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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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The Trap House

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 1st Mar 2024 for 7 nights, £495"Private garden, spacious living and dining room, half a mile from beach. Dogs welcome"
50.255582, -3.668589

A cosy, 4 Star holiday cottage with log burner ideally placed between Salcombe and Dartmouth in an AONB in South Devon. Just a mile from Beesands village with beach and excellent gastro pub and with easy access onto the South West Coastal Path, The Trap House is a popular self-catering choice for families and couples looking for a holiday by the sea. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £1495

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

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

50.321023, -3.852995

Clanaborough is a quintessential thatched cottage in Devon and a fantastic place to stay. The cottage is so comfortable and conveniently located to explore Devon's beautiful beaches and countryside that the owners enjoy regular repeat bookings from families who have been visiting for years - sometimes generations! Lovely countryside walks lead from the front gate, and the coast is just four miles away at Bigbury-on-Sea. Dartmoor National Park is close, as are Kingsbridge, Modbury, Salcombe, Totnes and Plymouth. With space for up to six people in three bedrooms and loads of unique and original features, Clanaborough is excellent for families and friends. Tourist board rating: 3 Star

Weekly guide price:
£569 to £1189
Short breaks from £175 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 3 Star

51.047784, -4.070839

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

Weekly guide price:
£5250 to £7850

18-22  |   9  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.427073, -3.676102

Enjoy the best of the coast and the countryside in this lovely bungalow. Lansdowne Park is situated on a quiet street in the lively market town of Totnes (just 10 minutes walk from the town centre!), offering visitors a comfortable and convenient base for exploring Dartmoor National Park, South Hams beaches and the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There is ample opportunity for walking, cycling, sailing, surfing and a wealth of other sports, as well as sightseeing and places to eat, drink and shop. The bungalow offers comfortable self-catering accommodation all on one level and is perfect for couples.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £840
Short breaks from £85 per night

3  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.047784, -4.070839

Sleeping up to ten guests, Number Six Corffe Cottages is perfect for friends or families who want to relax and unwind holidaying in North Devon. Located on the outskirts of Tawstock, the cottage is one of a collection of luxury holiday homes sitting on the Corffe Estate just a short drive from Barnstaple with excellent on-site facilities including a shared heated indoor pool, all weather tennis court and five acres of grounds. Within easy driving distance of the glorious beaches of Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Croyde and Westward Ho!, along with Exmoor's stunning national park, you can be as lazy or active as you wish on your holiday at Corffe.

Weekly guide price:
£1275 to £3295

10  |   5  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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 £250 per night

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

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:
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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:
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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:
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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

51.128982, -4.205826

The Root House is a character cottage, recently renovated offering touches of luxury throughout. Sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms, The Dog Friendly Root House is the perfect mix of modern coastal cottage, and thatched renovated barn. Elements of the old barn still remain throughout the cottage delicately combined with modern fixtures and facilities to provide a high-quality self-catering experience in The popular coastal location of Croyde. 

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.997034, -3.982884

Walk beneath climbing flowers and through the door of The Den to enter a romantic hideaway for two. This charming cottage is on a family-run farm three miles from Umberleigh and half an hour from the North Devon Coast. It's perfect in all seasons and particularly appeals to those who love walking, birdwatching, and cycling. The Tarka Trail, South West Coast Path, and Exmoor National Park are nearby for outdoor adventures, with local attractions including Arlington Court and RHS Gardens Rosemoor. 

Weekly guide price:
£842 to £1015
Short breaks from £120 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.997034, -3.982884

Cuckoo's Nest is a lovely family holiday cottage near Umberleigh in Devon. It's one of six beautiful holiday homes at Countryways Farm, where guests have 17 acres of woodland, a games room, and a play area to enjoy. The property can sleep six people in three bedrooms and is well-equipped for a self-catering holiday. After dinner, relax in the hot tub on your private deck. Barnstaple and Exeter are within easy reach by car or train, and you're only half an hour's drive from Westward Ho! and other fantastic North Devon beaches. 

Weekly guide price:
£1815 to £1865
Short breaks from £259 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.997034, -3.982884

A self-catering holiday in Devon should always include fantastic views, countryside walks, days at the beach, and opportunities to shop and sightsee in ancient towns and villages. The Stables near Umbridge provides all of the above and includes accessible accommodation, a private deck with a hot tub, acres of woodland and a games room. It's one of a collection of cottages at Country Ways and sleeps five people in two bedrooms. It is child and dog-friendly with a layout that suits families and couples. 

Weekly guide price:
£974 to £1128
Short breaks from £140 per night

5  |   2  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.002766, -4.502756

A big group needs a big holiday house. Where better to get together with your family and friends than this elegant Georgian house near Hartland Quay on the North Devon coast? Berry House is a fantastic holiday home sleeping 24 people in ten bedrooms with amazing views towards the sea. The owners have protected original features while sympathetically updating the interiors, decorating in an extremely comfortable and classically elegant style. Self-catering for two dozen people is no problem in the very well-equipped kitchen, while the games room and multiple reception rooms provide lots of space for relaxed or formal socialising. 

Weekly guide price:
£3625 to £6700
Short breaks from £1700 per night

24  |   10  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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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