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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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Grapevine Ref: 30039


Nestling in a unique valley which follows the stream as it meanders down to the sea on east Devon’s renowned Jurrassic Coast, this end terrace holiday cottage is set in one of England’s most picturesque villages, Branscombe, where acres of National Trust land provide miles of tranquil walking with truly stunning countryside and coastal views. Branscombe’s charming thatched cottages, working forge and restored water mill add to the timeless magic of the place. Grapevine is an ideal holiday location for families, friends or couples, and is great for those who love cycling or kayaking as the property offers cycle and kayak storage. It has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard, still maintaining its charm with beams and inglenook fireplace with woodburner, making this an ideal cottage all year round. Deer, badger, fox and birds of prey can all be spotted from this south-facing cottage which overlooks the field and woodland beyond. The beach just over a mile away boasts a thatched café serving breakfast baps on the beach and fresh crab sandwiches. An easy graded trail winds-up from the beach to the village pub with a restaurant or continue on passing Manor Mill, a tea room and the working forge. For the more adventurous, join the South West Coastal Path, discovering the dramatic cliff formations and the steep green valleys, wander around the delightful fishing village of Beer, once a notorious smuggling centre, now famous for its caves, or the lovely seaside town of Sidmouth with it’s beautiful gardens. Visitor attractions close by include many National Trust properties, golf, horse riding, The Donkey Sanctuary, Crealy Adventure Park, and for those who enjoy the bright lights and the city shopping experience, Exeter, with its cathedral and the famous Northcott Theatre is 20 miles away. Beach just over 1 mile. Shop and pub ½ mile, pub/restaurant 1 mile.

5 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room with beams. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Steep stairs with low beam to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone - honesty box. Small courtyard and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£249-£873
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Weir Cottage Ref: 30434

Approximately 500 yards from a sandy beach, this semi-detached cottage is ideal for a family holiday or for friends to get together. The property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard and offers spacious accommodation. The back courtyard garden overlooks the river which runs through the town of Dawlish. Whilst al fresco dining, watch the black swans and ducks swim by. Close to all amenities, including a nature reserve with the famous Dawlish black swans, and mini-golf. Being on the coast, Dawlish has a number of superb beaches, including Dawlish Warren which is just 1 mile away, with its sand dunes and small lakes. The 500-acre Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve, which includes the Exe Estuary, is a SSSI and attracts many unusual species of seabirds and waders in their thousands. Various activities locally include National Trust properties and Crealy Adventure Park. The town is only 10 miles from the historic county town of Exeter, with its spectacular cathedral, the historic quay, boats to take you to tucked away pubs, kayaking and canoeing, and Killerton House, with its splendid gardens. 10 miles in another direction is Torquay and the English Riviera, with its numerous tourist attractions, including award-winning Paignton Zoo, the model village, steam train, boat trips to Brixham and lively nightlife in Dartmouth. For hiking, cycling and the great outdoors, Dartmoor National Park is only 15 miles to the west. See Dartmoor ponies and nature at every turn, climb the tors or take up letterboxing, an unusual pastime which attracts many people to Dartmoor. Golf course 1 mile. Beach 500 yards. Shop and pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Second living room with double sofa bed/kitchen with breakfast area and patio door. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room (no toilet).

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (permit provided). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream 10 yards.

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£410-£1496
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

Shared swimming pool and shared games room

Maddox Down Farm is situated in a quiet hamlet with stunning views over the countryside, completely rural. This working farm, with the traditional stone barns converted into 5 delightful holiday cottages in keeping with the area, has been in family ownership since the 1500s. On site there is a shared swimming pool (available from Easter to October), games room in a converted cart linhay, complete with pool table, board games, books, videos, matted area for small children and more. In the meadow below the cottages there is a wildlife pond where you can sit and have a picnic and watch the fish. Also, you might be able to see geese, moorhens and ducks. There is a shopping service available, including local produce. Situated only 2 miles from the edge of Exmoor National Park, 3 miles from the sea. Fishing trips can be booked from Combe Martin and Ilfracombe. The villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, with its unique Cliff Railway, are a short drive. Only 8 miles from Woolacombe with its 3 miles of golden sand and Blue Flag status. Barnstaple is 10 miles away, with its famous pannier market in use every day, a tennis centre, leisure centre and many other amenities. Also visit Bideford, situated on the River Torridge and Tarka Country. Trips to Lundy Island can be taken from here. Enjoy a Devon cream tea upon arrival. Shops and pubs 11/2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 steps up to 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

First £10 NSH and electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer in shared utiliy room. Freezer. Wi-fi. Ample parking. Shared swimming pool (9m x 4m, depth 1.5m, available from Easter to October). Shared games room with matted play area for small children, darts, pool table, table tennis and table football. Two pets welcome (working farm). No smoking.

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£197-£599
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Vivian Cottage Ref: HOOL

This contemporary first floor barn annexe is set within 5 acres of equine pastureland at the foot of the Blackdown Hills, outside the thriving Devon market town of Honiton. Vivian Cottage is the self contained one bedroom annexe of Vivian Barn. Set in attractive gardens, this holiday cottage is comfortably furnished with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. There is a spare pasture available for clients’ horses by arrangement with the owners. A perfect base for walkers and birdwatchers. Honiton 2 miles. Branscombe and Beer 9 miles. Exeter 17 miles. Shop 2 miles, hotel bar 500 yards.

First floor: Beamed living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Broadband connection
  • Small enclosed lawned courtyard garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • 5 acres of shared natural grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Field for horse available by arrangement
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small pond in front garden

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Boathouse Ref: FOQ

An exceptional cottage in an exceptional location! Furnished and equipped to the highest standard, the Boathouse is set at the water’s edge, 5 miles from the open sea, commanding splendid views from all the principal rooms over the River Dart and the kaleidoscope of colourful craft bobbing at their moorings. This is the perfect spot for a truly relaxing holiday – a large balcony leading off the master bedroom offers plenty of space, and steps lead from here to a secluded 40-ft patio bordered by unspoilt woodlands and enjoying river views. With its built-in, native stone barbecue, this is the ideal place to dine out-of-doors on languid summer evenings.
The Boathouse’s position along the quayside at Stoke Gabriel is a paradise for boating enthusiasts. Nestled on an estuary of the River Dart, this charming village is not only noted for its sailing – but also boasts a choice of traditional inns and a beautiful Norman church. Medieval Totnes is just minutes away by car, whilst a few miles further lies Dartmouth with its famous steam railway (summer only), cruises and boat hire on the River Dart. The seaside resort of Torquay is a 20-minute drive, offering fine sandy beaches, coves, cliff walks, an interesting harbour, marina, excellent leisure facilities and children’s amusements.
A spectacular flair and attention to detail are features of the conversion of this old stone boathouse. Furnished to the highest standards throughout with an intriguing blend of both antique and contemporary pieces, it also has its own floodlit private garden. Shops ¼ mile.

Two-storey-high beamed living/dining room with exposed stone walls and water’s edge balcony. Cloakroom with toilet. Wrought-iron spiral staircase to well-equipped kitchen on gallery.Wrought-iron spiral staircase continues to second floor: Master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet, and balcony with furniture. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite wash basin and toilet. Laundry.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two satellite TVs (one smart TV)
  • DVD/video
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone – UK calls foc
  • Garden
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Dinghy mooring by prior arrangement
    & subject to availability
  • Slipway on quay
  • Unsuitable for the infirm and children under five (except babies in arms)
  • No smoking

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
Lyndhurst Ref: 29335

This spacious, detached house is the perfect holiday escape for friends and family at any time of year, and is just a short stroll from the village inn. Situated in the small village of Highampton which is at the heart of West Devon’s rolling countryside, midway between the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park and the spectacular North Devon and North Cornish coasts. Lyndhurst is the ideal base from which to explore this stunning location. The spacious living room, with its cosy open fire, is the perfect spot to unwind, and the large, lawned gardens give the children somewhere to let off steam. The glorious beaches of North Cornwall are just 20 miles, with excellent surfing, along with breathtaking coastal walking. Fishing, horse riding and golf are all on offer close by, and Dartmoor National Park is a must for nature lovers, whilst the nearby Tarka Trail leads walkers and cyclists through superb scenery. Hatherleigh, 4 miles, has a supermarket and a good selection of small shops, whilst Okehampton has larger town facilities. The pretty fishing villages of Padstow, Clovelly, Port Isaac and Rock are well worth a visit, as is mystical Tintagel. For family fun, the Big Sheep and Milky Way adventure parks are a good day out. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with step to breakfast area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over ¾ bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

Open fire in living room and woodburner in dining room (intial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric range. Microwave .Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£807-£2187
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
The Orangery Ref: 26723

The Orangery is the perfect holiday retreat in the port town of Bideford with its pastel coloured houses and tree lined quay. This spacious wing of the owners grand Georgian home at the end of a wide sweeping drive has been refurbished and is conveniently placed just 2 miles from North Devon’s beaches, yet just a short walk from the pannier market and quayside. Shop, pub and restaurants 1/4 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and tiled floor. 2 steps down to kitchen/snug with double sofa bed and tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with beams, 1 twin with Velux, both with vaulted ceilings.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVDs and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker (Induction hob). Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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£246-£871
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Lodge 88 Ref: W41997

Ideal base for exploring

This holiday lodge has been well furnished and is an ideal base for families and couples wishing to explore the North Devon and Cornish Coastline and countryside, and also a place to relax and let time pass by. Places of interest include the pretty fishing village of Clovelly, the rugged coastline at Hartland and the stunning beaches at Woolacombe and Saunton. The R.H.S Gardens at Rosemoor and the NT properties at Arlington Court and Castle Drogo. For those feeling energetic there is cycling on the Tarka Trail or walking in the Dartmoor National Park. Permit is available for the two on-site fishing lakes which are stocked with coarse fish (guests must bring own rods). Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

NSH and electricity included (£40per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Friday to Friday. NB: Fishing lake on-site.

WAS
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£178-£729
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
East Haggington Ref: 50161

This holiday cottage forms the main part of a farmhouse dating back to the Domesday Book. Situated on a 108-acre working farm on the outskirts of Berrynarbor it has won best kept village in Devon several times. It is about 1 mile from the sea at Combe Martin and a little further along the coast are the famous surfing beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe. In Combe Martin there is the Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and at Ilfracombe, about 2 miles, you can find a golf course, Landmark Theatre and a picturesque harbour where various boat trips can be organised. A visit to the Victorian towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are also within easy reach as well as access to Exmoor National Park. Other local attractions include Watermouth Castle and Arlington Court (NT). Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. First floor: Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom. Separate toilet.

Electricity fires, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Use of washing machine and tumble dryer (on site). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Pet free of charge.

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£360-£760
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Linhay Ref: 26020

The Linhay is a spacious detached converted barn in the grounds of the owners’ home, which dates back to the 16th century. This holiday cottage was once a cider barn, but has been completely refurbished to offer up to date accommodation. The area is great for walking, offering many from the doorstep. Close by is the Jurassic Coast, taking in Beer, Branscombe and Sidmouth. There are many NT properties. Seaton is a short drive and offers the unique tramway and bird watching on the Axe Estuary Seaton Marshes Nature Reserve. Visit Exeter, Dartmoor and Exmoor. In summer or winter there is plenty to see or do. Golf available nearby. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 700 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with single sofa bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service on request. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0


This semi-detached, renovated 18th century holiday cottage (only 5 minutes’ walk from Myrtle Loft ref E2859), is close to Instow’s sandy beach and the famed Tarka Trail. Local shops and a choice of fine pubs and restaurants are within easy walking distance. A pedestrian ferry crosses the River Torridge to Appledore (April to October), where visitors will find pubs, shops, galleries and a lively quay from where plentiful boat and fishing trips depart. Within easy reach are Bideford, 3 miles, from whose busy quayside visitors can catch a ferry to Lundy Island, 2 hours, or visit the farmers’ market or Westward Ho! a family beach resort. Golf, fishing, watersports and riding nearby. The Eden Project is a 1.5 hour drive.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with slate floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double (6ft) bedrooms (zip and link, can be twin by arrangement). Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Gas CH, underfloor heating (ground floor), elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Summerhouse. BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£337-£704
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