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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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Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
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Pets
1
Woodmans Stoup Ref: KAAU


Woodmans Stoup is situated in the conservation village of Colyford located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This detached Grade II Listed period farmhouse dates from the 17th century, but has origins that possibly date back earlier than this. The property is a traditionally built thatched cottage and has a number of leaded light windows, some of which are shuttered. The property itself has an immense amount of period character with many original features still insitu such as inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors, exposed beams, timbers and window seats, all of which combine to create a delightful period ambience and an impressive holiday cottage. The property has been decorated and furnished to a high standard, and is ideal for families or groups to get together. Colyford sits on the A3052 midway between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth, and one mile from the beach which is located on the World Heritage Coastline known as the Jurassic Coast. The property has gardens and grounds of about ¾ acre which surround the house and lie principally to the south. Worthy of special note is the delightful cobbled courtyard which is created by the house and barns which enclose it on three sides, ideal for al fresco dining. Within the grounds is the linhay barn, an attractive traditionally built building on two storeys which is built principally of stone under a re-thatched roof, making this a great games room. Also within the grounds is a detached cider barn complete with a very rare horse engine and original cider press. Colyford has a popular post office, general store and butcher which proves a great asset to the village. There are two public houses and a restaurant. The coastal resort of Seaton lies approximately 1 mile to the south and has a wide pebble beach, a small harbour at the mouth of the River Axe and direct access to the World Heritage Coast and South West Peninsular Coastal Path. The market town of Axminster lies about 5½ miles. To the east is the coastal resort of Lyme Regis and to the west are the fishing villages of Beer and Branscombe and the Regency Gothic town of Sidmouth. The county town of Exeter, 23 miles west, provides a comprehensive range of shopping facilities, theatres, and restaurants. Well worth a visit is Seaton Tramway; next to the tramway is the new Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve. The installation of a viewing hide and wheelchair-friendly paths means this beautiful area and its wildlife - wildfowl and wading birds in winter; dragonflies and butterflies in summer - are now easily accessible all year round. There is also a fantastic cycle way as well. There are many NT properties all close by. Golf, sailing, horse riding and many other activities are all available locally. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Spacious, period character living room with open fire in inglenook, window seat and flagstone floor. Sitting room with feature fireplace and window seat. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen with gas Aga (for cooking), double electric oven, gas hob and underfloor heated tiled floor. Utility/boot room. Games room with table tennis. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, feature fireplace and window seat. Beamed twin bedroom with feature fireplace leading to single bedroom, each sharing an en-suite shower room with toilet. Further single room. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate staircase to first floor: Beamed double master bedroom with 5ft bed and dressing room.

  • Open fire - inital fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, gas, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Wii
  • Gas Aga
  • Double electric oven
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed, south facing lawned ¾-acre garden
  • South facing courtyard and furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Games room with table tennis
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£1614-£2985
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
25
Bedrooms
10
Pets
2

Riverside location
Close to Exmoor National Park
Shared use of 30-acres of unspoilt garden
Fishing lake (license required, at cost)

Set in the Exe Valley, and very accessible from major roads, are these beautiful properties which all offer the perfect holiday retreat, all or part of the complex can be booked for large groups, parties or family gatherings. With the River Exe, Devonshire Heartland, Somerset and the North Devon coastline on your doorstep, the properties are situated in an excellent countryside location offering a good base to explore the beautiful area and are within easy driving distance of Exmoor National Park and the Devon and Somerset border.
Golf, horse riding, cycling and fishing are available locally, and clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and river salmon fishing can be arranged locally. Rod hire available. Many delightful scenic countryside walks can be found from your doorstep including the spectacular scenic coast between Minehead and Combe Martin. Tiverton, 7 miles, offers a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs as well as the famous Grand Western Canal and Bickleigh Castle.
The nearest coast with sandy beaches and family attractions including Somerset World and West Somerset scenic steam railway is at the seaside resort of Minehead. The medieval town of Dunster with its magnificent castle, deer park and mill and the historic cathedral city of Exeter with its variety of shops, restaurants, theatres, race course and the Maritime Museum are both 20 miles away.
Delightful Bickleigh, 8 miles, has lovely thatched inns overlooking the river serving good food and local ales, the perfect location to get away from it all. Taunton, Ilfracombe, Sidmouth, Seaton and Exmouth within easy driving distance. NT properties within easy reach include, Knightshayes Court, Powderham Castle and Castle Drogo to name a few. Brampton, 2 miles, where sailing is available at nearby Wimbleball Lake. Shop 11/2 miles, pub 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Three living rooms, two with beams. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Second kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (4ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower and level access for disabled guests. Two cloakrooms both with toilet. Three separate staircases to first floor. First staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin, one with additional single. Second staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Third staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with 2 additional singles and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with additional single (for alternative sleeping), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Two shower rooms with toilet.

Woodburners in two living rooms (no fuel provided). Two cots. Two Freeview TVs. Electric cooker. Rayburn, £100per week, £50 per short break. Dishwasher. Two freezers. Large enclosed gardens, private terrace and furniture. Climbing frame and swing for children. Games room with pool table. Couples and family bookings only.

All properties: Oil central heating (on timer), £100per week, £70 per short break. electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared use of 30-acres of natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Two pets welcome, must be kept on lead at all times. Friday to Friday. NB: Lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£1682-£3327
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
22
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2

Riverside location
Close to Exmoor National Park
Shared use of 30-acres of unspoilt garden
Fishing lake (license required, at cost)

Set in the Exe Valley, and very accessible from major roads, are these beautiful properties which all offer the perfect holiday retreat, all or part of the complex can be booked for large groups, parties or family gatherings. With the River Exe, Devonshire Heartland, Somerset and the North Devon coastline on your doorstep, the properties are situated in an excellent countryside location offering a good base to explore the beautiful area and are within easy driving distance of Exmoor National Park and the Devon and Somerset border.
Golf, horse riding, cycling and fishing are available locally, and clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and river salmon fishing can be arranged locally. Rod hire available. Many delightful scenic countryside walks can be found from your doorstep including the spectacular scenic coast between Minehead and Combe Martin. Tiverton, 7 miles, offers a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs as well as the famous Grand Western Canal and Bickleigh Castle.
The nearest coast with sandy beaches and family attractions including Somerset World and West Somerset scenic steam railway is at the seaside resort of Minehead. The medieval town of Dunster with its magnificent castle, deer park and mill and the historic cathedral city of Exeter with its variety of shops, restaurants, theatres, race course and the Maritime Museum are both 20 miles away.
Delightful Bickleigh, 8 miles, has lovely thatched inns overlooking the river serving good food and local ales, the perfect location to get away from it all. Taunton, Ilfracombe, Sidmouth, Seaton and Exmouth within easy driving distance. NT properties within easy reach include, Knightshayes Court, Powderham Castle and Castle Drogo to name a few. Brampton, 2 miles, where sailing is available at nearby Wimbleball Lake. Shop 11/2 miles, pub 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Playroom with pool table. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 7 bedrooms: 4 double, one with additional single, one with 2 additional singles, 3 twin, one with 2 additional singles. Bathroom with shower over bath. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. 3 bedrooms en-suite.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Cot. High chair. Two electric cookers. Rayburn, £100per week, £50 per short break. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and chairs.

All properties: Oil central heating (on timer), £100per week, £70 per short break. electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared use of 30-acres of natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Two pets welcome, must be kept on lead at all times. Friday to Friday. NB: Lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£1448-£3066
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
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.


Rainbow Cottage overlooks the old farmyard at Woodhouse Farm and is designed to be the ideal place for a group to enjoy their stay in Devon. Woodhouse Farm’s heated indoor pool and children’s play areas are just across from the communal garden/courtyard. Entrance from garden into spacious living room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire, rugs on Italian-tiled floor and French door leading to patio. Oak-beamed dining room with dining table seating 15 and Italian-tiled floor. Large farmhouse-style kitchen with range-style cooker and tiled floor. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bunk bedroom with adjacent shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout ground floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with adjacent bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with adjacent bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Further twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electric ‘log-effect’ fire
  • Electric rads included
  • Fan heater
  • Towels for hire £4 per person
  • Travel cot
  • Digital 32" TV
  • Additional TV
  • Range-style cooker included
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Two small patio areas
  • Gas barbecue

  • 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
£964-£2974
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
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.

WAS
NOW
£1122-£2795
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
West Park Ref: E1397

West Park is an extremely spacious barn conversion, ideal for a large extended family or a group of friends. It is a fabulous location for summer holidays near the coast. Open all year round, it is perfect for autumn and winter breaks for family gatherings and celebrations, with the added bonus of an indoor, heated swimming pool, shared with just 5 other properties on site. It has a sunny private, south-facing patio and a sunken lawn garden. Inside the property is a lovely games room with a pool table, a large, well-equipped family-size kitchen and a spacious living room with a large wood burner and a feature stone chimney breast. Located near Stoke Beach, surrounded by rolling, rural countryside and close to the south west coastal footpath that extends all along the coastline. The pretty estuary of Mothecombe is just 4 miles away, with its lovely sandy beach. The twin villages of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo offer some good pubs serving food. The walk following the coastal path around the headland from Noss Mayo to Stoke Beach is well worth it, as the views are stunning.

Steps to entrance. Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Steps down to games room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room (no toilet), one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room. 1 twin bedroom. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room inc. Oil CH, elec and bed linen inc. Two cots. Two h/chairs. Video. DVD. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. Two f/freezers. Payphone. Garden with patio, swing, slide and furniture. Gas BBQ. Ample parking. Shared heated indoor swimming pool (9.1m x 4.5m), open 8am to 8pm, 1st Apr-31st Oct. Games room with pool table. Piano. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps down to patio and garden.

WAS
NOW
£960-£1974
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
27
Bedrooms
12
Pets
2

Riverside location
Close to Exmoor National Park
Shared use of 30-acres of unspoilt garden
Fishing lake (license required, at cost)

Set in the Exe Valley, and very accessible from major roads, are these beautiful properties which all offer the perfect holiday retreat, all or part of the complex can be booked for large groups, parties or family gatherings. With the River Exe, Devonshire Heartland, Somerset and the North Devon coastline on your doorstep, the properties are situated in an excellent countryside location offering a good base to explore the beautiful area and are within easy driving distance of Exmoor National Park and the Devon and Somerset border.
Golf, horse riding, cycling and fishing are available locally, and clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and river salmon fishing can be arranged locally. Rod hire available. Many delightful scenic countryside walks can be found from your doorstep including the spectacular scenic coast between Minehead and Combe Martin. Tiverton, 7 miles, offers a selection of shops, restaurants and pubs as well as the famous Grand Western Canal and Bickleigh Castle.
The nearest coast with sandy beaches and family attractions including Somerset World and West Somerset scenic steam railway is at the seaside resort of Minehead. The medieval town of Dunster with its magnificent castle, deer park and mill and the historic cathedral city of Exeter with its variety of shops, restaurants, theatres, race course and the Maritime Museum are both 20 miles away.
Delightful Bickleigh, 8 miles, has lovely thatched inns overlooking the river serving good food and local ales, the perfect location to get away from it all. Taunton, Ilfracombe, Sidmouth, Seaton and Exmouth within easy driving distance. NT properties within easy reach include, Knightshayes Court, Powderham Castle and Castle Drogo to name a few. Brampton, 2 miles, where sailing is available at nearby Wimbleball Lake. Shop 11/2 miles, pub 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Second living room/dining area with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Second dining room/kitchen. Two steps down to conservatory. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Two separate toilets. Three separate staircases to first floor. First staircase to first floor: 4 double bedrooms, three with 2 additional singles (for alternative sleeping) and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second staircase to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin. Third staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk with additional single. Shower room with toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburners in living room and dining room (no fuel provided). Cot. Two electric cookers. Rayburn, £100per week, £50 per short break. Two dishwashers. Two fridge/freezers. Garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture.

All properties: Oil central heating (on timer), £100per week, £70 per short break. electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared use of 30-acres of natural unspoilt grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Two pets welcome, must be kept on lead at all times. Friday to Friday. NB: Lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£1921-£4261
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
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.


Columbia was converted from the Woodhouse Farm milling barn and two of the bedrooms are located in a unique round part of the building, once used for milling wheat with horses. The building overlooks the old farm courtyard and is designed to be a peaceful place for a group to enjoy their stay in Devon. The Woodhouse Farm indoor swimming pool is across the courtyard. Small flight of steps to entrance into open-plan living room with elec ‘wood burner’/pine kitchen with elec range cooker, leading to large dining room with table seating 16. Beams throughout and with rugs on Italian-tiled floor. First floor: Landing with two doors to patio (one south-facing). Large double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and adjacent bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom and twin bedroom with shared bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Further double bedroom and bunk bedroom with shared bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Full NSH included
  • Fan heater
  • Towels for hire £4 per person
  • Digital 32" TV
  • CD
  • Electric range included
  • Two washer/dryers
  • Additional dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Courtyard with furniture
  • Gas barbecue
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
1
The Farmhouse Ref: 26383

Leisure facilities available all year
Indoor heated swimming pool/toddlers’ pool (open all year)
All weather hard tennis court
Approach golf
Snooker lounge
Pool table and table tennis
Badminton, skittles, short mat bowls and basketball
Squash court
Children’s outdoor play equipment
91/2 acre landscaped grounds
On-site information centre
Bike and kayak hire (available locally)

Set in a superb countryside location, off quiet single track country lanes in the heart of South Devon, the properties at Higher Poulston are ideal for all age groups including couples, friends and families. It provides a quiet rural base, yet within driving distance of the many splendid beaches and interesting towns that the area has to offer.
Featuring a fantastic leisure complex, with exclusive shared use for all guests staying here on holiday, the facilities are open all year around and offer something for all ages and abilities. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a separate shallow heated toddlers pool. The badminton and squash courts are purpose built to a very high specification. In addition there is a snooker room, table tennis, skittles and short mat bowls. In the grounds surrounding the cottages, there are large open lawn areas to play and picnic, some BBQ areas, a tennis court and approach golf.
The cottages at Higher Poulston are made up of a cluster of lovely stone barn conversions of varying sizes(, the spacious period Farmhouse, which is fantastic for a large family and the newest addition, Wisteria House(ref 25998), a contemporary barn conversion with a stunning interior, accommodating up to 20 guests.
All the properties are comfortably furnished with leather sofas, pine or oak furniture, well equipped kitchens and modern bathrooms, making this a holiday to enjoy and remember.
The friendly owners live on site and are happy to help. Many visitors find themselves revisiting Higher Poulston year after year. This is a very family friendly holiday complex; the ideal place for mums and dads to relax in, children to have fun, and grandparents to join in too.
Set within its own 9½ acres of private land, tucked away along a quiet country lane and close to a working dairy farm. Away from the farm there are many interesting places to explore. There is a little tourist information room on site and in here you will find plenty of ideas for days out and about . For your local shopping, the little village of Harbertonford, 1 mile, has a small village shop, a pub and post office. Also, the village of Morleigh, 1 mile, has a pub serving food. The ancient town of Totnes, just 3 miles away, has a truly unique atmosphere, with a range of quirky independent shops and bistros and is a vibrant and interesting place to visit, especially on Fridays when the market comes to town.
The South Devon coastline is close at hand, has many beautiful beaches and coves, scenic walks and pretty villages including Blackpool Sands and Slapton. Enjoy a day out in the riverside marine town of Dartmouth and take a cruise along the river to Totnes or the ferry across to Kingswear, and the quaint fishing town of Brixham, then ride on the steam train to Paignton or Buckfastleigh. Within easy reach are the English Riviera resorts of Paignton and Torquay, the boating and sailing centre of Salcombe on the estuary and the historic town of Dartmouth, nestling on the banks of the River Dart. Woodlands Fun Park is a great tourist attraction and fun day out for families, as is Dartmoor National Park, with its hundreds of acres of wild rugged moorland, both about 4 miles away.
Close to Dartmouth you can play golf on an 18-hole championship course (Higher Poulston visitors receive a discount at Dartmouth golf and country club). Bike and kayak hire are available locally.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Snug. Utility room. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), both with additional single, 4 twin, three with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living and dining rooms included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Five Freeview TVs. Blu-ray. CD. iPod dock. Two electric ovens. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Two dishwashers. Freezer. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Friday to Friday.

All properties: Electric cooker. Shared internet office with broadband (ref 25998 has its own wi-fi). Shared 9½-acre grounds. Children’s play area. Parking. Heated indoor swimming pool (12.4m x 6.7m, depth 1m to 1.35m) open all year. Toddlers’ pool (depth 0.85m). Shared leisure complex with pool table, toddlers’ play area, table tennis and indoor ball games room. Tennis court. No pets allowed from mid June to mid September, at all other times dogs must be kept on a lead within the grounds of the complex. No smoking.

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£1300-£2563
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
The Stables Ref: HJJB

This impressive south-facing barn with exposed beams has all a family or group of friends need for a great holiday. The barn boasts six bedrooms all with en-suite facilities and televisions. Beautifully refurbished in a fresh contemporary style, white cotton linen and white towels add to that special feeling. The south-facing patio with teak table and chairs are ideal for al fresco living with countryside views.
A short distance away are the beaches at Westward Ho! and other beaches nearby include Saunton, Croyde, Putsborough and Woolacombe. This area offers plenty to do for all ages including the Big Sheep and Milky Way amusement parks, RHS Rosemoor and cycling on the Tarka Trail, crabbing at Appledore and golf on numerous nearby courses.
Exmoor is not far away to enjoy some memorable days exploring the moors. Lynmouth, which has a unique water-powered cliff railway, and Watersmeet are popular destinations. Just off the North Devon Coast lies Lundy Island and there are day trips leaving from Bideford and Ilfracombe during the season.
Other places to visit include Arlington Court, Marwood Gardens, Dartington Crystal glass factory and Tapley Park. Horse riding, quad biking and watersports are all available locally. Shop 21/2 miles.

Spacious living room with gas fire. Dining room with wooden floor and patio door. Five steps to large well-equipped kitchen with range (for cooking). Two bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet; one double with 5ft bed, one twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms; two with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Gas fire included
  • Electricity, full gas underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Seven TVs (one satellite)
  • DVD
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • External games room with table tennis, table football and darts
  • Shared tennis court
  • Friday to Friday

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£2601-£2601
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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

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£1286-£3949
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