Find & Book Self-Catering Holidays in North Devon

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.

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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.

Fabulous, 5-star, family-friendly North Devon coastal cottage sleeping 10-12. Facilities include hot tub, swimming pool (Mar-Oct), tennis court, table tennis and pool table. With underfloor heating and cosy a wood-burner; with magnificent panoramic rural and sea views... it is perfect all year round

The Retreat is a charming coastal cottage boasting reminders of yesteryear and located just a stroll from the beach in Appledore, Devon. The pet-friendly cottage offers an enviable location as well as a spacious garden, exposed beams and sash windows and a fantastic base for a memorable holiday.

Duck Cottage is a luxury barn conversion nestled in a quiet corner of Little Torrington. The rural cottage boasts commanding views over its generous gardens to the woodlands of North Devon and features an open fire, a heated outdoor swimming pool, library, games room and access to farm animals.

Beautiful, 2-bedroom barn conversion with Wi-Fi located in Braunton sleeping 4, the perfect place for a family getaway on the North Devon coast, being just a 5-minute drive to the beach at Saunton Sands. Onsite, you will find a terrace along with almost an acre of gardens.

If a picturesque setting and luxury living are what you're looking for, you'll love this contemporary lodge. Set in the charming village of Georgeham in Braunton, this pet-friendly home is just a short drive from the area's sandy beaches and offers a stylish interior and private hot tub.

A stunning new North Devon beach apartment for 2015 in Westward Ho! Directly overlooking the beach in this family friendly resort, this beautiful seaside holiday apartment has a contemporary interior, high quality spec with balcony and wonderful sea views.

This detached cottage rests in Braunton, Devon and can sleep twelve people in six bedrooms.

Situated in a quiet back street in the centre of the popular North Devon village of Braunton and just 2 miles from the beach is Kittiwake House. This large, luxury cottage with secure, private garden sleeps 12 people in 6 bedrooms, 2 en-suite plus two family bathrooms. Pets welcome.

We are now letting the cottage again with increased cleaning and sanitising because of Covid 19, including the use of an electro-static ‘Fogging machine’ for extra protection. Please contact us for further details and availability, visit our Instagram page #melindascottagbucksmills or webpage.

Smithy Cottage accommodates up to four guests in two bedrooms and is situated outside Ilfracombe in the glorious North Devon countryside just a handful of miles from the beach at Woolacombe. This North Devon holiday cottage on-site fishing and a children's play area is located at Lower Aylescott.

Blare Cottage at Lower Aylescott Farm stands amidst glorious North Devon countryside a few miles from the fabulous Woolacombe Beach. This pretty two-bedroom holiday home sleeps 4. Guests can roam the grounds, fish the well-stocked lakes while children will enjoy the onsite children's play area.

Old Maids Cottage on the spectacular North Devon coast has been fully restored as a luxurious, open plan luxury holiday home for six people in three double bedrooms, (two en suite). You’ll enjoy its picture-perfect thatched cottage that just oozes the holiday feeling from the moment you arrive.

The Byre, a stunning converted barn for up to 6 people and a dog, is a great place to stay and visit the beautiful North Devon coast and the wilds of Exmoor. The cottage is light, bright and spacious and very relaxing but also benefits from being 3 miles from Barnstaple and 8 miles from the coast.

Oak Lodge is a spacious family cottage boasting wooden panelling and ample windows which capture the views of the surrounding countryside. Set among woodland in Bideford, Devon, the modern lodge boasts a hot tub and wood burning stove, plus a large private garden and the promise of peace and quiet.

Memory House is probably the most prestigious house in Woolacombe, enjoying uninterrupted views of Woolacombe beach across to Putsburough. The large ground to ceiling windows across the entire ground floor means you can watch the surfers over breakfast or the sun setting over the sea in the evening

Stables is a large stunning holiday cottage converted from stables in Tawstock near Barnstaple, North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated 6-bedroom interior with loads of space to relax and unwind. Outside there is a large private patio, games room, and shared outdoor play area and tennis court.

Moorparks Barn is reverse-level accommodation, offering two bedrooms on the ground floor, 1 king-size and 1 twin. Ground floor bathroom. Stairs leading to the lounge/diner, kitchen and cloakroom. The Barn is suitable for children over 6 years of age. • Bathroom: with shower over bath and WC,

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of an onsite heated swimming pool and a tennis court. Located at Wheel Farm near Combe Martin, the cottage is within easy reach of the stunning North Devon coast, including the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. Exmoor is also nearby.

The Garden Cottage is set in stunning North Devon countryside near Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a luxury one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.

Lower Mill Cottage at Wheel Farm is a 1-bedroom holiday home for couples with communal use of a heated indoor pool and tennis court, near award winning Blue Flag beaches at Woolacombe and Putsborough. The wilds of Exmoor where ponies and red deer roam freely are also only a short drive away.

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.