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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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50.661433, -3.796667

The Cowshed is a peaceful haven in a beautiful location just outside of Moretonhampstead. Shops, pubs and cafes are all within walking distance, and there are miles of easy footpaths, superb cycling routes and bridleways nearby. The cottage is in Dartmoor National Park and surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet also close to favourite attractions such as Bovey Castle Hotel and Golf Course, Castle Drogo, and the Miniature Pony Centre. The cottage is light and spacious with a private courtyard and a balcony with lovely views. It is perfect for couples but can also accommodate up to two children on a double sofa bed.

Weekly guide price:
£630 to £840
Short breaks from £90 per night

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.263853, -3.856501

Fantastic family-friendly holiday home 500 metres from South Milton Sands Beach and within walking distance of a nature reserve, golf course and pub. Primrose Cottage sleeps eight people in four bedrooms, with the potential to accommodate two extra children on bunk beds. It has glorious views over the valley to the sea and lovely walks and bike rides from the door. Salcombe, Dartmouth, Exeter, Plymouth and the Dartmoor National Park are all within easy reach for fun days. The cottage is dog-friendly and available for bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£1100 to £2500
Short breaks from £275 per night

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

Sunnydeck

Last Minute Offer:Tue, 9th Jul 2024 for 4 nights, £356Save £40"4 day break, get the beautiful sand and sea between your toes on Exmouth Beach…."
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). The parking space is protected by cctv, which can be turned off on arrival by the guest. Exmouth is a fantastic choice for exploring Devon and the West Country.

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £675
Short breaks from £99 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.174129, -4.210330

Tides Reach in Woolacombe offers a luxurious coastal retreat for up to 16 guests. This prestigious holiday cottage boasts stunning views over Combesgate Beach, with spacious accommodation spread across eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Designed for informal socialising, the property features indoor and outdoor living spaces and serene bedrooms for relaxation. Woolacombe is a family-friendly resort with shops, cafes, and the South West Coast Path within easy reach. Direct beach access allows for spontaneous swims and sunset strolls. Nearby attractions include surfing at Combesgate Beach, exploring the coastal footpath, and going to Lundy Island and Exmoor Zoo.

Weekly guide price:
£4750 to £7250
Short breaks from £678 per night

16  |   8  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

50.234119, -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

50.224498, -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:
£1350 to £2100

5+2  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.234119, -3.669391

The South Hams is one of the most beautiful parts of Devon with lush green fields rolling their way to wonderful beaches. A short walk from the Start Point Lighthouse and within easy reach of beaches like Hallsands, Blackpool Sands and Salcombe's North and South Sands, the cottage has space for up to six people in three bedrooms and is perfect for couples and families. Nearby Kingbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe all offer a wide choice of amenities and attractions, and it is possible to walk from the front door directly to the South West Coast Path.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1500
Short breaks from £200 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.544537, -3.913865

Comfy and homely, The Lower Barn welcomes couples and offers the chance to experience a taste of country life in Devon. With direct access out onto Dartmoor from the farm, guests staying at this cosy holiday cottage can enjoy days exploring the plethora of footpaths and byways and return home to enjoy supper in front of the Aga. A rare opportunity to enjoy isolated beauty and escape from the outside world!

Weekly guide price:
£518 to £582
Short breaks from £73 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.597241, -3.833116

Whatever your reason for visiting Dartmoor National Park, you will find a warm welcome at Wooder Manor where five fantastic holiday properties sleep between one and six people and are as popular with couples as they are with families. The cottages are along a private driveway that leads off a quiet country lane just a flat, half-mile walk from the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Here you will find two excellent pubs (The Old Inn and the Rugglestone Inn) and two great cafes, one of which, the Cafe on the Green, has been in business for over 90 years. All of Dartmoor's best attractions are virtually on the doorstep whether you want to walk, horse ride, climb, mountain bike, or just make your way from pretty village to lovely town, tucking into fresh local produce at the wealth of cafes and pubs in the area. Wooder Manor's central location in the heart of Dartmoor National Park means you are never far from a fun-filled day out at places like Pennywell Farm, Buckfast Butterfly Farm, Hald

Weekly guide price:
£380 to £800

1-6  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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

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

50.879210, -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

50.879210, -3.108121

Stylish throughout, this well presented self-catering accommodation 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

51.172734, -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

50.881155, -3.710484

A delightful barn conversion providing self catering accommodation in the depths of the beautiful rolling Mid-Devon countryside. An ideal base for exploring this interesting area or simply relaxing amongst nature and enjoying a taste of country life.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £950

6  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.881155, -3.710484

Hele Lane Cottage is a delightful thatched holiday home by the river in the depths of the beautiful countryside of Mid-Devon. An ideal self-catering base to explore this interesting and beautiful part of the South West with Dartmoor and Exmoor within easy driving distance and all the right ingredients to simply relax amongst nature.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £895

5  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

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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