Devon is one of the UK’s prime short break destinations with its magnificent wind-swept coastline and AONB-designated countryside attracting holiday-makers from far and wide. If you’ve decided that Devon is the place for you, then take a look our hand-picked collection of Devon holiday cottages. Located both rurally and on the coast, they’ve all received high ratings from previous guests and are great bases from which to explore this wonderful region.
Located just a 10 minute walk from Brixham, this attractive little terraced cottage has two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin). The modern interior comprises a bathroom with bath and shower over, a kitchen and living room of which both have dining tables. To the front of the holiday property is a courtyard with furniture. Old Mill Court is 5 miles from Dartmouth and about 8 miles from the popular resort of Torquay. Brixham itself is an attractive seaside town featuring narrow winding streets and a bustling harbour. In addition to two nearby Blue Flag beaches is variety of top visitor attractions such as Paignton Zoo. The South West Coastal Path is also not to be missed and offers some fantastic views of Devon’s dramatic coast.
Cowslip House is a detached Devon holiday cottage property in the centre of Axminster. The spacious, well-furnished interior features classical period decor such as chandeliers and regency furniture. There are three bedrooms (2 super king-size doubles, 1 twin) on the first floor, while the ground-floor includes a large well-equipped kitchen, dining room and living room with bay windows. The property also features a light and airy conservatory that looks out over the enclosed garden with its paved patio area and furniture. The nearby Axminster is set on the River Axe and is considered one of Devon’s most picturesque towns. It has a collection of independent shops and traditional inns as well as a weekly market. Local attractions include Loughwood Meeting House and Shute Barton, both of which are owned by the National Trust.
This high quality barn conversion offers comfortable Devon self catering accommodation for two and is situated near the idyllic village of Bradworthy. Its modern, open-plan interior, which is set out over a single storey, has 1 king-size double with en-suite wet room and shower. Well-suited to guests with mobility issues, the property also features a kitchen with adjustable-height worktops and a large living room with dining table. The exterior comprises a lawn garden with patio furniture and barbecue. As well as the pretty village of Bradbury, Fritillary Cottage is close to numerous top resorts and attractions like Tintagel, Port Isaac and Clovelly. Top beaches in the area include Sandy Mouth, Hartland Point Quay and Welcombe Mouth.
Located just 200 yards from the village inn this Devon holiday cottage property is a former artist’s studio – the cosy, well-furnished interior comprises two bedrooms (1 king-size double, 1 double) a bathroom with roll-top bath and hand-shower, a living area with multi-fuel burner and a modern kitchen with four seat dining table. French windows lead out from the living room to a garden and patio with furniture. A small lawn can be found to the side of the property that includes loungers. This delightful little cottage adjoins a paddock in which the owners keep goats and poultry – organic vegetables and eggs can occasionally be purchased. In terms of nearby visitor attractions, the attractive seaside town of Axminster is around four miles away while the popular Lyme Regis is about seven.
This is one of our favourite Devon cottages and is just a short distance from Hallsands Beach as well as the South West Coast Path. It’s a Victorian terraced property that’s decorated in a traditional style with two bedrooms (1 double, 1 bunk room) and a bathroom with bath and shower over. The charming open-plan interior, that’s accessed via steps and stable doors, harks back to the 19th century and features a stone fireplace with wood-burner. The kitchen is equipped with the usual mod-cons one should expect from any top self catering property and includes a dining table. The exterior comprises a patio area with furniture and barbecue. A collection of picture-postcard villages are in the vicinity such as Beesands, Kingsbridge and Salcombe.
A Victorian terraced holiday property that offers luxury holiday accommodation for large groups with five bedrooms (1 double, 1 bedroom with double bunk beds, 2 king-size, 1 twin) and four bathrooms. The modern interior is set out over three floors – the bedrooms can be found on the top two floors and offers superb views of Teignmouth’s Georgian rooftops and the sea. The ground floor is occupied by a very large open-plan kitchen with glass roof that also includes an island and snug. The sitting area features a wall-mounted TV, while outside is a private courtyard area with furniture. A shop and pub are within a short walk of this fabulous Devon cottage as is the local award-winning beach. Nearby attractions include Dartmoor National Park (12 miles), the elegant resort town of Torbay (13 miles) and of course South Devon’s wonderful coast.
Well-suited to those searching for Devon self catering cottages to rent, this luxurious two-storey property is peacefully-appointed on a local farm. It comprises five bedrooms (2 king-size doubles, 1 twin, 1 single, 1 bunk room), of which the master double features a magnificent mahogany bed with en-suite shower room. There are two bathrooms with baths, and one with shower over. On the ground floor is a large living room with open-fire, a dining room with piano and a snug with wood-burner. The expansive exterior includes a variety of activities and consists of a swimming pool, tennis court, games room and gym. The Coach House is about two miles from the Saxon town of Lydford with its medieval castle while the National Trust’s Lydford Gorge is also in the vicinity. The pretty moorland market towns, Okehampton and Tavistock are about six miles from the Coach House are are easy to get to by car.
This beautiful 18th century thatched cottage exudes charm both inside and out. There are three bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin, 1 single) and a bathroom with bath and shower over. The rustic interior includes exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace complete with wood-burner as well as a modern kitchen, dining room and separate sitting room. To the rear of the property is a small private courtyard. Situated between Dartmoor National Park and the North Devon Coast, Vineyard cottage offers a great base from which to explore this beautiful region. It’s also located in the centre of Winkleigh – a picturesque village that has two pubs, a local shop and cafe. Slightly further afield are the highly-rated beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton Sands.
West Bowden Farm is a detached barn conversion that’s set in the courtyard grounds of the owner’s 17th century thatched farmhouse. It can accommodate medium to large groups of up to eight guests and has three bedrooms with TVs (2 doubles, 1 family room). Numerous character features can be found throughout such as exposed beams and floor-to-ceiling windows. The ground floor, which has under-floor heating, comprises a spacious living room and large, modern kitchen with breakfast area. A gravelled area with seating is situated at the front of the property. West Bowden Farm is ideal for those looking to explore the dramatic and beautiful Exmoor National Park as well as the numerous sandy beaches found on North Devon’s coast. Knowstone is about a mile from the property and boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Of our Devon self catering cottages, this one perhaps offers the best views. Located on headland above Hallsands, it sleeps up to 5. The first floor comprises three bedrooms (1 king-size, 1 twin, 1 x single) and a shower room with walk-in shower. On the ground floor is another WC, a modern kitchen with breakfast table, two dining areas and a living room with wood-burner. Adjoining one of the dining areas is a conservatory with seating that affords some wonderful seaside vistas. The exterior consists of an enclosed patio area with furniture and barbecue. Wisteria is set in an Area of outstanding Natural Beauty that incorporates the South West Coastal path and an assortment of excellent beaches. Also nearby is the popular resort town of Salcombe as well as smaller villages like Beesands and East Prawle.