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Devon''s status as ''The English Riviera'' is well earned and is testimony to the popularity of this holiday destination, which attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its special charms.

The county is blessed with two coastlines which are dotted with picturesque fishing ports and mile after mile of clean sandy beaches. The interior consists of a striking contrast of dramatic moorland that includes the Dartmoor National Park and a patchwork of green leafy lanes that criss-cross the region.

Dartmoor actually has two national parks as well as five areas of outstanding natural beauty, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Geopark and Biosphere Reserve. It’s also famous as the location for Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. It has 368 square miles of windswept, dramatic and uncrowded moors to enjoy!

The English Riviera; Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, are a magnet for those looking for a seaside holiday with lots of attractions and activities for all ages. It also has a rich maritime history, plenty of sporting events and water sports activities.

South Devon is characterised by gentle rolling hills and a lovely coastline, offering easy walks, country pubs and great restaurants, while the northern coast has superb surfing beaches. Exmoor in north Devon is perfect for moorland walks, mountain biking and has wonderful natural beauty.

The many facets of Devon provide visitors with a wide choice of holiday options and lots of top quality visitor attractions and days out, such as the Dartmouth Steam Railway and The National Marine Aquarium; too many to mention here.

Of note is Woolacombe Beach, one of the jewels in Devon’s crown with three miles of golden sand of Blue Flag status and the Tarka Trail; its 30 miles forms a figure-of-eight and follows the path the brave otter takes in Henry Williamson’s beloved novel.

If you fancy walking on the wild side why not take a trip to one of Devon’s many animal attractions? The zoo at Paignton offers an array of exotic creatures and makes for a wonderful day out, while the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is also very popular with families.

Devon offers a wealth of holiday opportunities so if you’re ready for a break take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Devon.

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  • Burleigh Lodge

    Torquay

    Grade
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    Ref: 26323

    Situated in a quiet residential area of Torquay, just 1½ miles from the beach, this spacious single-storey holiday property is attached to the owners’ home. It’s a short bus ride or drive to the harbour, where visitors can board a boat to Brixham, or simply explore this popular seaside town. This is an ideal location from which to enjoy walks in the Devon countryside, with a 450-acre park at Cockington and the tors of Dartmoor both nearby. Take a trip to Paignton Zoo, a trip on the steam train to Dartmouth or visit one of the many NT properties close by. Fishing, golf and bird watching are all available within easy driving distance. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    3 steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Wi-fi. Shared enclosed lawned garden with private sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Little Shuteslade

    Meeth, nr. Torrington

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 28798

    Tucked deep in the valley of the Torridge River, this semi-detached holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s property and offers a real escape from the world. Its slightly unusual layout is an ideal base from which to explore this stunning part of Devon. There are numerous places of interest to visit during your stay including the pretty fishing village of Clovelly, the rugged coastline at Hartland, the stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Saunton. For those feeling energetic there is cycling on the Tarka Trail or walking in the Dartmoor National Park. Shop and restaurant 4 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room with double bed.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £2 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. 14 acres of natural grounds. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River and pond in grounds. Steep unmade track to property.

  • Mill Meadow Cottage

    East Down, Barnstaple

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: HHHY

    This cosy and compact renovated barn is situated on its own next to a small brook and makes an ideal holiday destination to really get away from life’s hustle and bustle. It lies next to a small stable yard and looks out over rolling Devon hills and a large pond (which guests can fish in on request). There is a secluded decked area to sit out and enjoy the surroundings. The stunning North Devon coastline has lots to offer, great surfing at Croyde and Woolacombe, great walking along the coast path and places of interest at Lynmouth, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. Other activities include golf, fishing, riding and cycling on the Tarka Trail. Beach approximately 15 mins. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Compact galley-style kitchen with slate floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor open-plan with cosy dining room with wooden floor.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Private use with owners of 2-acre natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • On-site carp fishing
    • Cycle store
    • NB: Large pond in grounds

  • A Bit On The Seaside

    Paignton

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 28373

    Situated just a 5-minute walk to the sandy beach of Broadsands, this holiday property, A Bit On The Seaside is attached to the owner’s home and decorated and furnished to a very good standard. There are some fantastic views across the bay and beautiful sunsets whilst sitting on the decking or dining alfresco. Enjoy superb walks around this stretch of coastline, across fields to Elberry Cove and along the coast to the fishing village of Brixham. Take a ferry to Torquay or Dartmouth and visit Dartmoor with its rugged tors and lovely tucked away villages. Golf, go-karting, birdwatching and sailing, all available nearby. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Freezer. Decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Victoria Place

    Dartmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: DHVICP

    A well located first floor apartment situated in a level position in the centre of town close to shops, restaurants and the water front. The property is newly renovated with an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, shower room and bedroom. It is well equipped and has the benefit of permit parking and is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing retreat.

    Communal door to hallway, stairs to first floor. Entrance door to hallway, open plan Sitting Room/Dining Room TV, DVD. Kitchen: fully fitted with electric oven with grill, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with ice box. Bedroom 1: Double bed (4’6"). Shower room: Cubicle with electric shower, basin, WC.

    Parking: season ticket in Town Car Park (unreserved) May - October.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

  • Baldash Lodge

    Branscombe

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: HRE

    Nestled in a beautiful wooded valley, this superb holiday property makes a delightful hideaway for couples, offering peace and tranquillity, panoramic countryside views and excellent walking and wildlife. Set near the owners’ home amid acres of natural grounds, it boasts a beamed first floor living room with wood-burning stove and French doors to a balcony, and a splendid four-poster bed. Within 2 miles of the World Heritage Site of Lyme Bay, known as the Jurassic Coast due to its geological location. Nearby are pretty Branscombe (2 miles), coastal resorts of Sidmouth, Exmouth and Seaton, Honiton (with lace and antique shops) and the cathedral city of Exeter. Golf, riding locally. Shop 2 miles.

    Internal stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with oak purlins, wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor, French doors to balcony and well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Ground floor: Utility.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Video
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Balcony with furniture
    • Terrace
    • Shared grounds and woodland of 10 acres
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

  • Berry Park - Snowdrop

    Welcombe, nr. Bude

    Grade
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    Ref: W44292

    Berry Park is a splendid Victorian country house with spectacular sea and countryside views. Nestled amidst six acres of attractive gardens and fields in the beautiful Devon countryside, next to the Cornish border in the unspoiled hamlet of Welcombe. Close to the beach and coastal path, Berry Park is perfect for families, couples and groups. Welcombe beach is great for surfing, rock pooling, paddling and beachcombing, and also has pebbles at high tide and sand at low. The South West Coastal Path is just a 10-minute walk away and the coastline in both directions offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the West Country with many long sandy beaches and hidden coves to explore.

    The main house has been skilfully converted into apartments of various sizes sleeping 2 to 8 people (refs: W44290, W44291, W44292, W44293, W44294, W44295) and adjoining it are two 16th-century cottages (refs: W44288 & W44289), sleeping 2 to 9 people.

    The spectacular scenery around Welcombe makes it the perfect venue for those who enjoy coast and country walks. Berry Park borders the Marsland Valley which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is home to rare wildlife including red deer, otters, owls and buzzards. Numerous wild flowers abound, especially in the springtime when bluebells carpet the woods and it becomes hard to believe that orchids are rare.

    Why not take a break from the cooking with an evening in the character thatched village pub? Just a short walk from Berry Park they serve real ales and excellent food. The menu features dishes using high quality, locally produced ingredients. The pub is perfect for families, and dogs are welcome too!

    With 6 acres to explore, a children’s play area, indoor games room and outdoor heated swimming pool, there really is something for everyone.

    Picturesque Clovelly, with its cobbled street leading down to a tiny harbour, is just a short drive away. Historic Bideford, a prosperous port during the heyday of trade with America has all the town amenities, restaurants, a weekly market, and boat trips to Lundy Island. Bude, 12 miles, has a good selection of shops and restaurants, many specialising in locally caught sea food, along with a golf course, indoor Splash pool, surf schools and bowling. Coastal walking, cycling, golf, riding, fishing, surfing and sailing are all available in this stunning area. Docton Mill, Hartland Quay and Hartland Abbey are close by, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure parks are a must. Beach ¾ mile. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 6 acres of natural grounds. Shared children’s play area. Ample parking. Shared above ground outdoor heated swimming pool (depth 1m). Shared games room with snooker table, table tennis and board games. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

  • Pipistrelle

    Ashwater, nr. Holsworthy

    Grade
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    Ref: W43848


    Nestled within the heart of the glorious Devon Ruby countryside, yet just 15 miles from the breathtaking North Cornish coast with many dog friendly beaches, Pipistrelle is the perfect holiday choice for couples and friends wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This semi-detached, single-storey cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, has a spacious living/dining room, with a cosy woodburner for those cooler evenings. A couple of steps lead down into a sun room, ideal to enjoy a morning cuppa and plan your day. Guests are free to enjoy the owners’ 25 acres of land and relax beside the stream on this working sheep farm. There are many walks from the doorstep including the footpath which takes you into Ashwater village with its popular aptly named Village Inn.
    Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and magnificent scenery, and just 15 miles from the wide golden sands of Bude and Widemouth Bay, with excellent surfing, pretty coves and dramatic coastal walks along with shopping, leisure facilities, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Holsworthy, 6½ miles, has a good selection of local shops and supermarkets along with a weekly market. The market towns of Okehampton and Launceston with its historic castle are a short drive away. Coastal and country walking, golf, surfing, fishing, horse riding and cycling are all on offer close by and Dartmoor National Park is a must for nature lovers. The property is close to the water sports centre at Roadford Lake, where sailing dinghies, kayaks and wind-surfers can be hired. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 steps to sun room. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (also accessed from hallway).

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 25-acre natural grounds (restricted access when livestock grazing). Parking area (2 cars, 20 yards away). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead - working sheep farm. No smoking. NB: Pond, river and stream in grounds, 1/2 mile.

  • Passion Flower Cottage

    Dippertown, nr. Tavistock

    Grade
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    Ref: E1468

    This exceptionally comfortable and spacious 19th-century barn is peacefully situated in rural countryside. Beamed throughout, it enjoys a courtyard setting adjacent to the owners’ home. An ideal hideaway from life’s hustle and bustle, or relax in front of the woodburner after a day of walking and exploring this stunning part of the British Isles. The property enjoys its own enclosed garden and has access to a beautiful woodland walk which is signposted and accessed over a stream and via a wooden bridge. This lovely area has much to offer the visitor – there are amenities in Tavistock, Okehampton and Launceston. Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sandy beaches of north Cornwall are all easily accessible. Water sports and fishing at Roadford Lake, 5 miles. There is a village shop, many renowned restaurants within 20 minutes’ drive and two pubs within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

  • The Cottage

    Axminster

    Grade
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    Ref: 25436

    A lovely holiday retreat from which to explore East Devon, Dorset and Somerset

    Set in the 3-acre grounds of a Grade I listed manor house, this well presented cottage makes a lovely holiday retreat from which to explore East Devon, Dorset and Somerset and situated just 1 mile from Axminster. The famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its superb scenery, walking and other outdoor pursuits, is just 6 miles. The seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Seaton and Sidmouth are also within easy reach. Golf, fishing and horse riding can all be found within 5 miles of the property. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden 20 yards from cottage with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Newhouse Barton - Rook

    Ipplepen, nr. Totnes

    Grade
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    Ref: HCCR

    "Outstanding variety...situated in beautiful rolling Devon countryside and offering easy access to the many beaches of South and East Devon and the untamed beauty of Dartmoor. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Newhouse Barton has it all"

    Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Newhouse Barton is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbott, this collection of sympathetically and carefully restored barns and farm cottages enjoy a superb range of on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests. Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees and sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.
    The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, and the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port at Beer and beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe. Local shops 1½ miles.

    The end one of a row, Rook makes a perfect tranquil retreat for a romantic break. Beamed open-plan living/dining room with sofa-bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove and vaulted ceiling. Well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen area with slate floor. Double bedroom with pine four-poster bed, sofa-bed (for alternative sleeping only), vaulted ceiling and door to patio. Shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
    • Electricity and full central heating included (October-May £35per week)
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Stereo/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small patio to front and rear, furniture

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 16ft, with changing and shower facilities, open all year round 9am - 8pm)
    • Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
    • Young children’s play area with climbing frame
    • No smoking

  • The Watch Tower

    Compton, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: NT012004

    National Trust Holiday Property


    The Watch Tower is a quirky holiday home, entered through a large wooden door in the side of Compton Castle, a fascinating building built into the curtain wall. From the moment you drive through the gates to this imposing castle, you feel like the lord and lady of the manor. The property is arranged over three floors and this holiday cottage has been carefully converted, retaining much of the character of this exceptional historic building. The castle is only open to the public from May to the end of October and is only open for three days a week, so there is a lot of private time at the castle. There are wonderful gardens to explore and the history is amazing. Compton is just three miles from inviting anchorage at Torbay, so would have been in the front line of any Spanish invasion. As Vice-Admiral of Devon, Compton Castle’s Sir John Gilbert (1533-96) played a leading part in marshalling ships, men and supplies to meet the Armada in 1588, while Sir John’s brothers provided ships for the English fleet. The fleet commanders, Sir Frances Drake and Sir John Hawkins, were both Devon men; their defeat of the Spanish Armada was one of the proudest moments in Devon’s maritime history. A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh. There are many other places to visit close by, including Dartmoor with its dramatic tors and ponies, as well as Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth which are worth a visit, and many other National Trust properties close by. Beach 8 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 4 miles and restaurant 100 yards.

    Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor (rope handrail): Double bedroom. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor (rope handrail): Cosy open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner and kitchen area.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared, lawned grounds with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 years
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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