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Holiday Cottages in Devon

Devon, once known as Devonshire, has plenty of attractions, a thriving harbour industry and spectacular, unspoilt, natural sites. Several places have also been designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Well known for its rugged moorlands, pretty villages and quaint chocolate box cottages, Devon is a must-see holiday destination, and we've got plenty of holiday cottages in Devon to make your stay a memorable one.

Where is Devon?

Situated in the South West of England, close to other popular tourist destinations such as Cornwall, Devon has long been a favourite holiday spot and with such a huge choice of places to visit it is little wonder, particularly North Devon.


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51.181568, -4.212428

LOCATION, LOCATION ! A stunning private, and secluded South West facing 2 bedroom Eco build with a private garden, walk out balcony and sunny patio. With outstanding sea, coastal views, surrounded by National Trust land / SW coast path with pubs, cafes, and Woolacombe award winning beach just 10-15 minutes walk away.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1800
Short breaks from £150 per night

4/5  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.172734, -4.204687

A two-minute walk from the beach, shops, cafes and pubs, Belle Vue is a fantastic self-catering apartment in Woolacombe that sleeps four people in two rooms. It has storage for surfboards, bikes and wetsuits and a private parking space - all those important extras that will make your seaside holiday even more relaxing and stress-free. Spend your days on the sand at Woolacombe, or venture around the coast to nearby Croyde or Mortehoe with lovely towns and pretty villages to explore, this is a great holiday location for couples or families all year round.

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £1150

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.879210, -3.108121

Beautifully presented with exposed beams and wood burning stove, this delightful holiday cottage affords fantastic views over the surrounding Blackdown Hills. There are excellent country walks directly from the front door of Meadow Cottage and the Jurassic Coast is within easy reach. A great self-catering base for exploring the counties of Devon, Dorset and Somerset with a wealth of attractions for day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £1100

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.540778, -3.505548

Hawks Cay is a superb holiday home in Shaldon, close to the beach, shops, cafes and other amenities. It's recently been refurbished to a very high standard, with chic New England interiors carefully chosen by the interior-designer owner to reflect the coastal location and appeal to families and friends. There is space for eight people to sleep in four bedrooms, a sheltered courtyard garden and off-street parking. Children and dogs are welcome to join you on your self-catering holiday in Devon where you can enjoy fantastic attractions in all seasons.

Weekly guide price:
£1421 to £3745

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.535691, -3.515279

There's nowhere like the beautiful English Riviera for a seaside holiday. The Cottage at 45 Fore Street is in the picturesque village of Shaldon, within a few minutes stroll of the beach, cafes, pubs and shops. The owners have recently refurbished the holiday home with modern conveniences and beautiful touches that complement the spacious rooms of this period property. Accommodation is spread over three floors, sleeping six people in three bedrooms with two bathrooms. It's ideal not only for families and extended families but also for friends who want to socialise and have their own private floor to retreat to at the end of the day. 

Weekly guide price:
£1377 to £1915

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.509721, -3.516828

About Sea Maiden Sea Maiden is located within the picturesque hamlet of Maidencombe on the outskirts of Torquay and offers a romantic escape to take in the best that South Devon has to offer. It comfortably sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is ideal for families or friends. Enjoy the enclosed garden, beautiful panoramic views across the rolling fields and the coastline of Lyme Bay. Wake up to a stunning view of the sunrise and relax on the balcony with your morning coffee, planning your day of adventure in Devon.   Walking is a delight, with several good trails, the South West Coastal Path on your doorstep, and Dartmoor National Park is not far away. Maidencombe Beach offers the perfect venue for dog owners, where four-legged friends can enjoy the beach all year round. The nearby Thatched Tavern has all the character and charm of the 17th-century cottage.    If you venture further, you have a selection of beautiful sandy beaches to visit, including  The Ness, Shaldon.

Weekly guide price:
£1430 to £1630
Short breaks from £262 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.540672, -3.506298

About Merchant House Merchant House is in Shaldon and only a short walk from the River Teign, cafes, shops and welcoming pubs like The London Inn and The Ferry Boat Inn. It’s perfect for a holiday at any time of the year, with the house being particularly well-suited to families as it sleeps up to seven people in four bedrooms with room for a travel cot. Shaldon is a pretty Devon fishing village with loads of character and plenty to offer holidaymakers. It overlooks the River Teign, and there is a regular ferry that crosses the river to Teignmouth which is said to be the oldest operating passenger service in England. The river is a favourite spot for fishing, sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding, with equipment hire available locally for those who need it. Shaldon Beach and Ness Cove are both within a mile of the cottage with good conditions for swimming. They have the extra benefit of being quieter than Teignmouth Beach and never feel busy or crowded. Ignore the car for the week and enjoy having everything you need within walking distance. If you do feel like exploring further afield, then you will find the English Riviera and famous beaches such as Paignton, Torbay and Torquay less than half an hour away. Local attractions include Paignton Zoo, Dinosaur World, Torre Abbey, and the Babaccombe Cliff Railway which takes visitors to and from Oddicombe Beach. Kent’s Cavern Prehistoric Caves are ideal for keeping the kids happily amused in any weather, or perhaps Agatha Christie’s House, Greenway, is more to your taste. Walking is a delight not only along Devon’s Coastline but also through the gorgeous countryside. Dartmoor National Park is not very far away, providing even more opportunities for fun and adventure, including for climbers and mountain bikers. You certainly won’t struggle to find things to do when you stay at Merchant House no matter what time of year you visit, your age or your interests.

Weekly guide price:
£1377 to £1912

7  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.540778, -3.505548

Harp House is a fantastic holiday cottage in the heart of Shaldon. Beautifully refurbished to maintain its period character while comfortably accommodating six people in four bedrooms, it's an excellent choice for families or friends who want to be within walking distance of the beach, river, coastal footpath, pubs, cafes and shops. There is so much scope for fun whether you're on, in or next to the water. Maybe it's the water, or possibly it's the higher-than-average amounts of sunshine, but Shaldon is a top choice for a wonderfully relaxing holiday in any season. 

Weekly guide price:
£737 to £1766

6  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.535128, -3.551536

Frog Cottage is a traditional cob-and-thatch property in the pretty hamlet of Combeinteignhead. Sleeping five people in three bedrooms, the holiday cottage is peaceful and rural yet only a mile from Newton Abbot and the River Teign and three miles from the coast and beaches like Ness Cove. You are only a stone's throw from the village pub, though with so many beautiful footpaths and cycling routes around, you'll be happy to go further afield to have an excuse to work up a thirst. It's a wonderful choice for a family self-catering holiday. 

Weekly guide price:
£1240 to £1760

5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.540672, -3.506298

If you're longing for the beauty of South Devon beaches but can't face a summer full of people, you'll love 9 Shoreside. This modern holiday home is in the pretty fishing village of Shaldon, close to beaches, shops, cafes, takeaways and pubs. You're only a short ferry ride away from Teignmouth's beach and amenities, and just 10 miles from Dartmoor, yet you'd hardly know it from your spot on a quiet residential street with no through traffic. It's a great choice for a self-catering holiday for couples, families or friends, including those with dogs. 

Weekly guide price:
£721 to £1463

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.540778, -3.505548

6 Shoreside is a newly-refurbished self-catering holiday home in Devon. Located close to the centre of Shaldon and within walking distance of the beach, river, shops, bars and cafes, it sleeps six people in three bedrooms and is perfect for families, including those with a dog. Whether you paddle your way up the river, hike a stretch of the South West Coast Path, visit the beautiful English Riviera, or climb a granite tor on Dartmoor, there is plenty to see and do. Holiday bookings are available all year round with a Friday changeover. 

Weekly guide price:
£943 to £1439

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.315805, -3.920131

The South Hams is Devon at its finest, with gorgeous countryside and beautiful beaches on the doorstep. This period cottage is in Kington, close to the village pub and a leisurely half-hour's stroll along the South West Coast Path to Wonwell Beach. Kingsbridge is close by, as are Salcombe, Totnes and Dartmoor National Park, so there is lots to see and do at any time of the year. This period cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and is perfect for families, friends and couples.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £897
Short breaks from £65 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.879210, -3.108121

Weathervane Cottage is a single storey self-catering holiday cottage with exposed beams and a wood burning stove. Relax and unwind on the patio overlooking the surrounding peaceful countryside of the Blackdown Hills. Excellent local walking, plenty of attractions to visit in Devon, Dorset and also Somerset, and lovely beaches on the Jurassic Coast close by.

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £1250

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.879210, -3.108121

Exposed beams and a wood burning stove add to the charm of this self-catering holiday cottage – perfect for a romantic retreat. Located in peaceful unspoilt countryside with glorious views of the surrounding Blackdown Hills, Garden Cottage is close to the Jurassic Coast and an abundance of attractions in Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £650

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

Apple Loft

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 26th Feb 2024 for 4 nights, £335Save £15"Country walks from the front door, coast nearby, friendly local pubs & restaurants"
50.879210, -3.108121

Stylish throughout, this well presented self-catering apartment is a super choice for couples who want to relax and unwind in a peaceful setting amongst the beauty of the Blackdown Hills. Within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast, guests staying at Apple Loft can enjoy wonderful walks and fantastic views on the doorstep.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £650

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.047784, -4.070839

Just outside Tawstock and a short drive from Barnstaple, Corffe is a wonderful estate with nine holiday cottages and a magnificent Georgian country house which sleeps up to 20 people. Corffe House can be rented on its own or together with some or all of the cottages to accommodate larger parties for events like weddings. With beaches like Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Croyde and Westward Ho! as well as the Exmoor National Park nearby, a holiday at Corffe is one of endless fun. The grounds have an all-weather tennis court and adventure play area, and there is also an indoor swimming pool and spa bath. Corffe House also has a cinema room with pool table for relaxed evenings watching films or challenging your friends and family to a game. Whether you're there for a long weekend to celebrate an occasion with your extended family and friends, or sneaking away for a romantic week in the beautiful North Devon countryside, Corffe has the perfect self-catering property for you.

Weekly guide price:
£5250 to £7850

18-22  |   9  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.620465, -3.409990

A few minutes walk from the golden sands of Exmouth beach (with Blue Flag status), Sunnydeck is a fresh, modern ground floor apartment sleeping two guests in one spacious bedroom. Sunnydeck apartment has a lovely decked area where you can relax and catch the sunshine. The large double bedroom has a king size bed with high quality mattress, plenty of storage space & flat screen digital TV. The comfy lounge has 2 & 3 seat settee, electric fire, flat screen smart TV, HomeHub Docking Station with Bluetooth. Kitchen is well equipped with electric cooker, washing machine, microwave, fridge, freezer & dishwasher. The shower room has shower cubical with electric shower, basin & toilet. Separate dining area with extending table. The apartment has central heating, controllable by the visitor. Linen & towels provided. Gas, heating, electric and Wi-Fi internet included. OFF ROAD PARKING, suitable for a MEDIUM SIZE CAR (eg.Golf estate). Exmouth is a fantastic choice for a Devon holiday with the beach, estuary, nature reserves and excellent walks like the Jurassic Coast Footpath all on your doorstep. There are endless opportunities for walking, swimming, sailing and cycling, and with good public transport links nearby you don't need a car to enjoy it all. Guests love that there are great bars and eateries nearby. Stop by The Grapevine for a lazy lunchtime drink, or treat yourself to a meal at The Point with great waterfront views and even better steaks. Exeter, Sidmouth, Dawlish and Budleigh Salterton are just a few of the choices for a fun day out, making Sunnydeck a popular choice for couples who want to see and do it all.

Weekly price:
£625 all year
Short breaks from £99 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.609961, -3.464816

In an enviable position nicely sandwiched between Dawlish and Starcross in South Devon, this charming holiday cottage is just a two minute drive from the beautiful sandy beach. Sleeps two to six with discount for couples or parties of four.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £1275

2-6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.713308, -3.304583

Sleeps six Ground floor accommodation Three bedrooms, all of which are en suite Two double bedrooms and one twin One bathroom, two shower rooms Baby welcome (travel cot and highchair available) Children are welcome One well-behaved dog welcome (additional fee applies*) Secluded, private garden and courtyard Private heated hot tub (*extra fee) Enclosed garden with barbecue and garden furniture Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries Dinner delivery service (minimum 10 guests) PROPERTY LAYOUT Ground Floor Accommodation: Large open plan living space, with a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and two sets of French doors to the decked terrace and garden, comprising: Kitchen area with granite worktops and a range style cooker. Dining area seating six guests. Sitting area with a wood burning stove. King-size bedroom with a 5′ bed and en suite bathroom with a roll top bath. King-size bedroom with a 5′ bed and en suite shower room. Twin bedroom with 3′ beds and an en suite shower

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.000749, -4.495523

The Orchard is a recently renovated holiday cottage in Hartland sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms with a private garden, access to a hot tub & a sauna and parking. A short drive to the coast and enchanting beaches, you can enjoy the relaxing scenery surrounding your holiday cottage or exploring the local landscape.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Devon Cottages

Where to Stay in Devon

Many of Devon’s fascinating towns and villages are rich in history and archaeological sites. Their narrow, cobbled streets are home to unique boutiques, craft shops and art galleries, providing visitors with plenty of shopping to do.

Exeter is at the very centre of Devon and its magnificent cathedral attracts tourists from afar. As do the beautiful rolling Blackdown Hills and the famous Jurassic Coast, which has been named a World Heritage Site.

The diverse north Devon coast makes an ideal place for tourists that like their outdoor activities, including water sports. There are miles of coastal paths to explore making Devon a perfect holiday destination for walkers and dog owners.

From the pebble beaches of East Devon to the golden sands of Ilfracombe and Croyde on the north coast, and the much loved English Riviera and South Hams on the south coast, Devon has plenty to offer beach lovers. The vast, blue sea is great for surfing or sailing and Devon is also home to many shipwrecks, so if you enjoy diving, you'll find plenty of sites to explore.

Regardless of where you choose, you're bound to find a delightful cottage that fits the bill. This part of the country is made for UK self-catering holidays, with quaint greengrocers and local takeaways aplenty. For a tranquil retreat with loved ones, pick a Devon cottage with a private hot tub or holiday cottages that boast direct access to the beach with fantastic sea views. Who needs swimming pools when you've got sandy beaches on your doorstep?

Devon Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in Devon, you can find all the information you need for your trip below. For more tips, check out our complete guide to South West England.

When to Visit Devon

Devon is renowned for a number of things, including its impressive coastline, stunning beaches and great weather. Being in the south of England means that you will find better year-round weather in comparison to other tourist spots in the UK. Devon’s warm summers and mild winters are what make it an attractive holiday destination for many.

During summer, Devon’s incredible countryside is heightened as the sun beams down on the greenery and sandy shores. The temperatures average around a comfortable 20°C with plenty of sunshine and blue skies; perfect for a dip in the sea!

The climate in Devon in spring is generally milder with a mix of sunshine and some cooler, wetter days. Spring is a great time to visit as the weather makes the perfect atmosphere for those who want to enjoy the multiple hikes around Devon, with comfortable temperatures of around 16°C.

Winter in Devon brings shorter days and much cooler temperatures of around 8 or 9°C. However, don’t let this deter you from visiting during this time, as the chance of snowfall is higher which creates a beautiful white dusting over the rolling hills and countryside. If you want to spend your days bundled up exploring the towns or just get cosy by the fire, this is a great time to visit.

What to Do in Devon

There are two national parks in Devon which should be on everyone's list of things to see when they visit. The Dartmoor National Park offers something for everyone. Aside from the magnificent views Dartmoor provides, visitors can also explore the local wildlife; tourists can watch the Dartmoor ponies run wild or see if they recognise any of the scenes from movies such as The War Horse which was filmed in the area. Moreover, Dartmoor National Park has many archaeological sites to visit, so it is a magnificent place for anyone who enjoys exploring or digging up history.

The breathtaking sites of Exmoor National Park have to be seen to be believed. This spectacular park, which spans more than 250 square miles, provides a unique combination of farmlands, rugged moorlands, valleys and so much more. While in Exmoor, why not take time to see the Landacre mediaeval bridge or the beautiful Exmoor ponies? There are plenty of attractions to visit for the whole family, including many that are dog-friendly (and that goes for our Devon cottages too!)

Beyond the National Parks, you don't have to look far in Devon to find picturesque countryside. Along the north coast, the sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton Sands are among the best in the country, so make sure you pack a bucket and spade with your hiking boots. In south Devon, the English Riviera awaits with its seaside towns and fishing ports renowned for their seafood, so make sure you make the most of the local restaurants while you're on the Devon coast.

How to Travel to Devon

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below shows an average distance to Devon, so you know what to expect when choosing to get to Devon holiday cottages by car.

London: 200 miles

Birmingham: 165 miles

Glasgow: 448 miles

Liverpool: 257 miles

Bristol: 84 miles

Manchester: 244 miles

Leeds: 285 miles

Edinburgh: 451 miles

Newcastle: 374 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to Devon. Its excellent public transport means you can journey by train or bus from many major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

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With two national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor), fantastic beaches, and the busy cities of Exeter and Plymouth, you'll easily pack your days with fun. The Jurassic Coast is 95 miles of UNESCO World Heritage site, protected for its amazing geological features dating back over 200 million years, and covering both East Devon and Dorset.

If you're coming for the beaches, you certainly won't be disappointed. The English Riviera on the south coast including Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham is every bit as popular as Dartmouth, Salcombe and Kingsbridge in the neighbouring South Hams area. Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe on the north coast are all popular choices with surfers and families, as are Lynton and Lynmouth, fringed by the magical beauty of Exmoor National Park. For those torn between the two, mid-Devon and the tranquil beauty of the Blackdown Hills are good central places to stay for your Devon holiday.

Devon FAQs

  • Which part of Devon is the best for holiday cottages?

As Devon offers such a variety in its landscape from rugged coastline to pretty beaches and historical towns, it can be hard to narrow it down to the best place in the county when picking one of our Devon holiday cottages.

If you are looking for history then you will want to visit Appledore, renowned for its ancient maritime shipbuilding. The pretty little town sits on a hill that overlooks the water. Multiple pubs and cafes are perfect for those who want to stop off for a bite to eat whilst exploring the area.

Woolacombe is famous for its beach offering with its 3-mile stretch of sandy shore providing plenty of space for visitors. This seaside town has a plethora of shops, bars and restaurants and is a hot spot for surfers as the tides here are some of the best in the UK.

Dartmoor is a great place to visit if you seek some incredible walking routes around the rugged countryside. The National Park is the largest open area in Southern England, allowing for more than enough space to explore. The heather-clad moors, quaint villages and bustling towns make Dartmoor a great option for those seeking variety. When it comes to holiday cottages, Devon is hard to beat.

  • Why is Devon famous?

Devon is famous for its national parks, incredible coastline, beautiful countryside, quaint villages and vibrant market towns. There is so much happening here that it comes as no surprise as to why so many choose Devon when deciding to holiday in the UK. Its archaeological offering and history are other reasons that numerous tourists are attracted to the area.

  • Is Devon expensive?

Your trip to Devon will be as expensive as you choose it to be. With so many things to do in the county for free, such as exploring the great outdoors or making the most of the multiple beaches, it doesn’t have to cost a lot to visit here.

However, as Devon is a popular tourist destination, the prices of holiday cottages are slightly higher in comparison to some of the other UK holiday places. The higher price tag is justified by the stunning scenery and activities that are on offer.

  • Which is the prettiest town in Devon?

Pretty towns come in abundance in Devon, which is why it is so hard to narrow it down to just one.

Brixham sits on the coast at Berry Head, overlooking a stunning bay. This pretty little town brims with culture and countryside, alongside colourful houses that sit atop a hill.

Croyde is a stunning place to visit mainly because of its beautiful sandy bay that is full of sand dunes. The town is encompassed by rolling hills and sits in the Cridda Valley, providing lovely surroundings.

There are many more pretty towns in Devon, all of which offer something unique to visitors. You just have to find the right one for you, or, why not book holiday cottages in multiple locations and set out on a road trip between them?

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