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The region of South Devon, also known as The South Hams, is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty located in and around the south-west coast of Devon. It stretches along the coast from Plymouth across to Dartmouth and inland to touch the southern edge of Dartmoor to the North. Its self-proclaimed capital is the historic town of Totnes, which even has its own currency. The coastline around Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe all offer some of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. South Devon is also very popular with the sailing fraternity with lovely safe, picturesque harbours and tidal inlets, such as at Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo (good news for those bringing their yachts on holiday).

Exterior of a thatched holiday cottage in Thurlestone.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Enjoy self-catering holidays in Thurlestone at Just A Cottage’, an iconic thatched cottage in South Devon. This Grade II listed seaside retreat, dating back to the 17th century, offers stylish comfort for up to four people. Pet-friendly, with a beamed lounge, well-equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom, and a small patio, it’s an ideal base near local beaches. Perfect for those seeking character, convenience, and a genuine South Hams experience. Discover more about this unique property’s allure in the full description.

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An estuary view from a deck of a waterside holiday apartment in Salcombe.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Enjoy a taste of luxurious living at 'Quarterdeck,' a Salcombe holiday apartment with a pool. This 2-bedroom waterfront retreat boasts a large balcony with panoramic estuary views, perfect for al fresco dining. Enjoy exclusive amenities like a private mooring, communal gardens, and a heated outdoor pool. The open-plan living area, well-equipped kitchen, and stylish bedrooms make it an ideal getaway. Explore the charming surroundings, with pubs, restaurants, and sandy beaches just steps away. Discover the allure of South Devon living at 'Quarterdeck.

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A tall, 2-storey, stone-built cottage overlooking a mature garden with a terrace and palms.
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Lower Norton Farmhouse is a luxurious rural cottage in Dartmouth boasting seclusion and beautiful South Devon views. The pet-friendly, large, stone-built cottage is surrounded by lush countryside and promises a spacious landscaped garden, a sunlit conservatory, open-plan design, elegance and log fires.

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Exterior of a large 2-storey barn conversion surrounded by lawns.
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
8

Stay at The Roundhouse, a large holiday cottage in South Devon. Seven bedrooms and a private annexe offer flexible accommodation for gatherings. The grand central hall of this luxury holiday home boasts a well-equipped kitchen and a wood-burning stove. Enjoy countryside views from the mezzanine or relax in the shared indoor pool and play area. Perfect for pet-friendly holidays, this rural cottage provides peace and privacy. For a detailed experience, view the fuller description and book your stay at this extraordinary barn conversion near Halwell.

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A lounge with comfortable sofas and TV has French windows with a sea view
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

A holiday in this beautiful seafront apartment in Torross is coastal living at its best. With a large, private terrace and a sweeping sea view over the sparkling shingle beach, you'll instantly feel miles away from it all.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Apple Barn is a sophisticated modern coastal cottage sitting just moments from the Devon coast in East Portlemouth. The impressive pet-friendly cottage promises beautiful countryside views, contemporary comforts, and multiple relaxation areas both inside and outside. Savour the serenity.

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4
Bedrooms
2

Torcross is a charming village on one of the most beautiful stretches of South Devon's coastline. It's an ideal location for those seeking a tranquil getaway by the sea. 9 At The Beach is a delightful waterside apartment offering guests bright and spacious accommodation just a few metres away from Slapton Sands, where the water is crystal clear.

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The rooftops of a large holiday cottage surrounded by a sloping lawn and trees with a river estuary in the distance.
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4

Dower House is a large 18th-century Devon holiday farmhouse that sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms. It is located in the village of Dittisham, between Dartmouth and Totnes, and offers panoramic views across the Dart Estuary. It is ideal for holidays with families or small groups of friends.

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8
Bedrooms
4

Stunning views of the River Yealm await visitors to Elphinstone, a large, luxurious holiday cottage in Newton Ferrers, Devon. Situated close to the sea, the impressive cottage offers a spacious deck, outdoor entertaining areas, an open-plan design, abundant natural light, a neutral palette and tranquillity.

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South Devon is dotted with beautiful towns and villages, probably the most famous being Dartmouth, home of the Royal Naval College. Many Dartmouth holiday cottages or self-catering apartments offer superb waterside views across the wide Dart Estuary towards Kingswear. The Dart is packed with Marinas while ferries ply their trade carrying cars and foot passengers across to Kingswear, a terminus for the South Devon Railway. From the station, restored Great Western steam locomotives haul visitors through the South Devon countryside to Paignton, where getting a pleasure boat back to Dartmouth is often possible. 

The contrast in geography is most pronounced if you drive for an hour from the coast at Kingsbridge or Dartmouth. Here you will find yourself on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. The region’s other heritage railway is the Dart Valley line, which chunters alongside the River Dart between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. Further down the coast is Burgh Island, on which stands an Art Deco hotel that features in at least one Agatha Christie novel. When the tide is in, reach it by ‘sea tractor.

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