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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Bideford

Bideford is a charming market town with a history of welcoming visitors that pre-dates the Domesday Book and a picturesque location beside the River Torridge that is ideal for a self-catering holiday in Devon. Although the town’s past is somewhat chequered (three of its residents were the last known women to be hanged as witches in England) it is now peaceful and beautiful with a good choice of holiday cottages to rent and plenty of appeal to attract 21st Century guests. Read more

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50.975521, -4.170129

Weare Cottage welcomes families with lots of space, plenty of child-friendly features, and a large enclosed garden with a conservatory that you can use all year round. It's in the quiet village of Weare Giffard, within walking distance of the pub and the park, and only a short drive from Westward Ho! and the other beautiful beaches of the North Devon coast. The traffic-free Tarka Trail runs alongside the village, and there are lots of opportunities for golf, surfing, fishing, and cycling. Bideford, Torrington, Appledore and Instow are all nearby for shopping, eating out and sightseeing. 

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £2100
Short breaks from £124 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.055038, -4.180697

This ground floor self-catering apartment is perfect for families as it sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms and has a garden. Lower Instow Cottage is in a prime position across the road from Instow Beach and within walking distance of shops, cafes and pubs. Westward Ho! and the South West Coast Path are only a few miles away, and Exmoor National Park is also within easy reach with more scope for walking, mountain biking and horse riding. There are golf courses, gardens, historic buildings and adventure parks within a small radius of Lower Instow Beach Cottage, making it a wonderful choice for a holiday in every season. 

Weekly guide price:
£525 to £1250
Short breaks from £131 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.055038, -4.180697

This spacious, first-floor apartment has uninterrupted views over Instow beach and estuary. It comfortably sleeps up to five people in three lovely bedrooms, with a layout that works for families and friends. Westward Ho! and Exmoor National Park are only a few miles away, and there are endless miles of footpaths and cycling routes including the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail. Surfing, sailing, swimming, horse riding, golf and fishing are all favourite activities, with local attractions including The Big Sheep, RHS Rosemoor and Hartland Abbey. 

Weekly guide price:
£492 to £918
Short breaks from £123 per night

5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.014183, -4.201596

Take a trip to the sunny side of the street - Five Sunnyside, to be precise, a charming Victorian holiday cottage in Bideford. Everything great about North Devon is on the doorstep, including the wonderful Tarka Trail. Beautiful beaches, lovely rivers, picturesque towns and villages are all close by this lovely property, which has secure bike storage, a separate games room, and outdoor space. Dartmoor, Exmoor, Westward Ho! and Croyde are just a few of the places you can enjoy during your stay. Bideford's plentiful shops, Victorian Pannier Market, restaurants and pubs are within a short walk, while local attractions include The BIG Sheep and the Milky Way Adventure Park. The cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and suits couples, families or friends. 

Weekly guide price:
£560 to £840
Short breaks from £80 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.052946, -4.192701

Mulberry Tree is a pretty and romantic self-catering cottage in Appledore. If you didn't know where to find it, you'd never even realise its there as, despite being a short stroll from the harbour, shops, cafes and pubs, it's hidden away and only accessible through a quiet, sunny courtyard garden. The one-bedroom cottage is a favourite with couples but also works well for solo visitors. Westward Ho! beach is less than three miles away. There are wonderful footpaths and cycling routes leading to spectacular views, gardens and stately homes, and many other attractions that make this a perfect year-round retreat. 

Weekly guide price:
£345 to £772
Short breaks from £105 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.052946, -4.192701

Tucked away through a charming sunny courtyard, Pear Tree Cottage is a hidden gem. This two-bedroom period holiday cottage is in Appledore, a short walk from shops, cafes and pubs yet blissfully quiet and private. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms with a layout that suits couples, families or friends. Westward Ho! is less than three miles away, and there are miles of beautiful Devon coastline to explore. The opportunities for swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing either in the estuary or the ocean are endless. With Exmoor and Dartmoor both under an hour's drive away, you never have to sit still. The cottage is pet-friendly and available for bookings all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£570 to £944
Short breaks from £152 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.052946, -4.192701

A romantic holiday cottage with a private terrace within strolling distance of Appledore's shops, cafes, and pubs. Apple Tree Cottage sleeps two people in one bedroom and is set back the road with access through a quiet courtyard. Westward Ho! and Saunton Sands are nearby, as is the South West Coast Path. It's easy to get to Barnstaple, Exmoor National Park and favourite attractions like the Tarka Trail and Lundy Islands. Apple Tree Cottage is available for holidays all year round, with short breaks possible outside of peak season. 

Weekly guide price:
£345 to £838
Short breaks from £105 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.962513, -4.429537

Family holidays should be stressfree and relaxing, with lots of opportunity for fun. Marsland Cottage is in a fantastic location for all of the above, being in a quiet location that is within easy reach of beautiful beaches, favourite attractions, shops, pubs and restaurants. The charming stone holiday cottage sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms, with picturesque views and plenty of space indoors and outside. It is only three miles from Clovelly, 12 miles from Bideford, and close to beaches like Westward Ho! and Instow. It's available all year round, with dogs welcome and short breaks possible depending on availability.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £1043
Short breaks from £79 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 £900
Short breaks from £90 per night

3  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.994366, -4.177691

Why settle for a simple holiday when you can treat yourself to a soul-restoring retreat? Hadlow is a place where you, your family and your friends can relax and reconnect. The former 17th-Century double lime kilns have been beautifully transformed into a spacious holiday home sleeping nine (with an extra tenth bed) in four bedrooms, with sleeping and living accommodation focused around a three-storey plant-filled atrium. Hadlow is in Weare Giffard, within walking distance of the family-run Cyder Presse pub and close to Bideford and the stunning beaches of the North Devon coast. It's perfect for a relaxing holiday but can also be used for small workshops and family celebrations.  

Weekly guide price:
£2100 to £3500
Short breaks from £395 per night

9+1  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.059562, -4.194614

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

Weekly guide price:
£845 to £1750
Short breaks from £290 per night

8  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.027252, -4.202954

This welcoming family holiday home has superb views of the Torridge Estuary and direct access to the South West Coast Path. It's close to beautiful beaches like Westward Ho! and Instow, and within walking distance of Bideford's town centre with its heritage trail, shops, cafes and pubs. The location is ideal for exploring North Devon, Exmoor and Dartmoor. Local attractions include the Milky Way Adventure Park and The Big Sheep, with lots of opportunities for sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, fishing, cycling, and golf. Tidal Reach sleeps five people in three bedrooms and has a flexible layout to suit families and friends.

Weekly guide price:
£418 to £1357
Short breaks from £100 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Holidays in Bideford

One of Bideford’s historic landmarks is the bridge crossing the River Torridge. Those with a strong sense of order may find it strange that such a well-constructed bridge should have uneven spaces between each arch, but the reason is simple: the bridge was originally built from oak and the gap was dictated by the length of the beam. As the town prospered, the bridge was gradually rebuilt in stone to be the elegant structure that stands proudly over the river today.

Shopping in Bideford is a treat, especially when you can refuel at one of the friendly cafes and pubs. Our cottages in Bideford are all well-equipped for self-catering and the Pannier Market is a great place to source local ingredients to cook a delicious meal. Bideford’s high street is a lovely place to happily browse for antiques, homewares, specialist books and trinkets.

Local attractions include The Big Sheep, the Ultimate Adventure Centre, Hartland Abbey and Gardens, the Cobbaton Combat Collection and the Bideford Railway Heritage Centre. There is plenty of choice for a fun day out for everyone, including local golf courses that welcome visitors, and riding stables where you can book a guided trek through the countryside.

Bideford is handy for the coast with Instow, Ilfracombe and Westward Ho! beaches only a few miles away. Lundy Island is another top choice for a day trip, with boats leaving from Ilfracombe and taking around two hours. Walking through such beautiful countryside is a huge attraction for many visitors to the area. As well as the South West Coast Path, there are routes around Chudleigh Fort and Torridge Ships & Ship Building. The Torridge Tarka Trail is an easy three-mile route between Bideford and Instow with the option to use the regular bus service on the way home if you do not fancy walking in both directions.

Cycling is a favourite way to explore and visitors can hire bikes either in Bideford or nearby Torrington. The traffic-free Tarka Trail stretches for 180 miles through the beautiful Devon landscape and is used by both walkers and cyclists. Exmoor National Park is a short drive from Bideford while Dartmoor is accessible in well under an hour, opening up countless miles more countryside & glorious scenery to enjoy.

Other places to visit include Barnstaple, Croyde, Clovelly, Bude and Tintagel. Sailing, surfing, fishing, golf, horse riding, cycling and hiking are all popular activities, or you could come for one of the region’s numerous annual festivals and celebrations. Bideford is the sort of place that appeals to everyone whether you love fancy restaurants or prefer cooking sausages on a campfire overlooking the beach. It is perfect in every season and has good road links that make it accessible for a short break as well as a longer holiday.