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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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  • Tom Putt’s Barn

    Northlew, near Okehampton

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC342


    Whether it’s a romantic weekend away or a weeks’ stay in this spacious retreat, then look no further. The name ’Tom Putt’s’ derives from a variety of apples grown in the orchard garden. The thoughtfully designed interior offers an excellent level of comfort, with a large living/dining room, well-equipped kitchen and an impressive large bedroom overlooking the rear terraced garden. You will really feel spoilt at this cottage. Situated in a quiet, rural location, next to the owners’ 16th century thatched farmhouse, this semi-detached barn conversion enjoys views of the surrounding countryside towards Dartmoor.

    The village of Northlew is about a mile away with its pub and community run shop. Located near the cottage is a local vineyard, producing award-winning wines, which has organised tours and tastings, and the best news is you can simply walk home. Nearby Okehampton, the gateway to Dartmoor, is a short distance away. As well as having a good selection of shops and amenities, it has very good access to the Dartmoor National Park, where you can enjoy the dramatic landscape. Okehampton castle and nearby Castle Drogo (National Trust) are worth a visit, or walk along the old railway to Meldon Reservoir and enjoy the stunning views.

    The location of the cottage makes it an ideal base from which to explore the North Cornwall and Devon areas. There are stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Sandymouth. Enjoy a day out at Hartland and visit the lighthouse, Hartland Quay and the historic fishing village at Clovelly. If gardens are of interest, you will find the RHS gardens at Rosemoor a delight. There are numerous National Trust properties in the surrounding area, and other local attractions include Roadford Lake and Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre. Golf and horse riding are available nearby, or perhaps bring your bike and cycle the Tarka Trail. Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and stable door leading to rear terraces and orchard garden.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request), seating area, Freeview TV, French doors to balcony overlooking orchard garden and patio, and en-suite with shower over bath, toilet and bidet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Multi-fuel burner, available October - March, initial supply of logs included. Welcome pack. Large enclosed shared rear lawned garden with orchard. Private front and rear patios with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 10 steps up to terrace from kitchen door and a further 7 steps to the garden.

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  • Passion Flower Cottage

    Dippertown, nr. Tavistock

    Grade
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    Ref: E1468

    This exceptionally comfortable and spacious 19th-century barn is peacefully situated in rural countryside. Beamed throughout, it enjoys a courtyard setting adjacent to the owners’ home. An ideal hideaway from life’s hustle and bustle, or relax in front of the woodburner after a day of walking and exploring this stunning part of the British Isles. The property enjoys its own enclosed garden and has access to a beautiful woodland walk which is signposted and accessed over a stream and via a wooden bridge. This lovely area has much to offer the visitor – there are amenities in Tavistock, Okehampton and Launceston. Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and the sandy beaches of north Cornwall are all easily accessible. Water sports and fishing at Roadford Lake, 5 miles. There is a village shop, many renowned restaurants within 20 minutes’ drive and two pubs within 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Granary Cottage

    Diptford

    Grade
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    Ref: 15979

    Set in the delightful South Devon countryside, this quaint 300 year old detached cottage for two, close to the owners’ farmhouse, is in an idyllic private, rural haven. Cosily furnished accommodation, with conservatory where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular far reaching views to distant moors. The Granary makes an ideal base for those wishing to explore South Devon and nearby Dartmoor. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: 8 steps up to living/dining room with beams. Conservatory. 5 steps down to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Kitchen with beams.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large garden. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Wheel Farm Cottages - Lower Mill

    Berry Down, nr. Combe Martin

    Grade
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    Ref: 30116

    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.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric cooker.Telephone-honesty box. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car).

    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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  • Salcombe 33

    Salcombe

    Grade
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    Ref: SHSAL33

    "The Salcombe" (formerly the Salcombe Hotel) is situated in the centre of town with about 350ft. of estuary frontage. This development of apartments has various communal facilities for guests including: gardens and outdoor heated swimming pool (Spring Bank Holiday to end September. Please note: The swimming pool, for the enjoyment of guests between 08:00 and 20:00, is unattended, guests are responsible for the safety of their children), lift (from ground floor to 3rd & 4th floors only) laundry, parking for one car per apartment, one mooring per apartment on private pontoon for dinghy, with overall length (including out-board) of 5m. There is also a restaurant within the building. All apartments have outstanding views of the harbour and estuary and are centrally heated.
    A comfortable third floor studio apartment with picture window providing wonderful views of the estuary.

    Sitting/Kitchen/Dining room: electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box. TV, double sofa bed, dining table and chairs, double glazed picture window. Bathroom: Bath, basin, WC and shaver point.

    Parking: space for one car.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Linen not provided on short breaks.
    Wifi available.

    No pets allowed.

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  • Burrow Farm Garden Retreat - Valley View

    Dalwood, nr. Axminster

    Grade
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    Ref: W2812

    These two charming self contained ground floor apartments are set within 13 acres of wonderful gardens. They are both tastefully furnished with period furniture and make delightful holiday homes in this peaceful part of East Devon, just west of the quaint town of Axminster and on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within easy driving of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery. The popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth are a must, along with many attractions, such as Pecorama at Beer, the famous Seaton and District Electric Tramway running along the Seaton Marshes with its abundance of birdlife all year round, and the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth. There are many historic houses and gardens to visit, or you can spend a few days enjoying the cathedral city of Exeter with its amazing cathedral, catacombs, shops and restaurants. Enjoy lovely country walks and village pubs in this unspoilt area, and on your return keen gardeners can wander around the 10 acres of gardens, which are open to the public during the summer. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.75 miles.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Electricity included (£10per week September-October, February-April). Electric central heating and bed linen included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared enclosed small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 13-acre landscaped grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Swimming pool (not for guests’ use), lake and pond in grounds.

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  • Granny McPhee’s Cottage

    West Chilla, nr. Beaworthy

    Grade
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    Ref: HSSH

    Detached barn conversion a romantic retreat, nestled within glorious countryside, with woodland and country walks. Retaining its charm with oak floors, old beams and wood-burning stove. The owners provide bath robes and slippers for guests’ comfort. Within the grounds of the owner’s home, much of the land is a nature reserve. North Cornwall’s beaches, 17 miles, with coastal walks. Fishing, riding and golf are available locally. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, kitchen area and oak floor. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 6ft bed and apex ceiling. Bathroom with slipper bath, double shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine (in external utility)
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (in external utility)
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack including cream tea on arrival
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: Step in garden

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  • Shambles

    Dartmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: DHSHAM

    Perfect for a couple, this lovely, ground floor property is well equipped and tastefully furnished and decorated. Situated in an historic part of the town and in a very convenient position close to the centre of Dartmouth and its shops, restaurants and waterfront.

    From street, Front door, up a short flight of steps to Open plan Kitchen/Sitting/Dining Room: kitchen area has electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, dishwasher. Sitting Area has Smart TV, DVD, wood burning stove. Bedroom: king size bed (5’), en-suite Shower Room: shower cubicle, basin and WC.

    Parking: season ticket in Town car park May-October (unreserved).
    Duvets, pillows, all linen and towels provided.
    Wifi available.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

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  • The Watch Tower

    Compton, nr. Paignton

    Grade
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    Ref: NT012004

    National Trust Holiday Property


    The Watch Tower is a quirky holiday home, entered through a large wooden door in the side of Compton Castle, a fascinating building built into the curtain wall. From the moment you drive through the gates to this imposing castle, you feel like the lord and lady of the manor. The property is arranged over three floors and this holiday cottage has been carefully converted, retaining much of the character of this exceptional historic building. The castle is only open to the public from May to the end of October and is only open for three days a week, so there is a lot of private time at the castle. There are wonderful gardens to explore and the history is amazing. Compton is just three miles from inviting anchorage at Torbay, so would have been in the front line of any Spanish invasion. As Vice-Admiral of Devon, Compton Castle’s Sir John Gilbert (1533-96) played a leading part in marshalling ships, men and supplies to meet the Armada in 1588, while Sir John’s brothers provided ships for the English fleet. The fleet commanders, Sir Frances Drake and Sir John Hawkins, were both Devon men; their defeat of the Spanish Armada was one of the proudest moments in Devon’s maritime history. A rare survivor, this medieval fortress with high curtain walls, towers and a portcullis, set in a landscape of rolling hills and orchards, is a bewitching mixture of romance and history. Home for nearly 600 years to the Gilbert family, including Sir Humphrey Gilbert - half-brother to Sir Walter Raleigh. There are many other places to visit close by, including Dartmoor with its dramatic tors and ponies, as well as Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and Dartmouth which are worth a visit, and many other National Trust properties close by. Beach 8 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 4 miles and restaurant 100 yards.

    Bathroom with over-bath shower (no toilet). Separate toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor (rope handrail): Double bedroom. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor (rope handrail): Cosy open-plan living/dining room with electric woodburner and kitchen area.

    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared, lawned grounds with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 years
    • NB: Pond in grounds

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  • The Shed with a View

    Cadbury, near Crediton

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC543

    Despite its humble appearance, The Shed with a View is a real treat. The open plan living area makes you feel like you are sitting outside, with its large full-length windows. The comfortable bedroom has a lovely en-suite and there is a well equipped kitchen. Guests can enjoy the surrounding land which has a summerhouse overlooking the pond and is conveniently located in the charming area of East Devon, making this an ideal base from which to explore all of which Devon has to offer or simply as somewhere to hide away from the world for a few relaxing days.
    During your stay, there is plenty to see and do. The bustling town of Crediton or the regional capital of Exeter is with easy reach. At Bickleigh Mill, there is some lovely scenery as well as restaurants and shopping facilities. There are National Trust properties at Arlington, Castle Drogo and Knighthayes. The property is almost equidistant between the northern tip of Dartmoor and the southern tip of Exmoor, for those looking to explore these areas. There are also plenty of local walks into the surrounding countryside. The beaches of both south and north Devon can be reached with relative ease. There is cycling, golf and fishing all locally available. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV and double patio doors leading to patio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed, patio doors leading to patio and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large enclosed patio with garden furniture. Shared 4-acre natural unspoilt grounds with woodland, sitting-out area and summerhouse. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a natural water supply from a bore hole and unfenced ponds in the grounds. No children.

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  • Dartmoor Lodges - Woodside Lodge

    Doccombe, nr. Dunsford

    Grade
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    Ref: 28924

    Located in the beautiful Dartmoor National Park


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

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and beam/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electric heaters included. Cot. High chair. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: Stream in grounds 7 yards. No children, except babes in arms.

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

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  • Branston’s Barn

    Virginstow, nr. Beaworthy

    Grade
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    Ref: 28952

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

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

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

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