottage with a pool and Wi-Fi.
3 Torwood Gables is a family-sized seaside self-catering apartment on the South Devon Coast in Torquay. This pet friendly open-plan apartment with solid pine floors and beams is one of a handful of apartments created from a Victorian Primary School.
Quinta Bench is a homely coastal cottage in the ever-popular resort town of Torquay, Devon, offering welcoming child-friendly accommodation for families and groups on holiday along the English Riviera, with fully fitted kitchen, enclosed garden, and easy access to the region’s beautiful beaches.
Babble Brook House is a unique seaside holiday cottage and villa near Torquay in Devon, that welcomes families and pets. This seaside escape is replete with wood burning stove, country-style kitchen, exposed beams, ample gardens and a sun-drenched conservatory, just a short walk to Babbacombe Beach.
Baytree House is a grand coastal cottage sitting just moments from the beaches in Torquay, Devon. The pet-friendly cottage is an ideal large group getaway with a large garden, wheelchair access and a spacious interior which is modern and immaculately presented. Gather the clan and create memories.
- Bovey Tracey
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Cheriton Bishop
- Combe Martin
- Gara Bridge
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Lee Bay
- Little Torrington
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Noss Mayo
- South Molton
- Stoke Fleming
- Westward Ho!
As well as the long twenty-two miles of alluring sandy beaches you can also find secluded coves, such as Babbacombe Bay reached by a cliff railway for a more secretive escape as you enjoy the sunshine on Devon's coastline. Alongside the relaxing atmosphere of the beautiful beaches, you can immerse yourself in the abundance of activities Torquay has to inspire such as windsurfing and snorkelling. Get your heart pumping with a spot of tennis or chill out on the green as you tee off for some golf. The sights and salty smells of the harbour are just a starting point for a leisurely stroll along the promenade.
In the evenings take in a show at the Princess on the Theatre and afterwards enjoy a romantic stroll along the Torquay's magical palm tree-lined illuminated promenade or walk through the Royal Terrace Gardens and take in the fantastic sea views.
Take a ferryboat from Torquay's harbour across the bay to Paignton, Brixham or right around Berry Head to Dartmouth. Instead of walking, take a horse and trap and go back in time with a visit to the beautiful thatched village of Cockington and watch blacksmiths at work in the traditional forge.
From Paignton, catch a steam train along the coast to Kingswear and cross the Dart by ferry to Dartmouth. From there take a trip upriver to Totnes, for where you can catch a train back to Torquay.
Torquay certainly has a lot to offer visitors coming to stay in its many holiday cottages and apartments and is definitely on the list of towns-not-to-be missed in the tour of Britain's best seaside resorts.