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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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  • Berry Park - Poppy

    Welcombe, near Bude

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    Ref: W44291

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Towel hire. 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. Pet welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Branston’s Barn

    Virginstow, near Beaworthy

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    Ref: 28952

    Branston’s Barn is the perfect holiday choice for a romantic escape at any time of year. Nestled within the pretty Devon village of Virginstow, adjacent to the owner’s small stables, it is the ideal base from which to explore Devon and Cornwall. In a stunning location there is fishing, golf and riding available locally, and walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for scenic routes. Roadford Lake is just 4 miles and offers water sports, coarse and trout fishing, lovely lakeside walks and picnic areas. North Devon and North Cornwall coastal walking boasts fantastic sandy beaches and hidden coves ideal for surfing or exploring the many rock pools, whilst the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the famous Eden Project are all easily accessible. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room. Kitchen. Most rooms with wooden floor. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet and Veluxes.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Mill Meadow Cottage

    East Down, Barnstaple

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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

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  • Moxhayes - Moxhayes Barn

    Yarcombe

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    Ref: 19776


    In Yarcombe near the old lace town of Honiton, lie these two holiday barn conversions next to the owner’s farmhouse, situated on a working farm in stunningly beautiful open countryside, with fine views over the Yarty Valley and Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Moxhayes Barn (ref 19776) is unusual and a little quirky, but offers peace and comfortable accommodation for 4 guests, as does Moxhayes Cottage (ref 19777). Offering a good touring base, with many attractions within easy driving distance. The World Heritage Coastline of Lyme Bay is a must, as is Exeter cathedral city with its many attractions and day trips to the south coast resorts of Lyme Regis, Seaton and Sidmouth. Enjoy days out at Crealy Adventure Park, Killerton House and Gardens. Many scenic country walks and village pubs, or explore nearby Honiton. Guided walks on the Jurassic Coast by arrangement. Golf 7 miles. Shops 5 miles, pub 1 mile. Properties 19776 and 19777 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Gallery with double bed.

    Gas central heating and electricity included. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: There are open-tread stairs with a low bannister to the mezzanine.

    Both properties: Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared ¾ acre paddock. Barbecue. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: River, 300 yards.

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  • Dartmoor Lodges - The Studio

    Doccombe, near Dunsford

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    Ref: 29495

    Located in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park


    Situated within the Dartmoor National Park, set back from a beautiful, leafy stretch of the B3212 and a mile from Doccombe, these three, lodge-style properties (refs W43911, 28924 and 29495) are adjacent to the owners’ home and The Studio (ref 29495) is a small open plan property, ideal for short breaks. The holiday lodges lie in a lovely setting that offer a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area. There are 10 acres of beautiful, ancient woodland, complete with a stream winding its way through the land, plus wildlife ponds, granite boulders and a 3-acre field, (which is ideal for exercising dogs) and pheasants that come knocking at the door to be fed. A rich variety of plants and woodland flowers offer an idyllic haven for the resident wildlife. This is a brilliant area for walking, relaxing and star gazing as there is no light pollution. Nearby, a golf club and horse riding over Dartmoor are available. Being in the midst of Dartmoor, there are many superb walks, reservoirs, heather-clad tors and Dartmoor ponies. There are many places of interest for the whole family. If you are a keen walker, the Teign Valley is well known for its delightful woodland footpaths. It is an area of outstanding beauty and in the springtime, the Dunsford woods are famous for beautiful natural daffodils and a little later, a carpet of bluebells. All three properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 7 guests. Exeter is only 10 miles. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil panel heaters and electric heaters included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Small, enclosed gravelled courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: Stream in grounds, 50 yards.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Fridge. Shared 10 acres of natural woodland including 3-acre field for exercising dogs. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking.

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  • Honeypot Cottage

    Sidford, near Sidmouth

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    Ref: W44077

    Honeypot Cottage stands detached in a peaceful location within the traditional Devon village of Sidford. It has been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and features a power shower in the en-suite wet room, a memory foam mattress for comfort and French doors which open from the living room to the cottage garden. The living room also boasts recliner chairs with footstools for added comfort. Very convenient for bus routes to Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Exeter and Honiton which has excellent railway links. Sidford boasts two excellent pubs (dog friendly), an award winning restaurant, fish and chip shop and grocery store, all within walking distance. From the village it is a 1½-mile walk along the beautiful National Trust ’Byes’ walk to Sidmouth (this is welcoming to dogs all year round). ’A town caught still in a timeless charm’, which captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it will captivate you, too. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has much to offer visitors, especially the Jurassic Coastline, historic towns including Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer and Branscombe, the famous donkey sanctuary, coastal drives and walks with stunning views. There are also many National Trust properties to visit nearby. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Curved, satellite Smart TV (sports and film package). DVD. Electric cooker (single and double oven). Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Landscaped grounds. Parking (1 car). Wheelchair access. No smoking. NB: Access to the house is through part of the owner’s garden.

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  • The Watch Tower

    Compton, near Paignton

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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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  • Flat 3

    Dartmouth

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    Ref: DHFOSS3

    A one bedroom second floor loft apartment located in Foss Street, in the very heart of Dartmouth, close to the quay and the many restaurants and shops Dartmouth has to offer. This open plan apartment has vaulted ceilings with roof lights and is very well appointed and equipped.

    Steps (12) to Communal Entrance: Steps (34) to second floor. Front door to open plan Sitting/Kitchen/Dining Room: Vaulted with timber beams and roof lights, TV (40"). Kitchen area: Modern fitted units, fan oven and grill, ceramic hob, fridge with ice box, microwave. Bedroom: Vaulted roof lights, double bed (4’6"). Bathroom: Vaulted, roof light, bath with electric shower over, basin, WC.

    Parking: Seasonal ticket (unreserved) for town car park.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Wifi available.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    One well behaved dog welcome at the discretion of the owner at an additional £25 per week.

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  • Netherton Farm - Bramble

    Hartland, near Bideford

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    Ref: 27280


    Peacefully located within glorious countryside just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon Coast, Bramble, Hawthorn and Tamarisk cottages offer the perfect holiday choice for couples, family and friends at any time of year. Located on the owner’s farm with cattle, sheep and poultry within the Hartland Peninsula, it is the ideal base to explore this unspoilt area of North Devon. These three delightful cottages are beautifully presented with glorious country views towards the coast and Lundy Island. The village of Hartland lies a short distance away and offers a post office, café, stores, garage and church along with popular local pubs serving food. The area has a great deal to offer with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest on your doorstep, along with Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey and the lighthouse at Hartland Point. English Heritage Coastline can be accessed from a maze of footpaths within a mile of your doorstep. The nearby beaches and coves are a treat to explore and keen surfers and beach lovers have an abundant choice of far-reaching sandy beaches in the area, with Bude and Westward Ho! within easy driving distance. Fishing, watersports and sailing at nearby Tamar Lakes. Golf, riding and cycling all close by. The fishing villages of Clovelly and Bucks Mills are within an easy drive or walking distance for keen walkers along the National Trust coastal paths. Lundy Island trips by helicopter or boat can be taken from Bideford, a historic port and market town which offers a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, bath and toilet.
    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    First Floor:
    Living room: With Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock and French doors to Juliet balcony.
    Separate toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio with garden furniture. Small courtyard (front and rear) and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. NB: There is one step in the garden.

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  • Yardarm Cottage

    Churchill, near Axminster

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    Ref: E2715


    Full of rustic charm, this little stone cottage enjoys glorious rural views from its vine clad terrace, across the sloping garden to the wooded hills beyond. Simply furnished, the cottage forms a wing of the owners’ adjoining 18th-century home, and is set within 7 acres of grounds - a haven of peace and tranquillity - with its own secluded garden. The property sits 1 mile up an unmetalled bridleway on the Devon/Dorset border, within an AONB and is a great touring base from which to explore Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The nearby Jurassic Coast is popular with fossil hunters, while public footpaths direct from the bridleway make this an ideal walking location for dogs – and their owners. The market town of Axminster is just 3 miles away and the coast and beach at Lyme Regis are 7 miles. Riding and golf are available locally. Shops 2.5 miles, pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed garden and furniture. Two terraces. Barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. Natural water supply from UV filtered spring. No smoking. Please note: There is a pond and slope in the grounds.

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  • Lower Court Cottages - Om Shanti

    Fluxton, near Ottery St Mary

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    Ref: 28602

    These two 16th-century barn conversions, two of three, are situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, they were once stables of the Mayor of Exeter, then became a workshop and now are two delightful holiday cottages. Both are decorated and furnished uniquely and offer an ideal base for which to explore East Devon. Situated in the picturesque hamlet of Fluxton, nestled at the foot of rolling hills which ascend from the River Otter, located 2 miles from Ottery St Mary and 5 miles from Sidmouth. The area is dominated by lush green hills, wooded valleys and the dramatic Jurassic Coastline. An ideal location to walk the Jurassic Coastline, taking in Beer, Sidmouth and Seaton. There are plenty of activities all within reach, including cycling, horse riding, birdwatching and many NT properties. Exeter’s 2000 year old history is reflected in its heritage attractions, such as the Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral and the Roman city wall. Explore beneath the city’s streets at Exeter’s underground passages, which were originally built to bring fresh water into the city in the medieval times. Find out more about Exeter’s fascinating history on one of the free Red Coat Guided Tours. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating (powered by Aga) included. Freezer.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Internet connection. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Hollyhocks

    Higher Sigford, Ilsington

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    Ref: HYE


    Superb views over the surrounding hills and patchwork of fields can be enjoyed from this first floor holiday property, which is enviably located on the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Attached to the owners’ home, with which it shares a delightful garden with fantastic views and a wildlife pond brimming with water lilies, Hollyhocks serves as a tranquil base from which to enjoy a whole host of rural pastimes. The area is a haven for walkers, bird-watchers and nature lovers, with plenty of footpaths to explore. Locally, visit the restored water wheel at Bovey Tracey, take a trip on the steam train from Buckfastleigh to the market town of Totnes, and explore at leisure the many fine NT properties which stand proudly close by. For seaside attractions, Teignmouth and the English Riviera are within driving distance, while for excellent shopping journey to the naval town of Plymouth. Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Wi-fi. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1½-acre garden with picnic table. Barbecue. Parking. NB: Pond and stream in garden.

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