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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
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"An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

Large living room with multi-fuel burner and beams. Large well-equipped kitchen with three steps down to spacious dining room with wood-burning stove, tiled floor and French doors to terrace. Large wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with wash basin; one with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • High chair
  • Six satellite TVs (two 42’’ plasma)
  • Two DVDs
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Two dishwashers
  • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Slopes in garden

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
  • Fridge/freezer (except DQM & DQL)
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

WAS
NOW
£1103-£2613
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
22
Bedrooms
11
Pets
2
The Grange Ref: HNNT

This imposing detached house, on the edge of the pretty coastal village of Mortehoe, lies in an elevated position in 2 acres of garden and has views across the cliff tops to the sea. Offering spacious living and a games room (in the sub-basement, accessed via a side door), it is ideal for large family or group gatherings. The property is set out over five separate apartments and, although unconventional, the layout functions well as one unit with ample bathrooms/shower rooms plus additional kitchen facilities if needed. Guests have plenty of space to ensure a relaxing holiday in this stunning part of the country or to celebrate a special occasion in style. The Grange is a short walk from the village with post office/newsagent, general store, delicatessen, restaurants (one renowned as one of the best fish restaurants in the south west), fish and chip shop, three pubs serving food, heritage centre and a church with a medieval history. Walk from the house on to the coastal path, local beaches and coves. Woolacombe beach, 1 mile, spans 2 miles; this impressive Blue Flag beach is ideal for surfing or walking through the sand dunes. Exmoor is a short drive with spectacular views. There are NT properties at Arlington and Knightshayes and the RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Great Torrington. Barnstaple, 12 miles, has theatre, cinema and leisure activities. Places of interest include the Museum of North Devon, Pannier Market, 14th-century St Anne’s Chapel and 18th-century Queen Anne’s Walk. Braunton is the gateway to North Devon’s surfing area. Plenty to do for all ages including many quality golf courses, Clovelly, lighthouse and quay at Hartland, the Big Sheep and Milky Way amusement parks, cycling on the Tarka Trail or crabbing at Appledore quay. Shops and pub 500 yards.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove. Sitting room. Large dining room with open fire. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with flagstone floor. Utility. Double bedroom with wash basin. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two separate toilets. Lower ground floor: Twin bedroom. First floor: Second sitting room with kitchenette. Four double bedrooms, two with 5ft beds, one with wash basin. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and six steps up to curtained twin bedroom (for +2). Bunk bedroom (for +2 children) with wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove, open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two cots
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Two DVDs
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio to front with sea views
  • 2-acre lawned rear garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • Games room, table tennis, table football
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Upward sloping garden

WAS
NOW
£1286-£3949
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Harriss Park Ref: HQV

Set amidst 250 acres of rolling Devonshire countryside, this magnificent barn conversion affords views which stretch for miles. Enjoying peace and quiet, Harriss Park is approached by a private driveway, offering a beautiful rural location to stay. It is furnished, fitted and equipped to a very high standard, rooms are spacious, light and airy with vaulted ceilings and pitch pine floors. There is a large south-facing garden with patio area and barbecue which enjoys far reaching views over open countryside. Set near to a cluster of similar, carefully restored conversions, it shares the use of a wide range of facilities, such as an indoor heated swimming pool with a separate shallow heated toddlers’ pool, table tennis, skittle alley, snooker room, gym area, and badminton and squash courts, purpose-built to a very high specification. In the grounds there is a 9-hole golf course, trampolines and tennis court. The owners’ dairy farm is close by, offering families a chance to visit the animals. Set deep in the heart of the South Hams, the holiday property is just a 20-minute drive from several sandy beaches. The Dartmoor National Park is to the North, offering visitors excellent walking terrain, whilst sailing and fishing are offered in Dartmouth (8 miles), to the south. Guests can also receive a 25% discount at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club which features an 18-hole championship golf course. Conveniently situated for the whole family, attractions within 10 miles include Woodland Fun Park, Dartington Glass and Cider Press, and the zoo and steam train at Paignton. There are also many interesting towns and villages nearby – Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Totnes, Torbay, Dittisham, Ashprington and Stoke Gabriel are all within driving distance. Shop, pub and restaurant in Moreleigh, 1 mile.

Ground floor: Two double bedrooms, each with TV and additional single bed (for +1), one with
5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet, and one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor and well-equipped, Shaker-style kitchen area. Master double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Vaulted ceilings throughout first floor.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towels for hire £4 per person per week
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Four TVs (Sky - sports/movie package)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden, patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (12.4m x 6.7m)
  • Shared games room with table tennis, snooker and pool table
  • Shared golf and hard tennis court
  • Shared squash and badminton courts
  • Friday to Friday

Note: Facilities shared with other holidaymakers at Higher Poulston Farm (50 yds)

WAS
NOW
£880-£2921
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Carlingford Ref: HOOP

Situated just 750m from the South West Coastal Path, this property offers lovely views of the sea and moor. The property is a spacious detached house which has been completely renovated to a very high standard, offering spacious accommodation. There is a lovely garden, ideal for al-fresco dining. It has its own orchard and a small woodland area. The well appointed living room commands views across the bay. Beautiful French wood-burning stoves are provided for those colder evenings, making this a very warm and cosy property. The house is situated in a wonderful location for a beach holiday, walking holiday or friends to get together. There is a ‘locals’ beach just 1 mile from the property, ideal for all ages. There are good pubs and highly recommended restaurants not too far from the property. There is an RSPB nature reserve at nearby Labrador Bay (½ mile). Shaldon, with its own zoo and sandy beach, is 2 miles from the property. Torquay has much to offer, including Kent’s Cavern and the Model Village. The Living Coasts have penguins wandering freely, or take a boat trip across to Brixham for a lovely day out. Further along the coast is Paignton with its world famous zoo, sandy beaches, water park and steam train to the historic naval town of Dartmouth. There are many NT properties to visit in the area, such as Agatha Christie’s Greenway home. Exeter with its cathedral is magnificent and well worth a visit, take in the shops or wander down to the canal and take a boat up to the pubs that cannot be reached by car, or for the more energetic, hire a bike and cycle the route instead. For children there is Crealy Adventure Park which is a great day out. For walkers who want to walk the Jurassic Coast, this is a great base as Sidmouth is just 28 miles away. Take in Seaton, Beer, Lyme Regis and Branscombe. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Large dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Modern kitchen with tiled floor. Three bedrooms, each with sea/moorland views; one double, two twin, one with French doors to garden. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one with TV and countryside views.

  • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD/iPod dock
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wooded area
  • Barbecue
  • Fire pit
  • Cycle store
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: 6 steps and sloping banks in garden

WAS
NOW
£964-£2978
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Atlantic House Ref: HMMX

Glorious uninterrupted sea views can be admired from this breathtaking location, one of Hartland’s most stunning spots. Atlantic House is a delightful, spacious, detached property, set amidst the owner’s 17th-century farm. Lovingly converted from a former barn, it retains plenty of character with beams, stone walls and feature floors and is presented to a very high standard. The superb living/dining room takes full advantage of the views, and the sunny patio is the ideal spot to relax in and watch the waves. The property also has a large courtyard garden, ideal for al fresco dining, and the raised decked area and hot tub add the finishing touches for a holiday to remember. The magnificent rugged English Heritage coastline of Hartland and beyond runs across the farm in an AONB, offering a perfect haven for walking and bird watching. Narrow lanes from the doorstep wind down to secluded sand and shingle beaches. Berry Beach is just a 5-minute walk. Children will love the pets corner on the farm and the large playing field. The famous sandy surfing beaches of Westward Ho! and Bude are an easy drive and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are close by. There are numerous NT properties in the area, as well as the RHS gardens at Rosemoor and Docton Mill. Clovelly, with its quaint cobbled streets and picturesque harbour is a must. The village of Hartland is just 3 miles and has a good selection of village shops and pubs, all serving local produce. The historic port of Bideford, with its lively market, as well as the Lundy Island ferry and array of shops and other amenities, is just 15 miles. Golf, fishing, sailing, surfing and horse riding available locally. Shops 3 miles, pub 2 miles.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and two steps up to dining room with patio doors, sea views, beams and wooden floor. Two steps up to spacious, well-equipped kitchen with electric range (for cooking), beams and slate floor. Separate toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two steps down to double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. One step down to double bedroom with four-poster bed, additional single day bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional 2ft 6in single bed (for +1 child). Bathroom with shower over spa bath and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Six TVs (one Freeview with surround sound)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Playstation
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed landscaped courtyard and lawned area, patio with decked area with hot tub and furniture
  • 2-acres of shared grounds with children’s playing field
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Mid-week cleaning at cost
  • No smoking
  • NB: 3 steps to decked area
  • Friday to
    Friday

WAS
NOW
£964-£3114
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Wayside House Ref: KAAL

This stunning, detached, contemporary farmhouse is set on its own in the heart of the Culm Valley with the most fantastic views across to the Blackdown Hills (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Wayside House is the perfect place for a short break, an extended holiday or celebration with family and friends. The holiday property provides bathrobes, has a large games room, fantastic outdoor play equipment and a covered, heated swimming pool with separate wet room and changing room - this property really is a fabulous holiday house, and a perfect rural get-away! Adjacent to the pool is a paved terrace with a gas barbecue, and overlooks acres of rolling pasture and farmland. Across the brick pavure parking area is the annexe suite, furnished with a double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet for an additional 2 guests.
The Virginia creeper-covered traditional red-brick and slate roof exterior hides a stunningly contemporary interior of glass doors, underfloor heating throughout, maple hardwood furniture, double-glazed oak-framed windows, halogen downlighters, light wells and all the trimmings in brushed stainless steel. From here there are views across the beautiful Culm Valley into the heart of the Blackdown Hills. There are electric gates and entry phone.
There is so much to see and do locally when visiting Wayside House. This peaceful group of hills which lies on the border of Devon and Somerset has survived almost unscathed by post-war development. To the north the land rises steeply in a dramatic wooded scarp, while to the south it forms a plateau, deeply dissected by valleys. On top of the plateau lie open windswept spaces, while in the valleys, picturesque chertstone, cob and thatched buildings cluster in villages and hamlets, surrounded by a patchwork of small enclosed fields, and accessed down narrow winding lanes with tall hedgerows. Local pubs serving superb food are nearby including a fantastic local shop and cafe in Culmstock village 1 mile away.
Set in a stunning rural location, Wayside House is the perfect sumptous getaway and guests can even take their horse (at an extra cost), as there is spacious comfortable American barn stabling with full livery (optional) just 5 minutes’ walk away. After a long day’s riding, there is the indoor heated swimming pool to relax in. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Large entrance hallway. Spacious living room with leather sofas, maple floor and spectacular views. Dining room with maple floor opening to well-equipped kitchen with electric range and walk-in larder. Utility. Conservatory/sitting-room with air conditioning and 40" TV. Games room with TV. Separate toilet. Open-tread, turning, feature glass and stainless steel staircase to first floor: Galleried landing. Double bedroom with 6ft bed, additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only), dressing room and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only). Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate annexe: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for alternative sleeping only), and en-suite wet room (no toilet).

  • Gas log-effect fire included
  • Electricity, gas, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair on request
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with furniture
  • Gas barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (in grounds), 32ft x 16ft 6in, depth 4ft - 4ft 9in
  • Games room with Wii, pool table and air hockey
  • Outdoor play equipment including table tennis, climbing frame and swing
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Patio ha-ha (6ft drop from terrace)

WAS
NOW
£1709-£4499
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Blue Hayes Ref: HKKH

This imposing Georgian house lies literally a stone’s throw from the beach. Situated in the pretty North Devon village of Instow this impressive house, one of a pair, has unrivalled westerly views out towards the Taw and Torridge Estuary and on towards Lundy Island. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets from the garden or the impressive sitting room. The house offers itself as either an ideal family holiday location or somewhere to celebrate a special occasion. The well appointed living areas are complemented with an enclosed courtyard off the kitchen. There is a self-contained area of living and dining areas, two bedrooms, shower room, toilet and kitchen on the lower ground floor of the house making it ideal for relatives or those requiring facilities on a level setting. Out to the front of the house is a lawned area with views over the beach and towards the historic village of Appledore on the far bank. Instow is a pretty village with two shops, eateries and pubs, and all within easy walking distance. The wonderful beach with its lovely sand dunes is ideal for all ages and has its own appeal at most times of year. The town of Bideford is a short journey away with a range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! (2 miles) has a long stretch of sand and good surf and there is an indoor swimming-pool at Northam (2 miles). The house is also ideally located to explore either Exmoor to the east and its surrounding attractions, or to the west there is the North Cornish/Devon coastline with its excellent walking and hidden treasures like Clovelly, Bucks Mill and Hartland Quay. The Big Sheep farm park, The Milky Way activity park, Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor are other places of interest to visit. The Tarka Cycle Trail and footpath can be accessed from the village, which will ensure there is something for everyone to enjoy. Shop 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

Spacious living room. Morning room with TV. Large well-equipped kitchen with dining area, tiled floor and double doors to courtyard. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Lower ground floor: Sitting room. Kitchen with dining area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Shower room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and sea views. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional single bed (alternative sleeping only). Double bedroom with 5ft bed and sea views. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with small Japanese-style bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Further bathroom with freestanding roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • High chair
  • Four Freeview TVs
  • DVDs
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with courtyard, terrace and furniture
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Secure cycle store

WAS
NOW
£3060-£3060
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Bottor Rock Lodge Ref: 30620


Situated on the edge of the owners’ working farm yet offering privacy, this detached holiday property is an ideal location for family gatherings, celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or for those who wish to escape and unwind on a holiday in a quiet part of Devon. Close to Dartmoor Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and within 24 acres of tranquil meadowland, the area is a wonderful spot for walking, bird watching or looking for local wildlife. The lodge has been decorated and finished to a very good standard, offering spacious accommodation. With an open fire in the living room, Bottor Rock Lodge is ideal for all year round holidays. With stunning views over the surrounding countryside, the property has its own private, outdoor, secluded seating area and is ideal for al fresco dining. Guests can enjoy the indoor games room with table football, small pool table, TV and darts. Just a few miles off the Devon Expressway, Bottor Rock Lodge is well situated for all attractions such as sandy beaches at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Sidmouth, as well as many tourist attractions. The area is a haven for birdwatchers, and walkers can enjoy many stunning walks. Pretty Bovey Tracey, one mile, with its numerous shops, pubs and cafes, is known as the ‘Gateway to Dartmoor’, which has one of the best known national parks, offers stunning scenery to ride, walk and fish in. There are a variety of golf clubs nearby. The locality offers a hugely varied range of walks, through woodland, along the coast or nearby on Dartmoor. Dartmoor has so much to offer from its heather-clad tors to dramatic landscapes, Dartmoor ponies, to quaint villages offering Devon cream teas. For a family day out take a trip to Crealy, or spend a day in Exeter, visit the magnificent cathedral, shops, take a look around the quay where there are little caves turned into shops, or walk the canal path and find the hidden pubs only reached by foot. Torquay offers boat trips from the harbour over to Brixham, or visit Living Coasts where penguins wander freely. Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway is a must for fans of crime novels. There are many National Trust properties all close by. Haldon is also close by offering fantastic cycle ways and Go Ape, perfect for the active visitor. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Games room. 1 twin bedroom. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 48" satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Electricity aga (winter only). Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Games room with table football, pool table and dartboard. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge, to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 6 steps and a drop in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£796-£1857
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
5
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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Grade 4 Star rating
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"Enjoy the ‘cream’ of Devon at one of the twelve cottages on the Ashcombe Estate..."

Situated in the heart of rolling Devon countryside, the privately owned Ashcombe country estate nestles in a peaceful valley close to the sandy beaches of Dawlish and Torquay. Enjoy walking on the estate’s hills and woodlands, swim in the heated indoor swimming pool, or relax in the sauna at Woodhouse Farm while children play in the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. The owners have made a great effort to ensure that the cottages are both comfortable and practical while the location could not be better for a wide range of Devon attractions.
It might be a family holiday or big reunion, a special celebration, a fun business get-together, a group trip, or a relaxing weekend to recharge your batteries; whatever the reason the facilities are designed to be perfect for winter and summer holidays and the secrets of the Ashcombe cottages’ appeal are presentation, comfort and convenience. The cottages are maintained to very high standards. All have leather sofas, flatscreen digital TVs and very comfortable mattresses - the owners consider a good night’s sleep the most important thing! The cottages either have Italian tiled floors or wooden floors, and some still retain many original features including oak beamed ceilings. The properties cater for almost any party size, sleeping from 4 to 28 people and are all rated either 4 or 5 stars. Ashcombe’s larger cottages provide great value for money for visitors sharing with their friends and families. For meals, an in-house chef can be booked to come and do the hard work. The heated indoor swimming pool is perfect for any rainy days and keep the children happy. Cider Barn sleeping 16 and Nut Tree Farm sleeping 28, which are both 5 star rated, also have outdoor swimming pools for the summer.
For those wishing to enjoy a more adrenaline-charged holiday, the brilliant Ashcombe outdoor activity centre (at extra cost) offers quad bike safaris, clay pigeon shooting, archery, paintballing and more and is located just under a mile down the lane and is available for those 14 years and over. At the end of the day the Ashcombe Village Club provides cheap beer and a cheerful atmosphere.
Both Dartmoor National Park and the historic city of Exeter are only 20 minutes’ drive away while the famous South Devon Coast, with wonderful sandy beaches, is barely 3 miles. Exeter and Newton Abbot Racecourses, several golf courses, loads of family theme parks, zoos, sailing and fishing are all within easy reach, not to mention the many excellent pubs and restaurants that Devon is famous for. The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and water sports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition.

Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive. Take a walk along the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and offers the walker stunning views, with a bird’s eye view of many coastal features. From the coast path you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, take in the wonderful towns of Beer, the ‘picture postcard’ fishing village, or Budleigh Salterton. This tranquil and historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a pebble beach beneath spectacular red cliffs, made famous by literary giants such as Noel Coward, P.G. Wodehouse and Anthony Trollope. Visit Seaton with its famous trams or Sidmouth which still has a unique charm and has captivated thousands of holidaymakers. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, clean beaches and friendly shops – it is all here in this lovely seaside town. All in all Ashcombe is an excellent base to explore, experience and enjoy ‘The Cream of Devon’. Main shops 3 miles.


Endeavour was once the main Woodhouse Farm house and features its own private garden and sauna. Part of the building overlooks Ashcombe Valley, the remainder overlooks the old farm’s courtyard, and the house is just across from the indoor swimming pool. Entrance into spacious open-plan living room with open fire. Large dining room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire. Well-equipped fitted oak kitchen with oil Aga, elec cooker and breakfast area. Utility with 5-person sauna. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Cloakroom/toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with additional single bed (for +1); one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further twin bedroom with en-suite shower room. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric ‘log-effect’ fire
  • Full NSH included
  • Fan heater
  • Towels for hire £4per person
  • Further cot
  • Oil Aga included
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small enclosed patio garden
  • Gas barbecue
  • Sauna

  • Electricity included
  • Bed linen included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Hair dryer
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared payphone (in foyer of heated swimming pool)
  • Garden furniture
  • Parking
  • No smoking

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES (at Woodhouse Farm)
* Indoor heated swimming pool with changing rooms (available all year) 10am–7pm.
* Pool table.
* Lounge with TV and broadband avail for early arrivals
* Small indoor children’s playroom
* Sauna
* Sun terrace with furniture (adjacent to pool).
* Enclosed orchard with seating.
* Enclosed children’s playground with swings and slides.
*Village club with licensed bar at Ashcombe, weekly events - 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm.
ASHCOMBE ADVENTURE CENTRE - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND
* Quad biking (woodland safaris)
* Clay pigeon shooting
* Paintball over streams and ravines
* Licensed bar and restaurant
* Conference rooms

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£964-£2974
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
The Old Mill Ref: 29088

Beach 200 yards

The Old Mill is ideal for a family seaside holiday or a relaxing escape at any time of year. Just a stones throw from the secluded sand and shingle beach it sits in the tiny cliff top hamlet of Bucks Mills, one of the most beautiful in north Devon, a secluded hidden gem with pretty whitewashed cottages dotted along a wooded valley at the end of a no through road. This delightful, spacious, detached holiday home is one of the last adjacent to the steep clifftop pathway which leads down to the glorious beach overlooking Lundy Island and the Atlantic Ocean. There is fishing, bird watching, riding, golf, surfing and sailing close by. The coastal path passes by the cottage and leads to the famous fishing village of Clovelly and the unspoilt beach at Peppercombe, or for the energetic, walk all the way to Westward Ho! A village store and post office is one mile away and nearby Bideford has restaurants and town amenities along with boat trips to Lundy Island, or hire a bike and explore the nearby Tarka Trail. RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Docton Mill and Hartland Quay are well worth a visit along with pretty fishing villages to explore including nearby Instow and Appledore. For family fun visit the Big Sheep and Milky Way Adventure Parks. Beach 200 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room with flagstone floor. 3 steps up to kitchen. Second living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Study. First floor: Two steps up to 5 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft) one with en-suite toilet, 2 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room (no toilet).

Woodburner in living room and second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview HD TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Range with gas hob and electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with siltting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£616-£1847
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
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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