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Devon's status as 'The English Riviera' is well earned and is testimony to the popularity of this holiday destination, which attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its special charms.

The county is blessed with two coastlines which are dotted with picturesque fishing ports and mile after mile of clean sandy beaches. The interior consists of a striking contrast of dramatic moorland that includes the Dartmoor National Park and a patchwork of green leafy lanes that criss-cross the region.

Dartmoor actually has two national parks as well as five areas of outstanding natural beauty, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Geopark and Biosphere Reserve. It's also famous as the location for Conan Doyle's 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. It has 368 square miles of windswept, dramatic and uncrowded moors to enjoy!

The English Riviera; Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, are a magnet for those looking for a seaside holiday with lots of attractions and activities for all ages. It also has a rich maritime history, plenty of sporting events and water sports activities.

South Devon is characterised by gentle rolling hills and a lovely coastline, offering easy walks, country pubs and great restaurants, while the northern coast has superb surfing beaches. Exmoor in north Devon is perfect for moorland walks, mountain biking and has wonderful natural beauty.

The many facets of Devon provide visitors with a wide choice of holiday options and lots of top quality visitor attractions and days out, such as the Dartmouth Steam Railway and The National Marine Aquarium; too many to mention here.

Of note is Woolacombe Beach, one of the jewels in Devon's crown with three miles of golden sand of Blue Flag status and the Tarka Trail; its 30 miles forms a figure-of-eight and follows the path the brave otter takes in Henry Williamson's beloved novel.

If you fancy walking on the wild side why not take a trip to one of Devon's many animal attractions? The zoo at Paignton offers an array of exotic creatures and makes for a wonderful day out, while the Totnes Rare Breeds Farm is also very popular with families.

Devon offers a wealth of holiday opportunities so if you're ready for a break take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Devon.

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Grade 5 Star rating
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6
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Located on an unspoilt stretch of coastline in a small hamlet between the quaint coastal villages of Lee and Mortehoe, these cottages are set in an area with several landscape designations including an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a Coastal Preservation Area and Heritage Coast, recognising that this is singled out as one of Britain’s finest landscapes of national importance. The farm has also been designated as a County Wildlife Site. Commanding magnificent views across fields to the Atlantic Ocean beyond, each cottage offers a contemporary finish to a high standard. An emphasis is placed on space, with large open-plan living areas combined with spacious bedrooms. Careful thought has been given to ensure the comfort of guests with every modern convenience at their fingertips. Relax at home and marvel at the spectacular sunsets over the sea. Explore on foot with walks from the cottages out onto the famous South West Coastal Path, where stunning views, dramatic cliffs and quiet coves can be enjoyed. Walk to nearby Lee and go rock pooling. Just a 5-minute drive leads to the popular seaside village of Woolacombe offering one of Britain’s finest beaches with its 2 miles of sand dunes. The cottages are a 10-minute drive away from the harbour town of Ilfracombe, where there are supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, theatre and other amenities. Here guests can take a boat trip along the coastline, hire a fishing boat or sail to Lundy Island for the day. There are numerous other attractions, places to visit and activities within easy reach of the cottages offering plenty to do for all the family. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shops 3 miles, The Grampus Inn 1 mile.

Spacious living room with patio doors providing sea views. Spacious well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • NB: 6 steps and pond in garden

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair on request (shared between the three properties)
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£620-£1480
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1

"Devon’s best kept secret... Just inland from some of Devon’s loveliest and most natural beaches lies the village of Tuckenhay set along Bow Creek on the River Dart...."

In a setting of stunning natural beauty, Tuckenhay Mill is the centrepiece of a cluster of country homes and cottages with superb leisure facilities including two indoor and one outdoor pools, making it ideal for a family holiday for all ages.
The Mill which once produced some of the finest paper in the land, nestles in the green and shady Bow Creek, a languid inlet of the River Dart where private yachts have replaced the old tall-masted ships and barges. Around the mill are all the buildings which once went to make up a small bustling village port. These listed buildings have been sympathetically restored and converted to a delightful range of holiday properties to suit larger family parties. Awards have been won for the conversion of buildings and the conservation of the area. With so much to do, many holidaymakers return year after year.




South Devon awaits you
Tuckenhay is only a 20-minute drive from the superb Blue Flag beach at Blackpool Sands and about 30 minutes from a surfing beach at Bantham, as well as some of the best natural beaches to be found anywhere in the UK.
There is also extensive access to the coastal footpath for walking and the wilderness that is Dartmoor for walking, climbing and riding.
This is a mecca for ramblers, bird-watchers, swimmers, surfers, horse riders, golfers and those interested in fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing.
In addition, there are many historic NT houses to visit including Agatha Christies’s Greenway as well as a local vineyard (with award-winning wines) at Sharpham.
Tuckenhay is only 5 miles inland from Dartmouth and 3 from the market town of Totnes. Village shop 3½ miles. Riverside inn and restaurant within walking distance.



A superb choice of cottages
Each of the cottages has been individually styled to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation. Great care has been taken to retain the feel of the original buildings and extensive use has been made of traditional materials. Most have garden, terrace or patio. Individual cottage details are shown on the following pages.
Many cottages have more than one bathroom and some have an en-suite bathroom to every bedroom. Kitchens are comprehensively equipped: most have dishwashers and all have microwave cookers.
Couples and honeymooners will feel snug and comfortable in the small cottages: Mill Leat, Mill Stream and Mill Spring. Families can spread out in Papermaker’s or Turbine Cottages, while Mill Lodge, Edgecombe Barn and Tuckenhay Mill House will sleep larger parties in comfort. Of course, combinations of cottages can accommodate bigger gatherings of family or friends.

In a glorious secluded rural position amongst fields, woodland and stream. This detached barn is set apart from the other properties – yet is only a 5-10 minute walk through the meadow and woods to the facilities at the Mill. Converted from a former stone barn, it features a large, beamed living room with open fireplace with a few steps down to the well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with French doors to south facing, cobbled terrace, lawn with garden furniture and charcoal BBQ. Master double bedroom with 5ft bed and spacious en-suite shower room and toilet (power shower). First floor: Large double bedroom with spacious en-suite shower room and toilet (power shower). Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, oil-fired central heating, hot water, use of swimming pools £190 per week or £95 for short breaks
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • DVD
  • Mini radio/CD
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Cobbled terrace, furniture
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Friday to Friday

  • Bed linen included
  • High chairs and additional travel cots available by arrangement (one high chair, one cot in all cottages unless otherwise stated)
  • Modern flatscreen TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi internet access (badminton/games hall)
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared use of grounds
  • Shared barbecue area
  • Ample parking for cars and boats
  • Two pints of milk on arrival
  • No smoking (cottages and all facilities)
  • NB: Stream in mill grounds
    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES:
  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer by £1 slot meter
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including 60-ft outdoor swimming pool (8 am to 8 pm, 1 May to 1 October) and all-weather tennis court
  • Superb indoor leisure complex with two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and drench shower (Roman Pool open daily 8.30 am to 8.30 pm – Wednesdays to 9 pm – for all ages, under adult supervision. Waterfall Pool open daily 8.30 am to 6.30 pm for adults and children over 10 accompanied by a swimming adult)
    FACILITIES FOR SMALL CHILDREN:
  • Outdoor - small children’s play areas with swings, climbing frames, slides, Wendy house and football field. Indoor - a huge play area with slides, puzzles, pool table, table football, snooker and table tennis
  • Extra travel cots and high chairs provided
  • Mother and baby changing facility with walk-in shower/wet room (indoor pool). Roman pool with shallow learning bay.
    DOGS WELCOME:
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome in all cottages (except Mill Leat) (Dogs go free 2 November - 13 December).

THE TUCKENHAY POOLS
Tuckenhay is renowned for its spectacular award winning indoor pools with glass mosaics and hand-painted silk murals, they combine exotic decoration with the most modern dehumidification and purification equipment and full changing facilities.
ROMAN POOL
This dramatic Roman style 32ft pool (4ft 6in deep) has a safe children’s bay reached by separate steps. Completing the experience are sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter), a refreshing cool drench shower fed from the underground spring and a separate Jacuzzi with hydro jets.
Open daily from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Children must be supervised.
WATERFALL POOL
This award winning pool is sculptured in a curved shape over 40ft long (4ft 6in deep), and bounded in part by a natural grotto rock face of tumbling water. It incorporates the ultimate in water movement technology: floor and wall massage jets, water volcanoes, water cannons and swim jets. There are two Jacuzzis - one in the pool - sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter) and hot and cold spring-fed showers.
Separate mother and baby changing facilities with walk-in shower/wet room. Open daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Adults and children over ten with a swimming adult.
The extra charge for use of pools and heating, detailed in the cottage descriptions is all inclusive in the final balance.
HEATED OUTDOOR POOL - with heated hot tub with sauna and drench shower
This 60ft pool (3ft - 6ft 6in deep) has landscaped riverside sunbathing terrace and sloping lawn to stream. Open daily 8am to 8pm (1 May–1 Oct). Children must be supervised.

LOTS MORE TO DO AT TUCKENHAY MILL

  • Tennis court - a full sized all-weather court. Please bring your own racquets and balls: tennis shoes, not trainers, please
  • Gymnasium - fully equipped with Polaris stations and Aerodyne bikes
  • Badminton court - outdoor court. Please bring your own racquets and shuttlecocks
  • Sports hall - with indoor badminton court and young children’s play area
  • Snooker room - full-sized period table (experienced players only) with additional small snooker table and pool table
  • Second snooker room (open between 9am and 4pm) - with ¾-sized slate table (experienced players only) with pool table and children’s mini-table. Note Papermaker’s Cottage and Turbine Cottage have their own table.
  • Short mat bowls
  • Croquet lawn
  • Hot tub - with sauna on sunbathing deck (1 May to 20 September)
  • 20 acres of grounds with almost 1 mile of pathways (for dog walking) through meadows, dells and woodland; barbecue area, children’s play area and picnic spots.
  • Use of greens and 18-hole championship course (25% discount) at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

IN SYMPATHY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
Tuckenhay Mill has led the way with most of the pools being heated by ground source heat pumps. Awards have been given for energy saving as well as pool design and conversion of buildings. 2008 saw the extension of the
20 acres of stunning natural landscape opening up nearly a mile of footpaths through dells, meadows and woodlands along with a natural waterfall. This is the place to enjoy a personal ‘Spring or Autumn Watch’ with swallows in the log store, buzzards on the adjacent hillside, owls in the woods and ducks and swans down on Bow Creek. Strolls can be taken with the dog and picnics enjoyed on a bench by the river. Children can stroke the goats and even collect eggs for breakfast from the hens (when laying)!

WAS
NOW
£688-£2619
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

In a peaceful rural setting

In a peaceful rural setting close to the glorious North Cornish and North Devon coast, these two Scandinavian-style holiday lodges (refs 50280 and 50281), which are part of a group of five, offer the perfect escape. Offering a good standard of accommodation, they sit within a slightly wooded area in a tranquil rural setting of several acres of grounds, on the border of Cornwall and Devon. About ½ mile from the popular village of Bradworthy with its historic church, thriving village inn and good selection of village shops. The wide golden sands of Bude and Widemouth Bay are just 10 miles, with excellent surfing, pretty coves and dramatic coastal walks along with town amenities and a great selection of bars and restaurants. Visit Tamar Lakes, just 6 miles, where you can enjoy coarse and trout fishing, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing and lovely lakeside walks. An ideal holiday base with coastal and country walking, golf, surfing, fishing, horse riding and cycling all on offer close by. Just a short drive to the coastal villages of Bucks Mills, Clovelly and Hartland. For family fun The Big Sheep and The Milky Way adventure parks are not to be missed. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Both properties: Electricity fires and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Spin dryer. Garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

WAS
NOW
£174-£543
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Squirrels Ref: E3468

This elegant and beautifully furnished mews house boasts a wonderfully central location in Torquay, just a short walk from the harbour. Here visitors will find a stunning new development full of bars, cafés and restaurants; Fleet Walk and the Pavilion offer superb shopping and the town’s flower filled streets and clean beaches are a delight. An indoor pool with a flume ride and wave machine, a Byegones Museum, theatre and Kents Caverns - this lively resort has something for everyone, whilst for the more active there are water sports, a golf course, horse riding and miles of coastal walking to enjoy. Close by is Brixham, a pretty town with a beautiful working harbour, where fresh fish and local seafood can be bought, as well as gorgeous beaches and coastal paths at Berry Head. Completing the ’English Riviera’ is Paignton, a great family destination, with its long sandy beaches, famous zoo and steam railway for nostalgic trips through the Dart Valley to Kingswear Station. Inland, there are a myriad historic castles, stately homes and magnificent gardens to visit, whilst Dartmoor’s rugged beauty beckons keen walkers and cyclists, and the picturesque villages and gloriously pretty countryside of the South Hams invite exploration. Shops and pubs serving food 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Living room/dining area with French doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Combi m/wave/oven. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Garage. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£1388-£1388
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Mill Cottage Ref: HQQE

Mill Cottage is a detached holiday cottage with its own large, private, rear garden and is perfect for families, including those with young children, retired couples and walkers. The property is set in 100 acres of wooded and landscaped grounds, and is a haven for wildlife. The Jurassic Coast is 7 miles; the coastal path provides walkers with stunning views. From the coastal path it is possible to experience the drama of sheer cliff faces and numerous walks, taking in Sidmouth (7 miles), Budleigh Salterton (8 miles), Seaton and Lyme Regis. Paington, part of the stunning Riviera, is situated on the South Devon coastline in sheltered Torbay. The Paignton, Torquay and Brixham beaches are without a doubt the best in the bay and have a choice of restaurants, bars, ice cream kiosks, beach shops and marine activities. Other places to visit include Exeter, with its cathedral, Powderham Castle, Seaton Tramway, Beer Quarry Caves, Paignton Zoo, the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and Escot Park. Crealy Adventure Park is a great day out for children and offers something for all ages. Westpoint, 5 miles, hosts the annual Devon County Show, an annual Holiday on Ice show, antiques and trade fairs, and occasional large concerts. For fishing enthusiasts there is plenty on offer in the local area. Try mackerel fishing in Lyme Regis, where many boats in the harbour offer one hour fishing trips, deep-sea fishing at Lyme Bay (species include conger eels, bass, pollack, skate, cod and black bream) or beach fishing at Chesil Beach. There are a number of fishing farms locally, with the nearest being 4 miles from Mill Cottage. There are numerous golf courses nearby, including Northbrook Golf Club. Horse riding can be enjoyed at Oaklands Riding School, which is set in the beautiful countryside on the edge of Exeter. For the more daring, take a flying lesson at Aviation South West Club House (4 miles). Shop and pubs 2 miles.

Beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Beamed kitchen/dining room. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with additional single bed over double (for +1). Two twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Wet room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full solid fuel central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • Shared 100-acre woodland and landscaped grounds
  • Open air playing area in grounds, 50 yards, with swing, sand pit, slide and children’s activity station
  • Table football
  • Parking (car park)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Fenced stream in garden. Lake in grounds 200 yards

WAS
NOW
£553-£1666
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

A good sized Edwardian, semi-detached house set in a quiet street close to the St Marychurch and Babbacombe area of Torquay. This property is located in the perfect spot if both seaside and countryside are desired. The area of Babbacombe and St Marychurch is a wonderful place to stay for a holiday, very popular with holidaymakers looking for a quieter seaside holiday. Those visitors with children will find many attractions in the local vicinity such as the Model Village (200 yards), and the area is great for breaks out of season for glorious coastal walks. Its location is in a quieter part of the Torbay region. The beautiful Babbacombe Downs cliff top (500 yards) is the highest promenade in the country and is part of the South West Coast Path walk. On a clear day you can enjoy breathtaking views of Lyme Bay as far as Portland Bill in Dorset, almost 80 miles away by road. Take a fantastic 240ft journey down to Oddicombe Beach on the Babbacombe Cliff Railway, which has been operating since 1926. Shops 100 yards, pubs 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVDs and small library. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker 8-ring hob and double oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: There are 5 steps in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£379-£1150
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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Lavender Cottage Ref: W42716

Just on the edge of Dartmoor, this terraced holiday cottage is in the heart of Buckfastleigh. Decorated and furnished to a very good standard, it benefits from having a games room with table football and darts. Exeter is 30 minutes and Plymouth is only 20 minutes. Take a trip across Dartmoor to see the ponies, heather-clad tors, or visit the small villages and stop for a Devon cream tea. Take a trip on the steam train or visit the otter sanctuary. The abbey is well worth a visit. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Lower ground floor: Games room. Shower room. Separate toilet. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Car park 200 yards (permit provided). Games room with table football and darts. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£216-£668
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

A tranquil retreat

A tranquil haven close to the North Devon and North Cornish Coast, this is the ideal holiday retreat. These delightful single storey detached lodges sit peacefully amidst 8 acres of grounds beside the River Waldon. Guests are free to explore the many walks around the grounds which are a haven for birds and wildlife, or try a spot of fishing in the lake. All enjoy privacy, seclusion and delightful decked verandas, the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Bradworthy, 1 mile, has the largest village square in the West Country and provides good village amenities including a pub, church, post office, general store and butchers. A superb location with something for everyone. If you can drag yourself away from the lodge, nearby Tamar Lakes offers coarse and trout fishing, sailing, wind surfing and canoeing, whilst the coastal resort of Bude, 9 miles, has fine sandy beaches and excellent surfing as well as an 18-hole golf course, gift shops and galleries. Breathtaking countryside and coastal walks can be found nearby and the wild beauty of Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are just a short drive. The pretty fishing villages of Padstow, Tintagel and Clovelly are close by and the famous Eden Project is within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Cot. High chair. Digital TV.

All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden and shared grounds with decking and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£273-£868
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Cleveland Villas Ref: HTTF

A stunning beachside retreat, this beautifully presented holiday house, one of a pair, is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy lovely views from the double bedrooms across the estuary towards Appledore. The seaside village of Instow is ideal for a family seaside holiday or a relaxing escape with its promenade, golden sands and dunes. The area is a must for water sports and sailing enthusiasts as well as fishermen, whilst walkers and cyclists will enjoy the Tarka Trail. Golf available locally. Bideford, 2 miles, offers town amenities and boat trips to Lundy Island and for family fun The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Living/dining room with feature fireplace, wooden floor and French doors leading to garden. Kitchen with Belfast sink and tiled floor. Utility with toilet. First floor: Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms; one with 5ft bed, one with en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Lawned side garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 4 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£1221-£1221
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"Views over bays and cliffs from a castle stronghold – a unique holiday opportunity . . ."

Watermouth Castle offers a rare combination of opportunities – for not only do visitors have the chance to live in a castle, but they also enjoy unlimited, free entry to one of the West Country’s premier tourist attractions during their stay. Within the splendid castle itself, there are six superb apartments, an indoor heated swimming pool, a museum, a choice of theme attractions, and some fascinating water displays. Outside, the castle’s 50-acre estate features wonderful landscaped gardens, with plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, and glorious woodland walks. There are ducks and waterfowl to admire on the lake outside the walls, and beautiful views from the castle over Watermouth Bay and its harbour, where there are slipway facilities for visitors’ boats, as well as moorings for larger craft (by arrangement with the harbourmaster).
The castle is a true example of a Victorian folly, completed in the mid 19th-century by the Bassett family. Now extensively restored by the current owner, its self-contained holiday apartments are reached through an archway in the south court, where the indoor heated swimming pool is available exclusively to apartment residents. All of the properties have been decorated and furnished to a comfortable standard throughout, in keeping with the style and ambience of the Castle, and all feature four-poster, half tester or brass beds.
A separate part of the castle, open to the public, contains the fascinating museum collections, including a Victorian kitchen, animated displays, mechanical musical instruments, a large model railway and a unique arcade of pier slot machines, all in working order. In the underground theatre is the Water Spectacular, reputedly one of the best fountain shows in the world, a thrilling mix of lights, music and water. Outside in the grounds are further family entertainments, including traditional rides and slides, fascinating water features, children’s play areas, a ‘Gnomeland’, themed crazy-golf, and much, much more all of which earned Watermouth Castle a place in the finals of the South West Tourism ‘Large Visitor Attraction Of The Year’ Award in 2005.
Watermouth Castle enjoys an incomparable setting on rising ground, commanding views over the bays and cliffs of the magnificent coastline stretching away to the east. Take a woodland walk through the estate to the picturesque, award-winning village of Berrynarbor, or visit the coastal village of Combe Martin (less than 3 miles to the east) – famous not only for its sandy coves, inlets and majestic headlands but also as ‘the gateway to the Exmoor National Park’. Combe Martin offers a choice of shops and cafes, and one of Devon’s oldest inns! Ilfracombe is only a five minute drive away to the west, with a range of seaside attractions, good shops and a golf course, and visitors can enjoy miles of golden sand at nearby Woolacombe and Croyde Bay. Superb cliff-top scenery and beautiful wooded valleys make this one of North Devon’s most scenic areas – as well as a paradise for walkers. Shops 2 miles.
Note: Music may filter into the pool area from the antique Mortier organ between 10am and 6pm.

(First floor.) West-facing, overlooking the harbour. Living/dining room. Kitchen in tower. Double bedroom with brass half-tester bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and
toilet.

  • Electricity, gas, heaters in all rooms and bed linen included
  • Towels £3 per person per week by arrangement
  • Cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room (coin-operated) with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared patio and garden furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool with Fitstar counter facility
  • Office facilities included fax/modem/photocopier by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • NB: Lake in grounds

ADDITIONAL FREE FACILITIES
Indoor heated swimming pool and sun lounge. Unlimited free entry to award-winning ’Watermouth Castle Family Attraction’ offering a wealth of experiences and entertainment for all ages. (open Easter– end Oct)

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£420-£1267
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Valley View Ref: 25654

This delightful holiday cottage with glorious views has a decked rooftop area (access via double bedroom), and is perfectly located in the historic village of Hartland on the North Devon Coast. It is perfect place in which to unwind, yet is just a stroll from the village centre with three good pubs, village shops with local produce along with craft shops and galleries. The famous surfing beaches of Westward Ho! and Bude are an easy drive and The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are close by. Shops, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. Step up to 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. External utility room.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine (in utility room). Dishwasher. Freezer (in utility room). Wi-fi. Lawned garden with terrace, patio area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (20 yards). Car park (200 yards). No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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£274-£811
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