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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Thyme Cottage

    Westleigh, nr. Instow

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W43439


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

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

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

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  • Netherton Farm - Bramble

    Hartland, nr. Bideford

    Grade
    2
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    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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  • The Bothy

    Bradworthy, nr. Bude

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: 29469


    The perfect romantic retreat, this detached, single-storey barn conversion is an ideal holiday choice to relax and unwind. Nestled within glorious Devon countryside, in the grounds of the owners’ home and just a mile from the Cornish border, it is the ideal spot from which to explore this stunning location. Just 1½ miles from the breathtaking Tamar Lakes where fishing, sailing, lakeside walks and water sports are available. The ideal spot at any time of year with fishing, golf, riding, surfing, sailing and walking all available in this stunning area. Superb beaches at Sandymouth and Bude, and many pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Clovelly. Bradworthy, with its historic church, thriving village inn and a good selection of village shops, is just 2 miles. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/
    kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. NSH and electricity (from solar panel), bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Games and book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer (in external store room). Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children. NB: Step in garden.

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  • Moorings Apartments - Moorings

    Torquay

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: 29650


    Situated in a fantastic location with stunning valley and sea views, this beautiful apartment is the perfect holiday home!
    Moorings and The Lookout are both tastefully decorated apartments situated peacefully in one of the most enviable locations in Torquay. Tucked away in an acre of gardens with open views across the valley to the sea, it’s easy to let yourself unwind. These holiday properties (refs: 29650 & 30587) are attached to the owner’s home but offer privacy and great views. A large decking area overlooks Ilsham Valley and is ideal for outdoor dining. Along with a private, covered patio area close to a koi pond, there are plenty of outside places in which to relax. A large part of the gardens is secure and allows pets to roam freely. Located on the boundary of Lincombe Woods, you’re also within walking distance to many wooded walks, meadows, the village shops and beaches, which includes arguably Torbay’s finest beach - Meadfoot. With its southerly outlook, blue waters and views, it deserves its reputation as one of the region’s best. The Apartments are a 5-minute drive to the marina, harbour and main shopping areas. Wellswood village itself is 5-minute woodland stroll away, and is one of the most charming areas of Torquay. Everything you need for day to day living is here including restaurants, cafes, a wine shop, post office and village pantry. The local dog-friendly pub is known for its excellent food, sunny beer garden and friendly atmosphere. The village is also the birthplace of crime writer Agatha Christie and home of the Gleneagles Hotel, which inspired John Cleese’s ’Fawlty Towers’. Finally, Kent’s Cavern Caves is one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves. With an extensive labyrinth of spectacular caverns it’s an absolute must. Offering a cosy, warm winter let, many customers return for an off season to enjoy an ‘English Riviera’ winter break. Beach ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    12 steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    42" Smart TV (Netflix). Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared decked area. Shared 1 acre of grounds. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 12 steps to decked area. Unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • Baldash Lodge

    Branscombe

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: HRE

    Nestled in a beautiful wooded valley, this superb holiday property makes a delightful hideaway for couples, offering peace and tranquillity, panoramic countryside views and excellent walking and wildlife. Set near the owners’ home amid acres of natural grounds, it boasts a beamed first floor living room with wood-burning stove and French doors to a balcony, and a splendid four-poster bed. Within 2 miles of the World Heritage Site of Lyme Bay, known as the Jurassic Coast due to its geological location. Nearby are pretty Branscombe (2 miles), coastal resorts of Sidmouth, Exmouth and Seaton, Honiton (with lace and antique shops) and the cathedral city of Exeter. Golf, riding locally. Shop 2 miles.

    Internal stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with oak purlins, wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor, French doors to balcony and well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Ground floor: Utility.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • Video
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Balcony with furniture
    • Terrace
    • Shared grounds and woodland of 10 acres
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Stable Cottage

    Meshaw, nr. South Molton

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 27975

    Quietly located in North Devon, this semi-detached holiday cottage overlooks the courtyard of a country house. South Molton has shops, pubs and restaurants and a weekly farmers’ market. Barnstaple has a theatre, cinema, leisure activities, Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market, 14th-century St Anne’s Chapel and 18th-century Queen Anne’s Walk. Spectacular beaches at Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! an easy drive. Sailing, windsurfing and fishing at Tamar and Wimbleball Lakes. Shop and pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to 1 double (5ft) galleried bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture. 15 acres shared woodland grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • Mill Meadow Cottage

    East Down, Barnstaple

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: HHHY

    This cosy and compact renovated barn is situated on its own next to a small brook and makes an ideal holiday destination to really get away from life’s hustle and bustle. It lies next to a small stable yard and looks out over rolling Devon hills and a large pond (which guests can fish in on request). There is a secluded decked area to sit out and enjoy the surroundings. The stunning North Devon coastline has lots to offer, great surfing at Croyde and Woolacombe, great walking along the coast path and places of interest at Lynmouth, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. Other activities include golf, fishing, riding and cycling on the Tarka Trail. Beach approximately 15 mins. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Compact galley-style kitchen with slate floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor open-plan with cosy dining room with wooden floor.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Private use with owners of 2-acre natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • On-site carp fishing
    • Cycle store
    • NB: Large pond in grounds

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  • Hof Cottage

    Northlew, nr. Okehampton

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W43446


    Located at The Old Forge in the village of Northlew, Hof Cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, is a delightful holiday base from which to explore the stunning landscape that makes up this part of Devon. The detached cottage, despite being compact and bijou, is well furnished and equipped. There is an enclosed courtyard for guests to sit out in and enjoy a bit of al fresco dining. The village of Northlew has a community run shop and a local pub. Local attractions include Eastcott Vineyard where you can sample award winning sparkling wines. The regional town of Okehampton, with a good range of shops and amenities is close by, and is considered the ’Gateway to Dartmoor National Park’. On Dartmoor, there are plenty of walks for all ages and abilities to enjoy this stunning and dramatic area as well as some pretty villages with pubs and tea rooms. Towards the coast, there are many fine beaches and coves including Saunton, Woolacombe and Westward Ho! A trip to Lundy Island can be arranged from Bideford pier. There are numerous places of interest close by including the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Dartington Crystal and the historic fishing village at Clovelly. Visit the last castle to be built in England, Castle Drogo (NT). There is golf at Okehampton and Ashbury or you can hire a bike and cycle the Tarka Trail at Great Torrington. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining area with beams. Kitchen with laminate floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine and freezer in utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Lower Court Cottages - Om Shanti

    Fluxton, nr. Ottery St Mary

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 28602

    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. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric central heating (powered by Aga) included. Freezer.

    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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  • Stowford Linhay

    Stowford, Lewdown

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: E3138

    In a quiet hamlet setting, this immaculate detached single storey property enjoys a south facing aspect and its own enclosed garden. Nestled in a rural location and set in the grounds of the owner’s farmhouse, it also offers direct access into a dog friendly 4.5-acre field. Nearby, Lydford Gorge (NT) and Dartmoor afford fine walking, whilst Roadford Lake, 3 miles, provides water sports and fishing. The beautiful north coast beaches of Devon and Cornwall lie within easy reach and the Eden Project is an hour’s drive. Village shop and good pubs under 2 miles.

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

    Gas central heating by meter reading. Electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Shared 4.5-acre field. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • The Barns - The Shippon

    Stockland, Honiton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: HGGC

    In a glorious setting in the Blackdown Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and between Honiton and Chard, lie The Barns around a cobbled yard. Both detached holiday barn conversions are decorated and furnished to a good standard andhave their own gardens and fabulous views across the countryside. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s Grade II listed, medieval farmhouse, they are in an excellent location from which to explore numerous National Trust houses, great walks and the cathedral city of Exeter. Also within easy driving distance is the famous World Heritage Coast, as well as the seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Beer, Branscombe and Exmouth. Situated between both Dartmoor and Exmoor National parks, both with brilliant walks, heather clad tors, ponies, rugged terrain and quaint villages. Within six miles there are local family run shops and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen. Shops 21/2 miles and pub 1½ miles.In a glorious setting in the Blackdown Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and between Honiton and Chard, lie The Barns around a cobbled yard. Both detached holiday barn conversions are decorated and furnished to a good standard and have their own gardens and fabulous views across the countryside. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s Grade II listed, medieval farmhouse, they are in an excellent location from which to explore numerous National Trust houses, great walks and the cathedral city of Exeter. Also within easy driving distance is the famous World Heritage Coast, as well as the seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Beer, Branscombe and Exmouth. Situated between both Dartmoor and Exmoor National parks, both with brilliant walks, heather clad tors, ponies, rugged terrain and quaint villages. Within six miles there are local family run shops and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen. Shops 21/2 miles and pub 1½ miles.

    Spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Large beamed kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft sleigh bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Stereo/CD
    • NB: Pond in garden

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • Cot
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 8 acres of fields
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small stream in grounds

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  • Higher Northcott - Bluebell Cottage

    Ashreigney, nr. Great Torrington

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W8223

    Use of professional all-weather tennis court

    These delightful, Grade II listed barn conversions are situated in a quiet country lane between the Torridge and Taw Valleys, both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Devon’s rural heartland. The patios enjoy stunning views of the Devon countryside. An ideal holiday base for relaxing, walking, cycling, fishing at nearby Stafford Moor Fishery, or visiting the quaint village pubs. Surrounding the farmhouse the garden, with stunning and unusual plants and flowers, consists of 3 acres of meadows, lawns, tennis court, giant sand pit and a putting course. Dartington Glass Factory is 7 miles. The Torrington 1646 Exhibition, Barometer World, Rosemoor Gardens and the famous surfing beach at Westward Ho!, together with the wild and beautiful Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, are all within easy reach. Shop and pub with food 3 miles.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Shared lawned garden. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court.

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