If you want to experience life in an authentic Devon village, you’ll find a holiday cottage in Winkleigh is a great choice. This historic farming community is set amid stunning countryside, between the Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks. As you explore the pretty village centre, you’ll notice rows of thatched cottages, a scattering of independent businesses and a graceful church. For a refreshing glass of local cider, head to the Kings Arms, which serves a variety of hearty meals, prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. This 18th century thatched pub overlooks Winkleigh Square, so there’s no better place to immerse yourself in village life that other parts of the UK last experienced in the 1950’s.
Your first reaction at Balebarn Eco Lodge, near Winkleigh, will be ‘Wow, what a view!’ Then you’ll start appreciating its airy comfort, the woodburner, hot tub (optional), 2 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms -- and the wildlife at your doorstep. Balebarn sleeps 8 and has bikes boats and BBQs to borrow too.
Otter Cottage at Wheatland Farm, near Winkleigh, especially welcomes couples/singles for dog-friendly Devon holidays. This secluded rural cottage is on a farm managed entirely as a nature reserve. Great for a romantic escape, facilities include wood burner, BBQ, boating, free bikes. Sleeps 4 max.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 1
A cosy eco-lodge in idyllic rural Devon, Nuthatch Lodge offers dog-friendly self-catering holidays for a family of 4. Borrow bikes, BBQ and toast marshmallows at a campfire, boat on the lake, and explore the Wheatland Farm nature reserve. Or strike out to explore the North Devon beaches or Dartmoor.
Beech Lodge is a dog-friendly North Devon Eco Holiday Home with optional private hot tub, on a nature reserve near Winkleigh. Unwind at this secluded rural lodge with its generous space, privacy, and south-facing views to Dartmoor. Beech Lodge sleeps 6. Free bikes, and paddle-boarding on the lake.
Honeysuckle is one of three wooden eco lodges at Wheatland Farm nature reserve in rural North Devon. Set amidst 21 acres managed for wildlife, your holiday becomes part of the conservation project. Pets are welcome at this family-friendly lodge that is also a perfect romantic bolthole for couples.
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Winkleigh’s location, near the centre of Devon, has helped it to keep a low profile, and it remains largely untouched by tourism. In the wonderfully unspoiled countryside around the village, it’s still possible to walk along country lanes for miles, surrounded by flowers and birdsong, without seeing another soul. This particularly tranquil area of the county is a paradise for horse-riding, wildlife-watching and fishing. The area is dotted with pretty villages and market towns, such as Hatherleigh, Chulmleigh, Witheridge and Okehampton, many of which hold regular markets, where you can pick up fresh, high-quality local produce from local farms. Cider enthusiasts on self-catering holidays in Winkleigh won’t want to miss Sam’s Cider, on Hatherleigh Road, where the county’s best-loved refreshment can be sampled.
Winkleigh holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring both Exmoor and Dartmoor, where ancient wooded valleys, windswept moorland and magnificent historic sites await discovery. Drive northwest from the village and you’ll soon reach the rugged north Devon and Cornwall coasts, home to lovely beaches, quiet, rocky coves and breathtaking clifftop walks. Sandymouth, Widemouth and the charming resort of Bude all offer long, sandy beaches and some of the UK's best surfing waves.