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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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  • The Granary

    Shirwell, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W42648

    Forming a wing of the owners’ farmhouse, The Granary provides a quiet countryside setting from which to explore North Devon’s stunning coastal and moorland attractions. Dramatic cliffs and rocky headlands are interspersed by sheltered bays. Both Woolacombe and Croyde Bay have long sandy beaches and from nearby Baggy Point there are wonderful panoramic views of the bay to Lundy Island. Nearby Ilfracombe’s busy fishing harbour offers boat trips to Lundy Island in the summer, while further along the Exmoor coast the attractive towns of Lynmouth and Lynton are popular with holidaymakers. Shop 7 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring.

  • Bedford House Apartments - Braddons

    Torquay

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44243

    Situated in a fantastic location in Torquay, Bedford House Apartments (refs W44240, W44241, W44242 and W44243) are set back from the road in an elevated position, making them a remarkably peaceful and relaxing place to stay. They are only a 5-minute walk from Torquay harbour where you can find many restaurants, bars and cafes. The attractions of the English Riviera stay open all year round and are all within walking distance; Torquay Museum, 3 minutes, The Princess Theatre, 15 minutes and Kent’s Cavern, 20 minutes. Numerous beaches can also be reached within half a mile.

    The holiday apartments are surrounded by mature gardens with exotic plants that grow well, being in the English Riviera’s mild climate. They have off-road parking and make an ideal base from which to explore Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, as well as areas of Devon and further afield to Dartmoor, The South Hams and the cities of Plymouth and Exeter.
    There are superb bus routes across the Riviera and the nearest bus stop to the apartments is less than 100 yards away. Between April and the end of October, visitors are also able to make use of the extensive boat services which provide links to Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on first floor: Living room. Dining area. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. iPod dock. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. No smoking.

  • Coastguard Cottage 1

    Peppercombe, nr. Clovelly

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: NT012007

    National Trust Holiday Cottage.

    The perfect choice for a unique seaside holiday or a relaxing escape at any time of the year, Coastguard Cottage 1 is just a few minutes stroll from the pebbly and rocky foreshore of Peppercombe Beach. It is one of three pretty cottages nestled within the beautiful secluded woods of Peppercombe Valley.

    Dating from the late eighteenth century, to house the officers of what was then called the Preventive Service, tasked to police this wild stretch of coast to prevent smuggling. The perfect remote escape to relax and unwind at any time of year, the cottage is wonderfully snug and picturesque, and an ideal base from which to explore this breathtaking coast. The pretty shared gardens nestled within woodland are the ideal spot for a lazy breakfast and soaking up the tranquility while you plan your day.

    There is plenty for everyone, with birdwatching, fishing, riding, golf, surfing and sailing close by. There are many coastal walks to enjoy which will lead you through stunning scenery to the north and south, including the famous fishing village of Clovelly, and the more remote, Hartland Point.

    Nearby Bideford has restaurants and town amenities, along with boat trips to Lundy Island, or hire a bike and explore the nearby Tarka Trail. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Abbey are well worth a visit, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore, including nearby Instow and Appledore. The famous surfing beaches at Westward Ho and Bude are nearby, and for family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Park are a must. Shop and P.O 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room with multi-fuel burner and flagstone floor. Kitchen/dining room with Belfast sink. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft iron bed and wooden floor. Single bedroom with wooden floor.

    • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, eco electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared external payphone
    • Shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced stream and slopes in garden.

  • The Granary

    Lewdown, nr. Okehampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: W44025

    The Granary is a stone-built barn conversion located in the quiet countryside, just outside the village of Lewdown, in West Devon. It is a well-appointed detached holiday property with an enclosed courtyard garden, just a short walk from the village, where there is a pub and a local shop. Adjacent to the owner’s home, The Granary would suit a couple or a small family group who would like to visit this unspoilt area and enjoy the many delights the area has to offer. There are some lovely walks into the surrounding countryside directly from the property. Roadford Lake is nearby and a great destination for a good walk. Dingles Steam Museum is also worth a visit during your stay.
    The local town of Okehampton, often referred to as the gateway to Dartmoor, has a good range of shops and local amenities. There are plenty of walks in Dartmoor for all ages and abilities, to enjoy this stunning and dramatic area, as well as some pretty village pubs and tea rooms. Towards the coast there are many fine beaches and coves including Saunton, Woolacombe and Westward Ho!. A trip to Lundy Island can be arranged from Bideford pier.
    There are numerous places of interest close by including the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village of Clovelly. Visit Castle Drogo (NT), the last castle to be built in England. For those wanting to travel a bit further, the A30 is a great link into North Cornwall and its many attractions, including the Eden Project and Padstow. There is golf at Okehampton and Ashbury, or you can hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail at Great Torrington. Shop and pub 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Mill Cottage

    Buckfastleigh, nr. Dartmoor

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 25740

    A charming terraced stone cottage, located in one of the little side lanes off the main fore street in the village of Buckfastleigh. Mill Cottage is a cosy holiday home with beamed interior and enclosed lawned rear garden. This property is a good family size and for the outdoor type. Buckfastleigh is a great base from which to explore the area. Buckfastleigh is located on the fringes of Dartmoor National Park, within easy access of the A38 making Devon very accessible. The village has an outdoor, public swimming pool, and is well known for the steam railway, and the butterfly and otter sanctuary, which are all great family attractions. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with patio doors, beams and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Thatch Cottage

    Chittlehampton

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: HDDA

    With VisitBritain’s ‘4 star gold award’, this charming 300-year-old, Grade II listed, thatched cottage nestles within the half-thatched rural village of Chittlehampton with its village square and welcoming inn. One of a pair, Thatch Cottage is built from stone and cob and restored and equipped to a very high standard. The beautiful surrounding Devon countryside offers thatched cottages, lovely views, quiet villages and so much more within easy reach. Exmoor is nearby with waterfalls, walking, cycling, ponies and zoo. The excellent Tarka Trail for more car-free cycling and walking is 30 miles of former railway, with cycle hire, running around the Taw estuary only 20 minutes away. Also within easy reach are the many superb beaches of the Golden Coast of North Devon, Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe, for sandcastles and surfing, several excellent golf courses including the championship links course at Saunton, fishing on the Taw, renowned gardens, NT properties and sleepy, unspoilt villages with inns. The historic market town of South Molton, the "gateway to Exmoor", is nearby, with its regular markets, tea shops, restaurants, antique shops and swimming pool. Barnstaple is within easy reach, with its cinema, theatre, pannier market and variety of shops. Highbullen Hotel (3 miles) offers a 20 metre indoor pool and good gym for a low daily fee. Thatch Cottage is in a truly wonderful holiday location for all interests. Shop 300 yards, village inn serving food 200 yards.

    Living room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Modern well-equipped kitchen/dining room with beamed fireplace. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, heating, bed linen, towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden, furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Books/games
    • Complimentary bottle of Prosecco
    • No smoking

  • Shorewaters

    Appledore, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 19563

    Excellent views from the balconies

    Situated in an idyllic position on the banks of the River Torridge overlooking the Taw and Torridge estuaries, with far reaching views across to Instow and beyond. A unique opportunity to holiday in such an enviable position, the cottage has been refurbished throughout to a very good standard, and makes a perfect holiday retreat in one of the oldest and prettiest villages in North Devon. The cottage has the added benefit of two terraces overlooking the river, and almost all of the rooms also benefit from the views. A fantastic spot to sunbathe or enjoy al fresco meals in the long summer evenings whilst taking in the sights of the passing boats. Just a short walking distance from the centre of Appledore, which has a good selection of pubs, restaurants and village shops. Take the ferry across the river to Instow, which offers a quiet inlet and sandy beach along with a lovely selection of pubs, and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. Nearby, the historic port and market town of Bideford is just 2 miles, as is the dramatic far reaching sandy beach of Westward Ho!, popular with keen surfers, windsurfers and beach lovers. Locally, golf (Burrows course), indoor swimming pool, fishing, sailing and water skiing are all available. Family attractions such as The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, Dartingtion Crystal Factory, Tapeley Park, Tarka Trail, Atlantic Village are all within easy distance of the cottage. Shops and pubs 500 yards. This property can be booked with The Waterside ref 30331 next door to accommodate up to 13 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and wooden floors/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 bunk, 1 single (4ft). Separate toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Two balconies. No smoking. NB: There is a tidal river in the grounds.

  • Russett Cottage

    Stokeinteignhead, nr. Newton Abbot

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30596


    This delightful thatched terraced holiday cottage nestles in the pretty village of Stokeinteignhead, a hidden gem. Stokeinteignhead is a chocolate-box thatched village nestled in a sheltered valley near the sea in south Devon. Just over 1 mile from the beach at Maidencombe, the property is spacious and has been furnished and decorated to a very good standard. There is a sunny courtyard area, with table and chairs perfect for al fresco dining. The local pub, dating back to the 17th century, is a 2-minute walk from the cottage and serves good food and real ales. There are many walks from the cottage including the South West Coastal Path, and the Teign Estuary, a great place for bird watching and nature lovers. Nearby, Shaldon is an idyllic little fishing village with quaint cottages and narrow winding streets, situated at the mouth of the Teign Estuary on the edge of the English Riviera and Torbay. Visit the award winning Ness beach by walking through the ’Smugglers Tunnel’, or stroll around the village and visit Shaldon Zoo and Homeyards Botanical Gardens. Teignmouth is only 3 miles away, with many shops, Victorian pier and a theatre. The town of Newton Abbot, 4 miles, has a racecourse, a market on a Saturday, and a local farmers market on a Tuesday. Visit Paignton Zoo or join the Dartmouth Steam Railway, which will take you to Kingswear, where you can get a ferry over to Dartmouth, or a trip up the river to Totnes. Dartmoor National Park with its heather-clad tors and ponies, and Exeter are only 20 minutes’ drive away. The Torquay area has a lot to offer - family theme parks and all weather attractions like the Living Coasts where penguins wander freely, the theatre, which has shows all year round, or take a ferry across to Brixham, to sample the fresh fish and seafood. The Jurassic World Heritage Coast and many National Trust properties are within a 1 hour drive. Community shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric woodburners in living room and dining room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 9 steps from courtyard to rear parking.

  • Anchor Cottages - Westward Ho!

    Hope Cove

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FYA

    "Sands flanked by rock, with wooded cliffs above – true Devon coastal character . . ."

    The wooded cliffs at Bolt Tail form a backdrop to this sandy cove on what is renowned as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South Hams. These holiday cottages are set within 100 yards of the safe sandy beach – an unrivalled position for enjoying the seaside, but also perfect for fishing, sailing and water-skiing (with a dinghy-launching slip 200 yards away, and facilities for larger boats at nearby Salcombe). The cottages are in the centre of this charming seaside village, with its pretty thatched cottages, inns, restaurants and small shop within a short walk. The South Devon Coastal Footpath winds along the cliffs and through Hope Cove between Salcombe and Thurlestone, with opportunities for magnificent walking amongst glorious coastal scenery.
    The maritime attractions continue slightly further afield. Salcombe, 4 miles away, is one of the most prestigious sailing centres in the country. It offers extensive sandy beaches, too, and a wide choice of fascinating shops, boutiques and restaurants in its quaintly winding narrow streets. The estuary here is a kaleidoscope of brightly coloured craft of all kinds at their moorings – a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Thurlestone, 2 miles to the west, can be reached either by car or via the coastal path. It boasts yet more expanses of golden sands, a regular feature of this lovely coastline. But, in addition, it has a superb cliff-top links golf course, edged by sandy coves, tennis courts and picturesque streets of thatched cottages overlooking the bay. Kingsbridge, the ‘capital’ of the South Hams, has a good choice of interesting shops, a museum and a sports centre with squash, badminton and bowling. Boating and diving trips can be arranged in the Salcombe Estuary, and boats are available for hire. Within easy driving distance are the historic cities of Plymouth and Exeter and Kitley Caves. The wide open spaces and breathtaking scenery of the Dartmoor National Park are less than an hour by car, and there are many National Trust properties, stately homes and interesting gardens within a short drive. Anchor Cottages are set in a little terrace in the village. They have been designed to offer ‘upside-down’ accommodation, with first floor living rooms. Comfortably furnished, each has a small first floor sitting-out area with furniture. They are ideally located for a Devon holiday by the sea. Shop/P.O. 50 yards.

    Three cosy ground floor bedrooms; one double, one twin and one small single. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Open-plan living/dining room but with a similarly well-fitted kitchen area, elec fire and doors to patio.

    • Electricity by meter reading
    • NSH and convector heaters by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Parking

  • Witham Cottage

    Parracombe, nr. Barnstaple

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: HSSQ

    Set in the grounds of the 4000-acre working farm of Woolhanger Estate, this detached getaway lies just a few miles from the coastal towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Comfortably furnished, this well-equipped holiday cottage has wonderful views out across Exmoor, with many footpaths from the door. In Ilfracombe there are the Tunnel Beaches, harbour, shops and restaurants. Visit Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Watermouth Castle and Lynton Funicular Railway which runs to Lynmouth. Croyde and Woolacombe have clean surf beaches, coves and bays. NT properties at Arlington and Knightshayes and the RHS gardens at Rosemoor. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen with dining area and door to garden. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 5 steps in garden

  • Lanes Cottage

    Kentisbeare, nr. Cullompton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 50191

    Ideal touring base

    A charming cottage in a small quiet village in the Blackdown Hills. Dating back to the 17th century, the holiday cottage retains many original features including an inglenook fireplace and oak beams. It is about 4 miles from Cullompton and M5 junction. Coast at Beer, Sidmouth and Exmouth, 30 minutes’ drive. Good base for Exmoor, Dartmoor and Exeter. Leisure facilities available include fishing, horse riding and swimming. Village shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Garage. Parking. No smoking.

  • Mimosa

    Instow, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30423


    A delightful beach-front retreat, Mimosa is just a stone’s throw from the golden sand and dunes in the small seaside village of Instow on the breathtaking north Devon coast. This terraced property is ideal for an old-fashioned family seaside holiday or relaxing escape at any time of year. Just outside the front door is a long, flat promenade to stretch your legs and maybe enjoy the celebrated, locally made ice cream, with the backdrop of Instow Beach’s golden sands. The area is a must for water sports, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen, whilst walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail which passes through the village. Golf and horse riding are available locally. There are numerous NT properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Docton Mill and North Devon is well-positioned for visits to Exmoor, Dartmoor and North Cornwall. Bideford, 4 miles, offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island. For family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure parks are close by. Why not dine out at any one of Instow’s excellent restaurants, looking out at the amazing sunset over Lundy Island and the lights of Appledore across the bay? A truly magical location for a memorable holiday. Beach 20 yards. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. No TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with summer seating. On road parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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