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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 Old Post Office

    Down St Mary, nr. Crediton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 29989


    This Grade II listed, semi-detached former post office has many original features from its period, with Gothic influences and now has all of the conveniences for contemporary living. The Old Post Office was originally an estate workers cottage from the mid 1800s, that then became the village post office. Located in the quiet village of Down St Mary in the heart of Devon, the cottage has plenty of living space and a lovely outside area which overlooks the local churchyard and the countryside beyond. From the village, there are plenty of walks into the surrounding countryside to be enjoyed, including the Two Moors Way, and the cottage is ideally located for visiting all of the delights that Devon has to offer. A railway station can be found 1 mile away (on the Tarka Line) with frequent services to Exeter and Barnstaple. Exeter is easily reached and has a wide variety of shops, restaurants and, of course, its historic cathedral. Both the north and the south coasts can be visited from here, and they both offer very different characteristics. Both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are accessible and provide walking for all abilities, as well as the stunning scenery. There are a number of National Trust properties in the area, most notably, Castle Drogo and Arlington Court. The wonderful RHS gardens at Rosemoor are certainly worth a visit, as is the Dartington Crystal Factory - both of these attractions are based at Great Torrington. There is golf, fishing and horse riding all available in the local area and cycle hire can be arranged on the Tarka Trail. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Second living room. Dining room with wooden floor. 2 steps down to kitchen with breakfast area. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Driftwood

    Goodrington, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC53


    Driftwood is a beautiful, three-storey, terraced holiday property located in Goodrington, just 1½ miles away from Paignton. There is private parking and a small south-facing garden to enjoy, which is enclosed and finished with flagstone and decking. Goodrington Sands beach is within walking distance, where there are many coves to explore. Visit Elberry, Salter, Oyster Cove, Fairy Cove and the beaches at Paignton, Preston, Broadsands and Brixham. There are many activities available locally including 2 golf courses, go-karting, sailing and bird watching. Take a trip to see Agatha Christie’s summer house, visit the award-winning zoo, or hop on the steam train to Kingswear and take a ferry over to Dartmouth for a wonderful day out. The beach at Broadsands is a gently sloping sandy beach, popular with families with children. There are two beach cafés and water sports available. There are some superb walks around this stretch of coastline, across the fields to Elberry Cove, a small pebbly beach, and along the coast to the fishing village of Brixham. Take a ferry to Torquay and visit the array of shops and cafés, or enjoy a show at the theatre. Dartmouth and Dartmoor make a great day out, with rugged tors and lovely villages. There are also many National Trust properties nearby. Beach ½ mile. Shop and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room with toilet. First floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Juliet balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • 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

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  • Venn Farm Cottages - Owl

    Kings Nympton, nr. South Molton

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30095

    Owl (ref 30095), Pheasant (ref 30096), Buzzard (ref 30097) and Goose (ref 30098) are located at the owners’ farm in rural North Devon. With lovely views of the surrounding countryside and beyond, Venn Farm Cottages offers guests a real slice of rural life. Guests staying a week at the cottages also get the added bonus of entry into The Big Sheep at Bideford and Exmoor Zoo, so that’s two brilliant days out already sorted! Back on the farm, the cottages are well appointed and presented to a comfortable standard. Around the farm, there is plenty to do with organised feeding of the animals, collecting fresh eggs from the chickens and some lovely walks around the farm’s 20 acres. There is also a large covered area with various toys and activities. The popular market town of South Molton has a weekly farmers’ market and a variety of shops, antique and curio shops, pubs and restaurants. Barnstaple additionally has a theatre, cinema and leisure activities, and places of interest including the Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market, 14th-century St Anne’s Chapel and 18th-century Queen Anne’s Walk. Other family attractions in the area include RHS gardens at Rosemoor, National Trust houses at Arlington and Castle Drogo, The Big Sheep, The Milky Way, Exmoor Zoo and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. Spectacular beaches at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! are all within easy driving distance. There is some spectacular and challenging walking on Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. There are numerous golf courses within 5 miles and there is some excellent game fishing available locally at Eggesford. There is cycle hire available at various locations along the Tarka Trail, and horse riding locally. Shop 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

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

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard and furniture. Shared 20-acre grounds with sitting-out area. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times, working farm, sheep country. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Wetherall Cottage

    Welcombe, nr. Kirkhampton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: HPPV

    Wetherall Cottage is the perfect escape, nestled on the steep side of the wooded valley which leads to Welcombe Mouth Beach with its cliffs, waterfall, rock pools, sand and surf. Enjoying distant sea views, this delightful single-storey holiday home has been lovingly restored incorporating the latest green technology (exterior insulation, photovoltaic/solar thermal panels and air source heat pump central heating) while retaining many period features. There is a lovely walk from the cottage to the beach, with breathtaking coastal scenery in both directions. Shop 11/2 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

    12 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single with single bunk over. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, air source heat pump central heating, bed linen, towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine (in external utility/shower room). Terraced garden, woodland areas, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steep garden with steps, slopes and unfenced stream.

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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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  • Windbury Barn

    Hartland, Bideford

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 26714

    This end of terrace, stunning barn conversion is part of a small select development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and only 500 yards from the National Trust South West Coastal Path, on the breathtaking Hartland Peninsula. A large sunken patio and raised lawned garden are perfect for relaxing and enjoying outdoors meals or on a chilly evening, curl up beside the cosy woodburner. A truly wonderful escape from the busy modern world. Hartland village is just 2 miles and offers a number of traditional village shops and highly commended pubs serving food. Many secluded coves nearby including Spekes Mill and Hartland Quay or large sandy beaches at Westward Ho! and Sandymouth. Nearby Bideford offers boat trips to Lundy Island or explore the famous cobbled streets of Clovelly. Bude is also within easy reach with its wide sandy beaches, canal walks and Marsh Nature Reserve. For family fun, The Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Parks area close by, or for a great day out, The Eden Project is an easy drive. An ideal holiday base. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French door, beams and vaulted ceiling/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried snug area. 1 twin bedroom with Velux and sloping ceiling. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large landscaped garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 5 years, except babies in arms due to unfenced drop at sides of garden and 7 steps.

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  • Parsley Cottage

    Clawton, nr. Holsworthy

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 27690

    Nestling in glorious countryside, yet only 12 miles from the beaches at Bude and Widemouth Bay, this delightful detached bungalow is the perfect choice for a family holiday. Carefully presented throughout, the dining room, opening onto a patio and herb garden, has panoramic views across to Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. The nearby coast is superb for surfing and home to pretty coves and some dramatic coastal walks. Golf, fishing, horse riding and cycling are all on offer close by. For family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are not to be missed. Shop, pub, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining/sun room. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Blu-ray and small library (on request). Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Pebble Cottage

    Brixham

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 31161


    This terraced, former fisherman’s cottage built in 1803, has lovely views out towards the sea from one of the bedrooms and decked courtyard. The holiday property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard and includes original features such as beams and feature fireplaces. The harbour, shops and restaurants are a short stroll, or take a boat trip to Torquay or Dartmouth for a day out. For nature lovers, nearby Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve and gateway site for the UNESCO-supported English Riviera Global Geopark, while the South West Coastal Path offers breathtaking walks. Breakwater Beach, a 5-minute walk, has won plenty of awards. An open-air, sea water swimming pool is a 10-minute walk. Visit Brixham and experience one of the treasures of the English Riviera, South Devon’s beautiful bay. For families looking for things to do, Torquay is a hive of activity throughout the year with beaches, Kent’s Cavern and the Living Coasts coastal zoo where you can walk with penguins. There are plenty of sightseeing excursions as well as boat and fishing trips out into the bay. Paignton is most famous for its wonderful zoo, whilst Babbacombe plays host to a world in miniature, in the form of its acclaimed model village. Agatha Christie’s summer house Greenway is also close by. Take a trip to Dartmoor National Park, see the ponies or stop in one of the many pretty villages for a Devon Cream Tea. Cockington is another pretty village with many thatched cottages, tea rooms and stunning walks. Beach ¼ mile. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 single bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed decked courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking, 500 yards. No smoking.

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  • Archways

    Harberton, nr. Totnes

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E1308

    Set in a secluded and tranquil valley in the tiny hamlet of Belsford in the South Hams, an AONB, 3 miles from Totnes, this is an ideal base from which to savour the delights of South Devon. Within easy reach of Dartmouth, Salcombe, numerous beaches, Dartmoor and the seaside fun of Torbay. The pretty village of Harberton, 1 mile, has a 13th-century inn serving food.
    With 2.5 acres of grounds and wonderful views across the beautiful Harbourne Valley, these comfortable and well equipped cottages, converted from traditional stone barns, are grouped around a courtyard garden. Indoor and outdoor facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, lawned gardens, a hot tub and, for children, a play area with swings and slide, a separate field for ball games and a games room with table tennis, a pool table and a toddlers’ play area. Pub 1 mileSet in a secluded and tranquil valley in the tiny hamlet of Belsford in the South Hams, an AONB, 3 miles from Totnes, this is an ideal base from which to savour the delights of South Devon. Within easy reach of Dartmouth, Salcombe, numerous beaches, Dartmoor and the seaside fun of Torbay. The pretty village of Harberton, 1 mile, has a 13th-century inn serving food.
    With 2½ acres of grounds and wonderful views across the beautiful Harbourne Valley, these comfortable and well equipped cottages, converted from traditional stone barns, are grouped around a courtyard garden. Indoor and outdoor facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, lawned gardens, a hot tub and, for children, a play area with swings and slide, a field for ball games and a games room with table tennis, a pool table and a toddlers’ play area. Pub 1 mile.

    External stone steps to shared entrance on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom with beams. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity fire in living room included. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVDs. CD (on request). Microwave. Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (at cost). Shared enclosed grounds and furniture. Shared 2.5 acres of gardens, lawns and meadow. Barbecue (in courtyard). Parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (9.1m x 3.6m), open all year, with changing room, shower and toilet. Shared hot tub (open March-October). Shared sauna (at cost). Shared games room with table tennis, pool table (at cost) and toddler corner. Children’s outdoor play area. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Pebbles

    Lympstone, near Exmouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W44035

    Pebbles lies just 100 yards from Exe estuary, where there is a sandy play area, perfect for the children. This terraced, 18th century, former fisherman’s cottage is situated in the heart of the quaint fishing village of Lympstone. The property has some quirky features, including an original fireplace, and the single bedroom, with its sloping ceilings, has a small play/den area. The cottage has been decorated to offer a wonderful base for a family holiday or for friends to get together.
    On the Exe estuary, midway between the old port of Topsham and the seaside resort of Exmouth, here, the beautiful sandy beaches and rock pools are at the start of the Jurassic Coast and form part of the South West Coastal Path. The estuary has a picturesque harbour, is a renowned nature reserve, and a haven for wildlife and migrating birds. The village has a number of pubs that serve lunchtime and evening meals, and a shop, all within easy walking distance. Crealy Adventure Park is just 3 miles away and for cyclists there are many cycle ways. There is a cycle way which runs from Exmouth, through Lympstone and onto Topsham and the Exeter canal, running most of the way alongside the river. There are many NT properties, all waiting to be explored. The city of Exeter is within easy reach, Woodbury common is on the doorstep and Dartmoor is an easy drive. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Separate toilet.
    Narrow stairs to...
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 3: With single bed, Velux and sloping ceilings.

    Electric heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Small garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture (opposite, 10 yards). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Greenhedges

    Budleigh Salterton

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC176


    This wonderful, spacious semi-detached family holiday home is ideally located only 500 yards from the beach. The property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard, and has an enclosed garden with sitting-out area, ideal for al fresco dining. This is a great location for a family holiday, or for friends to get together, and is also ideal for walkers, bird watchers and cyclists, or just to have a relaxing holiday by the sea. Budleigh Salterton has many independent shops, lovely tea rooms and wonderful pubs. Being so close to the Jurassic Coast, this is the ideal base for walking; the coastal path takes you to Lyme Bay, Branscombe, Beer, Sidmouth and Seaton, and Exeter, with its cathedral, is 11 miles away. There is so much to do, whether you are taking a family holiday or a short break away. Take a trip to Dartmoor with its ponies, tors and pubs tucked away in the countryside. Take a drive to Exmouth; the River Exe is a favourite haunt for bird watchers, or take a boat across to Starcross. There are also many golf courses nearby and NT properties all worth visiting. Paignton and Torquay are within driving distance, where you can visit Kent’s Cavern, the model village, and enjoy boat trips which take you to Brixham. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden.

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