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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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  • Passion Flower Cottage

    Dippertown, nr. Tavistock

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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.

  • Acorn Cottage

    Horns Cross, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31017

    On the glorious North Devon Coast, this cosy, detached holiday cottage, situated behind the owners’ home, is perfect for a romantic getaway at any time of the year. The A39 is just a stone’s throw away, and there are a host of popular attractions within easy reach including Dartington Crystal, RHS Rosemoor, Clovelly and the Tarka Trail. The popular village inn is just a short stroll away, just past this is a lovely 1 mile walk which takes you down through a stunning wooded valley to the secluded cove at Peppercombe. The historic market town of Bideford is just 3 miles away where you will find a good selection of pubs, restaurants and shops. Acorn Cottage has low level switches and a double shower, making it suitable for the less able. The perfect base to explore the breathtaking North Devon and North Cornish coast. Exmoor and Bude are about a 20 mile drive away. Beach 1 mile. Shop 21/2 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room, electric heaters and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Towel hire. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Trout ’n’ Tipple Retreat - Jack’s Den

    Tavistock

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 26705

    Set amongst the beautiful and tranquil location of the Trout Fishery just on the outskirts of the ancient stannary town of Tavistock on the edge of Dartmooor National Park, these delightful holiday properties form a cluster of barn conversions set around a courtyard. This little complex is very child friendly yet retains peace and quiet. Each property shares the facilities, including the use of the large stunning oak outdoor gazebo complete with BBQ and servery area. There is also a large purpose built play barn set in a detached oak building, an outdoor fully enclosed children’s play area with sand pit, bunny corner and grassed basketball and football area. Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy walking and cycling will love the rugged wilderness of the Dartmoor National Park and the market town of Tavistock with its farmer’s markets and Victorian antiques market. Situated on the Trout Fishery site, you may want to practice your fly fishing skills. The many deep, clear lakes are home to rainbow and brown trout (tackle and tuition can be arranged). For the children, there is a float fishing lake and tackle can be hired. Children will love the chickens, ducks and guinea fowl roaming in the farmyard, and they can feed the hens and collect the eggs every morning, and meet our friendly pot bellied pigs, miniature donkeys or the rabbits in bunny corner. Tavistock, 1 mile, has independent shops and lots of pubs and restaurants serving good home cooked food and real ales. Horse riding and golf can also be found locally. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Step up to living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Small terrace with patio garden. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with large oak gazebo. Shared barbecue area. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Streams and deep fishing lakes in grounds.

  • The Watch Tower

    Compton, nr. Paignton

    Grade
    2
    1
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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

  • The Old Forge

    Horsebridge, nr. Tavistock

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: 30530


    This delightful, cosy holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, has a pretty and well-furnished interior, ideal for couples that are looking for a peaceful and rural location. It is situated in the picturesque, little village of Horsebridge, on the banks of the River Tamar on the Devon/Cornwall border. As the name implies, this cottage was formerly the forge and stable for travellers stopping off at the inn. The long stone bridge at Horsebridge dates back to the 1400s. There is a lovely pub in the village and some nice walks along the river. Horsebridge is in a superb location from which you can explore the wider region, including the historic market towns of Tavistock and Launceston. There are several National Trust properties in the area and lots of interesting places to visit close by. Golf and horse riding available nearby. Beach 22 miles. Shop 4½ miles, pub 20 yards, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: 4 steps to living room with dining area and slate floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front terrace and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Didworthy Country House - Moorlands

    Didworthy, South Brent

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 27599

    Shared, outdoor, heated swimming pool

    Didworthy Country House is a most elegant Victorian country house nestling within the Dartmoor National Park in the hamlet of Didworthy, close to the village of South Brent. These three holiday properties (ref’s: 27597, 27598 and 27599) form part of the main house and are positioned around an inner courtyard planted with clematis and pretty colourful plants. All guests have shared use of the owners’ fabulous outdoor heated swimming pool (available July/Aug, 10am to 6pm) and access to the lovely garden complete with patio areas and summerhouse with barbecue. From the pool patio the views are quite lovely and the moors are just a short walk. Many outdoor activities can be organised whilst you holiday here, including horse riding, shooting and fishing. These properties are perfect for those couples and families who are looking for a completely tranquil location in the countryside, and those who love the outdoors will thoroughly enjoy holidaying here. Following the River Avon upstream will take you over Shipley Bridge and up on the moors to the Avon Dam which is a wonderful scenic walk or you could take your bikes and cycle the route. The owners live on site in the main house and are most friendly and accommodating and are happy to share their swimming pool and garden with you. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    External open-tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Wi-fi. Large shared garden with patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking (1 car). Shared outdoor swimming pool (depth 1.4m, available July/August, 10am to 6pm). No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

  • Pipistrelle

    Ashwater, nr. Holsworthy

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43848


    Nestled within the heart of the glorious Devon Ruby countryside, yet just 15 miles from the breathtaking North Cornish coast with many dog friendly beaches, Pipistrelle is the perfect holiday choice for couples and friends wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This semi-detached, single-storey cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, has a spacious living/dining room, with a cosy woodburner for those cooler evenings. A couple of steps lead down into a sun room, ideal to enjoy a morning cuppa and plan your day. Guests are free to enjoy the owners’ 25 acres of land and relax beside the stream on this working sheep farm. There are many walks from the doorstep including the footpath which takes you into Ashwater village with its popular aptly named Village Inn.
    Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and magnificent scenery, and just 15 miles from the wide golden sands of Bude and Widemouth Bay, with excellent surfing, pretty coves and dramatic coastal walks along with shopping, leisure facilities, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Holsworthy, 6½ miles, has a good selection of local shops and supermarkets along with a weekly market. The market towns of Okehampton and Launceston with its historic castle are a short drive away. Coastal and country walking, golf, surfing, fishing, horse riding and cycling are all on offer close by and Dartmoor National Park is a must for nature lovers. The property is close to the water sports centre at Roadford Lake, where sailing dinghies, kayaks and wind-surfers can be hired. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 steps to sun room. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (also accessed from hallway).

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 25-acre natural grounds (restricted access when livestock grazing). Parking area (2 cars, 20 yards away). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead - working sheep farm. No smoking. NB: Pond, river and stream in grounds, 1/2 mile.

  • Little Coombe

    Okehampton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W42322

    Close to National Parks

    This detached bungalow is ideally situated for discovering all Devon has to offer. Comfortably furnished, the property is close to the town of Okehampton. Very close is the stunning Dartmoor National Park with its areas of interest and fantastic walking for all abilities. There are stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Sandymouth. The R.H.S Gardens in Rosemoor is a delight and there are numerous National Trust properties, including Castle Drogo in the surrounding area to enjoy. The town of Bideford is a short distance away where you will find most amenities as well as the quay from where you can book a trip to Lundy Island. Shop and pub 3.5 miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft, zip and link). Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Private patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared lawned garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Burlington

    Lynton

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 24635

    This holiday apartment has been tastefully converted within one of Lynton’s Victorian buildings, situated in the centre of the town opposite the Town Hall. Set within the Exmoor National Park on North Devon’s spectacular Heritage Coast, this apartment is decorated and furnished with a cottage style of old pine, spacious and well furnished offering an excellent base to enjoy this delightful area. A walker’s haven and artist’s paradise with the famous Valley of the Rocks, open moorland and superb coastal walks to escape from it all. Lynmouth is accessible via the famous cliff railway. Arlington Court and Gardens, beaches and hidden coves are all nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants all within 100 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity by key meter. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared patio and furniture. Car park 20 yards (permit provided). No smoking.

  • The Coach House

    South Brent

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W42877

    A fabulous one bedroom contemporary detached barn conversion located on the outskirts of the little town of South Brent on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. The owner’s land offers direct access onto open moorland and is a favourite spot for keen walkers as there are many circular routes around the village onto Dartmoor and up to the Avon Dam. Stabling, grazing and kennels are available (by prior arrangement). There are several pubs, coffee shops and restaurants in South Brent, as well as a small supermarket and post office. Access onto the A38 is only 5 minutes in the car making this a great location for exploring. Shops, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Shower room with toilet. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with slate floor. First floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with wooden floors.

    Oil central heating (underfloor in bedroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of freezer (in owner’s porch). Wi-fi. 12 acres of private fields. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Pets welcome (to be kept on a lead at all times). No smoking. No children except babies in arms. NB: 2 ponds in grounds.

  • Dartmoor Lodges - The Studio

    Doccombe, nr. Dunsford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29495

    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. 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.

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

    Oil panel heaters and electric heaters included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Small, enclosed gravelled courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). NB: Stream in grounds, 50 yards.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Wi-fi. 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.

  • Hockmoor Garden Cottage

    Buckfast

    Grade
    2
    0
    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.

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