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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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  • Burrow Farm Garden Retreat - Valley View

    Dalwood, nr. Axminster

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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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  • 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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  • Tregona

    Buckland Monachorum

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    Ref: HHHE


    This spacious, well-equipped, contemporary, and very stylishly furnished single-storey conversion offers many home from home conveniences including a hairdryer, two wall mounted flatscreen TVs and internet connection. It is set in a secluded leafy garden in the village of Buckland Monachorum adjacent to the historic parish church and the welcoming Drake Manor Inn. This picturesque village is located on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, 6 miles from Tavistock and 10 miles from Plymouth, and is ideally situated for visitors to enjoy the area. Local attractions include Buckland Abbey (NT), home of Sir Francis Drake and The Garden House in nearby Crapstone. Golf can be found just around the corner, whilst walking, cycling, riding and fishing can also be enjoyed in magnificent scenery. The South Devon Coast is less than an hour away. Bicycle storage is available by arrangement with the owners. The village, within a 5-minute drive of the property, has a row of shops including a chemist, butchers, delicatessen, local supermarket and cafe.

    Large open-plan living/dining room with leather sofas, oak table, vaulted ceiling, exposed roof truss, rugs on wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft leather frame bed, oak furniture, TV and spacious en-suite bathroom with separate double shower cubicle, toilet and tiled floor.

    Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two digital flatscreen TVs. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, secluded, lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Roadside parking 100 yards. Cycle store (on request). Welcome pack. Ground floor facilities. No smoking.

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  • Braddon Villa

    Torquay

    Grade
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    Ref: 28739

    With fantastic views from the garden across Torquay and the nearest beach within 800 yards, this one bedroom ground floor holiday apartment is set in a Georgian villa dating back to 1821. The villa has been converted into apartments, with a magnificent shared hallway, high ceilings and original feature fireplaces. Torquay has a wide variety of attractions on offer such as day cruises around the bay, fishing trips and of course plenty of shops. One of the nearest beaches is Torre Abbey Sands, a large expanse of golden sand that is family friendly. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Six steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 6 steps to garden.

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  • Lower Court Cottages - The Workshop

    Fluxton, nr. Ottery St Mary

    Grade
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    Ref: 27716

    These two 16th-century barn conversions, two of three, are situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, they were once stables of the Mayor of Exeter, then became a workshop and now are two delightful holiday cottages. Both are decorated and furnished uniquely and offer an ideal base for which to explore East Devon. Situated in the picturesque hamlet of Fluxton, nestled at the foot of rolling hills which ascend from the River Otter, located 2 miles from Ottery St Mary and 5 miles from Sidmouth. The area is dominated by lush green hills, wooded valleys and the dramatic Jurassic Coastline. An ideal location to walk the Jurassic Coastline, taking in Beer, Sidmouth and Seaton. There are plenty of activities all within reach, including cycling, horse riding, birdwatching and many NT properties. Exeter’s 2000 year old history is reflected in its heritage attractions, such as the Gothic St Peter’s Cathedral and the Roman city wall. Explore beneath the city’s streets at Exeter’s underground passages, which were originally built to bring fresh water into the city in the medieval times. Find out more about Exeter’s fascinating history on one of the free Red Coat Guided Tours. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux window, low ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included. CD.

    Both properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Internet connection. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Hatchwell Hall and Lodge - Hatchwell Lodge

    Widecombe-in-the-Moor

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    Ref: KBBB


    These two detached, characterful properties, a Devon longhouse and lodge, are situated in a very secluded location in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. These holiday properties, with spectacular views, are just 15 miles from Torbay and within easy reach of Devon’s beaches. The A38 is just 8 miles, and the cathedral city of Exeter and Plymouth are 30 minutes’ drive. Hatchwell Hall and Lodge are ideal for exploring Dartmoor, Devon and Cornwall. In Hatchwell Hall (ref HTTU), cosy up in front of the wood-burning stove in the drawing room, which also has comfortable deep sofas and family games. The property has the perfect mixture of rustic country furniture and antiques, canopied and carved beds, exposed stone and a love of horse and hounds throughout - an unashamedly romantic and comfortable getaway. Hatchwell Lodge (ref KBBB) has a private patio area and an enclosed garden area, the living room has a wood-burning stove for the cosy evenings in, as well as a large kitchen and diner. Widecombe-in-the-Moor boasts two excellent, characterful pubs serving locally sourced food, the world-famous church known as ‘Cathedral on the Moors’, a National Trust shop, a post office, gift shops and several tea rooms. Castle Drogo (NT) is the last castle built in England in nearby Dartmoor, and there are many other National Trust properties within easy reach. Situated in an AONB is the drama of Dartmoor, with rocky tors, wild ponies, exquisite walks, horse riding, fishing, cycling, falconry and golf at Bovey Castle’s award-winning course. Within 6 to 8 miles are the two picturesque villages of Chagford and Mortenhampstead, with historic inns, excellent pubs, tea rooms, curiosity shops, tennis courts and the Miniature Pony Centre. Visit Bigbury-on-Sea, 16 miles, Slapton Sands and Torcross, 22 miles, Dawlish, 15 miles with beach and nature reserve, or Torquay which is within easy reach. A visit to Burgh Island is a must. The Eden Project can be reached in an hour. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Spacious beamed open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and spacious kitchen area. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, dressing room and sloping ceilings.

    • Freeview TV
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed lawned courtyard garden with decking and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)

    • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, ‘Economy 7’ NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared 3-acre grounds
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Cobblestones - The Berry

    Marldon, nr. Paignton

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    Ref: 15607

    The Garden Room is a self contained wing of the owners home, with views across to open countryside. Comfortably furnished it retains nice features with exposed stone walls. The Berry is adjacent to The Garden Room and is approached by external stone steps. Comfortably furnished offering an ideal hideaway for two. Visit the zoo or take a steam train ride to Dartmouth. Torquay, 4 miles offers a wealth of water sports, sandy beaches and good selection of shops and restaurants. Dartmoor National Park, South Devon Coastal path within easy reach. Pub serving food 1 mile, shop ½ mile.

    External steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Economy 7 NSH included. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer in outbuilding. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Muntham Holiday Apartments - Phillpotts

    Torquay

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC586

    Muntham Holiday Apartments are situated in the Wellswood area of Torquay, a leafy residential area just a short distance from the harbour and town centre. The building is a fine example of a magnificent Victorian villa, built for a member of parliament and later a former Lord Chief Justice of Calcutta who named it ’Muntham’ which means ‘gentle breeze’ in Hindi. All the apartments are named after famous people who lived in Wellswood. The interior of the villa boasts an opulent main hall and staircase with high ceilings and beautiful Victorian plaster mouldings. These apartments are perfect for couples who want to explore the English Riviera region of south Devon. You can leave your car and walk 15 minutes into the lively and bustling resort of Torquay, with its abundance of shops, bistros, theatres and tourist attractions. Kents Caverns is just a 10-minute walk, and Meadfoot beach and Babbacombe village are both about 15 minutes’ walk away. The villa is set in gardens of almost 1 acre, which is unusual for Torquay, so there is plenty of space for all to find a relaxing spot to sit and read with a glass of wine or a coffee on a sunny day. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    All on the first floor.
    Living/dining room: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. No smoking.

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  • Berry Park - Garden Cottage

    Welcombe, nr. Bude

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    Ref: W44289

    Berry Park is a splendid Victorian country house with spectacular sea and countryside views. Nestled amidst six acres of attractive gardens and fields in the beautiful Devon countryside, next to the Cornish border in the unspoiled hamlet of Welcombe. Close to the beach and coastal path, Berry Park is perfect for families, couples and groups. Welcombe beach is great for surfing, rock pooling, paddling and beachcombing, and also has pebbles at high tide and sand at low. The South West Coastal Path is just a 10-minute walk away and the coastline in both directions offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the West Country with many long sandy beaches and hidden coves to explore.

    The main house has been skilfully converted into apartments of various sizes sleeping 2 to 8 people (refs: W44290, W44291, W44292, W44293, W44294, W44295) and adjoining it are two 16th-century cottages (refs: W44288 & W44289), sleeping 2 to 9 people.

    The spectacular scenery around Welcombe makes it the perfect venue for those who enjoy coast and country walks. Berry Park borders the Marsland Valley which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is home to rare wildlife including red deer, otters, owls and buzzards. Numerous wild flowers abound, especially in the springtime when bluebells carpet the woods and it becomes hard to believe that orchids are rare.

    Why not take a break from the cooking with an evening in the character thatched village pub? Just a short walk from Berry Park they serve real ales and excellent food. The menu features dishes using high quality, locally produced ingredients. The pub is perfect for families, and dogs are welcome too!

    With 6 acres to explore, a children’s play area, indoor games room and outdoor heated swimming pool, there really is something for everyone.

    Picturesque Clovelly, with its cobbled street leading down to a tiny harbour, is just a short drive away. Historic Bideford, a prosperous port during the heyday of trade with America has all the town amenities, restaurants, a weekly market, and boat trips to Lundy Island. Bude, 12 miles, has a good selection of shops and restaurants, many specialising in locally caught sea food, along with a golf course, indoor Splash pool, surf schools and bowling. Coastal walking, cycling, golf, riding, fishing, surfing and sailing are all available in this stunning area. Docton Mill, Hartland Quay and Hartland Abbey are close by, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure parks are a must. Beach ¾ mile. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double bed (curtained off). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 6 acres of natural grounds. Shared children’s play area. Ample parking. Shared above ground outdoor heated swimming pool (depth 1m). Shared games room with snooker table, table tennis and board games. Welcome pack. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Yardarm Cottage

    Churchill, nr. Axminster

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    Ref: E2715


    Full of rustic charm, this little stone cottage enjoys glorious rural views from its vine clad terrace, across the sloping garden to the wooded hills beyond. Simply furnished, the cottage forms a wing of the owners’ adjoining 18th-century home, and is set within 7 acres of grounds - a haven of peace and tranquillity - with its own secluded garden. The property sits 1 mile up an unmetalled bridleway on the Devon/Dorset border, within an AONB and is a great touring base from which to explore Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The nearby Jurassic Coast is popular with fossil hunters, while public footpaths direct from the bridleway make this an ideal walking location for dogs – and their owners. The market town of Axminster is just 3 miles away and the coast and beach at Lyme Regis are 7 miles. Riding and golf are available locally. Shops 2.5 miles, pub 1 mile.

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

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed garden and furniture. Two terraces. Barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. Natural water supply from UV filtered spring. No smoking. Please note: There is a pond and slope in the grounds.

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  • Victoria Place

    Dartmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: DHVICP

    A well located first floor apartment situated in a level position in the centre of town close to shops, restaurants and the water front. The property is newly renovated with an open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, shower room and bedroom. It is well equipped and has the benefit of permit parking and is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing retreat.

    Communal door to hallway, stairs to first floor. Entrance door to hallway, open plan Sitting Room/Dining Room TV, DVD. Kitchen: fully fitted with electric oven with grill, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge with ice box. Bedroom 1: Double bed (4’6"). Shower room: Cubicle with electric shower, basin, WC.

    Parking: season ticket in Town Car Park (unreserved) May - October.
    Duvets, pillows, bed linen and towels provided.
    Electric heating and hot water.
    No pets allowed.

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  • Didworthy Country House - Moorlands

    Didworthy, South Brent

    Grade
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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.

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