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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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50.695217, -3.181573

Swallow cottage is homely and welcoming, in a quiet position and wonderful for all ages and well behaved pets.  A few yards from the cottage is a beautiful National Trust Combe, leading a mile down to a lovely natural beach which is dog friendly, as is The Donkey Sanctuary, which children love, and is free to enter. The Sanctuary is just a few minutes walk away and has a good cafe overlooking the donkeys and combe to the sea, as well as eight miles of walkways. Sidmouth has lovely shops, and Branscombe, Beer and Lyme Regis are all within easy reach. The local Coast Path walking is spectacular.

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £850
Short breaks from £80 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.059562, -4.194614

Who doesn't love a holiday by the coast? Catboat Cottage is a gorgeous 200-year-old holiday home metres from the beach and South West Coast Path and a short stroll from pubs, cafes and shops. The former fisherman's cottage is on one of the oldest streets in Appledore. It sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and has loads of family-friendly touches that make it especially popular with parents and kids. It is ideal for a relaxed holiday in North Devon, where local attractions include The Big Sheep and RHS Rosemoor and spectacular beaches, rolling countryside, and miles of footpaths and cycling routes. 

Weekly guide price:
£785 to £1575
Short breaks from £275 per night

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

50.234119, -3.669391

Grab the kids and the dog and head for Jasmine Cottage. This lovely stone terrace is on a non-working farm in the South Hams, with far-reaching views of the countryside and the coast. Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingbridge are all an easy drive away, while the Cricket Inn pub in Beesands and the South West Coast Path are within walking distance of the front door. There is space for four people to sleep in two bedrooms, with a courtyard for sunny days and a woodburning stove for chilly nights.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £950
Short breaks from £120 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.234119, -3.669391

Rose Cottage ticks every box for those searching for a holiday cottage in Devon with incredible views, a location convenient for popular attractions and enough space for a family, including the dog. The two-bedroom cottage is on a non-working farm with loads of outdoor space and views over meadows and fields to Start Bay. Guests can walk from the picket gate to the South West Coast Path, North Hallsands Beach and the Cricket Inn in Beesands, while Salcombe, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge are only a short drive away.

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £950

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.980259, -4.270763

Beautifully, fully renovated cottage with sitting room, kitchen dinning area, 1 bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Enclosed garden 

Weekly guide price:
£495 to £975
Short breaks from £84 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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

50.238023, -3.767551

THE CABIN  is a lovely small nautically-themed apartment in the centre of the busy estuary town of Salcombe, South Devon.  

Weekly guide price:
£499 to £899
Short breaks from £80 per night

4  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.255582, -3.668589

This recent conversion offers 4-star accommodation for up to four guests in two bedrooms. It is on a family-run farm within walking distance of Beesands village, beach and the Cricketers Inn. The location is perfect for a relaxing holiday on the South Devon coast, with plenty of beaches as well as places like Plymouth, Paignton and Dartmoor National Park all just an easy drive from the cottage. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £1495

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

The Linhay

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 22nd Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £495"Short breaks also available, ideal family cottage single packed to its rafters with charm, spacious living with log fire.! Private garden, half a mile from beach. An ideal base for exploring South Dev"
50.255582, -3.668589

With log burner, whirlpool bath and four poster bed, this 4 Star holiday cottage is ideal for couples wanting a romantic break or family holiday. The Linhay is located in South Devon, between Salcombe and Dartmouth and under a mile from the village pub and beach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £1495

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

Bryher

Last Minute Offer:Tue, 27th Feb 2024 for 3 nights, £240"Mid week break on the Jurassic coast. Village pubs and shop. Seaton wetlands entry at end of lane."
50.725323, -3.066232

Just one mile from the popular seaside town of Seaton and ten minutes in the car from Lyme Regis in one direction and Sidmouth in the other, this comfortable self-catering holiday cottage with fabulous views offers the perfect base to explore the beautiful countryside and beaches of East Devon and West Dorset. Spend your days exploring the coastal path, fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, relaxing by the sea or discovering Devon's many attractions. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £1900

4  |   2  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

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

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

51.000749, -4.495523

Granary Cottage, a two bedroom two storey character cottage that sleeps 5 in two bedrooms (a double and triple bedroom) welcomes families and friends (and even their four-legged friends) to enjoy and relax in this wonderful part of Devon, which is also close to the North Cornish coast too.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

5  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.000749, -4.495523

The Milking Parlour at Cheristow Farm, sleeping 4 guests in two bedroom is a charming character cottage within the Hartland Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Well-presented and thoughtfully furnished throughout, and still retaining many of its original features, the Milking Parlour provides high quality comfortable accommodation for couples, friends and families wishing to holiday together in this wonderful part of Devon.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

4  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.000749, -4.495523

One of seven cottages at Cheristow Farm, The Stables is a charming two bedroom single storey cottage that welcomes dogs and is perfect for couples and small families looking for a relaxing countryside break but still close to the coast and with plenty to do and see nearby.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.000749, -4.495523

The Linhay is one of the seven countryside retreats set on a former farm at Cheristow on the Hartland Peninsula. The kids can help feed the farm animals, whilst parents can relax in a quiet and beautiful setting. Sleeping 4 in two bedrooms, and with handy zip and link beds that can be made up as a double or twin, The Linhay offers the perfect base for couples, friends and small families wishing to holiday in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.000749, -4.495523

The Tack Room is a pretty single storey studio cottage, ideal for couples and walkers looking to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty around the remote town of Hartland, on the North Devon/Cornwall border. With just a kitchen, double bedroom and en-suite shower room (and no separate sitting room), The Tack Room provides the perfect base for those who want to make the most of the days exploring. One small dog is also welcome.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

1  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.000749, -4.495523

Attached to the main farmhouse and separate from the other six cottages at Cheristow Farm, The Dairy is a cosy one bedroom countryside cottage for two. As it name suggests, as the former dairy for the farm, it still retains plenty of its period charm along with comfortable furnishings. Well equipped and finished to a high standard, the Dairy offers a compact country kitchen, a bright and light lounge with a dining area and doors leading out to an enclosed terrace garden.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.153007, -4.137265

Sleeping 10 people in 4 bedrooms (plus the games room), Barton Rock is a spacious luxury cottage with a private hot tub and confined garden. Bring the dog along on your coastal escape as you relax and unwind in the open plan ground floor with a kitchen, dining and lounge area. 

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

10  |   4  |   1  |   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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