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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 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.

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  • Baileys Cottages, 2

    Stoke Fleming, nr. Dartmouth

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: DHBAILE

    A cosy cottage in the lovely coastal village of Stoke Fleming within walking distance of Blackpool Sands, village pub and local restaurant, and only three miles from Dartmouth. The property has a courtyard and garden for al fresco dining and glimpses of the sea from the bedrooms.

    Steps to Entrance door to open plan Sitting/Dining/Kitchen: kitchen area has fitted units with built in electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer. Sitting area has window to front, TV, DVD, Stove effect electric fire. First floor. Bedroom 2: Single bed. Bathroom: Bath, basin, WC, towel radiator. Bedroom 3: Single bed. Stairs up to Second Floor. Bedroom 4: Double bed (4’6"), TV, DVD and Ensuite: Shower cubicle, basin, WC.

    Outside: Courtyard garden to the front. Further small enclosed garden located a few yards from the property with outdoor furniture.
    Wifi available.
    Duvets, pillows and all linen and towels provided.
    Central heating and hot water by electric.
    One well behaved dog welcome at the discretion of the owner at an additional £25 per week.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 (1 car), additional on road parking (at cost).

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

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  • 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

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  • Fairhaven

    Dartmouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DHFHAVE

    A second floor duplex apartment located in an historic in the very centre of Dartmouth with quayside and harbour just seconds away. The apartment is presented to a 5 star Gold Standard and has many period features, whilst retaining a contemporary feel. It has a spacious, flexible accommodation comprising: sitting room with interconnecting dining room, superb fitted kitchen, utility area, two bathrooms, three bedrooms and lovely roof top terrace. There are 35 internal steps to apartment.

    Entrance to communal stairs to Second Floor. Hall: Stripped wooden flooring, doors to Sitting/Dining room: TV, DVD, feature fireplace, stripped wooden flooring and open to dining room, stripped wooden flooring. Fully fitted Kitchen with tiled flooring, gas hob, double electric oven and grill, microwave, dishwasher and fridge. Storage room: Washer/dryer, freezer. Bathroom: Bath, walk-in shower, basin, WC, towel radiator. Bedroom 1: Zip lock super king size bed (6’) (or 2 x 3’ twin beds), feature fireplace, river glimpses. Bedroom 2: King size bed (5’), feature fireplace, river glimpses. Bedroom 3/Sun Room: church views, bi-folding doors to superb roof top terrace with views over chimney pots and countryside, single bed. Shower room: Shower cubicle, basin, WC.

    Parking: Season ticket in Town car park May - October unreserved.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided. Guests to bring beach towels.
    Wifi free.
    Gas central heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

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  • Belgrave Cottage

    Sidmouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 50291

    Close to the sea front

    Situated on a no-through road, this semi-detached property was constructed circa 1988 and comprises a well appointed cottage-style holiday house, quietly located adjacent to Blackmore Gardens in the charming seaside resort of Sidmouth. Tennis, bowls and seafront are just a few minutes level stroll away. Within easy reach of Seaton with its narrow-gauge tramway running to Colyton, Lyme Regis and Beer. Golf available at Axmouth and Honiton. Shops and pubs nearby.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French windows. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas and electricity included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Patio. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • The Garden Cottage

    Boode, nr. Braunton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43947

    The Garden Cottage offers the idyllic country retreat. Occupying a quiet wing of the owners country house, the holiday cottage works well both as a comfortable base to return to after a day of walking or surfing, or as somewhere to spend a quiet few days unwinding from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is a large garden to enjoy and there are some great views around the surrounding countryside and beyond.
    Located in the quiet hamlet of Boode, consisting of the main house and the local dairy farm, there are some lovely country walks right from the cottage. The nearby village of Braunton is the gateway to some of the finest beaches in the country. If surfing, rock pooling or simply lazing on the beach is your thing, then look no further. Braunton has a very good range of shops and restaurants.
    During your stay, there are many other places and things to do. Enjoy great walking on Exmoor or the South West Coast Path. Take days out to Lynton and Lynmouth, Ilfracombe, RHS Rosemoor, Clovelly and if you have little ones, there is the Big Sheep and the Milky Way. There is cycling on the Tarka Trail and golf, fishing and horse riding are all available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    5 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk leading to 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • Hoe Lodge Apartments - Hoe View

    Plymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30709

    Victorian building
    Perfectly located to explore Plymouth’s main attractions
    Within walking distance of the historic waterfront

    This large Victorian building boasts three, spacious self-contained holiday apartments. Situated on Plymouth Hoe, they are easy to find and just a stone’s throw away from all of Plymouth’s most beautiful scenes, making Hoe Lodge Apartments the perfect base for your Plymouth holiday. Conveniently located boasting natural seaside beauty and only a short walk from Plymouth’s main attractions. From the Theatre Royal to the historic Barbican, Drake Circus shopping mall, Plymouth Hoe and much more, it’s all on your doorstep. Dartmoor makes a great day out and is within an easy drive. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on second floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 3 bedrooms: 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. On road parking (permit £20per week). No smoking.

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  • Harcombe House - Bungalow 2

    Chudleigh, nr. Newton Abbot

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC116


    Set in 300 acres of stunning gardens, lakes and woodlands, Harcombe House - owned and operated by The Fire Fighters Charity - is the ideal location for a relaxing break. Offering holiday makers the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful holiday in Devon’s glorious countryside, while also supporting injured fire fighters across the UK, Harcombe House is just 12 miles south of the historic city of Exeter.

    Harcombe House provides the ideal environment for family holidays, friends to get together, or for peace and quiet. Each bungalow is detached and has been decorated and furnished to a good standard, and has amazing views over the countryside. Each bungalow has a patio with furniture. There is an indoor heated swimming pool which is shared with other guests, a children’s play area, tennis court and plenty of walks from your front door. There is also a bar on-site, which is open in the evening.

    Holiday at Harcombe House and you’ll be supporting the work of The Fire Fighters Charity, providing life enhancing rehabilitation services to fire fighters across the UK.

    The properties are situated in an ideal location for visiting all that Devon has to offer, including Dartmoor National Park; the landscape is as dramatic as its weather, from its striking granite tors, to steep wooded river valleys and from swathes of heather-covered moorland, to tucked away villages and hamlets. Whether you want a quiet, gentle stroll, or an exhilarating mountain biking experience, there’s something for you at Haldon Forest Park, 3500 acres of woodland which is just 15 minutes from Harcombe House.

    There are many cycle trails, including a great all-ability trail, with fun features for children with regular resting points that take in some stunning views over Exeter and Dartmoor. Or, if you like walking there are many different walks including The Butterfly Trail, which is a circular walk which, in places, gives you stunning views across the forest and over the Teign Valley.

    Visit Go Ape, a forest adventure park with zip wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of crossings. Crealy Adventure Park, a great day out for the children, is also close by. Many sandy beaches can be found nearby, or take a trip further afield and visit the historic city of Exeter, with its canals, shops and cafes. Plymouth has the Sea Life Centre, Barbican waterfront and Plymouth Hoe, a large, south-facing open public space. East Devon has dramatic coastlines and is excellent for walking the coastal path, where you can visit Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Seaton. There are many National Trust properties all close by and worth visiting. The English Riviera is also on your doorstep, with sandy beaches, steam railway, zoo, theatres and boat trips. Beach 8½ miles. Shop 2 miles, restaurant 1 mile, pub on-site.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Patio with furniture. Shared 300-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12m x 6m, depth 1.2m) with shower and changing facilities, open 9am-5:45pm (some days are restricted). Shared tennis court. Fishing available on-site (license required). Shared children’s play area. No smoking. NB: Pond, lake and fountain in grounds.

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