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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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wheel Farm Cottages - Shippen

    Berry Down, nr. Combe Martin

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30115

    Located just a few minutes from some of the finest beaches and Exmoor’s spectacular coastline, Wheel Farm is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A collection of cosy and get-away-from-it-all hideaways, the cottages are perfect for a romantic escape; or a family retreat. Facilities onsite include shared indoor swimming pool, games and films. Swooping and chirping birds and abundant wildlife make this magical area come alive. Converted from a 17th-century watermill and farm barns, the cottages retain many original features including beams, exposed stone walls and wood burning stoves. Each are brimming over with comfort whilst retaining rustic charm. Hayloft, Dairy, Linhay and Stable are all accessed via the main courtyard, with Lower Mill, Upper Mill and Byre offering superb views. Hayloft, Shippen, Dairy and Farmhouse are pet friendly. Mill Wheel is part of the original watermill, which offers a unique ‘upside-down’ layout. Granary has been converted from the original barn, and Farmhouse is the largest cottage in the complex. All properties have their own private entrance and come fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy a self-catering cottage holiday.
    Hayloft (ref 30114) was originally converted from part of the large barn, and is perfect for a romantic break.
    Shippen (ref 30115) is a two storey country cottage, originally converted from a large barn.
    Lower Mill (ref 30116) has stunning views across the Exmoor countryside and is situated on the ground floor of the original converted watermill - the grand wheel, which can still be seen attached to the building.
    Mill Wheel (ref 30117) is part of the original watermill and is comfortably furnished.
    Dairy (ref 30118) is originally converted from a single storey barn.
    Upper Mill (ref 30119) is the first floor of the original watermill, boasting fabulous views over the rolling countryside.
    Farmhouse (ref 30120) has its own garden and log burning stove. From this property you can enjoy the glorious surroundings whatever the weather.
    Byre (ref 30121) is a beautiful two storey country cottage, converted from a large barn and filled with character and charm. On the first floor, a double bedroom boasts full length windows, enjoying views over the glorious Devon countryside.
    Granary (ref 30122) is converted from an original barn and offers spacious accommodation over two floors.
    Stable (ref 30123) is a beautifully converted two storey cottage, which was originally a large barn.
    Linhay (ref 30124) is a beautifully and comfortably furnished country cottage.
    Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. 1 step up to dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker.Telephone-honesty box. 10 steps to shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets must be kept on lead.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 7 acres of landscaped grounds. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.8m to 1.7m), open Thu - Tue, 8am-12pm, 3pm-7pm. Shared sauna. No smoking. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • 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. Public car park. No smoking. NB: There is a tidal river in the grounds.

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  • Bee Bowl Cottage

    Landcross, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: HTTD

    This pretty, adjoining, thatched holiday cottage is peacefully located next to the historic church and beside the Tarka Trail for walking and cycling (cycle hire close by). North Devon coast and the wide golden sandy beach at Westward Ho! (4 miles) and 2 miles from the old port town of Bideford with its pastel coloured houses. Activities locally include water sports, sailing, fishing, surfing, golf and riding. For family fun the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a must. Explore the many pretty fishing villages inlcuding Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Beamed living room, wood-burning stove in original fireplace. Large kitchen/dining room, Aga in original bread oven, electric cooker. Bathroom, shower over claw-foot roll-top bath, toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom, 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom (with additional door to double).

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, partial oil central heating, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Oil-fired Aga included (available winter only)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with patio area and furniture
    • Roadside parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge, additional pet at £25 per week
    • No smoking

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  • Kipscombe Lodge

    Countisbury, nr. Lynton

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: HQQQ

    Nestling amidst heather clad moorland of the Exmoor National Park coast, this self-contained wing of the 17th-century NT farmhouse enjoys a dramatic coastal setting. Guests are free to roam amongst the 980 acres of National Trust farmland. Coastal footpaths lead from the farm through some of the most scenic, panoramic views in the area. Exmoor National Park is on the doorstep, with a wealth of countryside delights, footpaths and moorland streams. An ideal holiday location for keen walkers and nature lovers. Fishing, horse riding, tennis, golf and surfing locally. Shop and pub 21/2 miles.

    Two steps up to spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Spacious well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath-shower and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared sitting-out area with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking

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  • Nethway Farm - Chamomile Cottage

    Nethway Farm - Chamomile Cottage

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: FEM

    Imaginatively formed within a charming group of barns and set in superb landscaped shared gardens, an indoor heated swimming pool and a sauna have been created in a separate building, and a further barn offers facilities for table tennis, pool table, ‘fun’ netball and badminton. A spacious play area within a walled garden is equipped with swings, sand pit, adventure playground, large outdoor trampoline (with safety netting), large lawned area with raised decking, complete with garden furniture and views over the surrounding countryside. The gardens are a riot of colour, with flower beds, tubs, hanging baskets and courtyards and paved terraces. There is also a well-stocked fishing lake (rods not supplied) and . children are welcome to help feed the animals; goats, ponies, kune kune pigs, sheep, lambs, rabbits and guinea pigs. The cottages themselves have been meticulously converted. All are tastefully furnished and decorated throughout, and comprehensively equipped. The properties have their own patios with furniture (Hyssop and Lovage Cottages have their own lawned garden). They are ideal for holidays at any time of the year – all properties are heated throughout and this region is especially beautiful in the quieter off-season months. The village of Kingswear itself is set on the Dart estuary opposite Dartmouth – which can be reached via ferry.

    Sitting/Dining Room: TV, DVD , wood-burning stove. Kitchen: fully fitted with electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer. Separate toilet. Stairs to First floor. Bedroom 1: double bed. Bedroom 2: single bed. Bedroom 3: Twin beds. Bathroom: bath with shower over, basin, WC.

    Outside: Shared enclosed patio.
    Parking: for three cars.
    Heating and hot water by electricity.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Wifi broadband available.
    Shared payphone.
    No pets allowed.

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