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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
8
Bedrooms
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Pets
2
Harvesters Ref: E2209

The pretty stone cottages at Northway are set in 5 acres of grounds within half a mile of the dramatic coastal footpath above Peppercombe’s National Trust shingle beach and within 5 miles of the glorious sandy beach at Westward Ho! Most of the cottages open off a delightful flower filled courtyard, whilst some look out towards the sea. All of the cottages are well furnished and equipped and some have their own garden. Visitors enjoy use of a superb leisure complex housing an indoor heated swimming pool and spa with full changing and shower facilities (open 9:00am-7:30pm), a fitness area and games room with table football (coin-operated), pool table, table tennis and toddlers play area. For children, there is a well-equipped adventure play area and an area for ball games, and they will surely enjoy stroking the tame rabbits and goats. Christmas decorations, a real tree and champagne are supplied for Christmas bookings. This is a wonderful walking area, both on the coast and along the nearby Tarka Trail. From the lane, a rough track (not suitable for toddlers or the infirm) leads down to the coastal path from where there are magnificent views across Bideford Bay towards Clovelly and the beaches of Devon’s northern coastline. There is plenty to see and do nearby – The Big Sheep and Milky Way, the new Atlantic Village, and the picture postcard village of Clovelly (6 miles) are just some of the attractions. Bude’s superb sandy beach and resort amenities are within a half hour drive. Golf, fishing and riding are available locally and the Tamar Lakes offer sailing and wind surfing. Nearest pub serving food in Horns Cross, 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed and patio door. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft four poster) with vaulted ceiling, beams and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet (also accessed from landing),
1 single, 1 twin with additional single. .

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). NSH inc. Elec and panel heaters by meter reading. Additional cot. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture.

All properties: Bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Wi-fi. BBQ. Parking. Shared games room with pool table, table tennis and coin operated table football. Swimming pool, fitness area, children’s play area and 5 acres of grounds. Welcome pack.

WAS
NOW
£520-£1318
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)

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£420-£1267
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0

Devoncourt combines the freedom of self catering with the best of hotel life, daily maid service, excellent leisure, restaurant and bar facilities, comfortably furnished rooms with a well equipped kitchenette for home cooking and tea and coffee facilities replenished daily. It stands in 4 acres of mature sub-tropical gardens in prime position overlooking sea and sand, 500 yards away. Devoncourt Suite (ref 14901) is located in an annexe to the side of the main hotel with the entrance to the first floor accommodation via a doorway from the main car park. Properties 28726 and 28728 enjoy sea views. Residents have unlimited use of the sauna and steam room, indoor pool heated to 89 deg F all year, with trimnasium and an outdoor heated pool (no towels provided) as well as an all weather tennis court, putting, croquet and a golf driving range (deposit required for any equipment, avail 1st May to 30th Sep, 7am-9pm). Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult in pools. A small charge is made for use of the solarium and snooker room. Adding to the fun are quiz nights, keep fit, massage therapy, and regular entertainment in the Sun Lounge. Exmouth, Devon’s oldest seaside resort, has a busy little harbour to the west and high red cliffs with coastal paths to the east. Close by there are afternoon river cruises on the Exe Estuary with views of Starcross, Powderham Castle, Topsham, Lympstone and the wildlife of Exe Estuary or a visit to ‘World of Country Life’. Devoncourt has a special arrangement with Sidmouth’s 18 hole golf course. Shop, ½ mile, pub and restaurant on site.

Stairs or lift to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and double bedroom area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Balcony with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry with coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. 4-acre shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Heated indoor swimming pool (10.5m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2m) and outdoor swimming pool (11m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2m), open May-September. Far-infrared sauna. Steam room. Trimnasium. Croquet. Tennis court. No smoking.

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NOW
£231-£846
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.

WAS
NOW
£313-£1129
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
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.

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.
Willow is a first floor apartment: Open-tread stairs to living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas and electric heaters included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Gas cooker. Balcony.

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.


WAS
NOW
£219-£556
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"Enjoy being pampered at these cottages, which nestle amidst glorious countryside..."

These four cottages (refs KAAG, KAAH, KAAJ and KAAK) were originally the milking parlour and the stables for the main farmhouse, and they are thought to date from the 16th century. All the properties are Grade II listed and the farmhouse is thought to be one of the oldest properties in Hartland Parish.

At Long Furlong Cottages and Spa, guests can swim, either in the indoor swimming pool or the swim spa, relax in the sauna, enjoy a well-deserved massage or spoil themselves with treatments in the spa. These award-winning coastal holiday cottages and spa sit peacefully on the Hartland Peninsula within North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Coastal Preservation Belt, nestling within glorious countryside close to the South West Coastal Path. Relax and watch the magical sunsets or gaze at the stars in an unpolluted night sky.
From the high level decking, enjoy the rolling countryside with views towards Hartland Point and the sea beyond. There is also an indoor and outdoor play area for children, and a spacious oak-framed and glass recreation room with large screen TV, complete with cinema sound systems and full satellite package.
There are a variety of beaches, from small, intimate coves to larger sandy beaches, within a short drive to suit all tastes. Hartland Quay, Sandymouth, Instow and Westward Ho! are just some of the beaches within easy reach. This is the 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, Cheristow Lavender and the world-famous Clovelly Village are all close by, and Hartland Abbey and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit.
There are 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. With several award-winning pubs and restaurants nearby, where visitors can enjoy delicious lunches or evening meals, this holiday choice really does have something for everyone. Beach 2 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Beamed living/dining room with electric woodburner and French doors to decking. Well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with cast iron bed. Twin bedroom. Fully tiled bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Fully tiled shower room with toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Decking with small sitting-out area
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared 3-acre landscaped grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor swimming pool (30ft x 17ft, depth 3ft) with Roman steps, changing and shower facilities, open all year
  • Shared hot tub
  • Children’s shared play area
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (at Long Furlong Cottages and Spa)
* Spa facilities on-site including swimming pool, infra-red sauna, Jacuzzi, treatment rooms
* Outdoor swim/spa (comprising a swim jet with adjustable current) available May to Sep.
* Spa days and treatments available by prior arr.
* Recreation lounge with 50" TV and cinema surround sound (full package).
* Children’s play area.
* Deliveries from major supermarkets

WAS
NOW
£542-£1481
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"Colourful gardens amidst acres of farmland – just a mile from South Devon’s golden sands . . ."

Just a mile inland from the beach and sea at Man Sands, these five cottages enjoy a gloriously secluded rural situation on a 47-acre working farm, yet are convenient for the delights of picturesque Kingswear (1½ miles) and historic Dartmouth. Imaginatively formed within a charming group of barns, they are set in superb landscaped shared gardens. An indoor heated swimming pool and a sauna have been created in a separate building, and a further barn offers facilities for table tennis, pool table, ‘fun’ netball and badminton. A spacious play area within a walled garden is equipped with swings, a sand pit, adventure playground, large outdoor trampoline (with safety netting), a large lawned area with raised decking, complete with garden furniture and views over the surrounding countryside; and here there is also an indoor playroom with ball pool, climbing frame and a range of children’s ride-on tractors and cars for outdoor use. The gardens are a riot of colour, with flower beds, tubs, hanging baskets and an intriguing network of brick paths, courtyards and paved terraces. Further afield the estate includes a well-stocked one-acre fishing lake (rods not supplied). Children are welcome to help feed the animals; and there are goats, ponies, kune kune pigs, sheep, lambs, rabbits and guinea pigs to make friends with. The taste of rural life at Nethway continues with walks through the fields.
The cottages themselves have been meticulously converted, with careful use of traditional stone and slate. All are tastefully furnished and decorated throughout, and comprehensively equipped. All of the properties have their own patios with furniture (Hyssop and Lovage Cottages have their own lawned garden), and all enjoy shared use of a separate barbecue area. They are ideal for holidays at any time of the year – all properties are cosily heated throughout and this region is especially beautiful in the quieter off-season months. For Christmas and New Year holidays, each cottage has a festively decorated Christmas tree and the roaring log fires in all living rooms are ideal for the Autumn and Winter months. This peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is renowned for its coastline, which offers coastal walks and a choice of footpaths leading to secluded beaches. The village of Kingswear itself is set on the Dart estuary opposite Dartmouth – which can be reached via ferry. Here you will find a wealth of things to do, including the Kingswear–Paignton steam railway, Paignton Zoo and Woodlands Leisure Park, to name but a few, and many Blue Flag beaches and hidden coves are within easy reach. Coleton Fishacre (NT) is 1 mile away. Torquay, Brixham and Paignton offer an array of seaside attractions and are within easy driving distance. Dittisham and Totnes make excellent river excursions from Dartmouth, and Dartmoor is only 45 minutes drive. Golf, sailing and riding can all be enjoyed locally and the nearby coastline boasts a choice of surfing beaches. Shops 1½ miles.

Living room with dining area and wood-burning stove. Modern fitted kitchen. Single bedroom. First floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Shared enclosed patio and small lawned area

  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Electricity rads (£35per week, £20 per short break October-April)
  • Radiant fire
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair by arrangement
  • Satellite TV (Freeview)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi broadband
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared landscaped gardens and farmland grounds
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (30ft x 12ft x 4ft), open 24 hours a day, all year round, except Saturday mornings
  • Sauna (coin-operated)
  • Games room with table tennis, pool table, ‘fun’ netball and badminton
  • One-acre coarse fishing lake (rods not supplied)
  • Children’s play area and playroom
  • Free-range eggs available from neighbouring farm
  • Grocery and daily paper delivery by arrangement
  • Natural spring water supply

WAS
NOW
£449-£1479
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3

"Colourful gardens amidst acres of farmland – just a mile from South Devon’s golden sands . . ."

Just a mile inland from the beach and sea at Man Sands, these five cottages enjoy a gloriously secluded rural situation on a 47-acre working farm, yet are convenient for the delights of picturesque Kingswear (1½ miles) and historic Dartmouth. Imaginatively formed within a charming group of barns, they are set in superb landscaped shared gardens. An indoor heated swimming pool and a sauna have been created in a separate building, and a further barn offers facilities for table tennis, pool table, ‘fun’ netball and badminton. A spacious play area within a walled garden is equipped with swings, a sand pit, adventure playground, large outdoor trampoline (with safety netting), a large lawned area with raised decking, complete with garden furniture and views over the surrounding countryside; and here there is also an indoor playroom with ball pool, climbing frame and a range of children’s ride-on tractors and cars for outdoor use. The gardens are a riot of colour, with flower beds, tubs, hanging baskets and an intriguing network of brick paths, courtyards and paved terraces. Further afield the estate includes a well-stocked one-acre fishing lake (rods not supplied). Children are welcome to help feed the animals; and there are goats, ponies, kune kune pigs, sheep, lambs, rabbits and guinea pigs to make friends with. The taste of rural life at Nethway continues with walks through the fields.
The cottages themselves have been meticulously converted, with careful use of traditional stone and slate. All are tastefully furnished and decorated throughout, and comprehensively equipped. All of the properties have their own patios with furniture (Hyssop and Lovage Cottages have their own lawned garden), and all enjoy shared use of a separate barbecue area. They are ideal for holidays at any time of the year – all properties are cosily heated throughout and this region is especially beautiful in the quieter off-season months. For Christmas and New Year holidays, each cottage has a festively decorated Christmas tree and the roaring log fires in all living rooms are ideal for the Autumn and Winter months. This peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is renowned for its coastline, which offers coastal walks and a choice of footpaths leading to secluded beaches. The village of Kingswear itself is set on the Dart estuary opposite Dartmouth – which can be reached via ferry. Here you will find a wealth of things to do, including the Kingswear–Paignton steam railway, Paignton Zoo and Woodlands Leisure Park, to name but a few, and many Blue Flag beaches and hidden coves are within easy reach. Coleton Fishacre (NT) is 1 mile away. Torquay, Brixham and Paignton offer an array of seaside attractions and are within easy driving distance. Dittisham and Totnes make excellent river excursions from Dartmouth, and Dartmoor is only 45 minutes drive. Golf, sailing and riding can all be enjoyed locally and the nearby coastline boasts a choice of surfing beaches. Shops 1½ miles.

Farmhouse kitchen with dining area. Steps to living room with wood-burning stove and doors to patio and garden. Cloakroom and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms; one double and one twin with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Private enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture

  • Wood-burning stove - logs included
  • Electricity rads (£35per week, £20 per short break October-April)
  • Radiant fire
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair by arrangement
  • Satellite TV (Freeview)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi broadband
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared landscaped gardens and farmland grounds
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (30ft x 12ft x 4ft), open 24 hours a day, all year round, except Saturday mornings
  • Sauna (coin-operated)
  • Games room with table tennis, pool table, ‘fun’ netball and badminton
  • One-acre coarse fishing lake (rods not supplied)
  • Children’s play area and playroom
  • Free-range eggs available from neighbouring farm
  • Grocery and daily paper delivery by arrangement
  • Natural spring water supply

WAS
NOW
£504-£1265
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Devoncourt Suite Ref: 14901

Devoncourt combines the freedom of self catering with the best of hotel life, daily maid service, excellent leisure, restaurant and bar facilities, comfortably furnished rooms with a well equipped kitchenette for home cooking and tea and coffee facilities replenished daily. It stands in 4 acres of mature sub-tropical gardens in prime position overlooking sea and sand, 500 yards away. Devoncourt Suite (ref 14901) is located in an annexe to the side of the main hotel with the entrance to the first floor accommodation via a doorway from the main car park. Properties 28726 and 28728 enjoy sea views. Residents have unlimited use of the sauna and steam room, indoor pool heated to 89 deg F all year, with trimnasium and an outdoor heated pool (no towels provided) as well as an all weather tennis court, putting, croquet and a golf driving range (deposit required for any equipment, avail 1st May to 30th Sep, 7am-9pm). Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult in pools. A small charge is made for use of the solarium and snooker room. Adding to the fun are quiz nights, keep fit, massage therapy, and regular entertainment in the Sun Lounge. Exmouth, Devon’s oldest seaside resort, has a busy little harbour to the west and high red cliffs with coastal paths to the east. Close by there are afternoon river cruises on the Exe Estuary with views of Starcross, Powderham Castle, Topsham, Lympstone and the wildlife of Exe Estuary or a visit to ‘World of Country Life’. Devoncourt has a special arrangement with Sidmouth’s 18 hole golf course. Shop, ½ mile, pub and restaurant on site.

All on first floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Central heating and gas included. Gas hob. Electric oven. Ample parking.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry with coin-operated washing machines and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. 4-acre shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Heated indoor swimming pool (10.5m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2m) and outdoor swimming pool (11m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2m), open May-September. Far-infrared sauna. Steam room. Trimnasium. Croquet. Tennis court. No smoking.

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£514-£1317
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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.
Foxglove is a ground floor apartment: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with French doors, 1 twin, sharing en-suite Jack and Jill bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating and gas included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Gas cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture.

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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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 floor.) West-facing, overlooking the harbour. Living/dining room. Kitchen in tower. Double bedroom with brass half-tester bed. Twin bedroom. 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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£420-£1267
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Copperfield Ref: HOOG

This impressive, detached late Victorian merchant’s house enjoys a delightful outlook across the River Torridge to the pretty port town of Bideford with its pastel-coloured houses alongside a tree-lined quay. The house has been completely refurbished in a light and airy contemporary style whilst retaining much of its original charm and character. Equipped to a very high standard and arranged over three floors, there is plenty of space for family and friends to gather, but also to escape to a quiet corner. Pretty gardens surround the holiday property and offer plenty of space for al fresco dining, summer barbecues and for the children to let off steam. The panoramic views from the living areas and many of the bedrooms are breathtaking, and with a fenced 18ft 6in outdoor heated swimming pool, terrace, hot tub and sheer indulgence of the cinema room with 50in plasma TV, HD projector and 84in screen, surround sound, Xbox 360, Wii and PS3, together with Cat 5 wired network, it will be hard to leave this unique property.
On the doorstep there is plenty to see and do with the famous Tarka Trail 2 minutes’ walk away for walking or cycling. Alternatively, meander around the many delightful shops, pubs and restaurants that Bideford has to offer, with its regular pannier and waterfront markets, all within a 10-minute stroll of the property.
Visitors can take a boat trip to the nature reserve at Lundy Island or explore many pretty fishing villages including nearby Clovelly and Appledore. Instow is just 2 miles away and is a pretty, unspoilt seaside village with large stretches of sandy beaches and dunes, fishermen’s cottages, shops and a good selection of pubs and restaurants specialising in locally caught seafood. The wide, golden sandy beach of Westward Ho!, popular with surfers, is just 3 miles away with Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe a short drive across the Taw Estuary.
There are numerous NT properties in the area including Arlington and Hartland Abbey, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Hartland Quay and Lighthouse are well worth a visit and for family fun, the Big Sheep and the Milky Way Adventure Parks are close by. Golf, riding, fishing, surfing, mountain boarding, karting and high ropes are available locally and the wild beauty of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin moors are all within easy driving distance, as is the famous Eden Project. With so much to discover in this lovely part of North Devon, this is the perfect holiday choice. Shops ¼ mile, pubs 300 yards.

Large porch. Large living room with open fire, window seat and river view to Bideford. Double door to spacious well-equipped kitchen with quartz worktops, TV and central island, open-plan with large dining room with window seat and river view, double doors to terrace and river views to Bideford. Utility/laundry room. Cinema room with TV. Oak floors throughout ground floor, except cinema room. First floor: Two large double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and river view; one with en-suite bathroom with TV, Jacuzzi bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Further small double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for alternative sleeping only). Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Large double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with TV, modern roll-top bath, twin basins, walk-in shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with river views to Bideford, modern roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Open fire - initial logs included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas (partial underfloor) central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Eleven TVs (satellite and Freeview)
  • Five DVDs
  • HD projector, screen and surround sound
  • X-box 360
  • Wii
  • PS3
  • 6-ring hob and double oven
  • Microwave
  • Two washing machines
  • Two tumble dryers
  • Two dishwashers
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Computer with wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking on drive (for 4 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Outdoor, above-ground swimming pool (18ft 6in x 11ft, depth 4ft), heated May-September
  • Hot tub
  • No smoking
  • Friday to
    Friday

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£1454-£4376
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