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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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Ilsham Cottage Ref: HEEN

Set on the English Riviera, this quintessential English cottage nestles in Torquay’s exclusive Wellswood village. Situated in an AONB and a SSSI, it lies a virtual stone’s throw from the renowned Kent’s Caverns, one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe and Ice Age home of Britain’s earliest humans. Follow in the footsteps of England’s finest men and women - Agatha Christie, I.K. Brunel and Charles Darwin to name but a few - who took inspiration from the area, which is now a gateway site to the world’s first urban global geopark and just a few minutes’ walk to the Marine Conservation Recommended and Blue Flag beaches at Anstey’s Cove and Meadfoot, with stunning woodland and magnificent coastal paths along South Devon’s beautiful bay. Built using the local limestone, this 150-year-old cottage was once part of Lord Haldon’s estate and still retains much of its Victorian charm and character after being lovingly restored. Arranged over three levels, it has Victorian maple and pine floors, and cast-iron radiators throughout, complemented by an eclectic mix of quality furniture, soft furnishings and antiques, and has a 42in plasma TV in the living room. It is set in a very pretty, magical garden with abundant plant and bird life. A summer/play house and barbecue areas are provided. The village itself has a cosmopolitan feel, with a range of eateries to tempt every palate, a patisserie, a delicatessen, a convenience store plus an excellent choice of small shops. There are also beauty salons, a traditional English pub, a children’s play area on the green and, of course, the hotel featured in Fawlty Towers. The English Riviera has many attractions and several NT/English Heritage properties are easily accessible. Dartmouth, Totnes, Dartmoor National Park and Exeter are within easy reach. Beach/sea fishing, 600 yards, Torquay harbour/town and Babbacombe/Downs, 1 mile. Shops and pub 100 yards.

Living room with Minster stone fireplace. Dining room with enamel wood-burning stove and French doors to garden. Compact, well-equipped kitchen with granite and marble worktops, and exposed stone wall. Original conservatory with sitting area. First floor: Double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and wash basin. Double bedroom with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail. Second floor: Two bedrooms, each with low sloping ceilings, exposed beams and Velux windows; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet and one twin with TV and views to village.

  • Wood-burning stove
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone
  • Enclosed garden with patios and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Children’s summer/play house
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small pond

WAS
NOW
£811-£1786
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

"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.


The Cider Barn is accessed via a long, steep, winding, uphill drive through the original apple orchard. The building and garden both overlook the scenic Ashcombe Valley and all the way to the south Devon coast. The property benefits from total privacy and is ideal for groups and extended families, and has its own exclusive use of a heated outdoor swimming pool. Tucked away at the bottom of the drive lies Apple Tree Cottage (ref HKH) which can provide accommodation for an extra 6 guests. 1 mile from Woodhouse Farm. Spacious reception room with wood-burning stove and oak floor, leading to large, well-appointed dining room (with games cabinet) seating 16 at single oak table, with rear entrance lobby at one end and well-equipped kitchen with two ovens and hobs and Italian-tiled floor at the other. Utility/boot room. Also leading from reception room, double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet, double bedroom with en-suite toilet, and twin bedroom. Adjacent wet/bathroom and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Three twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. All with oak doors.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Full central heating included
  • Towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with superb views
  • Enclosed patio
  • Gas barbecue
  • Private outdoor heated swimming pool (16ft 6in x 8ft 6in) open April-October

  • 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

WAS
NOW
£1467-£3674
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Torns Park Ref: E3013

Furnished in period style, this detached country house boasts the spacious elegance of a bygone era as well as superb views towards Buckfast Abbey from its elevated position within Dartmoor National Park. Ashburton (1 mile) offers interesting shops, restaurants, pubs, and art, craft and antique galleries. The River Dart Country Park, National Hunt racing, golf courses and many other attractions are all nearby. Torbay and coast 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Reading room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom (no toilet). Shower room and toilet. Z bed available.

Open fire in living room inc. Elec heaters and elec by £1 coin meter. NSH, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. DVD. Oil Aga. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Freezer. 0.75-acre garden. Verandah and furniture. Parking. Private water supply. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£558-£1153
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3

" Between coast and country ... a collection of designer cottages enjoying the best of both worlds "

Situated in a quiet and peaceful rural location on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Tawstock, these four attractive holiday cottages (refs HYA, HYB, HYC and HYD) are only 7 miles from the nearest beach at Instow and conveniently close to all facilities at Barnstaple. The properties have been converted from a range of old stone barns presented in a fresh contemporary style. With the owners living in the original farmhouse, they form part of the traditional farm courtyard, though Park Gate is no longer a working farm. Each holiday cottage is individual in design, well equipped and comfortable, with attractive furnishing fabrics and attention to detail. Each has patio doors from the living room leading to its own decked patio and lawned garden, perfect for al fresco meals while watching the sun set.
This is an excellent location for exploring the magnificent coastline of North Devon, from the ‘Golden Coast’ with fine sandy surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, to the rugged cliffs of Hartland Point. The coastal footpath offers superb walking with wonderful views of the dramatic shoreline, while inland the wild beauty of Exmoor waits to be discovered. Bideford Bay takes in its sweep along Westward Ho!, Hartland Point and the beautiful village of Clovelly – much loved by photographers. Instow and the old ship-building port of Appledore shelter in the mouth of the Torridge Estuary, and regular boat trips to Lundy can be taken from Bideford. Casual cyclists who fancy a spin in the countryside under their own steam will appreciate the Tarka Trail, a popular flat route that is easy to manage and runs from Meeth near Okehampton; it winds its way to Braunton and can be picked up at Barnstaple, just 2 miles from the cottages. There are plenty of places to visit nearby, including a number of family attractions such as The Big Sheep, Funderzone and The Milky Way which have covered amusements for children of all ages. At Great Torrington, there are the famous and stunning RHS gardens at Rosemoor. Whilst there, it certainly worth a visit to the Dartington Crystal factory glass works (7 miles), where molten glass is expertly fashioned into unique works of art by the glass blowers. Horse riding, golf, surfing lessons and fishing can all be organised locally. The nearby town of Barnstaple offers good shops and restaurants, a weekly market and pannier market, theatre, cinema and sports facilities. Shops 2½ miles.

Tucked away on the outer edge of the courtyard is Mulberry, which has fine views over the valley and extending into the distance beyond. Suitable for the larger family group, many homely touches have been added to make it a comfortable ‘home from home’.

One step to main entrance. Open-plan living/dining room with patio doors to decked patio and lawn. Modern kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Bunk bedroom. First floor: Three bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings; two double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with decked patio, and furniture
  • Large shared communal lawned area
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Play area with swings
  • Tennis court
  • Games room
  • Cycle storage

WAS
NOW
£697-£1135
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Waterside Ref: 30331


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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£841-£2160
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Stockham Lodge Ref: HDDZ

Situated only 2½ miles from Branscombe beach, in a designated AONB and on the Jurassic Coast, this beautifully appointed property makes the perfect holiday home for all seasons. It is an ideal base to explore the spectacular scenery of the World Heritage coastline. The picturesque fishing port of Beer is close at hand where motorboat hire or mackerel fishing trips can be arranged, and it also offers good shops and restaurants. Sidmouth, Seaton and Lyme Regis are all within 10 miles. Nestling on the south-facing aspect of a tranquil wooded valley, the panoramic views from the lodge are magnificent, giving year round appeal. Converted from a flint barn and farm outbuildings this detached holiday home provides comfortable and spacious accommodation with classic rural character. A large sauna (eight persons) and fitness room has been installed. Outside the paved terrace provides an excellent vantage point to observe the valley’s wildlife. A relaxing plunge in the hot tub can be enjoyed at any time, especially at night for star gazing. The lodge is a starting point for a variety of country walks. Blackbury Camp, an iron-age fort, can be visited on the way down to the sea. The coastal path will take visitors through spectacular scenery, much of which is managed by the NT. Alternatively a trip on the old electric tram railway departs from nearby Colyton, along the Axe estuary marshes to Seaton to enjoy the traditional seaside atmosphere. Lyme Regis offers an interesting variety of shops, restaurants and inns around its famous harbour, The Cobb. The regional capital and cathedral city of Exeter is about a 40-minute drive. Shop 2 miles.

Living room with rugs on oak floor, French doors with valley views and 16th-century plank and muttin screen leading to sitting room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Dining room with gas ‘wood-effect’ fire, oak floor and flint walls. Compact, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with Range cooker and flagstone floor. Double bedroom with additional bed (for +1) and en-suite wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and large en-suite bathroom with triple shower cubicle and toilet. Further double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with double shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with additional bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with toilet. All bedrooms have TV.

  • Gas fires, electricity, full underfloor central heating (radiators in bedrooms), bed linen, towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Five TVs (one Sky widescreen)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Small book library
  • Stereo/CD
  • Range cooker included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband/modem connection
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Large lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Cycle store
  • Parking (3 cars, additional parking on request)
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna
  • Fitness room Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor
    facilities

WAS
NOW
£968-£2959
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Cliff Lodge Ref: HEEJ

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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£2421-£4846
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

" Between coast and country ... a collection of designer cottages enjoying the best of both worlds "

Situated in a quiet and peaceful rural location on the edge of the pretty hamlet of Tawstock, these four attractive holiday cottages (refs HYA, HYB, HYC and HYD) are only 7 miles from the nearest beach at Instow and conveniently close to all facilities at Barnstaple. The properties have been converted from a range of old stone barns presented in a fresh contemporary style. With the owners living in the original farmhouse, they form part of the traditional farm courtyard, though Park Gate is no longer a working farm. Each holiday cottage is individual in design, well equipped and comfortable, with attractive furnishing fabrics and attention to detail. Each has patio doors from the living room leading to its own decked patio and lawned garden, perfect for al fresco meals while watching the sun set.
This is an excellent location for exploring the magnificent coastline of North Devon, from the ‘Golden Coast’ with fine sandy surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton, to the rugged cliffs of Hartland Point. The coastal footpath offers superb walking with wonderful views of the dramatic shoreline, while inland the wild beauty of Exmoor waits to be discovered. Bideford Bay takes in its sweep along Westward Ho!, Hartland Point and the beautiful village of Clovelly – much loved by photographers. Instow and the old ship-building port of Appledore shelter in the mouth of the Torridge Estuary, and regular boat trips to Lundy can be taken from Bideford. Casual cyclists who fancy a spin in the countryside under their own steam will appreciate the Tarka Trail, a popular flat route that is easy to manage and runs from Meeth near Okehampton; it winds its way to Braunton and can be picked up at Barnstaple, just 2 miles from the cottages. There are plenty of places to visit nearby, including a number of family attractions such as The Big Sheep, Funderzone and The Milky Way which have covered amusements for children of all ages. At Great Torrington, there are the famous and stunning RHS gardens at Rosemoor. Whilst there, it certainly worth a visit to the Dartington Crystal factory glass works (7 miles), where molten glass is expertly fashioned into unique works of art by the glass blowers. Horse riding, golf, surfing lessons and fishing can all be organised locally. The nearby town of Barnstaple offers good shops and restaurants, a weekly market and pannier market, theatre, cinema and sports facilities. Shops 2½ miles.

More suited to a larger family group, careful thought and attention to detail has gone into giving Oak a cosy ‘home from home’ atmosphere. An unusual full length window in the main sitting area gives clear views of the countryside beyond and there is a large decked patio leading down to a lawned area, where pleasant balmy evenings can be enjoyed.

Two steps to main entrance. Spacious living room with gas woodburner in central fireplace and patio doors to decked patio. Three steps up to dining room and large modern fitted kitchen with large range and breakfast area. Two bedrooms; one double wtih 24in flatscreen TV and one twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom with toilet, two twin and one bunk. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner included
  • Additional cot
  • Range included
  • Freezer

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with decked patio, and furniture
  • Large shared communal lawned area
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Play area with swings
  • Tennis court
  • Games room
  • Cycle storage

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£2113-£2113
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
22
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0
Alminstone House Ref: 16940

Alminstone House is the perfect choice for family and friends and ideal for a celebration gathering. Peacefully located in an area of great interest, this delightful, spacious house sits on the edge of the quiet rural hamlet of Woolsery but is just a short drive from the breathtaking North Devon beaches and the English Heritage Coastline, popular with walkers and bird-watchers. This imposing property is adjacent to the owners home but offers much privacy within its own enclosed substantial gardens. The ideal choice at any time of year. Why not get the local catering company to come in and prepare a meal for your party. The famous 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. The pretty historic port town of Bideford is just 7 miles and offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island. For walking and cycling the famous Tarka Trail is close by. Horse riding 1 mile. Tamar lake fishing is also nearby. Shop, pub and fish and chip shop 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. 2 steps down to double bedroom. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 5 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, two (four poster), one with additional single, one with additional bunk, one with additional sofa bed, 2 twin. Shower room and toilet. 2 steps down to bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. External utility room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room and dining room/kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating £35per week, £15 per short break. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Two high chairs. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Swings and slide. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack.

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£1122-£2795
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Millford House Ref: B5623

This Georgian-style property adjoins the owner’s home on their 150-acre working farm. It boasts an enclosed garden, from where Speke’s Mill, waterfall and surfing beach can be easily reached by a footpath. The holiday home is within walking distance of the coast and coastal footpath, and beaches at Hartland Quay, Clovelly, Westward Ho! and Bude are easily reached. Tourist parks and many other local attractions. Golf, fishing, horse riding, sailing close by. Bideford, 15 miles and Bude 13 miles. Shop and pub within 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 single, one with additional pull-out single (2ft 6in for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating (controlled by owner) and bed linen included. Towel hire. Electricity by £1 meter. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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£173-£710
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Orchard House Ref: HDDK

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

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

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

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£1467-£3626
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