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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.
The Shippen is a pet-friendly holiday cottage in Combe Martin sleeping 4. It is tucked away in a quiet corner on the North Devon coast at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages: A collection of charmingly refurbished self-catering cottages with a pool.
A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.
A luxury five bedroom holiday home with its own hot tub and spectacular coastal views, just a short walk from the beach and the lively seaside resort of Woolacombe in North Devon.
Sleeping up to four in two bedrooms, pretty Royd Holiday Cottage in a rural location at Lower Aylescott just a few miles from the stunning North Devon coastline and Woolacombe Beach. This family-friendly cottage near Ilfracombe has onsite fishing and a children's play area.
Moorparks Cottage is a traditional farm cottage offering two bedrooms, 1 King-size (Which can be converted to a twin) and one double bedroom. Downstairs lounge diner leading through to a kitchen with views to Exmoor. The Barn is suitable for children over 6 years of age. • Bathroom: with shower over
Middle Dean Farmhouse is a relaxing pet-friendly holiday retreat near the Exmoor village of Parracombe, Devon, set amidst the splendour of the national park and boasting stone exterior, underfloor heating, exposed beams, five spacious bedrooms for up to 11 guests, and outdoor hot tub.
The Milking Parlour enjoys views over the countryside to the ocean and sits on peaceful grounds near Hartland in Devon. The coastal cottage welcomes families and pets and boasts lovely grounds, exposed beams, wooden floors and a cosy fire, plus contemporary style and access to sandy beaches.
Pheasant's Roost is a pet friendly, stylish Barn Conversion with heated indoor swimming pool nestling in 13 rural acres near Winkleigh in the heart of Devon. Think lots of oak beams, log fires and exposed stonework. This 2-bedroom cottage will sleep up to 4 adults and 3 children.
Orchard Cottage is a large 4-bedroom Devon farm cottage on the edge of Exmoor in North Devon in Bishops Nympton, an idyllic rural location near South Molton. It is ideally located for exploring Exmoor and North Devon fabulous award winning beaches.
This 3-bedroom 17th Century Exmoor cottage near Brayford near Barnstaple in North Devon is adjacent an age-old farmhouse and is suitable for up to five people. Copper Kettle Cottage is located on an organic estate with a lake, tree-house and beautiful woodland walks, picnic spots and rural views.
Stag Cottage is a unique barn conversion resting in a quiet corner of Little Torrington. The rural North Devon holiday cottage boasts garden and woodland views and treats guests to experiences with farm animals, a heated swimming pool, games room, luxury and modern comforts.
A stunning pet-friendly lodge in the North Devon countryside. Just a short drive from some of the area's most spectacular beaches, this home is spacious, bright and stylish with a large covered deck and private hot tub. Enjoy wonderful rural views in a truly relaxing setting.
Duror is a pretty three-bedroom cottage ideally located at Lower Aylescott near Woolacombe and Ilfracombe in North Devon. Sleeping 2-6, guests have access to onsite fishing and a children's play area. The child friendly cottage is within easy reach of award-winning beaches and Exmoor National Park.
This beautiful two bedroom barn conversion is set in an idyllic rural location and is only a short drive away from the stunning North Devon coast and its outstanding beaches. Guests can relax and admire stunning coastal views from the private hot tub and large enclosed garden.
Situated in the Challacombe block at Byron is 5 Challacombe, a luxurious coastal apartment just moments from the sands of Woolacombe Bay in Devon. The pet-friendly cottage exudes coastal chic & boasts a spacious deck beside the open-plan living space as well as an indoor pool, gym and a sea breeze.
Situated just moments from Lee Bay is The Old Apple Store, a luxurious coastal cottage boasting a spacious deck and hot tub with wonderful views. The thoroughly modern cottage in Ilfracombe offers an open-plan design with true urban chic, and open fire and the chance to explore the Devon coastline.
A bespoke whiskey barrel shower hangs in the garden of The West Wing, a rustic and retro rural cottage in Barnstaple, Devon. Traditional charm meets funky design in a cottage boasting a fireplace with wood burner, wooden floors and beams & a generous garden with views - all close to sandy beaches.
Part of the brand-new Byron Apartments complex on the ground floor of a block of apartment homes, 2 Putsborough in the heart of Woolacombe, Devon, offers a luxurious coastal holiday for up to four guests, a pet-friendly apartment with an en-suite master double and access to indoor pool and gym.
Upper Instow Beach Cottage is a charming first floor North Devon holiday let overlooks the estuary. The dog-friendly waterside apartment sleeps 5 people in 3 bedrooms. It has a lovely balcony to sit and enjoy uninterrupted views across the beach and estuary to Appledore and lovely sunsets.
5 Middlecombe in the seaside resort village of Woolacombe, Devon, is part of the North Devon coast’s newest holiday destination, a child-friendly first-floor apartment with access to the complex’s many amenities and boasting open-plan living area, private balcony, and en-suite master bedroom.
Hayloft at Wheel Farm is a pet-friendly North Devon holiday cottage for couples situated just a short drive from the coast and the rolling hills of Exmoor, perfectly placed to offer guests rural self-catering holidays with a swimming pool.
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.
Nairn is a luxurious grand cottage set in the village of Braunton near the North Devon coast. Boasting impressive grounds with a hot tub and furnished entertaining areas, the pet-friendly cottage promises a memorable holiday. It also offers indoor and outdoor play areas and a log fire.
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.