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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
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Pets
2
Shelly House Ref: 27354

Situated just a ¼ mile from Exmouth sandy beach, Shelly House is the perfect base for a family holiday. The semi-detached property is very spacious and has undergone a complete transformation, but still retains many original features including stained glass windows and fabulous fireplaces, and there are also fantastic views of the estuary and glorious sunsets. Whilst the main attraction is the two miles of family friendly beach, ideal for swimming, sandcastles or exploring the rock pools, there is also the amazing Exe Estuary, home to numerous amounts of wildlife and a real favourite for birdwatchers, as featured on the BBC Autumn Watch 2010. Exmouth is the home of watersports with great conditions for sailing, diving, kite surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and much more. This is the gateway to the UNESCO Jurassic Coast that can be viewed either by walking along the breath-taking coastal path or by a pleasant boat trip along the shoreline. There is a cycle path that takes you all the way along the seafront, and up the beautiful Exe Estuary to the picture-postcard village of Lympstone and beyond to Exeter. For cyclists and walkers who fancy a more vigorous route, follow the cycle path towards Budleigh Salterton then head onto Woodbury Common for an off-road adventure exploring the fantastic Devon countryside. Take a ferry over to Starcross and a stroll to Powderham Castle. There are many NT properties all waiting to be explored. Bus, train and leisure centre within 250 yards. Town centre with shops, pubs and restaurants within 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom/study. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

Electric flame-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden and furniture. Barbecue. Car park 100 yards. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking, Couples and family bookings only.

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NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Just 4 miles from the coast
Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
Close to beaches and many local attractions
Indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub
Sauna
Gym
Games room and separate snooker room (at cost) with full sized table
9 hole pitch and putt
One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
Bar and restaurant (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Outside there is a 1½-acre, well-stocked fishing lake, with carp weighing as much as 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! has a long stretch of sand and good surf. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and it is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. The popular Cornish resort of Bude has fantastic beaches renowned for excellent surfing whilst the vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding and surfing are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

Family Apartments
Situated in the grounds, but close to the facilities, these apartments command magnificent views over the North Devon countryside, accommodating between 3 and 6 people in 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. First floor apartments have small balconies and external staircases. The spacious 3 bedroom apartments have two bathrooms and private patios. Short or long breaks available on all apartments.
Honeysuckle is a ground floor apartment: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Gas and electric heaters included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed patio and furniture. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in small room in main building). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool, open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Games room with pool table, children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

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£313-£1129
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Just 4 miles from the coast
Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
Close to beaches and many local attractions
Indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub
Sauna
Gym
Games room and separate snooker room (at cost) with full sized table
9 hole pitch and putt
One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
Bar and restaurant (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Outside there is a 1½-acre, well-stocked fishing lake, with carp weighing as much as 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! has a long stretch of sand and good surf. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and it is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. The popular Cornish resort of Bude has fantastic beaches renowned for excellent surfing whilst the vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding and surfing are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

Part of the original Farmhouse
Lavender Cottage is a two-storey cottage and is part of the original farmhouse which is attached to the main complex. It is situated away from the other holiday apartments and has its own sitting-out area with furniture and two private parking spaces.
Lavender is a two-storey cottage: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet

Gas central heating included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in small room in main building). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool, open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Games room with pool table, children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

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£281-£825
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Breakwater View Ref: W42239

Spectacular sea views

This semi-detached chalet style holiday bungalow looks directly across the bay with views to Kingsand, Cawsand and Plymouth Sound. Bovisand is a very popular beach for young families. There are 3 beaches within walking distance. The coastal path runs directly along the seafront, and you can walk from here to Mountbatten, or towards Wembury along rugged coastline. Many different types of water sports are popular in the area. The little beach shop onsite offers a good selection of goods and there is also a small café. Shop and café 50 yards, pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and laminate floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture to front. Enclosed courtyard to rear. Car park (1 car, £20per week April/Easter-September). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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NOW
£257-£698
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Braganza Ref: HRRF

Situated on the picturesque South Devon Coast, Torquay is one of three beautiful towns forming the sheltered Tor Bay and is renowned for the warm climate and clear bathing waters. The local beaches form a golden arc around the bay with shingle coves scattered nearby. Braganza has a sweeping gated drive which leads past the Mediterranean style garden to this exquisite Grade II listed Georgian villa set above Torquay’s harbour side and yacht marina. This fine house is attached to the owner’s apartment and takes full advantage of its southerly facing position with sea views into Torbay. The property has been renovated, to restore this gracious residence back to the grandeur of its period, which is around 1823. Once owned by Rear Admiral Sir Charles Dashwood and Lady Elizabeth (13th in line to the throne) this very impressive house is very spacious and has sea views from most rooms. There is a games room with a bar area and a hot tub with beach and spa towels included. This is the perfect house for a large family to holiday together or a celebration, not just for a summer holiday but for celebrating special occasions throughout the year. Enjoy surfing, swimming, diving, sailing, angling and wonderful opportunities to study the natural wildlife. Stunning views can be seen almost everywhere across Torbay, out over the English Channel, along the 40 miles of Lyme Bay to Portland Bill or inland towards the Ten Tors Dartmoor. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth, a few miles away. Dartmouth and Paignton also have wonderful things to do. Visit Agatha Christie’s summer house, or take ride on the steam train. There are many NT properties to see in the area as well. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

Reception hall with wood-burning stove. Large living room with French doors. Spacious dining room with French doors. Well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area, Aga, electric hob and tiled floor. Separate toilet. Turned sweeping staircase to first floor: Three double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle, bidet and toilet, two with four poster bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with additional pull-out bed (for +1). Twin bedroom with TV, additional pull-out bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Aga (double electricity hob)
  • Combi microwave/oven/ grill
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband connection
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Access to external games room with snooker table, dartboard, bar, kitchen and shower room
  • Cycle storage by arrangement
  • Private hot tub
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Ponds in grounds

WAS
NOW
£1194-£3168
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

In a quiet location, with a peaceful and secluded lawned garden, this self-contained wing (right of photograph) of a charming 16th-century thatched house, is conveniently located opposite Teignmouth, handy for the Torbay area and Dartmoor. It is close to the River Teign and a short walk to delightful estuary village with excellent shops, good inns and restaurant, clean sandy beaches. Railway Station 2 miles, good bus service. Shop ¾ mile, pub ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 step to 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas fire in living room, electricity fires in both bedrooms and electricity included. Bed linen hire. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Microwave. Washing machine (in garage). Fridge/freezer. Large, private lawned garden and chairs. Parking (2 cars). NB: There are steps in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£235-£670
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"Glorious sea views from this tranquil retreat on the breathtaking North Devon coast. Downe Holiday Cottages are set in a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Hartland Peninsula."

These eight individual holiday cottages (refs HTTW, HTTX, HTTY, HTTZ, KAAA, KAAB, KAAC and KAAD) have been lovingly converted and sit around a pretty courtyard beside the owners’ home, Downe House, a listed farmhouse dating back to the 15th century in the midst of rolling farmland that slopes gently to the coast. All the properties are spacious, have en-suite bathrooms and many have sea views north to Lundy Island and west over the Atlantic. Guests are free to use the 7 acres of land, including a 2-acre meadow and play area which is ideal for children to let off steam.
The perfect setting for walking holidays, cycling holidays, romantic or family breaks, this relaxing holiday retreat is just 1 mile from the South West Coastal Path, as well as many sandy beaches and hidden coves. To the south west lies Hartland Abbey and to the north west lies Blegberry, a fortified farm dating from the 1600s. In the distance, the stone tower of St Nectan’s Church rises above the picturesque village of Stoke.
The sea, Berry Cove and the South West Coastal Path are a mile’s walk away along a quiet, single-track road and a small footpath. The unspoilt village of Hartland is a mile away, either by road or by footpaths that take you along the side of a small river through the picturesque vale. The historic village of Clovelly is six miles away.
This is a perfect spot at any time of year, with fishing, golf, horse riding, surfing, sailing and walking all available in this stunning area. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit, along with many pretty fishing villages to explore, including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a must. Beach 1½ miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

A two-storey, semi-detached barn conversion. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, slate floor and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with slate floor and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, well-equipped kitchen area, French windows and views of the sea and Lundy Island.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Garage (for 2 cars)
  • Single folding bed (for +1 child) by arrangement
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi (in on-site wi-fi room)
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Shared
    7-acre grounds with courtyard, 2-acre meadow and furniture
  • Shared children’s play area
  • Shared cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Pond in grounds

WAS
NOW
£410-£1235
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This converted cottage offers a peaceful and relaxing holiday base. Set on a hill commanding splendid views across Watermouth Bay and the imposing coastline of North Devon, it is surrounded by fields on a 100-acre farm where cattle and llamas graze. Nineteenth-century Watermouth Castle nestles below the farm. The harbour and the South West Coastal footpath are only 10 minutes’ walk away. There are many local attractions, including the village of Berrynarbor (1½ miles) – a taste of unchanged Devon with its 13th-century church and pub. Ilfracombe (2½ miles) offers the famous Landmark Theatre, picturesque harbour, quayside shops and restaurants, deep sea fishing and pleasure boats. Golf course 1 mile.

The former holiday home of the actor Terry Thomas, this is a comfortable and intriguing property adjacent to the farmhouse. Entrance into modern fitted kitchen. Sitting-room/dining area. Lobby with wash basin and toilet. Spanish-tiled staircase to first floor: Spacious double bedroom with a 7ft newel posted bed and French windows to balcony, with magnificent views over coastline and Hangman Hills. Adjoining bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full biomass central heating included
  • Small garden with patio furniture
  • NB: Pond 20 yards

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Electricity blankets
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Parking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£242-£771
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

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
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, these five very comfortably furnished holiday properties all have separate entrances and enjoy the use of an acre of attractively landscaped gardens with extensive sea views. They are ideally situated for the coastal path, yet still enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting for abundant local wildlife. Primrose (a ground floor apartment), Bluebell (set on the first floor) and Foxglove (on the second floor with a roof terrace giving spectacular sea views) are situated in a purpose-built extension to the owner’s Victorian residence, whilst Poppy (a first floor apartment) is part of the original house. Lavender (set on the first floor above the owner’s accommodation) is accessed through the main reception. The ‘English Riviera’ is famous for its mild climate and is ideal for year-round breaks. Torquay, with its many amenities is only 4 miles away. These are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends’ reunions and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing and angling. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place in which 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. Oddicombe Beach is also close by, and discover the shopping area of St Marychurch, a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the harbour area. 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 a pub. Nearby, visit the Babbacombe Model Village. Exeter and Plymouth are within an easy drive. There are many NT properties, including Agatha Christie’s summer house in Galmpton. Golf and walking locally. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, these six very comfortably furnished holiday properties (refs 28862, 28863, 28864, 28865, 28866 and 28867) all have separate entrances and enjoy the use of an acre of attractively landscaped gardens with extensive sea views. They are ideally situated for the coastal path, yet still enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting for abundant local wildlife. Primrose (a ground floor apartment), Bluebell (set on the first floor) and Foxglove (on the second floor with a roof terrace giving spectacular sea views) are situated in a purpose-built extension to the owner’s Victorian residence, whilst Poppy (a first floor apartment) is part of the original house. The ‘English Riviera’ is famous for its mild climate and is ideal for year-round breaks. Torquay, with its many amenities is only 4 miles away. These are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends’ reunions and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing and angling. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place in which 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. Oddicombe Beach is also close by, and discover the shopping area of St Marychurch, a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the harbour area. 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 a pub. Nearby, visit the Babbacombe Model Village. Exeter and Plymouth are within an easy drive. There are many NT properties, including Agatha Christie’s summer house in Galmpton. Golf and walking locally. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating included. Three digital TVs. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared 1-acre garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. NB: 10 steps and sloping banks in shared garden.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Topsail Ref: HBT

With its living room on the first floor to take advantage of creek and river views, and a pretty garden from which to watch yachts dance on the tidal waters , this modern house stands in a pretty riverside village flanked by National Trust woodland. At the local inn, tasty crab sandwiches and local beer can be enjoyed. Rowing boats can be hired to explore the river banks. Sandy beach at Mothecombe (4 miles). Good coastal walking. Dartmoor within 10 miles. Plymouth, 7 miles. Shops 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Utility with toilet. First floor: Door to garden. Large open-plan living/dining room with open fire and fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and gas central heating by meter reading
  • Bed linen included
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden with furniture
  • Garage/parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£330-£885
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
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.

(First and second floor.) South-facing, overlooking south court to wooded hills. Living/dining room. Small kitchen. Double bedroom with mahogany half-tester bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Upstairs to second floor: Two twin bedrooms, all four-posters. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • 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)

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