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North Devon Holiday Cottages: The Best Places to Stay in Devon
Book North Devon holiday cottages to watch dolphins from high-up on Europe's tallest cliffs between Combe Martin and Woody Bay on Devon's rugged north coast. Catch a few waves in the surf at Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe. Stay in a coastal cottage on the North Devon coast in ancient fishing villages such as Clovelly, or relax in the countryside near equally old market towns such as South Molton and Hatherleigh. Where ever you choose to stay, a holiday cottage in North Devon is a lovely way to enjoy a holiday in this secret corner of the West Country. From North Devon seaside cottages and luxury holiday apartments such as those overlooking the sandy beaches of Saunton and Woolacombe to remote rural cottages amidst the wilds of Exmoor and the bustling and historic coastal ports of Barnstaple and Bideford, a self-catering holiday in his spectacular corner of Devon makes for an unforgettable holiday.
Devon Beach Court is a light and airy modern seaside apartment with WiFi in Woolacombe, North Devon. Offering comfort and style throughout, it sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
Stable Cottage is a stylish Devon holiday cottage with acres of space set within the extensive grounds of Highbullen Hotel and Country Club estate, enjoying all the first class facilities available to guests in rural surroundings near South Molton.
Nestled in the heart of the North Devon countryside between Bideford and Clovelly, Crooked Lake is a charming 17th Century cottage ideal for a quiet and relaxing getaway amidst beautiful countryside.
Fairways West is a newly renovated luxury house that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms in Chittlehamholt, North Devon. The house is perfect for large families or groups of friends. The house is set in lovely grounds of a hotel and has access to an 9 hole golf course, indoor swimming pool and leisure complex.
Dating back to the 17th Century, Higher Mullacott Farmhouse near Ilfracombe is a beautiful large 5 bed holiday property which has been tastefully renovated for style and comfort ; all set in a beautiful countryside position with sea views on the North Devon coast.
A stunning farming estate in the heart of rural North Devon. Barn Cottage is located in a scenic valley in the parish of Bishop's Nympton, near South Molton on the edge of Exmoor National Park. This farm cottage allows access to Devon's coastline, its beaches and other attractions.
Enjoy a unique holiday experience with a stay at Siren, one of four refurbished former lighthouse keepers’ cottages overlooking Bull Point near the village of Mortehoe, Devon, a child-friendly cottage that sleeps up to five, featuring three bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen, and gorgeous sea views.
Stoneleigh is a gorgeous 19th-century home designed by prominent Victorian architect William Bryden and situated in the North Devon coastal town of Northam, a large child-friendly cottage that boasts ornate brickwork, original sash windows, traditional games room, and space for up to 17 guests.
Cool Stone Cottage is sleek, modern and elegant. The pet-friendly cottage in Instow carries a distinct coastal vibe and lies just moments from the beach and the highlights of North Devon. Natural light floods the cottage and the sea breeze can be enjoyed in the open-plan spaces or the lovely garden.
Partridge Cottage welcomes families and their pets to the little coastal village of Berrynarbor in this charming corner of North Devon. This rural North Devon holiday cottage sleeps 6 on a farm where children are welcome to help with feeding lambs, pigs, goats and duck.
Seekings Cottage is a delightful farm cottage for two, located on the edge of the beautiful Exmoor National Park. Several good pubs are close by, including one Michelin starred. The village of Dulverton is within an easy distance.
Charlesworth is a very impressive detached chalet bungalow perched above the village of Ashford in North Devon. The pet-friendly cottage enjoys estuary views from its lovely garden and boasts a sophisticated design, light-filled spaces, table tennis table, garden hammock and summerhouse.
Hazel Barn is a Large and luxurious farmhouse with modern amenities for a holiday in North Devon. The family-friendly Exmoor cottage lies on the owner’s rural property and treats guests, an open fire, hot tub, indoor and outdoor games areas and captivating views of North Molton and beyond.
Beach Retreat is an elegant coastal cottage situated a short stroll from the beautiful beaches of Instow in North Devon. The pet-friendly cottage benefits from a neutral palette and sophisticated design features and captures the sea breeze in its light and airy rooms, as well as boasting a log fire.
Chelfham Barton Manor is a gorgeous rustic cottage sitting among green fields in Chelfham, North Devon. The pet-friendly stone-built cottage offers the height of luxury blended with exposed beams, flagstone floors and an open fire It boasts a spacious garden with hot tub plus gorgeous rural views.
Luxury defines 6 Middlecombe, a coastal apartment near the beach in Woolacombe Bay in Devon. The pet-friendly apartment features a sun-drenched balcony, a sophisticated interior with light & airy spaces and access to an indoor swimming pool, games room, sauna & treatment room, plus fun in the sun.
Luxury defines 10 Middlecombe, a coastal apartment near the beach in Woolacombe Bay in Devon. The pet-friendly apartment features a sun-drenched balcony, a sophisticated interior with light & airy spaces & access to an indoor swimming pool, games room, sauna and treatment room, plus fun in the sun.
Deer View Cottage is a stunning, 5* luxury cottage with an indoor pool and hot tub set within the grounds of the North Devon Highbullen Country Hotel. The pet-friendly Devon holiday cottage is in a quiet corner of the estate enjoying picturesque rural views. Use spa facilities and golf course.
Braefoot is a North Devon countryside cottage close to beaches at Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. This child-friendly rural retreat at Lower Aylescott Farm is perfectly located for family holidays exploring the North Devon coast.
The Byre at Wheel Farm is an attractive barn conversion offering self-catering accommodation for up to 5 visitors in 3-bedrooms. Onsite facilities include an indoor heated pool, sauna and tennis court all within easy reach of fabulous beaches and the Exmoor National Park.
The Barn is a large newly refurbished 6 bedroom countryside cottage, close to the popular coastal resort of Combe Martin in North Devon There is spacious living spaces, a modern kitchen and 3 family bathrooms. Wheel Farm has an indoor heated pool, sauna and an outside tennis court. Pets welcome.
Mill Wheel Cottage lies in beautiful rural surroundings on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin within acres of landscaped gardens and woods, where leisure facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. This restored old water mill sleeps up to 5 in 3 bedrooms.
Situated a few miles from North Devon's beautiful beaches and a short drive from Exmoor, The Farmhouse at Wheel Farm near Combe Martin is the perfect place to take a holiday, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Guests have free use of an communal indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court.
Large, modern four-bedroom holiday home located in the desirable North Devon seaside village of Croyde. Sunset Beach accommodates up to eight, within easy walking distance of the beach and village centre. The house has an enclosed garden and gorgeous views of the countryside and ocean.
Historic North Devon
North Devon holiday cottages are nicely located for exploring the Exmoor and the top half of Devon. A thriving market town packed with leisure facilities on the River Taw's estuary, Barnstaple's historic centre is home to independent shops, tea rooms, a lovely museum and several striking landmarks, including the 13th century Long Bridge, over the Taw. The Pannier Market and Butchers Row are worth visiting for fresh, local produce or a unique gift to take home.
The Tarka Trail for Walking and Cycling Holidays
One of North Devon's best cycle routes, the Tarka Trail, runs through Barnstaple, following an old railway track for more than 30 miles, along the north and south banks of the Taw, from Ilfracombe, through Braunton to Meeth via Bideford and Torrington with stunning views across the estuaries of the Taw and Torridge. Visitors to North Devon will also find some attractive North Devon holiday cottages in the leafy, sleepy little villages in steep wooded valleys surrounding Barnstaple such as Goodleigh, Shirwell, Kentisbury and Bratton Fleming. From Croyde to Woolacombe.
The glorious sandy, surfing beaches of Croyde, Saunton Sands and Woolacombe are all a short drive from Barnstaple. Saunton is the closest, with miles of uninterrupted sand and brilliant waves for surfing. There are several surf schools in the area and a popular café with a terrace overlooking the Atlantic. A short, scenic drive away is Croyde, a rugged bay, backed by dunes, a stroll from the pretty village.
If you want to find places to stay in North Devon where you can fall asleep to the sound of the sea, Woolacombe cottages could be for you. Walk the length of this vast stretch of golden sand, to Putsborough, and back on one of the footpaths which meander through a maze of wild dunes. In the laid-back village above the sands, you'll find pubs, cafes and shops selling everything needed for a day on the beach.
From Lee Bay to Lynmouth and Exmoor
The South West Coast Path heading east from Woolacombe Lynmouth is beautiful, with towering cliffs, rocky peninsulas and the chance to spot dolphins and basking sharks. Stop for a pint at the Grampus, a charming pub, a mile from Lee Bay, a popular swimming spot with rockpools to explore at low tide. Nearby, Ilfracombe is not to be missed. As you wander around this welcoming resort, you'll discover grand Victorian architecture and fishing boats bobbing in a working harbour. Looming over the crashing waves is a dramatic sculpture by Damien Hirst, known as Verity.
East of Ilfracombe on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, Combe Martin is another seaside village with a sandy beach and superb rock pools overlooked by imposing cliffs and a selection of cafes and pubs. It's a great starting point for a challenging walk along the South West Coast Path along the highest clifftops in Europe towards Exmoor via Heddon's Mouth and Woody Bay. Exmoor's enchanting expanse of windswept moorland is a paradise for horse-riding, wildlife-watching and walking. The moor, which extends across North Devon and neighbouring West Somerset, meets the coast, where Lynton and Lynmouth's elegant villages cling to the sides of a wooded valley. If you're weary after following the steep footpath from Lynton down to Lynmouth Harbour, jump on the Victorian cliff railway and savour breathtaking views of the Bristol Channel on the way back up.
From Bideford to Clovelly
Heading Southwest towards the Cornish border, Bideford, known as the Little White Town, overlooks the River Torridge, with a tangle of narrow streets to explore. Along with Ilfracombe, it's an embarkation point for day trips to Lundy Island. At the river mouth, Appledore is a picturesque village with a rich shipbuilding heritage and one of North Devon's best-loved ice cream brands, Hocking's. Appledore's share of North Devon holiday cottages tends to be charming, beautifully restored Appledore fishermen's cottages clustered on streets leading off the Quay.
West of Bideford, secluded rocky coves, breathtaking clifftop walks, and shipwreck remains await discovery on the coast. Just past the hillside fishing village of Clovelly, The Hartland Peninsula is particularly dramatic. Visit Hartland Abbey nestled in bluebell-carpeted woods and the pub on Hartland Quay, where a pint of ale can be enjoyed, just a few feet from the crashing waves.
Visitors looking for self-catering holidays in North Devon often miss its inland areas offer tranquil countryside and a scattering of villages and market towns. Discover picturesque Winkleigh and Great Torrington, where you can still find a slower, rural pace of life. There are two superb days out for all the family to enjoy at The Big Sheep in Abbotsham and The Milky Way near Clovelly. Rain or shine, both are highly recommended.
There's only one rule for visitors to North Devon to follow between April and the end of October: if you see a Hockings ice cream van on your travels, you have to stop and buy one. Ask for a cornet with a 'girt dollop' of clotted cream - they are the world's best!
If you do decide to book a North Devon holiday cottage, it is odds on you'll plan to repeat the experience many times in the years ahead. It's that kind of country - and that kind of coast: Wild, rugged, spectacular, and so enjoyably relaxing.