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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

51.001283, -3.608424

Stay in a traditional Devon longhouse on a family-run farm close to Exmoor at The Cyder Barn. It's a charming mix of original features, like the stone inglenook fireplace and wonky oak beams, with modern comforts that will make your stay relaxed and enjoyable. The cottage has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is child and dog-friendly. Tracks around the farm lead to woods and streams and are ideal for dogs and walkers alike. Not only is Exmoor nearby but you are within easy reach of the coast. The self-catering Devon cottage is close to Tiverton, with tranquil views. 

Weekly guide price:
£560 to £700
Short breaks from £87 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (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

51.059562, -4.194614

Who doesn't love a holiday by the coast? Catboat Cottage is a gorgeous 200-year-old holiday home, a stone's throw from the beach and a short stroll from pubs, cafés 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 children. 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

50.980259, -4.270763

This quiet holiday cottage is part of the owner's estate, with space for three people to sleep in two bedrooms. Little Yeo is within easy reach of Westward Ho! and just over two miles from the South West Coast Path. It is welcoming and comfortable, with a large garden and a lovely sitting room with a log burner. It's ideal for a relaxing break in any season and the layout suits couples, solo travellers or small families. Clovelly, Barnstaple, Exmoor National Park, Arlington Court and RHS Rosemoor are just a few of many choices for days out. 

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £850
Short breaks from £65 per night

3  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.699325, -3.092377

A pretty seaside holiday cottage set in a lovely quiet location in the delightful fishing village of Beer on East Devon's beautiful coastline. Just four minutes walk to the beach, two minutes to restaurants and pubs and excellent coastal walks from the village make this a popular self-catering cottage.

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £995

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Belle Vue

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 20th Apr 2024 for 7 nights, £550Save £80"For a shorter break please enquire. £80 saving for 7 nights"
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

50.556751, -4.234000

An idyllic retreat for large groups of up to ten in a tranquil country setting just four miles from Tavistock and within easy reach of Devon's many attractions including Dartmoor National Park. Ideal for a holiday with friends or family with an outdoor heated pool (May - Oct), heaps of charm and modern conveniences.

Weekly guide price:
£1300 to £2900
Short breaks from £303 per night

10  |   5  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.382807, -3.754884

Crabadon Manor is a gorgeous country house in an idyllic position in the heart of the South Hams in Devon. Formerly the holiday residence for the monks of Buckfast Abbey, this historic house has been welcoming people since the 13th Century and today provides a great venue for those who enjoy the simplistic pleasures of rural life. Full of historic charm, the manor house sleeps up to ten guests and is surrounded by a tranquil oasis of 240 acres of natural grounds. Perfect for a family get together, reunion of friends or milestone event, this popular part of South Devon offers a stunning coastline with wonderful beaches, glorious countryside for walking and an abundance of attractions for day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£1500 to £2000
Short breaks from £250 per night

10  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.693284, -3.129526

A delightful wisteria clad dog-friendly holiday cottage sitting in the picturesque coastal village of Branscombe, East Devon and just a short stroll from the lovely beach, popular Masons Arm Inn and coastal footpath with miles of stunning seascape to enjoy. Sandwiched between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis with Beer close by (walkable around the coast), you can enjoy an abundance of attractions for day trips out and lazy days on the beach. All the right ingredients for a family holiday by the sea.

Weekly guide price:
£1125 to £1600

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.271664, -3.860825

Picture post-card pretty, this delightful thatched self catering holiday cottage is ideally placed in the picturesque coastal Devonshire village of Thurlestone with its pub, village shop and two beaches. Sitting in the popular South Hams area of Devon, there are an abundance of attractions within easy reach as well as fabulous beaches and superb coastal and countryside walking. Perfect for family holidays or celebrating a special occasion with friends.

Weekly guide price:
£1750 to £2850
Short breaks from £477 per night

10  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.996424, -4.230077

Kingfisher is on the ground floor of a converted hay barn on Robin Hill Farm. Two miles from Bideford and a ten-minute drive from Westward Ho!, the self-catering holiday cottage sleeps four guests in two bedrooms and is ideal for couples or families. Onsite facilities include an indoor swimming pool, games room, children's play area, and a dog exercise field. There are six 4-Star cottages on the site you can book together for extended families and friends. Although the property sleeps four, it's best suited to families with children rather than four adults. Wren or Swallow Cottages are an option if you have more adults in your group.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£555 to £1190
Short breaks from £80 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

50.996424, -4.230077

Families love the amenities at Robin Hill Farm, where all six holiday cottages have been awarded 4-Stars for their standard of self-catering accommodation. Puffin Cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms with a west-facing garden. Guests can use the onsite play area, huge games room, and indoor swimming pool, with 14 acres of fields and farmland between them and the nearest neighbour. Bideford is only two miles away and you're 10-12 minutes from Peppercombe Beach and Westward Ho! Cottages can be booked together for holidays with extended family and friends, depending on availability.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1520
Short breaks from £178 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

50.996424, -4.230077

With space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms and an onsite indoor pool, games room and play area, Heron Cottage is a popular family holiday home in North Devon. It's on Robin Hill Farm, two miles from Bideford and a short drive from Peppercombe Beach and Westward Ho!, offering a delicious blend of coast and countryside. Throw in proximity to favourite family-friendly attractions like The BIG Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Park and verified 4-Star standard self-catering accommodation, and you won't be surprised to learn that guests of Heron Cottage make a stay here an annual highlight.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£690 to £1520
Short breaks from £98 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

50.996424, -4.230077

Gull Cottage is a family-friendly holiday home on Robin Hill Farm, two miles from Bideford and ten minutes from Westward Ho! It is a charming barn conversion with a modern kitchen for self-catering, panoramic rural views, and space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms. As well as their private garden, guests enjoy using the farm's indoor swimming pool, games room, children's playground, and a dog-exercise area. There are scenic walks from the cottage through the surrounding countryside to the coast, and you can access the 180-mile Tarka Trail nearby.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1520

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star

51.183028, -4.131267

Steeped in history, this delightful large holiday home overlooks the Devon coastline and is ideally placed just one mile from the Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe and three miles from the golden sands of Woolacombe Blue Flag beach. Ideal for those looking for a coastal or country retreat and a great base for enjoying everything North Devon has to offer including an abundance of attractions and Exmoor National Park (within driving distance).

Weekly guide price:
£910 to £3040

11  |   6  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.183028, -4.131267

Full of country charm, this gorgeous self-catering farmhouse oozes character and is perfectly placed just a mile from the coastal Devonshire town of Ilfracombe. Available for the peak eight summer weeks only, you can enjoy a taste of country life by the sea with stunning beaches and an abundance of attractions nearby as well as wonderful walks.

Weekly guide price:
£960 to £3200

10  |   5  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.183028, -4.131267

Packed full of character, this delightful holiday cottage is just one mile from the Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe in Devon and offers the perfect mix of coastal and country charm. A tranquil setting with extensive grounds to relax and unwind, close to an abundance of attractions including the glorious Blue Flag beach of Woolacombe (just three miles away).

Weekly guide price:
£380 to £1375

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

50.224498, -3.782611

The Bolthead offers a high standard of self-catering for friends, families and couples and affords a spectacular position with panoramic views over the Salcombe Estuary and South Sands Beach on the doorstep. Perfect for those who want a holiday relaxing by the sea, this ground floor apartment sits on the outskirts of Salcombe in the popular South Hams area of Devon and is within easy reach of fantastic restaurants, shops and South West Coastal Path.

Weekly guide price:
£1300 to £2000

5+2  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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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