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Devon

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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  • The Cart House

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

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    Glorious uninterrupted sea views can be enjoyed from this delightful romantic retreat on the edge of a small mixed livestock farm. This spacious, single-storey barn conversion cleverly mixes olde worlde charm with modern living. Near Hartland, it is ideal to explore this AONB; perfect for walkers and bird watchers with delightful beaches close by. North of Hartland Point is picture-postcard Clovelly. Cycling, riding, surfing, sailing and fishing available locally. Shops and six pubs within 5 miles.

    Entrance hall/cloakroom. Two steps down to spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, slate floor, French doors, sea views, vaulted ceiling and well-equipped kitchen/breakfast area. Double bedroom with 5ft wrought-iron four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with free standing cast-iron bath and separate shower cubicle.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD and recorder
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed courtyard garden, patio, furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • NB: Two steps to patio

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  • Fishermans Cottage

    Brixham

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    This truly delightful fisherman’s cottage, built around 1770, overlooks the busy little harbour of Brixham with uninterrupted views of Torbay and out to sea. The holiday cottage has been lovingly and sympathetically restored, retaining many original and period features. It boasts a small enclosed decked area leading to a flight of 34 steep stone steps to a roof-top level garden, with spectacular sea and town views.

    Situated off the main harbour in one of the oldest, pretty side streets, Fisherman’s Cottage is a Victorian terraced house which has been completely renovated to provide a spacious holiday cottage, and is decorated and furnished to a very good standard. With a large window to give fantastic views out to sea, making this an ideal location for a family holiday, or for friends to get together. There are many fantastic restaurants, tea shops and gift shops to browse. Brixham has many activities all year round including a Pirate Festival each year, the trawler race and so much more. The harbour shops and restaurants are a 3-minute stroll away, or take a boat trip to Torquay and Dartmouth for a day’s fishing.

    The coastal path is easily accessed leading to lovely beaches and coves; the popular Fishcombe Cove is at the top of the road. Brixham forms the third part of Torbay - the others being Torquay and Paignton. The bay is known as the English Riviera due to its unique micro-climate. Walkers and navigators can escape and explore the depths of Dartmoor, spot wild ponies, cross ancient stone bridges spanning the clear waters of the River Dart, and other rivers. You can also feel the somewhat eerie presence of the tors, seven rocky hills presiding majestically over the moors. Take the ferry across to Dartmouth, the neighbouring town to Brixham, set on and across the River Dart. At the mouth of the river are Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles with the rocky waters of the estuary lapping at their feet. There are many National Trust properties and Agatha Christie’s summer house is well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Dining room. Spacious kitchen with slate floor. Steep turning stairs to first floor: Living room with large picture window. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep turning stairs to second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft Victorian-style bedstead. Steep turning stairs to third floor: Twin bedroom with painted floor and sloping ceiling. Most rooms have views of the harbour and bay.

    • Electric ‘woodburner’ included
    • Electricity, electric rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • DAB radios
    • iPod docks
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed decked area with furniture
    • Roof terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car) 100 yards
    • No smoking
    • No children under 5 yrs (except babes in arms)
    • NB: 35 steep stone steps to roof terrace.

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  • Woodmans Stoup

    Colyford, nr. Colyton

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    Woodmans Stoup is situated in the conservation village of Colyford located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This detached Grade II Listed period farmhouse dates from the 17th century, but has origins that possibly date back earlier than this. The property is a traditionally built thatched cottage and has a number of leaded light windows, some of which are shuttered. The property itself has an immense amount of period character with many original features still insitu such as inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors, exposed beams, timbers and window seats, all of which combine to create a delightful period ambience and an impressive holiday cottage. It has has been decorated and furnished to a high standard, is ideal for families or groups to get together and is decorated with a Christmas theme during the festive season. Colyford sits on the A3052 midway between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth, and one mile from the beach which is located on the World Heritage Coastline known as the Jurassic Coast. The property has gardens and grounds of about ¾ acre which surround the house and lie principally to the south. Worthy of special note is the delightful cobbled courtyard which is created by the house and barns which enclose it on three sides, ideal for al fresco dining. Within the grounds is the linhay barn, an attractive traditionally built building on two storeys which is built principally of stone under a re-thatched roof, making this a great games room. Also within the grounds is a detached cider barn complete with a very rare horse engine and original cider press. Colyford has a popular post office, general store and butcher which proves a great asset to the village. There are two public houses and a restaurant. The coastal resort of Seaton lies approximately 1 mile to the south and has a wide pebble beach, a small harbour at the mouth of the River Axe and direct access to the World Heritage Coast and South West Peninsular Coastal Path. The market town of Axminster lies about 5½ miles. To the east is the coastal resort of Lyme Regis and to the west are the fishing villages of Beer and Branscombe and the Regency Gothic town of Sidmouth. The county town of Exeter, 23 miles west, provides a comprehensive range of shopping facilities, theatres, and restaurants. Well worth a visit is Seaton Tramway; next to the tramway is the new Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve. The installation of a viewing hide and wheelchair-friendly paths means this beautiful area and its wildlife - wildfowl and wading birds in winter; dragonflies and butterflies in summer - are now easily accessible all year round. There is also a fantastic cycle way as well. There are many NT properties all close by. Golf, sailing, horse riding and many other activities are all available locally. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Spacious, period character living room with open fire in inglenook, window seat and flagstone floor. Sitting room with TV, piano, feature fireplace and window seat. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen with TV, gas Aga (for cooking), double electric oven, gas hob and underfloor heated tiled floor. Utility/boot room. Games room with table tennis. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV, feature fireplace and window seat. Beamed twin bedroom with feature fireplace leading to single bedroom, each sharing an en-suite shower room with toilet. Further single room. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate staircase to first floor: Beamed double master bedroom with 5ft bed and dressing room.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Electricity, gas, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • On demand TV (NOW TV)
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Wii
    • iPod dock
    • Gas Aga
    • Double electric oven
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed, south facing lawned ¾-acre garden
    • South facing courtyard and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Games room with table tennis
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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