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Devon''s status as ''The English Riviera'' is well earned and is testimony to the popularity of this holiday destination, which attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its special charms.

The county is blessed with two coastlines which are dotted with picturesque fishing ports and mile after mile of clean sandy beaches. The interior consists of a striking contrast of dramatic moorland that includes the Dartmoor National Park and a patchwork of green leafy lanes that criss-cross the region.

Dartmoor actually has two national parks as well as five areas of outstanding natural beauty, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Geopark and Biosphere Reserve. It’s also famous as the location for Conan Doyle’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’. It has 368 square miles of windswept, dramatic and uncrowded moors to enjoy!

The English Riviera; Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, are a magnet for those looking for a seaside holiday with lots of attractions and activities for all ages. It also has a rich maritime history, plenty of sporting events and water sports activities.

South Devon is characterised by gentle rolling hills and a lovely coastline, offering easy walks, country pubs and great restaurants, while the northern coast has superb surfing beaches. Exmoor in north Devon is perfect for moorland walks, mountain biking and has wonderful natural beauty.

The many facets of Devon provide visitors with a wide choice of holiday options and lots of top quality visitor attractions and days out, such as the Dartmouth Steam Railway and The National Marine Aquarium; too many to mention here.

Of note is Woolacombe Beach, one of the jewels in Devon’s crown with three miles of golden sand of Blue Flag status and the Tarka Trail; its 30 miles forms a figure-of-eight and follows the path the brave otter takes in Henry Williamson’s beloved novel.

If you fancy walking on the wild side why not take a trip to one of Devon’s many animal attractions? The zoo at Paignton offers an array of exotic creatures and makes for a wonderful day out, while the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is also very popular with families.

Devon offers a wealth of holiday opportunities so if you’re ready for a break take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Devon.

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  • Thyme Cottage

    Westleigh, nr. Instow

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: W43439


    Inspired by the garden, this cosy hideaway offers a secret holiday bolthole to escape from the pressures of modern life, set in the stunning North Devon countryside. Views out over the garden and a patio herb garden can be enjoyed in the summer months. This semi-detached holiday property is the perfect romantic retreat, set within glorious countryside and having wonderful walks from the doorstep. Thyme Cottage adjoins the owner’s small contemporary B&B and guests are welcome to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, packed picnic hampers and deliciously simple evening meals by arrangement. You are also welcome to pop through a secret passage to the Book Room to enjoy the woodburner in the main house, shared by the B&B guests. The property is just 2½ miles from the pretty waterside village and beach at Instow and just 5 miles from the wide sandy surfing beach at Westward Ho! Instow is a pretty, unspoilt, seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. The area is a must for water sports, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen, whilst dog lovers, walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail which passes close by. Golf available locally. Bideford, 2 miles, offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island. Beach 2½ miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shared second living room (via lockable interconnecting door). First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in shared living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and freezer (in B&B). Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from bore hole. Welcome pack. Pets welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. No smoking. No children. NB: 4 steps in garden.

  • Lower Tideford Farm - The Tuckenhay

    Cornworthy, nr. Dartmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W44004

    Set in a very quiet and rural location, midway between Totnes and Dartmouth, nestling in a secluded valley with beautiful views over green and rolling hills. Lower Tideford Farm is a peaceful little group of 5 holiday cottages on a small South Devon farm (refs W44003, W44004, W44005, W44006 and W44007). Once a working dairy farm with contented cows grazing on 170 acres of lush Devon pasture land. The original, beautiful stone barns set around a central courtyard have now been converted into lovely holiday cottages set down a long private drive and surrounded by fields. The Dartmouth cottage was the original milking parlour, and the kitchen was used for cooling and storing milk. The upper storey of The Salcombe cottage was a threshing barn, some of the machinery, in particular the old cogs and wheels, are still there as original features, and these can be seen in the kitchen. They were powered from outside by a traction engine in days gone by. This is a super location for a holiday, whether you may fancy just relaxing and reading a book or taking in the breathtaking views across the valley or perhaps trying your hand at some of the ball games on offer. With shared grounds of 30 acres, sitting-out areas and garden furniture, a fenced stream and a pond lower down in the valley, Lower Tideford Farm is ideal for families who are looking for a perfect place in which to relax and unwind. Historic Dartmouth is 4 miles away with the spectacular River Dart, the historic towns of Totnes, Kingsbridge and Salcombe, all on your doorstep. Shop 5 miles, pub ½ mile and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. Open-tread spiral staircase to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters included. Microwave. Dishwasher. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Shared 30-acre grounds with sitting-out areas and furniture. No smoking. NB: Stream and pond nearby.

  • Willowmead

    Shillingford St George, Exeter

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: HLLA

    Situated in the quiet village of Shillingford St George and surrounded by beautiful countryside, Willowmead is ideally situated to explore Dartmoor, the South Devon coast and countless other attractions and places of interest. Adjoining the owner’s home, the property is very spacious and perfectly located to enjoy the best of Devon. The holiday property is just 20 minutes from the coast and moors. Shops 1½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Spacious living/dining room. Kitchen with wooden floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and living area with TV. Bathroom with spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Broadband connection
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for
      2 cars)
    • No smoking

  • The Honey Pot

    Dunchideock

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: HKS

    Nestling peacefully amidst rolling countryside in the Haldon Hills, this holiday cottage offers an idyllic peaceful retreat for couples, whilst still being able to keep in touch using high speed wi-fi. Ideally placed for shopping, theatre and sightseeing trips in the cathedral city of Exeter, or exploring Dartmoor National Park. Experience beekeeping and observe the abundance of natural wildlife within the grounds, and the sandy beaches are only 9 miles away. A nature trail and cycle route can be found in the Forestry Commission, ½ mile. Exeter is just 4 miles with its stunning cathedral. Powderham Castle and many NT properties are close by. Shop 3 miles, hotel bar and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. Extremely comfortable, open-plan, beamed living room with dining and kitchen area with ceramic hob. Beamed bedroom area with four-poster double bed. Shower room and toilet.

    • Full oil central heating included (November-March £15per week)
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV (42" plasma)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room
    • Wi-fi
    • Private walled garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Welcome pack
    • No children
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in garden

    Note: The Honey Pot (HKS) lies close to The Barn (HTD) and both may be booked together to sleep 4 people

  • Regency Apartment

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: W44193

    This Regency Apartment is located in a semi-circle of palatial town houses looking out over the sea. Situated to the rear of a period house you can retreat to a peaceful hideaway of total privacy. This lavish duplex apartment over the first and second floors retains a timeless quality, with its high ceilings and period detail. Good quality furnishings also add contemporary charm and home comfort, with beautiful draped curtains and a chic interior colour scheme. Take advantage of The Osborne Hotel restaurant and the Hesketh Health Club facilities located in the centre of the crescent (daily/weekly membership charges will apply). There is an indoor swimming pool and a state-of-the art gym plus an all-weather tennis court (at cost) which enjoys magnificent sea views. Enjoy a romantic stroll on the beach, or in summertime enjoy a swim in the sea along the award-winning Meadfoot Beach. The attractions and vibrant array of amenities of Torquay are also within easy reach. Local activities include boat trips, water sports, coastal walks, sightseeing, restaurants, visiting the treasure trove of National Trust sites and exploring the diverse leisure pursuits which are on the doorstep of Devon and Dartmoor. Beach 100 yards. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    First floor: Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath, and toilet. Second floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two TVs (one HD, one Plus). iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Branston’s Barn

    Virginstow, nr. Beaworthy

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Hockmoor Garden Cottage

    Buckfast

    Grade
    2
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    1
    1
    Ref: HYZ

    Set amid Hembury Woods, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this romantic retreat is ideal for couples. Adjoining the owner’s home, this cosy holiday cottage has been converted to a very good standard and offers a combined galleried living room/bedroom on the first floor. With your own garden area to relax in, there are also 16 acres of the owner’s extensive gardens, private woodland and small-holding with horses, chickens and sheep, around which guests are free to roam. Buckfast with its abbey lies just ½ mile away. Moorland and woodland walks, riding and fishing are all to hand, with golf, sailing, surfing and the beaches of the South Hams nearby. Shops and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Galleried living room/bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and WC.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Washing machine. Garden area and furniture. Shared 16-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

  • The Ravine

    Heybrook Bay, nr. Plymouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 27931

    The Ravine is a contemporary and stylish annexe, boasting spacious open-plan living and a balcony with seating, perfect for enjoying views of the sea and surrounding countryside after a day exploring the beautiful landscape on one of the many coastal walks opposite. Just half an hour’s coast path walk leads to Bovisand, a beach designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You can also discover the sights of Wembury, a wildlife haven with nesting sea birds and an array of marine plants and animals. Shop 1 mile, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shared utility room.

    Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Blu-ray. iPod dock. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (in utility room). Wi-fi. Parking (1 car); additional on road parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

  • Sanctuary Studio

    Berrynarbor, nr. Ilfracombe

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 27781

    This detached studio is set in the delightful village of Berrynarbor, with its enchanting thatched cottages, quaint inn, tea rooms, church, post office and shop, just half a mile from the coast. Exmoor National Park has many footpaths to explore the dramatic scenery and the beaches are all easily reached by car. The pretty rocky coves and beaches of Ilfracombe, Lee Bay, Watermouth and Combe Martin are just a short distance from the holiday property. Ilfracombe, 3 miles, offers shops, theatre, restaurants, pubs and boat trips. Children will love Exmoor Zoo, the Dinosaur Park and Watermouth Castle. Horse riding, golf, fishing and sailing available locally. Shop 500 yards, pub 300 yards.

    Lower ground floor: 1 double bedroom with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet. Spiral stairs to ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Decked area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steps to decked area.

  • Lower Collaton Farm - Old Granary

    Blackawton, nr. Totnes

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W44281

    Nestling in countryside, just on the outskirts of the vibrant, riverside town of Dartmouth, Lower Collaton is a hidden gem of an old homestead farm, dating back to the Domesday Book. Here there are 3 converted barns which offer super holiday accommodation, lying just across the courtyard from the owners’ ancient farmhouse. The owners keep a handful of pedigree Jacob and Shetland sheep, which graze the surrounding meadows. Chickens roam freely in the pretty courtyard to the front of the barns. The Stables is a detached stone barn, with delightful living accommodation for 4 people, with high vaulted ceilings, exposed trusses and a woodburner in the living room. The Old Granary is tucked away in the corner of the grassy courtyard and is a little cosy nest for 2 people. Compact, detached and cosy, it was imaginatively designed by the owners’ daughter. The Byre is where the milking parlour used to be, and in the living room the names of the cows are displayed on the original manger name plaques. This property, which sleeps 4 people, has a living room with spectacular vaulted ceilings and the original scissor beams. The area is surrounded by rolling hills in the tranquil valley of the River Gara, midway between Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge making it a perfect location for exploring this beautiful region of South Devon. From the moors of Dartmoor to the shores of the South Devon coast, there is much to do in the region. Spend a day shopping and eating in the historic naval town of Dartmouth, or explore the many beaches and coves along the beautiful coastline. There is plenty to do in the area: Woodlands Country Park is ideal for the children, or you can walk along the South Devon Coastal Path, catch a ferry across the river at Dartmouth to Kingswear, and then take a steam train along the estuary to Greenway and Paignton. There are boat trips along the coast from Dartmouth to the busier resorts of Torquay and Paignton on the English Riviera. Enjoy an afternoon at Greenway sampling high tea at Agatha Christie’s former home. Beach 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Narrow, wooden spiral stairs to first floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen area.

    Gas central heating, gas included. Gas hob, Electric oven. Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 10-acre grounds. No smoking. NB: 2 unfenced ponds in grounds.

  • Woodfield Manor - Woodfield Manor Apartment 1

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30072


    Woodfield Manor is part of a Grade ll listed building, tucked away in a quiet exclusive part of Torquay in the heart of the English Riviera, within a 5-minute walk of the harbour and town. It was once the home of Edward Vivian, a banker, scientist and benefactor to the poor. Woodfield was built for him and his family in the early 1840s. The building is steeped in history being part of the Torbay Civic Societies Blue Plaque Scheme. Woodfield Manor (ref 25601) is a very spacious property which retains many original features including high ceilings, large rooms, stained glass windows and bay windows with distant views over the harbour. Woodfield Manor Apartment 1 (ref 30072) is a spacious second floor apartment for 2 people. Torquay and the area offer days out, especially for a family holiday or friends who want to holiday together. Living Coasts Zoo is within walking distance where penguins wander freely. Take a boat trip and have a day out in Brixham, wander around the shops, take in the fish quay, have a day out mackerel fishing or visit one of the splendid fish restaurants. Torquay also has a theatre with various shows on all year. Babbacombe has a lot to offer including a cliff railway, model village and lovely shops. How about a ride on the High Flyer Balloon at Torre Abbey Sands. There are 22 miles of coastline, walks, cliffs, coves and beaches, along with its mild climate. Torquay is a place to relax, to soak up the atmosphere, to take in the scenery and enjoy the experience of a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Stairs to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 double bedroom (5ft). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Watch Tower

    Compton, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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