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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 Garden Flat

    Chudleigh, near Newton Abbott

    Grade
    2
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    2
    Ref: UKC760


    The Garden Flat forms part of The Old House, which is a historic property and set in the heart of the charming village of Chudleigh, in the grounds of the owner’s home. Located at the heart of the village, all the local amenities are within easy walking distance, including a local swimming pool and park. The flat is well-appointed and is ideal for a couple seeking a comfortable base from which to set out and explore the local area.
    There are many cycle trails, including a great all-ability trail, with regular resting points, that are perfect for taking in the stunning views over Exeter and Dartmoor. Alternatively, for walking enthusiasts, there are many different walks around the area, including The Butterfly Trail, which is a circular walk, which gives you stunning views across the forest and over the Teign Valley.
    Many sandy beaches can be found nearby, or take a trip further afield and visit the historic city of Exeter, with its canals, shops and cafes. Plymouth has the Sea Life Centre, Barbican waterfront and Plymouth Hoe, a large, south-facing open public space. East Devon has dramatic coastlines and is excellent for walking the coastal path, where you can visit Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Seaton. There are many National Trust properties all close by and worth visiting. The English Riviera is also on your doorstep, with sandy beaches, steam railway, zoo, theatres and boat trips. Beach 8½ miles. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors leading to courtyard.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Small enclosed courtyard. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Thimble Cottage

    Hartland

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: HDDB


    Set within a quiet wooded valley on the edge of the popular village of Hartland, this converted barn has been completed to a good standard. Approached by steep, narrow ¼ mile long road, detached and within its own grounds with orchard which overlook the valley towards the river below, it makes a delightful cosy, romantic holiday retreat. The area has much to offer, such as the Heritage coastline, popular with walkers and bird-watchers. The popular village of Clovelly, with its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque harbour can be reached easily. Sandy beaches and local attractions close by. Tamar Lakes for fishing, sailing, watersports within 15 miles. Golf, riding locally. Shops ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double (6ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with wooden floor and patio doors. Sloping ceilings in most rooms.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. NB: Drop in garden.

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  • Waldon Valley Lodges - Hazel Lodge

    Bradworthy, nr. Bude

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W42814

    A tranquil retreat

    A tranquil haven close to the North Devon and North Cornish Coast, this is the ideal holiday retreat. These delightful single storey detached lodges sit peacefully amidst 8 acres of grounds beside the River Waldon. Guests are free to explore the many walks around the grounds which are a haven for birds and wildlife, or try a spot of fishing in the lake. All enjoy privacy, seclusion and delightful decked verandas, the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Bradworthy, 1 mile, has the largest village square in the West Country and provides good village amenities including a pub, church, post office, general store and butchers. A superb location with something for everyone. If you can drag yourself away from the lodge, nearby Tamar Lakes offers coarse and trout fishing, sailing, wind surfing and canoeing, whilst the coastal resort of Bude, 9 miles, has fine sandy beaches and excellent surfing as well as an 18-hole golf course, gift shops and galleries. Breathtaking countryside and coastal walks can be found nearby and the wild beauty of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are just a short drive. The pretty fishing villages of Padstow, Tintagel and Clovelly are close by and the famous Eden Project is within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

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

    Travel cot. Freeview TV. Freezer. Welcome pack.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (fuel £5 per basket). NSH and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden and shared grounds with decking and furniture. Fishing on site. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds.

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  • 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.

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  • Netherton Farm - Bramble

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    2
    Ref: 27280


    Peacefully located within glorious countryside just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon Coast, Bramble, Hawthorn and Tamarisk cottages offer the perfect holiday choice for couples, family and friends at any time of year. Located on the owner’s farm with cattle, sheep and poultry within the Hartland Peninsula, it is the ideal base to explore this unspoilt area of North Devon. These three delightful cottages are beautifully presented with glorious country views towards the coast and Lundy Island. The village of Hartland lies a short distance away and offers a post office, café, stores, garage and church along with popular local pubs serving food. The area has a great deal to offer with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest on your doorstep, along with Hartland Quay, Hartland Abbey and the lighthouse at Hartland Point. English Heritage Coastline can be accessed from a maze of footpaths within a mile of your doorstep. The nearby beaches and coves are a treat to explore and keen surfers and beach lovers have an abundant choice of far-reaching sandy beaches in the area, with Bude and Westward Ho! within easy driving distance. Fishing, watersports and sailing at nearby Tamar Lakes. Golf, riding and cycling all close by. The fishing villages of Clovelly and Bucks Mills are within an easy drive or walking distance for keen walkers along the National Trust coastal paths. Lundy Island trips by helicopter or boat can be taken from Bideford, a historic port and market town which offers a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    Lower Ground Floor:
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, bath and toilet.
    Ground Floor:
    Kitchen/dining room:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    First Floor:
    Living room: With Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock and French doors to Juliet balcony.
    Separate toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio with garden furniture. Small courtyard (front and rear) and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. NB: There is one step in the garden.

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  • Tarifa

    Bigbury-on-Sea, nr. Salcombe

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W40613

    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Tarifa is a compact and very well equipped holiday property ideal for couples of all ages. A compact south facing first floor apartment, with superb panoramic views stretching across the wide sandy beach and the causeway out to Burgh Island. From the living room, there is a small balcony ideal for sunbathing and enjoying the sea view and a lovely well-maintained communal lawn garden beyond. Provided is private parking for 1 car with 5 steps to the apartment. A superb location for a summer beach holiday, located just a short stroll to the beach, café and surf shop and for walking the glorious South Devon coastal path. The beach is popular with families and water sports and is dog friendly. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • 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.

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  • The Figgery

    Bittaford, near Ivybridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC280


    This lovely, little barn conversion is the perfect hideaway for couples of all ages. Full of charm, this cottage is cute and compact, and has a cosy open plan living room with small dining table and kitchen area with patio doors looking out on to a pretty enclosed courtyard garden. Off the beaten track, in a very quiet and tranquil location, and just a short walk across the footpaths to Dartmoor National Park. This pretty cottage is perfect for couples at any time of the year, for those cosy getaways and romantic breaks. Beach 10 miles. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Wet room: With shower, toilet and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and patio doors to courtyard.
    Dining area:
    Kitchen area: With electric hob, electric double oven, microwave and fridge.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared hallway with washing machine and tumble dryer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Cartlinhay

    Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41747

    500 acres of farmlandRural countryside / Working farm

    These three barn conversions are set on a delightful working farm in a wonderful position overlooking the River Torridge, the Iron Bridge, and further down river towards Bideford. The barn conversions offer comfortable accommodation for various size parties and are suitable for a holiday at any time of year. The farm nestles at the end of a long private driveway and offers total peace and seclusion in the Devon countryside; there are 200 acres of farmland with garden furniture and barbecue, as well as some lovely woodland walks around the farm itself, and the nearby Tarka Trail close to the farm. Just 2 miles from the historic market town of Bideford with its wealth of popular pubs, shops and restaurants, and a little further afield is Barnstaple with a wide variety of facilities. Just a short drive takes you to Westward Ho! with its 2 miles of golden sandy beach. Other attractions include Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor Gardens. Horse riding, golf and fishing can all be found within 5 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurants 2 miles.

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

    CD. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Portable barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Astor House - Apartment 1A

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: UKC33

    Astor House is an imposing Victorian villa which has been beautifully converted into lovely holiday apartments, and each property has it own unique layout. Benefiting from a thorough programme of re-development, Astor House now offers contemporary and elegant apartments in the heart of the English Riviera. Located in a south-facing position with most apartments enjoying stunning sea views, this self catering accommodation is the perfect choice for a holiday in Torquay. The holiday apartments are only a short distance from Torquay’s beaches, marina and town centre. Guests are offered some specially selected choices to enhance their stay, including membership of Torquay’s top leisure facilities at the nearby Imperial Hotel. Wander around Paignton and Torquay harboursides, the shops of Paignton and Torquay’s Fleet Walk shopping precinct, Pavilion and much more. Totnes and Dartington Hall are less than 30 minutes away. Totnes is an Elizabethan river town with an ancient castle, and the beauty of Dartington Hall with its glorious gardens and world-famous arts and music activities makes this an essential place to visit.
    Dartmouth, Dartmoor, Salcombe, Exeter and Plymouth can all be reached easily. Paignton Zoo is only a mile or so away and there are river and sea cruises and steam train trips nearby. Torquay has Kent’s Cavern and a large model village among other attractions and there is a go kart track on the way to the delightful fishing port of Brixham. Visit Exeter, the regional capital for culture, leisure and shopping. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and just a few miles from the sea, Exeter is full of character and offers a delightful mix of high quality attractions, restaurants and shops in a setting of architectural splendour. Enjoy heritage, arts, festivals and award-winning locally produced food and drink or venture beyond the city and explore the Jurassic Coast of East Devon and the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, see the Dartmoor ponies, and visit places of interest such as Widdecombe. Beach 350 yards. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 350 yards.

    All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (4ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. On-site car park at cost. No smoking. NB: Many steps in grounds.

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  • The Old School Room

    Instow, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    2
    Ref: HTTE

    This romantic, stylish, holiday retreat is a relaxing seaside escape, tucked away in idyllic surroundings, adjoining the owner’s home and small B&B. Enjoy golf, horse riding, watersports, sailing and fishing, whilst dog lovers, walkers and cyclists will enjoy the Tarka Trail. Dining out in Instow is a delight with excellent restaurants overlooking the Lundy Island sunset and Appledore across the bay. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Open plan living/dining room with open fire and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only) with handmade oak kitchen area with Belfast sink. Oak floors throughout. Double bedroom with 5ft handmade 18th-century half tester bed and electric blanket. Bathroom with slipper bath, separate corner shower cubicle and toilet. External wet room with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Small book library
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard garden with patio, decked area and furniture
    • Shared use of owner’s garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 5 steps in garden

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  • Winscott Barton Barns: Cob Cottage

    Littleham, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 25979

    Close to coast

    A tranquil retreat amidst glorious countryside and just 3 miles from the breathtaking North Devon coast and the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho! and the attractive old port of Bideford, with its pastel coloured houses alongside a tree lined quay. These three delightful 17th-century cob and stone barns have been stylishly converted to a superb standard and offer the perfect holiday choice for a romantic escape or a family gathering. Each of these spacious properties has its own private garden and lovely country views. There are footpaths from the door, a village shop and choice of inns within 2 miles. Take a boat trip from Bideford to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages including nearby Clovelly and Appledore. Instow, 3 miles, 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 famous Tarka Trail is located nearby and offers good walking and cycling with bike hire available. There are numerous NT properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS Gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Hartland Quay and lighthouse are well worth a visit and for family fun The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure parks are close by. Golf, riding, fishing, surfing, mountain boarding, karting and high ropes are available locally and the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moors are all within easy driving distance as is the famous Eden Project. With so much to discover in this lovely part of North Devon, Winscott Barton Barns is the perfect holiday choice. Shop, pub and restaurants 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors, vaulted ceilings and beams. 1 double (5ft) bedroom wtih en-suite shower room and toilet.

    First £28per week September-April, first £15per week May-August electric underfloor central heating and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Travel cot on request. Electric cooker. Use of owner’s freezer. Parking (2 cars). No children under 5 years except babes in arms.

    All properties: Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 6-acre natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. No smoking.

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