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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Christmas Cottage Ref: W43327

This delightful, thatched holiday cottage forms part of the owner’s thatched Devon longhouse. This deceptively spacious house is well laid out and retains original features and character. Relax in the spacious, well-maintained shared grounds complete with tennis court and children’s play area. The private sitting-out area has views across the grounds to the countryside beyond. Situated down a quiet country lane between the Torridge and Taw Valleys, both AONB’s in Devon’s rural heartland. Shop and pub serving food 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and two high chairs on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 2-acre landscaped grounds with sitting-out area. Shared tennis court. Shared pitch and putt. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

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£350-£803
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Willow Cottage Ref: E3992

Set amidst tranquil Devon countryside, these attractive cottages boast outstanding views over a valley teeming with wildlife and shared enjoyment of an indoor swimming pool and children’s pool, open all year round and heated to around a delightful 30°C. A Jacuzzi and sauna offer an opportunity to relax and unwind whatever the season, whilst the 8 acres of shared grounds afford plenty of space for gentle strolls and picnics. There is also an all weather tennis court as well as a games room with pool table and table tennis and, for children, a large, outdoor play area. North Hill Cottages sit within a short drive of Devon’s famous golden coast – miles of sandy beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde, Putsborough, Westward Ho! and Saunton. These glorious beaches are a paradise for surfers of all ability levels, with boards, wetsuits and expert tuition available at most locations.
Just 3 miles away is Barnstaple, north Devon’s ancient capital whose charming blend of old and new combines a fascinating glimpse of times gone by with exciting browsing in the indoor Green Lane shopping centre, its Pannier Market and its theatre which is the centrepoint of the annual North Devon Festival. At the railway station, one can pick up the famous traffic free Tarka Trail and bicyle hire is available from Fremington Quay, just up river. Close by is Bideford, a historic fishing port and market town with steep, narrow medieval streets and a busy quay from where visitors can enjoy a two hour boat trip to Lundy Island. Also within easy reach is Braunton nature reserve, a beautiful ‘lunar landscape’ wilderness of sand dunes, noted for its rare and exotic plants.
Within easy reach are the glories of Exmoor National Park – among its numerous attractions are the charming coastal resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, linked by a unique water-powered funicular cliff railway; the National Trust’s mesmerising Watersmeet – a woodland gorge with beautiful walks where the East Lyn River meets Hoaroak Water; Badgeworthy Water – the supposed hideout of the notorious ‘Doone’ family; Dunkery Hill – at 1705 ft, the highest point of the moor; and the ever popular town of Minehead – a traditional seaside resort and the start of the West Somerset Railway. There are splendid National Trust properties at Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Knightshayes Court. This is wonderful walking country too. Magnificent views can be savoured amidst the tantalising beauty of Exmoor National Park and all along the North Devon Coastal Path. With its soaring cliffs, quaint harbours and long stretches of beach, almost entirely made up of designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, north Devon’s fabulous coastline is a joy to explore.
Riding, sailing and golf are all readily available locally, and fly fishing can be enjoyed at Blakewell Fisheries, conveniently located at the end of the drive leading to the cottages. Pubs serving food and a good choice of shops are found in Barnstaple, 3 miles. Comfortably furnished, warm and welcoming, and enjoying an excellent range of facilities as well as easy access to a host of attractions, North Hill Cottages are the perfect choice for year round holidays and special breaks in north Devon.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Cot. H/chair. D/washer. Freezer.

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH inc (£2.50pd 29th May-30th Sep). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (honesty box). Garden furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden.

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£973-£973
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Waterside Ref: 30331


The perfect holiday choice in an idyllic position on the banks of the River Torridge overlooking the Taw and Torridge estuaries, with far reaching views across to Instow and beyond, this semi-detached cottage is ideal for a family seaside holiday or a relaxing escape at any time of year. The Waterside offers a unique opportunity to holiday in a truly enviable position at a stunning cottage. The large living area on the first floor is the heart of the house with bi-folding doors onto a sunny decked area, a fantastic spot to soak up the sun or enjoy a lazy breakfast whilst taking in the sights of the passing boats. Just a short level walk from the centre of Appledore, one of the oldest and prettiest villages in North Devon, with its cobbled streets and a vast array of popular village pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and the bustling quayside, there really is something to please everyone. Instow is on the opposite side of the estuary with its sandy beach, bars and restaurants, and the wide golden sandy beach of Westward Ho!, popular with surfers, is just 2 miles. Bideford, Exmoor, Clovelly and Hartland Quay are all close by, and the area is a must for water sports, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen, whilst walkers and cyclists will enjoy the famous Tarka Trail which passes close by. The young and old will enjoy crabbing off the quay, and golf and riding is available locally. For family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are close by and don’t miss the annual Appledore Book Festival. Free mooring is available outside. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards. This property can be booked with Shorewaters (ref 19563), located next door, to accommodate up to 13 guests.

1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft) with patio doors, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 further double with single bunk over (for alternative sleeping) and tiled floor, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with bi-fold doors and step down to kitchen with beams and wooden floors.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Sonos music system. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed decked balcony with sitting-out area and furniture. Car park 250 yards (£16per week). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Cobbled area in grounds. Tidal river adjacent.

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£841-£2160
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Torfrey Ref: 25512

Sea Views

Torfrey is an original, Grade II listed, detached holiday cottage, superbly situated in the heart of Brixham just a few minutes’ walk from the breakwater beach and marina. Located in an elevated position, the bedrooms have sea views and from the garden high up behind the cottage, all of the town and across the bay can be seen. Brixham is a hilly town built around the central little fishing harbour which is still busy with trawlers, and some of the best fish is brought in by the boats that fish the seas surrounding this region of coastlines. The town centre has many tourist shops, restaurants, cafes, bistros and good fish and chip shops. For a good day out there is Greenway Mansion which is the home of Agatha Christie, or take a trip on the Paighton and Dartmouth Steam Railway. The bustling region of Torbay with its abundance of shops, bistros, nightlife and tourist attractions, Goodrington with its water park, Torquay, Paignton with its zoo, or the quieter villages and towns of the South Hams are all within easy reach. Shops and pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with terrace. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.
NB: Steep steps in garden.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Lower Aylescott Cottages (refs 29396, 29490, 29491, 29607 and 30032) are located just outside the village of West Down, in the stunning North Devon countryside. The cottages are ideal for couples and smaller parties during the quieter months and are well suited for families during the school holidays. The extensive well-maintained grounds benefit from two fishing lakes and a children’s play area. There are walks around the grounds as well as some local footpaths. Lower Aylescott Cottages are all well-equipped and furnished to a good standard. The nearby village has a pub and local shop. The properties are very well-located to explore all North Devon has to offer. The renowned beach at Woolacombe is a short distance away, as well as the famous surfing beach at Croyde. For something a bit more rugged, head out to Crow Point and the sand dunes of Braunton Burrows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The nearest large town is the seaside resort of Ilfracombe. Enjoy an ice cream down at the harbour and see the Damian Hirst sculpture at the harbour entrance called Verity. There is also the Tunnels Beach and the Landmark Theatre, as well as a good range of shops and restaurants. Other local places of interest include Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Watermouth Castle and the Lynton to Lynmouth funicular railway, which all make for a good day out. Exmoor is a short distance away and on a clear day the views can be spectacular. There are National Trust properties at Arlington and Knightshayes, and the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Great Torrington. On site fishing is available. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Outdoor furniture. Shared 4½-acre grounds. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared children’s play area. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 2 lakes in grounds.

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£238-£800
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

"Devon’s best kept secret... Just inland from some of Devon’s loveliest and most natural beaches lies the village of Tuckenhay set along Bow Creek on the River Dart...."

In a setting of stunning natural beauty, Tuckenhay Mill is the centrepiece of a cluster of country homes and cottages with superb leisure facilities including two indoor and one outdoor pools, making it ideal for a family holiday for all ages.
The Mill which once produced some of the finest paper in the land, nestles in the green and shady Bow Creek, a languid inlet of the River Dart where private yachts have replaced the old tall-masted ships and barges. Around the mill are all the buildings which once went to make up a small bustling village port. These listed buildings have been sympathetically restored and converted to a delightful range of holiday properties to suit larger family parties. Awards have been won for the conversion of buildings and the conservation of the area. With so much to do, many holidaymakers return year after year.




South Devon awaits you
Tuckenhay is only a 20-minute drive from the superb Blue Flag beach at Blackpool Sands and about 30 minutes from a surfing beach at Bantham, as well as some of the best natural beaches to be found anywhere in the UK.
There is also extensive access to the coastal footpath for walking and the wilderness that is Dartmoor for walking, climbing and riding.
This is a mecca for ramblers, bird-watchers, swimmers, surfers, horse riders, golfers and those interested in fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing.
In addition, there are many historic NT houses to visit including Agatha Christies’s Greenway as well as a local vineyard (with award-winning wines) at Sharpham.
Tuckenhay is only 5 miles inland from Dartmouth and 3 from the market town of Totnes. Village shop 3½ miles. Riverside inn and restaurant within walking distance.



A superb choice of cottages
Each of the cottages has been individually styled to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation. Great care has been taken to retain the feel of the original buildings and extensive use has been made of traditional materials. Most have garden, terrace or patio. Individual cottage details are shown on the following pages.
Many cottages have more than one bathroom and some have an en-suite bathroom to every bedroom. Kitchens are comprehensively equipped: most have dishwashers and all have microwave cookers.
Couples and honeymooners will feel snug and comfortable in the small cottages: Mill Leat, Mill Stream and Mill Spring. Families can spread out in Papermaker’s or Turbine Cottages, while Mill Lodge, Edgecombe Barn and Tuckenhay Mill House will sleep larger parties in comfort. Of course, combinations of cottages can accommodate bigger gatherings of family or friends.

A very cosy and comfortable cottage, ideal for a small family. Set in an elevated position overlooking the grounds of Tuckenhay and the surrounding countryside. Accessed via a flight of 14 steps onto a balcony patio area to the front of the property. Open-plan living room with dining table and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Cosy single bedroom. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Electricity, NSH, hot water, panel/convector heaters and use of swimming pools £80 per week or £40 for short breaks
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Dishwasher
  • Friday to Friday

  • Bed linen included
  • High chairs and additional travel cots available by arrangement (one high chair, one cot in all cottages unless otherwise stated)
  • Modern flatscreen TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi internet access (badminton/games hall)
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared use of grounds
  • Shared barbecue area
  • Ample parking for cars and boats
  • Two pints of milk on arrival
  • No smoking (cottages and all facilities)
  • NB: Stream in mill grounds
    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer by £1 slot meter
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including 60-ft outdoor swimming pool (8 am to 8 pm, 1 May to 1 October) and all-weather tennis court
  • Superb indoor leisure complex with two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and drench shower (Roman Pool open daily 8.30 am to 8.30 pm – Wednesdays to 9 pm – for all ages, under adult supervision. Waterfall Pool open daily 8.30 am to 6.30 pm for adults and children over 10 accompanied by a swimming adult)
    FACILITIES FOR SMALL CHILDREN:
  • Outdoor - small children’s play areas with swings, climbing frames, slides, Wendy house and football field. Indoor - a huge play area with slides, puzzles, pool table, table football, snooker and table tennis
  • Extra travel cots and high chairs provided
  • Mother and baby changing facility with walk-in shower/wet room (indoor pool). Roman pool with shallow learning bay.
    DOGS WELCOME:
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome in all cottages (except Mill Leat) (Dogs go free 2 November - 13 December).

THE TUCKENHAY POOLS
Tuckenhay is renowned for its spectacular award winning indoor pools with glass mosaics and hand-painted silk murals, they combine exotic decoration with the most modern dehumidification and purification equipment and full changing facilities.
ROMAN POOL
This dramatic Roman style 32ft pool (4ft 6in deep) has a safe children’s bay reached by separate steps. Completing the experience are sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter), a refreshing cool drench shower fed from the underground spring and a separate Jacuzzi with hydro jets.
Open daily from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Children must be supervised.
WATERFALL POOL
This award winning pool is sculptured in a curved shape over 40ft long (4ft 6in deep), and bounded in part by a natural grotto rock face of tumbling water. It incorporates the ultimate in water movement technology: floor and wall massage jets, water volcanoes, water cannons and swim jets. There are two Jacuzzis - one in the pool - sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter) and hot and cold spring-fed showers.
Separate mother and baby changing facilities with walk-in shower/wet room. Open daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Adults and children over ten with a swimming adult.
The extra charge for use of pools and heating, detailed in the cottage descriptions is all inclusive in the final balance.
HEATED OUTDOOR POOL - with heated hot tub with sauna and drench shower
This 60ft pool (3ft - 6ft 6in deep) has landscaped riverside sunbathing terrace and sloping lawn to stream. Open daily 8am to 8pm (1 May–1 Oct). Children must be supervised.

LOTS MORE TO DO AT TUCKENHAY MILL

  • Tennis court - a full sized all-weather court. Please bring your own racquets and balls: tennis shoes, not trainers, please
  • Gymnasium - fully equipped with Polaris stations and Aerodyne bikes
  • Badminton court - outdoor court. Please bring your own racquets and shuttlecocks
  • Sports hall - with indoor badminton court and young children’s play area
  • Snooker room - full-sized period table (experienced players only) with additional small snooker table and pool table
  • Second snooker room (open between 9am and 4pm) - with ¾-sized slate table (experienced players only) with pool table and children’s mini-table. Note Papermaker’s Cottage and Turbine Cottage have their own table.
  • Short mat bowls
  • Croquet lawn
  • Hot tub - with sauna on sunbathing deck (1 May to 20 September)
  • 20 acres of grounds with almost 1 mile of pathways (for dog walking) through meadows, dells and woodland; barbecue area, children’s play area and picnic spots.
  • Use of greens and 18-hole championship course (25% discount) at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

IN SYMPATHY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
Tuckenhay Mill has led the way with most of the pools being heated by ground source heat pumps. Awards have been given for energy saving as well as pool design and conversion of buildings. 2008 saw the extension of the
20 acres of stunning natural landscape opening up nearly a mile of footpaths through dells, meadows and woodlands along with a natural waterfall. This is the place to enjoy a personal ‘Spring or Autumn Watch’ with swallows in the log store, buzzards on the adjacent hillside, owls in the woods and ducks and swans down on Bow Creek. Strolls can be taken with the dog and picnics enjoyed on a bench by the river. Children can stroke the goats and even collect eggs for breakfast from the hens (when laying)!

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£336-£1150
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Shared swimming pool and shared games room

Maddox Down Farm is situated in a quiet hamlet with stunning views over the countryside, completely rural. This working farm, with the traditional stone barns converted into 5 delightful holiday cottages in keeping with the area, has been in family ownership since the 1500s. On site there is a shared swimming pool (available from Easter to October), games room in a converted cart linhay, complete with pool table, board games, books, videos, matted area for small children and more. In the meadow below the cottages there is a wildlife pond where you can sit and have a picnic and watch the fish. Also, you might be able to see geese, moorhens and ducks. There is a shopping service available, including local produce. Situated only 2 miles from the edge of Exmoor National Park, 3 miles from the sea. Fishing trips can be booked from Combe Martin and Ilfracombe. The villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, with its unique Cliff Railway, are a short drive. Only 8 miles from Woolacombe with its 3 miles of golden sand and Blue Flag status. Barnstaple is 10 miles away, with its famous pannier market in use every day, a tennis centre, leisure centre and many other amenities. Also visit Bideford, situated on the River Torridge and Tarka Country. Trips to Lundy Island can be taken from here. Enjoy a Devon cream tea upon arrival. Shops and pubs 11/2 miles.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors and beams/dining room/kitchen. Wooden floors throughout.

Electric woodburner in living room (first £10 included). First £10 NSH and electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer in shared utility room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio area. Shared grounds. Ample parking. Shared swimming pool (9m x 4m, depth 1.5m, available from Easter to October). Shared games room with matted play area for small children, darts, pool table, table tennis and table football. Two pets welcome (working farm). No smoking.

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£262-£1007
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rowan Ref: W41640

Close to the beach

This single storey holiday chalet is situated on a small select holiday park amidst glorious East Devon countryside just one mile from the sea. It is well-equipped and in an ideal location just outside Seaton with its sand and shingle beach which is bordered by an atttractive promenade. Seaton is a traditional Devon seaside town in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, situated on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There is a small working harbour and many lovely walks. The famous Seaton Tramway ride runs along the Axe Estuary and bird sanctuary to Colyton. The fishing village of Beer is great for a family day out visiting Pecorama, or the Beer Quarry Caves. The seaside village of Branscombe renowned as the longest village in Britain. Shop 50 yards, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Private decking and shared lawned garden with furniture. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£174-£530
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Captains Cottage Ref: HHHO

Offering some of the most spectacular coastal views of Torbay, Captains Cottage is situated in a row of properties overlooking Brixham Harbour. These cottages were originally built for the town’s fishermen, high above the harbour, where they could keep watch on their resting fishing vessels in the harbour below. From the cottage there are views right across the bay towards Paignton and Torquay. Captains Cottage is just 5 minutes from the harbour and shops, and just a short drive from many of the local beaches. The historical towns of Dartmouth and Totnes are both within a few miles, whilst the livelier seaside towns of Paignton and Torquay are also on the doorstep. Shops ¼ mile.

30 steps down to entrance (no handrail in places). Two bedrooms with rugs on wooden floor; one double and one bunk. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-sided stairs to first floor: Open-plan living/dining room with harbour views. Kitchen with patio doors. Open-tread stairs to second floor: Sitting room with two single futon beds (alternative sleeping) and viewing platform.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Courtyard, furniture
  • Garage (1 car)
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking

WAS
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£396-£1145
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"Views over bays and cliffs from a castle stronghold – a unique holiday opportunity . . ."

Watermouth Castle offers a rare combination of opportunities – for not only do visitors have the chance to live in a castle, but they also enjoy unlimited, free entry to one of the West Country’s premier tourist attractions during their stay. Within the splendid castle itself, there are six superb apartments, an indoor heated swimming pool, a museum, a choice of theme attractions, and some fascinating water displays. Outside, the castle’s 50-acre estate features wonderful landscaped gardens, with plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, and glorious woodland walks. There are ducks and waterfowl to admire on the lake outside the walls, and beautiful views from the castle over Watermouth Bay and its harbour, where there are slipway facilities for visitors’ boats, as well as moorings for larger craft (by arrangement with the harbourmaster).
The castle is a true example of a Victorian folly, completed in the mid 19th-century by the Bassett family. Now extensively restored by the current owner, its self-contained holiday apartments are reached through an archway in the south court, where the indoor heated swimming pool is available exclusively to apartment residents. All of the properties have been decorated and furnished to a comfortable standard throughout, in keeping with the style and ambience of the Castle, and all feature four-poster, half tester or brass beds.
A separate part of the castle, open to the public, contains the fascinating museum collections, including a Victorian kitchen, animated displays, mechanical musical instruments, a large model railway and a unique arcade of pier slot machines, all in working order. In the underground theatre is the Water Spectacular, reputedly one of the best fountain shows in the world, a thrilling mix of lights, music and water. Outside in the grounds are further family entertainments, including traditional rides and slides, fascinating water features, children’s play areas, a ‘Gnomeland’, themed crazy-golf, and much, much more all of which earned Watermouth Castle a place in the finals of the South West Tourism ‘Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year’ Award in 2005.
Watermouth Castle enjoys an incomparable setting on rising ground, commanding views over the bays and cliffs of the magnificent coastline stretching away to the east. Take a woodland walk through the estate to the picturesque, award-winning village of Berrynarbor, or visit the coastal village of Combe Martin (less than 3 miles to the east) – famous not only for its sandy coves, inlets and majestic headlands but also as ‘the gateway to the Exmoor National Park’. Combe Martin offers a choice of shops and cafes, and one of Devon’s oldest inns! Ilfracombe is only a five minute drive away to the west, with a range of seaside attractions, good shops and a golf course, and visitors can enjoy miles of golden sand at nearby Woolacombe and Croyde Bay. Superb cliff-top scenery and beautiful wooded valleys make this one of North Devon’s most scenic areas – as well as a paradise for walkers. Shops 2 miles.
Note: Music may filter into the pool area from the antique Mortier organ between 10am and 6pm.

(Ground floor.) Facing the south court. Open-plan living room with fitted kitchen and dining area. Three bedrooms; one double with en-suite shower room and two singles, each with single four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Z-bed (suitable for +1 child only)
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, gas, heaters in all rooms and bed linen included
  • Towels £3 per person per week by arrangement
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room (coin-operated) with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio and garden furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool with Fitstar counter facility
  • Office facilities included fax/modem/photocopier by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • NB: Lake in grounds

ADDITIONAL FREE FACILITIES
Indoor heated swimming pool and sun lounge. Unlimited free entry to award-winning ’Watermouth Castle Family Attraction’ offering a wealth of experiences and entertainment for all ages. (open Easter– end Oct)

WAS
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£420-£1267
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Just imagine being the lord and lady of the manor house for the week! This is exactly what you can experience here when you book your holiday at Crabadon Manor and Lilly Pond Cottage. This 14th-century manor house was a one-time summer retreat for the monks at Buckfast Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in around 1532. This beautiful old house is steeped in history and full of family heirlooms and antiques. The magnificent dining room has a huge inglenook fireplace and really is a lovely room for entertaining. For a larger family or a group of friends looking for something quite unique, Crabadon Manor (ref HOA) could be the choice for you. Peacefully set in a secluded wooded valley, the property dates back to the 14th century – ideal for family gatherings for special occasions or a group of friends hosting a party, or simply, a relaxing week in the heart of rural south Devon. To the front of the manor, is a lovely terraced country garden, complete with furniture, and it is the perfect place for a picnic or al fresco dining on a sunny afternoon, with wisteria swathed across the front of the house. On the lawn with fruit trees and where wildlife flourishes, there are far-reaching views over open countryside and beyond. To the rear of the house, set in the lawn, is a gorgeous lily pond, where Lily Pond Cottage (ref H77) is located, a detached stone cosy cottage sleeping up to four people. Both Lily Pond Cottage and Crabadon Manor enjoy a splendid position, quite remote in location, off the beaten track and tucked away in the heart of the South Hams countryside, the most southerly part of Devon. Shops 3 miles.

Entrance hall with original slate floor. Spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace and rugs on slate floor. Spacious beamed dining room with open fire in large inglenook fireplace and rugs on seagrass floor. Large farmhouse-style kitchen with TV, antique pine dresser, Aga and gas hob. Conservatory. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with lift and dressing room/sitting area with two chaise longues (providing beds for +2 children under 7 years) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire and/or wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Oil-fired Aga and full oil central heating included (Winter £50 per week)
  • Two TVs
  • Stereo/CD
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone by meter reading
  • Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity (by automatic generator only), bed linen and towels included
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Small microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Shared woodland grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Use of shared indoor heated swimming pool (25ft x 60ft) and tennis court (about 2 miles away, by arrangement with owner - a small charge may be payable)
  • Spring water supply
  • NB: Unfenced lily pond, 1ft deep

Note: Crabadon Manor (HOA) and Lily Pond Cottage (H77) may be booked together to sleep up to 10+4 persons

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£929-£2627
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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Beach location

This exclusive resort is the perfect seaside choice for beach lovers of all ages, with direct access to the glorious wide sandy beach of Westward Ho! just 100m. West Beach offers holiday accommodation with glorious sea views, the perfect choice at any time of year. Each apartment is presented to a very good standard and all have the benefit of a balcony from the master bedroom and living room, the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee and check out the surf. Ideally situated for a relaxing beachside escape and just a short walk from a good selection of local shops, cafés and restaurants. A stone’s throw from the National Coastal Path and Northam Burrows, this location is a must for surfers and kiteboarders or for those wanting to just relax on the wide golden sands and explore the rock pools. Bideford, 3 miles, offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island. Golf, riding and fishing are available locally or visit the famous North Devon Surf School where you can sign up for some lessons and hire all your equipment. Other attractions include RHS Rosemoor Gardens along with many pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Clovelly and Appledore. For walking and cycling, the famous Tarka Trail passes close by and for family fun, The Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a must. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on second floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with patio doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

All properties: Underfloor heating from air source heat pump, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair for hire. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Small balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£474-£1404
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