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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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51.107098, -4.165535

Stylish and modern throughout, this single level holiday home is a golfers, walkers and beach lovers dream. Saunton's 36 hole course and superb sandy beaches are close by, and there is a good choice of shops and restaurants, as well as the Tarka Trail within walking distance. Perfect for relaxing or visiting the many attractions and beaches of North Devon.

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1125
Short breaks from £86 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.361925, 0.374892

Peacehaven, a relaxing holiday getaway in Thurlestone, South Devon. Wonderful sea views, private garden, log burner, private parking, village pub, local sandy beaches, coastal walks.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1150

4  |   2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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, wh

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

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

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 £1175

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.218718, -3.924915

Treat yourself and your partner to a peaceful escape in Exmoor National Park. Chauffeur's Cottage is one of three superbly appointed holiday cottages on the private Martinhoe Cleave Estate, enjoying beautiful views of the Heddon Valley. You can walk to the coastal Hunter's Inn in around ten minutes, and there are miles of footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways to help you explore this stunning landscape. Lynton, Lynmouth, Porlock Weir and the Arlington Estate are all close by, and with short breaks possible all year round you can make the most of your stay in this romantic cottage for two, even if you only have a few days available to do so.

Weekly guide price:
£430 to £795
Short breaks from £107 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Gamekeeper's Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 17th Jun 2024 for 4 nights, £495"Late availability discount - further discount will be applied for 2 person booking"
51.218718, -3.924915

Gamekeeper's Cottage is in a tranquil setting in the Exmoor National Park, close to Lynton and Lynmouth and only a mile from the coast. It sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms, one of which is downstairs, and suits couples as well as families and friends. The views are incredible, and there are gorgeous walks and mountain bike trails from the front door of the holiday cottage. There are only three cottages at the end of the long private driveway, ensuring you aren't disturbed by anything louder than the local birds.

Weekly guide price:
£510 to £945
Short breaks from £127 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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

Honeysuckle

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 19th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £675"Honeysuckle, sleeps 2, dog friendly. Lovely valley views from cottage and garden and access to nature trail from door. Close to Start Bay beaches and Slapton village."
50.309269, -3.687887

Honeysuckle is an ideal cottage for couples and one dog. Cosy sitting room with log-burner and valley views, kingsize bed, separate kitchen/dining area, and bathroom with walk-in shower. An enclosed garden and views ensures guests can relax in the tranquil surroundings and easily access Dittiscombe Estate grounds which are on the doorstep.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £750
Short breaks from £116 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Dittiscombe Estate & Cottages

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 19th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £850"Rafters, dog friendly cottage with enclosed garden. 2 bedrooms. Access to nature trail on site. Close to Start Bay beaches and Slapton Village."
50.309269, -3.687887

An ideal place to relax and unwind in a tranquil valley setting in the beautiful South Hams close to the coast. Located near to Slapton village with its two excellent dog friendly pubs, and the stunning beaches of Start Bay. Dittiscombe Estate is an ideal place to explore this lovely part of South Devon with an abundance of attractions, coastal walks and lovely beaches nearby.

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £850
Short breaks from £150 per night

2  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

The Owlery

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 5th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £650"The Owlery, romantic cottage in higher valley at Dittiscombe, access to nature trail on Estate, spa bath, close to Slapton village and Start Bay beaches."
50.309269, -3.687887

The Owlery is a cosy romantic pet-free retreat for couples with a log burning stove, fabulous spa bath for two, king-size bed and lovely valley views. The perfect place to escape away from it all in a tranquil haven within the popular South Hams area of Devon. Enjoy coastal and country walks, lazy days on the golden sands and an abundance of day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £750
Short breaks from £116 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

Meadow Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 13th Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £775Save £100"Beautiful countryside all around, walks from the front door, coast nearby, many attractions, including NT properties, in the area."
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

50.400277, -3.503532

Stay in a fantastic location overlooking the beach and harbour at Brixham in this comfortable holiday cottage which sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms and has sea views from the house and garden. Shops, cafes, pubs and the beach are all within walking distance, as is beautiful Berry Head Nature Reserve. The South West Coast Footpath is nearby, and there are plenty of attractions, including Paignton Zoo and Greenway within easy reach. York Lodge West has everything families and friends need for a wonderfully memorable holiday on the English Riviera.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1950
Short breaks from £125 per night

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.753398, -3.974887

** Summer short breaks available from 4 nights minimum stay - full details on owner’s website, or contact owner for price **. On the edge of Okehampton and less than an hour from both the north and south coasts of Devon, this gorgeous barn conversion is a favourite holiday rental all year round. It can sleep up to four people in two lovely bedrooms, and is ideal for couples, friends or families with older children. The wealth of local footpaths and cycling routes make it easy to enjoy Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside, while its idyllic location on a non-working farm affords guest the peace and privacy they crave.

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £834
Short breaks from £137 per night

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

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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