If you’re planning to get away from it all with your loved one, then why not consider Devon for your romantic weekend getaways. This picturesque county in the south-west of England has ample reason to be a major destination for anyone looking to inject a little romance into their lives. Easy to get to from most of southern and central England, Devon nevertheless manages to feel like a completely different country and yet also quintessentially English.
So, if you’re looking for romantic cottages, then look no further. We have a great range of romantic getaways all over the county, with our options in Devon offering something truly special, whether you’re looking for a classic thatched cottage with an open fire to curl up together next to, a converted barn set in rolling countryside, or a typical Devon longhouse, restored and renovated to luxurious standards.
Your first port of call should be lovely Bideford, in North Devon, which sits on the banks of the River Torridge, right where it widens out to become the estuary. This charming part of the world has been inspiring visitors and residents alike for years, and Charles Kingsley even based his famous book Westward Ho! in this area. The book's popularity eventually led to the naming of a nearby town after it – the only example in the country of a town being named after a book.
One of Bideford’s great advantages is its ease of access, not only to other charming towns and villages, such as Woolacombe, Ilfracombe, Croyde and Appledore, but also Exmoor National Park. Exmoor is wild, rural and mysterious, and the perfect place for a romantic ramble before heading back into town for a delicious dinner or glass of wine at one of the waterfront pubs or cosy cafes that line the twisty lanes.
Another town that’s well worth a visit, and perfect for romantic strolls or a spot of retail therapy, is Totnes. This quirky market town is great for couples looking for something a little different and off-kilter, as its inimitable personality and charms cannot be found anywhere else. Dating back to AD 907, it should come as no surprise that Totnes is rumoured to have more listed buildings than anywhere else in the country. Also on the River Dart is the chic and picturesque town of Dartmouth, where pastel-coloured houses jostle together along the waterfront and Agatha Christie’s home of Greenway can be visited.