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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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Cliff Lodge Ref: HEEJ

With so much to offer, this stunning property makes a superb holiday base for a large family - not just for the summer holidays, but for celebrating special occasions throughout the year. Set in a striking location off a quiet country lane with uninterrupted sea views, spacious Cliff Lodge boasts extensive accommodation and superb leisure facilities. Most of the bedrooms are en-suite and have panoramic sea views stretching far across the water - and on a fine day, Lyme Bay and Portland can be clearly seen. Boasting an indoor heated swimming pool, together with a pine sauna and shower room, there is also an outdoor 8-seater hot tub set on the decked area to the side of the swimming pool for guests to enjoy. Other features of the property include a purpose-built detached games room which contains a full-size snooker table, sofas, 50in plasma screen TV, jukebox and bar facilities. This is a great area where teenagers can amuse themselves, or where the whole family can spend time and have fun together - with the bar stocked up, and the jukebox turned on, whole evenings can be whiled away happily. A good-sized, well-stocked garden and an additional one acre of fields provide excellent outside areas for children to play in.
For a day by the sea, Maidencombe Beach is ½ mile away - a delightful little cove surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, with a sand and shingle beach. Set in an unspoilt coastal hamlet, this location offers magnificent coastal walks and panoramic views. Torquay town centre is only 4 miles away, offering plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. The South West Coast path from Watcombe in Torquay to Maidencombe is a favourite spot for local walkers. This walk has a little bit of everything - from woods and open fields, to beaches and coastal scenery and rare wildlife. Two of the English Riviera’s top attractions can be found in nearby Babbacombe: Bygones Victorian Street and Babbacombe Model Village. Cliff Lodge lies just 22 miles from Exeter city centre. Shops 1 miles, local pub 1 mile. Michelin star restaurant just 5 minutes’ walk away.

Living room with 42in plasma TV, gas fire and sliding patio doors to balcony with sea views. Sitting room with gas fire, 38in plasma TV and patio doors to balcony with sea views. Dining room with seating for 12. Large well-equipped kitchen with ceramic floor, leading to breakfast room and conservatory with cane sofas and sea views. Twin bedroom with patio doors to balcony with sea views and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and heated towel rail. Open tread staircase to lower ground floor: Two double bedrooms; one with 5ft bed, each with ceramic floor and French doors to patio. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with 6ft bed, 42in plasma TV, dressing area, fitted wardrobes, French doors to balcony with sea views, and spacious en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, rain shower, twin wash basins and toilet. Double bedroom with French doors to balcony with sea views and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet with Velux windows.

  • Gas fires included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Four large plasma TVs (satellite)
  • Two DVDs
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Indoor heated swimming pool with shower/changing facilities (max depth 5ft)
  • Sauna in pool room
  • 8-seater hot tub on decking
  • Purpose-built heated games room in garden, with full-size snooker table, bar, cloakroom, jukebox, table football, sofas and large 50in plasma satellite TV
  • Table tennis in garden
  • Garage (for 6 cars) and further parking (for 4 cars)
  • Two Z-beds available (for +2)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Unfenced pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£2421-£4846
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
8
Pets
3
Woodleigh Grange Ref: HPPH

Woodleigh Grange is an impressive apartment within a detached property in an extremely sought after area of Torquay. It has large, enclosed gardens to the front, rear and side with mature trees and shrubbery. It runs parallel to the 18th hole of the local golf club and has spectacular views over the course. The property has been decorated and furnished to a high standard - a special feature is the cinema room with widescreen 3D TV (glasses provided). It is the ideal base for family groups, reunions, celebrations and friends who want to holiday together, and golfers could not be any closer to an excellent golf course. The property is great for all year round stays. There are three ground floor rooms which are ideal for the less abled; all of the bedrooms are spacious.
The property is within walking distance of Oddicombe Beach and associated activities and the shopping area of St Marychurch, A tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the harbour area of Torquay, Babbacombe boasts a traditional olde worlde charm that has delighted generations of holidaymakers.
Oddicombe Beach can be reached by foot down a very steep, wooded lane, or choose a more gentle ascent on the historic Babbacombe Cliff Railway. One of only a few original working funicular railways, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been transporting visitors up and down the 240 foot cliff face since 1926. A short stroll from Oddicombe Beach leads to Babbacombe Beach and the Cary Arms Pub. Nearby is Babbacombe Model Village, where thousands of miniture buildings and people capture the essence of all things British.
On returning from the beach, satisfy a healthy appetite at one of the numerous tea rooms and eateries dotted along the cliff top overlooking the stunning Babbacombe Downs. No visit to the area would be complete without indulging in traditional cream teas. Torquay has a lot to offer, there is the Living Coasts where penguins wander freely, the theatre which has shows all year round, or take a ferry across to Brixham, to sample the fresh fish and seafood.
No trip would be complete without a trip to Dartmoor to climb one of the tors or just take in the beauty and travel across the moor to Tavistock where there is some dramatic scenery. Paignton offers the zoo and Agatha Christies home Greenway. There are many NT places. Shops and pub 500 yards.

Spacious living room with feature fireplace. Sitting room with door to garden. Cinema room with widescreen 3D TV (glasses provided). Study. Kitchen with dining area. Second kitchen with dining area. Reading room with computer and printer. Utility. Two double bedrooms, one with TV and two steps down to en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and additional Z-bed (for +1). Two shower rooms each with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet, one with TV, additional Z-bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two satellite TVs (living room and cinema room)
  • Six Freeview TVs
  • Two DVDs (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Ridge House Ref: HKKS

With its superb country and sea views, Ridge House is a unique detached holiday property set in a quiet country lane yet close to the English Riviera, Torbay, Dartmoor National Park, the market towns of Newton Abbot and Totnes and the quaint harbours of Shaldon and Brixham. Whether guests wish to relax in peace and quiet, step out on beautiful country walks, enjoy the lively environment of Torbay or entertain on that special occasion, Ridge House can provide it all. The sun-trap terrace has a hot tub seating 8, and there is a large enclosed garden which is ideal for children and pets (supervision required near the pond). The front garden, with table and chairs, is perfect for enjoying a quiet cup of coffee in the early morning sun. There is parking for numerous cars in the grounds. The conservatory overlooks the garden and beautiful Rocombe valley. The games room has a pool table, Nintendo Wii Fit with fitboard, table football, karaoke machine and dart board; there is a wi-fi computer with printer in the study.
Numerous outdoor pursuits in the area include mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, horse riding, sailing, fishing and canoeing. There are seven beaches close by and Torquay Golf Course is only 2 miles away. Dartmoor National Park has a wealth of beautiful scenery, walks and country pubs. Torquay boasts all the amenities of a seaside resort and the world famous Paignton Zoo is worth a visit. Teignmouth, Preston and Paignton have some lovely sandy beaches, and seaside piers. The local villages of Stokeinteignhead and Maidencombe both have delightful village pubs with excellent food. For discerning diners there is an award-winning restaurant nearby. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire and patio doors leading to large dining room/conservatory with access to hot tub. Spacious well-equipped kitchen and breakfast area with tiled floor. Study. Utility. Games room. Double bedroom with additional bunks. Bathroom and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with sea and country views and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Two further double bedroom with country views. Twin bedroom with sea views. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle, bidet and toilet.

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Six Freeview TVs (one 50in)
  • Two DVDs (small library)
  • CD
  • Nintendo Wii and fitboard
  • Double electric oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Computer in study with printer
  • Wi-fi broadband
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • ½-acre of unspoilt grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Hot tub (available 10am to 10pm)
  • Games room with pool table, table football, dart board, karaoke machine and basketball
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 3 steps and pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£909-£2714
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

Steeped in history, Ben Venue is an imposing listed Victorian house built in 1890, once owned by the brother of A.R Johnson wax polish empire of America. Ben Venue (HKKB) is attached to Lemon Tree Cottage (HMMS) and the owner’s apartment. In Ben Venue (HKKB), many original features are still evident, with a very grand staircase, and large chandeliers throughout as well as high ceilings which add to the charm and character of this most beautiful property. It is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, from the piano in the entrance to the four-poster beds, the large bathroom and en-suite shower rooms. There have been many famous celebrities who have visited the property over the years and enjoyed many a game of snooker on the full size snooker table - see all the photos adorning the walls including Ray Reardon, Max Bygraves and Bobby Davro to name but a few. All of the rooms have elegance about them; there are huge picture windows, and sea views from the ground and first floors. Lemon Tree Cottage has its own entrance and is also decorated to a high standard from Italian marble floors to beautiful furnishings. Torquay has so much to offer and these are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends reunited and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks, with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing, angling and to study the natural wildlife at leisure. Stunning views are to be seen just about everywhere across the bay, out over the English Channel, along the 40 miles of Lyme Bay to Portland Bill or inland towards the tors of Dartmoor. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Torquay town centre and Living Coasts are about 5 minutes away. Shops and pub ¼ mile.

Spacious living room with French doors to dining conservatory with sea views. Large dining room. Billiard room with full-size snooker table and sea views. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with gas/electric range and breakfast area. Utility. Sun room. Separate toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with gym and seating area. First floor: Study with TV. Double bedroom with sea views and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, shower cubicle (jet shower), toilet and door leading to twin bedroom. Double bedroom with four-poster bed and wash basin. Three further double bedrooms, each with 5ft, four-poster bed, two with sea views and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

  • Electricity and full gas central heating included (Winter £35 per week, £30 per short break)
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Gas/electric range included
  • Freezer
  • Large, enclosed lawned garden and furniture
  • Secure cycle store
  • Full-size snooker table
  • NB: Water fountain in garden

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£1068-£3392
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Toad Hall Ref: HEEQ

Situated in picturesque Berrynarbor, several times winner of ‘Best Kept Village’, at the coastal end of the beautiful Sterridge Valley, this detached dormer bungalow makes an ideal retreat for a relaxing holiday in one of Devon’s most popular areas. The 13th-century church, superb 17th-century family-friendly pub (400 yards) and pretty stone cottages with dazzling floral displays create the rural charm of this tranquil setting.
Located just 10 minutes’ walk from a secluded beach nestled amongst towering cliffs and majestic headlands of the spectacular Heritage Coastline, the house offers easy access to the golden sands of Woolacombe (6 miles) and Croyde (9 miles), popular with surfers and beach lovers, as well as Watermouth Castle (½ mile - one of the West Country’s premier tourist attractions) and its attractive harbour where there are slipway facilities for visitors’ watercraft. Away from the coast is the rugged beauty of Exmoor National Park (5 miles). Famous for its wildlife, hidden valleys, charming villages and marked tracks it is a fabulous landscape for nature lovers, walkers and horse riders. East lies Combe Martin (½ mile), with its rocky coves, tearooms and pubs. West lies Ilfracombe (2 miles), the fashionable family seaside town, with its theatre, swimming pool, restaurants, shops, pubs and lively harbour, from which the windswept Lundy Island is accessible by boat. National Trust properties Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Watersmeet are all nearby, as is Chambercombe Manor, Marwood Gardens and Dinosaur Park (Combe Martin). Tennis, golf, riding, quad biking and water sports are all available locally. Shop 400 yards.

Large sunny living room with open fire, sofa-bed (for +1), bay window, sea views and patio doors to verandah and raised decked area. Large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with range cooker in inglenook, TV and wooden floor. Utility. Large double bedroom with four-poster bed, additional double sofa-bed (for alternative sleeping only), TV, bay window, sea views and patio door leading to verandah. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Large double bedroom with TV, sloping ceiling, large dormer window and sea views. Twin bedroom with dormer window. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and Velux window.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Four TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Range cooker included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with lawn, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£631-£1948
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Peakaboo Ref: HMMB

Peakaboo is a large detached house (originally a pair of cottages) situated on Peak Hill, overlooking Sidmouth, with extensive sea and cliff views. It has a steep parking area and its own 2½-acre private woodland behind the property, with cliff top paths all adjoining National Trust land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are also stunning views of cliffs and the sea from the octagonal deck. Peakaboo is only a 5-minute drive from Sidmouth and all its amenities; it has been decorated and furnished to a high standard and makes an ideal holiday base for touring this fantastic part of Devon. There are many NT properties to visit including Bicton Park, whilst a trip to Crealy Adventure Park (close to Exeter) will be greatly enjoyed by children. For walkers, the coastal path to Branscombe, Beer and Seaton is fantastic and other places of interest include the Donkey Sanctuary near Seaton (5 miles) as well as Seaton Tramway. There are many activities to enjoy such as windsurfing, sailing, walking, bird-watching, golf and tennis, to name but a few.
The historic city of Exeter is 20 miles with its stunning cathedral and many shops. Slightly further afield lies the rugged wilderness and beauty of Dartmoor National Park, where both experienced and novice walkers can enjoy the stunning scenery. Visit all the quaint villages in the area and stop for a cream tea.
Lyme Regis makes an alternative day out and children of all ages will enjoy hunting for fossils in the high cliffs that overlook the town itself. Topsham, Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton are all worth visiting each with independent shops. Shops and pub ¼ mile.

Living room/snug with open fire and 37in LCD TV. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with breakfast area and doors to decked area. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Five steps from hall to further double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Stone floors throughout ground floor. First floor: Second living room with 42in LCD TV and patio doors to decked area with sea views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Two twin bedrooms. Two bathrooms, each with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two digital TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden with decked area, furniture, and 10 steps to 2½-acre woodland garden leading to octagonal deck/viewing platform
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • NB: There are sloping areas and steps in grounds

WAS
NOW
£989-£2728
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Seadrift Ref: FOB

Nestling in a secluded sunny lawned garden with views of the sea and Burgh Island, Seadrift is comfortably furnished in modern style. Within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bigbury-on-Sea boasts a fine sweep of golden sand – ideal for both children and surfers.
The holiday location makes it a superb base from which to explore the many and varied attractions of South Devon. Nearby Thurlestone stands as a pretty ‘chocolate-box’ village, with its pink-washed thatched cottages and unspoilt sandy beach framed by rolling farmland. The busy market town of Kingsbridge with its fine Tudor and Georgian buildings acts as the ‘capital’ of the South Hams region, and serves as the hub of local transport services to the surrounding villages. During the summer months, a ferry runs from here to Devon’s most southerly resort of Salcombe, once a former fishing village and now a major sailing resort thronging with visitors. A few miles south of Salcombe at Sharpitor, the National Trust oversees the elegant Edwardian house of Otto Overbeck, a scientist whose varied collection of items is on display to the public. Overlooking the Salcombe estuary, the beautiful garden of Overbecks enjoys fine views and is home to a selection of rare plants, trees and shrubs growing within its warm microclimate.
In the opposite direction lies Plymouth, with its many naval and seafaring connections. Rebuilt after the Second World War, it stands as a complex mixture of modern day facilities and attractions with strong roots in history – the Barbican area around Sutton Harbour retaining many links. The Elizabethan House found here is furnished as it would have been in the time of Sir Francis Drake (who set out from Plymouth to circumnavigate the world), and the Island House is another place of note – believed to have been where the Pilgrim Fathers lodged before setting sail for America. From Plymouth, river and fishing trips can be arranged and there are sailing and windsurfing schools. Shop in Bigbury.

Spacious, well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen. Living/dining room with doors to sun lounge. Separate toilet. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling; one with doors to balcony. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate games room with pool table and table tennis.

  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only)
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone – incoming only
  • Garden with exotic plants and furniture
  • Games room
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£650-£1952
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

"Sands flanked by rock, with wooded cliffs above – true Devon coastal character . . ."

The wooded cliffs at Bolt Tail form a backdrop to this sandy cove on what is renowned as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the South Hams. These holiday cottages are set within 100 yards of the safe sandy beach – an unrivalled position for enjoying the seaside, but also perfect for fishing, sailing and water-skiing (with a dinghy-launching slip 200 yards away, and facilities for larger boats at nearby Salcombe). The cottages are in the centre of this charming seaside village, with its pretty thatched cottages, inns, restaurants and small shop within a short walk. The South Devon Coastal Footpath winds along the cliffs and through Hope Cove between Salcombe and Thurlestone, with opportunities for magnificent walking amongst glorious coastal scenery.
The maritime attractions continue slightly further afield. Salcombe, 4 miles away, is one of the most prestigious sailing centres in the country. It offers extensive sandy beaches, too, and a wide choice of fascinating shops, boutiques and restaurants in its quaintly winding narrow streets. The estuary here is a kaleidoscope of brightly coloured craft of all kinds at their moorings – a paradise for sailing enthusiasts. Thurlestone, 2 miles to the west, can be reached either by car or via the coastal path. It boasts yet more expanses of golden sands, a regular feature of this lovely coastline. But, in addition, it has a superb cliff-top links golf course, edged by sandy coves, tennis courts and picturesque streets of thatched cottages overlooking the bay. Kingsbridge, the ‘capital’ of the South Hams, has a good choice of interesting shops, a museum and a sports centre with squash, badminton and bowling. Boating and diving trips can be arranged in the Salcombe Estuary, and boats are available for hire. Within easy driving distance are the historic cities of Plymouth and Exeter and Kitley Caves. The wide open spaces and breathtaking scenery of the Dartmoor National Park are less than an hour by car, and there are many National Trust properties, stately homes and interesting gardens within a short drive. Anchor Cottages are set in a little terrace in the village. They have been designed to offer ‘upside-down’ accommodation, with first floor living rooms. Comfortably furnished, each has a small first floor sitting-out area with furniture. They are ideally located for a Devon holiday by the sea. Shop/P.O. 50 yards.

Entrance hall. Four attractive bedrooms; two twin and two single. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Comfortable, open-plan living/dining room with elec fire and doors to the patio. Well-equipped kitchen area with d/washer and m/wave. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with electric over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Dishwasher

  • Electricity by meter reading
  • NSH and convector heaters by meter reading
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Freezer
  • Small patio with furniture
  • Parking

WAS
NOW
£620-£1584
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2

‘Impressive and spacious’ are the first words that describe this period seaside villa. With breathtaking views over the River Torridge, Instow beach and across the estuary towards Appledore, The Captain’s House is also owned and managed by the Webbery Estate (refs HPPR, HPPS, H81, HDDP, HDDN, HDDQ, HDDO and HMMN, just 15 minutes away) and is located in the pretty coastal village of Instow, just a short walk from the beach. One of a pair, the holiday house has an enclosed garden and patio area to the rear, which is ideal for eating outdoors. Having been renovated, the property boasts a fitted kitchen and dining room which has stunning views over the estuary. Guests can enjoy lovely views from most of the upstairs bedrooms and there is a small reading area that overlooks the garden. The pretty village of Instow, located between Barnstaple and Bideford has stretches of golden, sandy beaches and dunes, which makes this an ideal place for relaxing family holiday. An ideal spot for most watersports and sea - fishing can be enjoyed here, or alternatively local boat trips are available. For those wishing to sample the local food, plenty of pubs and restaurants can be found in Instow and the speciality is seafood - of course. The famous ‘Tarka Trail’ - just on the doorstep - is perfect for walkers and cyclists and follows the estuary towards Braunton and is a lovely way to experience the delights that this area has to offer. On the opposite side of the estuary is Appledore, a pretty unspoilt village with a wealth of painted fishermen’s cottages, found up narrow winding streets, some of which date back as far as 1335. Famous for its maritime history and arts there is a maritime museum and numerous arts and crafts shops. Just a short drive away, visitors will find a substantial and popular surfing beach and golf courses at famous Westward Ho! Within two miles is Bideford with its historic port and lively market as well as regular boat trips to nearby Lundy Island. The Dartington Crystal factory and RHS gardens at Rosemoor are easily accessible, as is a wealth of National Trust properties including Tapely Park and Hartland Abbey, to name a few. Shops 100 yards.

Ground floor: Spacious dining room with oak floor and well-equipped kitchen with slate floor. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Living room with rugs on wooden floor and uninterruped sea and estuary views. Small reading room. Double bedroom. Second floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to third floor: Two twin bedrooms, each with low sloping ceilings and one with feature round window. Shower room and toilet. Many rooms with sea views.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen, towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one portable)
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Steep stairs to lawned area

WAS
NOW
£634-£2111
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
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Hadleigh House Ref: 29652

Stunning, uninterrupted sea views can be enjoyed from this spacious and individual, detached clifftop house, including views from three double bedrooms and one twin room. It is set just above the beach, which can be accessed via a private footpath and bridge. Built in 1860, this was the coastguard’s cottage and it has been completely restored to offer a perfect holiday home for families, or groups of friends to get together, a spacious property in a fantastic position. Situated above the Dawlish railway line, it offers far reaching views across the bay. There is a lovely patio area for al fresco dining whilst watching the lovely sunsets over the sea. Dawlish is a small seaside town approximately 10 miles from the cathedral city of Exeter with its regional airport and M5 motorway junction. It can be reached by regular bus and rail services from the town centre. The immediate countryside is a haven for walkers as the town is close to the Haldon Hills and Dartmoor National Park. There are 18-hole golf courses at Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth, as well as sailing facilities on the nearby Exe and Teign estuaries. The town offers a range of facilities and is well known for the brook and adjacent lawns which are home to a variety of water fowl including the famous black swans which are the town’s emblem. Once down at the sea front, you can enjoy the extensive picturesque shoreline in both directions. To the left, a leisurely sea wall walk takes you to the famed long sandy bathing beaches of Dawlish Warren, skirting the entrance of the Exe Estuary, and its nature reserve full of rare flowers, unusual birds and hidden ponds. To the right takes you to Coryton Cove, along the famous ’atmospheric’ railway line, past the bright row of beach huts and to the Edwardian gentleman’s sandy bathing bay, complete with a small cafe and interesting rock pools to explore. Teignmouth is close with its shops and pier. Sit in one of the local cafes or pubs right on the beach or take a short ferry ride across to Shaldon, where there are many cafes for a Devon cream tea, and a few independent shops. Brixham and Torquay are both just a short drive away, with theatres, boat trips, Sea Life centre and many more attractions. There are also plenty of NT places to visit. Beach 400 yards. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

25 steps to entrance. Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: Low wall with drop below.

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£463-£1372
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Orchard House Ref: HDDK

Orchard House is a stunning, 18th-century converted barn which has been beautifully furnished throughout and offers spacious, detached holiday accommodation on the breathtaking North Devon Coast. A 40-minute walk across farmland leads to a little known, secluded, pebble and sandy beach - Portledge beach (access only available from 2nd Feb - 31st August) - which is a wonderful sun trap and well off the tourist map, making it usually very quiet even on the busiest summer day. The spectacular South West Coastal Path has a chain of magnificent cliffs and stretches along the Heritage Coast to Hartland Point. Retaining many original features - including exposed timber roof trusses, vaulted ceilings and natural stone – the property also benefits from modern design details. The four spacious double bedrooms are sumptuously furnished with designer fabrics, each one themed: French-style, chunky rustic Mexican-style, rich mahogany, and one with contemporary nickel bedstead. To the front of Orchard House is an enclosed garden and patio, with uninterrupted country views across the fields and valley. The long stone patio area extends the entire length of the barn, with huge patio table and chairs seating 12. Guests are free to explore the surrounding 20 acres of woodland and pasture (with sheep). The famous surfing beaches of Westward Ho! (4 miles) and Bude are an easy drive or hire a bike and explore the nearby Tarka Trail. Sailing, water-skiing, golf and riding are available locally. There are numerous NT properties in the area, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Hartland Abbey is well worth a visit and the charming village of Clovelly, just 6 miles away, is one of Britain’s showpieces, with whitewashed houses tumbling down to a little harbour. The Atlantic Village Outlet Shopping Centre, which includes a large supermarket, is just 2 miles.

Spacious, modern open-plan living/dining room with central wood-burning stove, and 50in plasma TV. Well-equipped kitchen with large range, granite work tops and central breakfast bar. Utility/toilet/boot room. Study with sofa-bed (for +2) and 40in plasma TV. Entrance hall/cloakroom. First floor: Four double bedrooms each with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms with shared bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet. All bedrooms with plasma TV.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Eight TVs (Sky, full package)
  • DVD
  • Playstation 3
  • Electricity double range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer with ice maker and water filter
  • Broadband connection
  • Payphone
  • Large level, enclosed lawned area with patio, furniture, swings and climbing frame
  • 20 acres shared woodland and farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Car port (for 3 cars); ample additional parking
  • Cycle store
  • Shared external games barn with table tennis, pool table and darts
  • Shared tennis court (racquets/balls included)
  • Natural spring water from borehole
  • Welcome pack
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Fountain water feature in garden, pond and stream in grounds

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£1467-£3626
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0

Located on an unspoilt stretch of coastline in a small hamlet between the quaint coastal villages of Lee and Mortehoe, these cottages are set in an area with several landscape designations including an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Coastal Preservation Area and Heritage Coast, recognising that this is singled out as one of Britain’s finest landscapes of national importance. The farm has also been designated as a County Wildlife Site. Commanding magnificent views across fields to the Atlantic Ocean beyond, each cottage offers a contemporary finish to a high standard. An emphasis is placed on space, with large open-plan living areas combined with spacious bedrooms. Careful thought has been given to ensure the comfort of guests with every modern convenience at their fingertips. Relax at home and marvel at the spectacular sunsets over the sea. Explore on foot with walks from the cottages out onto the famous South West Coastal Path, where stunning views, dramatic cliffs and quiet coves can be enjoyed. Walk to nearby Lee and go rock pooling. Just a 5-minute drive leads to the popular seaside village of Woolacombe offering one of Britain’s finest beaches with its 2 miles of sand dunes. The cottages are a 10-minute drive away from the harbour town of Ilfracombe, where there are supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, theatre and other amenities. Here guests can take a boat trip along the coastline, hire a fishing boat or sail to Lundy Island for the day. There are numerous other attractions, places to visit and activities within easy reach of the cottages offering plenty to do for all the family. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shops 3 miles, The Grampus Inn 1 mile.

Spacious open-plan living room with patio doors providing fantastic sea views and well-equipped kitchen area. Three double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite bathrooms with toilet. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • NB: 10 steps and pond in garden

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair on request (shared between the three properties)
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • No smoking

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£1209-£2879
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