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Holiday Cottages in Devon

“I have never before been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty”. These are the words of Steven Spielberg when asked what he thought of Devon. And frankly, we couldn’t agree more.

A tropical paradise nestled in the South West of England, Devon is a diverse land of silken beaches and majestic moors, of bustling town centres and quaint historic homes. It’s a place where fresh sea breezes whistle through craggy cliffs and turquoise waves lap against golden sands. It’s a place where award-winning chefs pluck crops from wild, windswept moors and serve up some of the most exquisite food this country has ever seen. It’s the perfect place, we think you’ll agree, for an unforgettable cottage getaway.

Two delightfully different coastlines

North and South Devon are both home to their own gorgeous coastlines, each offering its unique version of beachside bliss. North Devon faces the Atlantic, providing a rich and wild coast. Foamy blue waves crash against rugged rocks, and a world of adrenaline and watersports thrives.

Down south, Devon faces the calmer English channel, where high and mighty cliffs peer down on 120 miles of rugged coast and over 50 tranquil beaches. Here, you’ll find soft waves lapping against golden sand, and the perfect place to lie beneath the Summer sun.

The Jurassic Coast is Britain's most ancient attraction

To the east of Devon’s south coast, lies its most magnificent attraction. On the surface, the Jurassic Coast is 95 miles of stunning scenery. Some of the best walks in England snake by its crystal waters, beneath its high and rugged cliffs, and along its lush, green grassland. But to those who know what they’re looking for, something even more special hides inside.

Wander the Jurassic Coast with a guidebook, and you’ll be able to hear the story these incredible cliffs tell. Standing alongside the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site of ‘outstanding international importance’, the Jurassic Coast is a readable record of 185 million years of history on earth. A wander down the coast, finding fossils and spotting rock formations, is a wander back to an era almost 1,000 times older than humanity itself.

The best beach in Britain

Devon is home to over a hundred beautiful beaches, and with some of the highest temperatures and lowest rainfall in the UK, it also has the perfect weather to make the most of them.

Each of one of its stunning sandy stretches is a golden paradise, but one somehow manages to rise above the rest. Sat a short drive from Pickwell, Woolacombe Beach is maybe the most highly decorated beach in Britain. As well as boasting numerous awards for cleanliness, popularity, and all-round magnificence, in 2015 this 3-mile swathe of silken sand was voted the best beach in the UK, the fourth-best in Europe and 13th best in the whole world!

The South West’s greatest green spaces

The only thing Devon may do better than stunning stretches of sand is gorgeous green spaces. Home to the only two national parks in the South West, family holidays will have no shortage of outdoor adventures to choose from.

Dartmoor National Park, the larger of the two, is a whirlwind of granite hilltops and gloriously bright wildflowers. Between the plush, vibrant landscape, lie some incredible archaeological attractions. Two of the most fascinating, are RAF Harrowbeer, a WWII aircraft base constructed using rubble from the Plymouth blitz, and Spinsters rock, an ancient tomb dating back over six millennia, to around 4,000 BC.

Stretching between Devon and Somerset, Exmoor National Park is a mystic landscape of moorland, woodland, and fascinating legend. The misty moors are the alleged home of the ‘Beast of Exmoor’, the south west’s answer to Nessie. Whether you believe in the giant cat or not, an afternoon spent scouring the Exmoor moors in search of it is sure to be an enjoyable one.

Five official areas of outstanding natural beauty

As if being home to one of the most incredible archaeological attractions on the planet wasn’t enough, Devon almost boasts a staggering five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All in all, the South West county is home to nearly 500 square miles of officially recognised magnificence, more than almost anywhere else in England.

The Blackdown Hills, the largest of the five areas, is 143 square miles of picture-postcard potential. Indulge in one of the many walking routes the hills offer, and you’ll find rugged woodland kissed apart by crystal rivers, and rolling countryside, unravelling far further than the eye can see.

Incredible Architecture

While stunning scenery tends to steal the show down in the South West, Devon is also home to some exceptional architecture. Killerton Estate is often cited as the National Trust’s most beautiful estate, while the enchanting Powderham Castle is the definition of a fairytale mansion.

The most incredible building in the county, however, has to be Exeter Cathedral. Sat one minute’s walk from the town centre and dating back almost a millennia, this mighty gothic structure is one of the most jaw-dropping buildings in England. Its vast vaulted ceilings and decadent stained glass windows are an example of just how much devotion, skill and creativity it is possible for people to possess.

A haven for food-lovers

While Devon’s rolling hills, wild moors and lush green pastures are certainly a sight to behold, don’t forget, they’re a lot more than just a pretty face. The rich, fertile land of the South West is ideal for growing incredible cooking ingredients, and over the years its incredible potential attracted some of the best chefs in England.

Today, Devon has a reputation as one of the premier food spots in the country. The South West spot boasts everything from award-winning chilli farms to Michelin star eateries, quaint tea rooms to rustic village taverns. While no trip to Devon is complete without a traditional cream tea, we also suggest checking out some of their more formal, fine dining spots. Plymouth alone is home to celebrity-run restaurants from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, James and Chris Tanner, Gary Rhodes, Mitch Tonks and Anton Piotrowski.

Book the best possible Devon holiday cottage

From friends holidays to family-friendly adventures, month-long travels to short breaks, open-plan apartments to quaint and cosy cottages - Devon has it all. To help make sure your holidays are as perfect as possible, we’ll make sure you book the cottage that’s right for you.

Don’t want to leave your four-legged friend at home? Have a look at Devon’s dog-friendly cottages. Choose from an incredible collection of luxury or extra-large holiday homes, or perhaps peruse properties with a pool or a decedent hot tub. If you do love to be beside the seaside, check out cottages on the coast, or maybe beside the beach.

Devon Cottages

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Clayhanger

The Foxes Larder

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Beaford House
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Beaford

Beaford House

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Northill Lodge
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Chagford

Northill Lodge

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Kingfisher Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Kingfisher Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Kingfisher Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Kingfisher Barn
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St Giles-on-the-Heath

Kingfisher Barn

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Britannia Way
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Westward Ho!

Britannia Way

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Stable Cottage
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Bratton Fleming

Stable Cottage

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Oaktree Cottage - HNNO
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  • Last Minute Cottages - Oaktree Cottage - HNNO
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Bovey Tracey

Oaktree Cottage - HNNO

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The House
  • Last Minute Cottages - The House
  • Last Minute Cottages - The House
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East Ogwell

The House

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Warren Cottage-UKC2098
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  • Last Minute Cottages - Warren Cottage-UKC2098
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Langtree

Warren Cottage-UKC2098

Ref: S82999

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Acorn Cottage- HGGJ
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Bovey Tracey

Acorn Cottage- HGGJ

Ref: S19357

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Chapman House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Chapman House
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Fairy Cross

Chapman House

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables
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Buckland Brewer

The Stables

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Courts View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Courts View
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Newton Abbot

Courts View

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Brunel Boutique Railway Carriage 3
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Dawlish

Brunel Boutique Railway Carriage 3

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Gatehouse
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Lamerton

The Gatehouse

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Well Farmhouse - UK11880
  • Last Minute Cottages - Well Farmhouse - UK11880
  • Last Minute Cottages - Well Farmhouse - UK11880
  • Last Minute Cottages - Well Farmhouse - UK11880
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Holsworthy

Well Farmhouse - UK11880

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Robin Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Robin Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Robin Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Robin Barn
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St Giles on the Heath

Robin Barn

Ref: S25388

Reviews 3

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Curlew Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Curlew Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Curlew Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Curlew Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Curlew Cottage

Bideford

Curlew Cottage

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Reading Corner Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Reading Corner Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Reading Corner Cottage
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Buckland Monachorum

Reading Corner Cottage

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  • Last Minute Cottages - VIRGINIA COTTAGE
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  • Last Minute Cottages - VIRGINIA COTTAGE
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Newton Abbot

VIRGINIA COTTAGE

Ref: S19369

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Tarka's Holt Log Cabin-UKC2102
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Langtree

Tarka's Holt Log Cabin-UKC2102

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Chamomile Cottage- FEM
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Kingswear

Chamomile Cottage- FEM

Ref: S19281

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Ratherton House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ratherton House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ratherton House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ratherton House
  • Last Minute Cottages - Ratherton House

Holsworthy

Ratherton House

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Exmoor - UK12539
  • Last Minute Cottages - Exmoor - UK12539
  • Last Minute Cottages - Exmoor - UK12539
  • Last Minute Cottages - Exmoor - UK12539
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Nomansland

Exmoor - UK12539

Ref: S188884

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S - verified booking

"We enjoyed our stay at the Stables. The owners were very helpful and friendly. They allowed our dog to walk/run in the field adjacent to their home which we appreciated. It is a nice homely cottage. The kitchen and diner are spacious. The lounge is nice - but the sofas and chairs could do with replacing as the seats have lost their oomph and are not very comfortable as well as being very low. The cottage was very clean and we had a good choice of kitchen equipment to use. However, a better clothes horse (more sturdy) or a retractable washing line would be useful as not everything can be dried in the washer dryer.I should explain that the cottage is situated next door to the owners house. The cottage has a small expanse of grass and table and chairs plus parking space in front of it. Beyond that is a large piece of grass where we were able to play with our dog.Our dog also played with their dog which was rather nice. Just be aware the gate to the properties is normally open for access so you need to supervise your dog. Very little traffic uses the lane but the odd vehicle does pass at speed.No major complaints or problems during our stay. We slept well and enjoyed the peace and quiet. The cottage is tucked away down a single track lane. The cottage was initially hard to find as a road sign was broken. Even the Asda delivery struggled to find us. Not the owners fault I might add.The only other thing that could have improved our stay related the velux window in the double bedroom - it only opened a few centimetres but closed again quickly and as it was really warm during our stay my parents found the room quite stuffy. Fortunately the window in the hall opened wide which helped improve things.But despite these minor issues we enjoyed our stay very much."
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G - verified booking

"We have stayed at Kingfisher Barn several times as it is a convenient location for visiting nearby family. We have returned because it is a pleasant place to stay and suits us well. The bed is very comfortable. The bath towels are a good size, unusual in a holiday let. The wifi was very efficient this time after problems on our last visit. It's nice to find a carton of milk in the fridge and biscuits and tea on the worktop on arrival.Our minor niggles are a lack of basic items such as a tea towel and a washing up brush/sponge or dishwasher tablets. Apart from a bottle of washing up liquid there was nothing so we had to purchase a pack of sponges and a box of dishwasher tablets and take the reminder home with us. The first time we stayed there was a nice set of matching crockery but now a mix of different plates, huge mugs and tiny wine glasses. Overall it works though and I am sure we will be back."
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Pamela - verified booking

"Virginia Cottage is all that you could ask for in a cosy well appointed place for a real break. Easily managed, it has everything you could wish for, as a couple or single person for your stay. The cottage is spotlessly clean and the welcome gifts were a lovely touch. Although an excellent level of privacy it gives a feeling of security and being part of a small community of like minded visitors. Annie and her family are welcoming and concerned that everything is done to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The location is quiet and relaxing, close to Bovey Tracey, a lovely small town where you can find really interesting local shops. A perfect place to stay for travelling around this part of Devon, the moors, the coast, lovely towns and beauty spots, and National Trust properties to discover. Thank you Annie, it was a lovely break."
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Charlotte - verified booking

"Had an amazing few days here! We were actually upgraded to their Wisteria cottage, due to the previous visitors wanting to stay on for longer (another good sign of a great place to stay!). The place was gorgeously decorated, very comfortable, very clean. There were lots of nice touches to make our stay more comfortable for example, a selection of books, DVD's and games. The bed was so comfortable we didn't want to leave it! It's in a great location, just down the road from the town so easy to nip to the shops after a 5 minute car journey. In the town there are some lovely places to eat. The grounds themselves are quiet and well kept. Anne and Andy were both very welcoming and made us feel at home. Would definitely recommend these cottages and will rebook if I am down that end of the country again. Thank you!"
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Jo - verified booking

"An almost perfect stay at Acorn Cottage. The location was great as we were attending a wedding in Chudleigh; only 10 mins away. As well as being nearby to pubs and local amenities. The cottage itself was lovely and big, and provided near enough everything we needed. We did however need an iron and later found out it was located in the games room; this wasn’t noted anywhere. Also, the wifi was not working for any of us, this may be because the router is not in the property? But aside from this, we had a very enjoyable and comfortable stay (I slept like a baby, nice beds), we would recommend it and definitely return. Also the owner (who we did not actually see), was indeed very helpful over the phone!"
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