Web Cottages has a fantastic selection of holiday cottages in Devon, which is why we thoroughly recommend the region as a place to stay. It is one of the UK’s larger counties and is a blissful agricultural area with timeless character and a relaxed laid back atmosphere.
Situated in the South West of the UK, it is well known for its glorious gently sloping landscape, fantastic coasts, expansive moorland, magnificent hamlets, and old towns. Many of our holiday cottages in Devon are tucked away in rural locations close to or around these picturesque towns.
Why Rent a Holiday Cottage in Devon?
Devon has two coastlines, the north of which is craggier with surf-washed sands, while the southern coastline is gentler and fringed with quiet coves and extensive, sandy bays as well as massive granite tors.
Whether you are planning to search the popular craft and antique fairs for a bargain, surf some waves or take an authentic amble along the remarkable Jurassic Coast, Devon has something for everyone at any time of the year. With its coastal towns, rural angling communities, forested dales, rivers, farmers markets, award-winning places to eat, and excellent thatched vacation properties. Devon is a superb place for a cottage holiday break or brief escape.
Devon is also fast becoming one of the UK’s best-loved hot spots, with many celebrities and surfers being spotted in the area now with its bars, shops, and modern eateries being a big attraction. We’ve even had a few celebs stay in our holiday cottages! Check out our luxury holiday and see which one suits you!
The region of Devon gives a selection of holiday styles with the open spaces of Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, the sandy shorelines of the English Riviera, and small-known hamlets that are rich in history.
There are many wonderful shores, which are not generally as crowded as those in neighboring Cornwall, and with twelve shorelines holding esteemed Blue Flag Beach awards, it’s easy to see why seaside holidays in Devon remain well-liked year after year. You can use our map search facility to find a cottage near one of these beaches.
The scores of Devon shores and coves range from sandy bays through to pebble and shingle coastlines, even though whichever you plump for to visit – there will be stacks to investigate. The charming seasides and cafés serving fresh seafood diversity make a perfect environment for a coastal cottage getaway.
Devon has a mild but unpredictable climate and has a reputation for receiving better weather than much of the UK, and can even support subtropical vegetation in some areas with the English Riviera being well known for getting great weather.
We have a large number of self catering properties near the coastline, so for those interested in water sports, we have plenty to choose from. But you’ll first have to check the surfing conditions of seafronts and bays to see which is most suitable for your experience level. Also, year-round events like sailing regattas, grounds festivals, and classic operas are always open to the public, and Web Cottages is the perfect place to start looking for a holiday cottage if you’re participating in such an event.
The region is home to no fewer than five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and an attraction to interest every visitor, from bubbly cities and towns to sandy Blue Flag coasts and splendid National Parks. Dartmoor National Park, for example, is the same size as London!
The varied panorama of the Devonshire rural landscape lends itself to a multitude of places of interest and gives something for every age and level of fitness. For a trendy and inexpensive way to take pleasure from the pretty vista nearby many holiday homes, there are around 3,500 miles of footpaths, countless bridleways and secluded lanes across the region, which are superb for hiking, bike riding, and equestrianism.
For lovers of nature, the combination of coastline, meadow, woodland and marshland environments offer sensational vistas and the chance to view a diversity of animal and plant species, both in the wild, in farms and protected sanctuaries.
When looking for a holiday cottage, our convenient search options mean that you can tailor the results to your individual needs, ensuring that you barely view the most appropriate break rental cottages or your time away.
Exploring Devon’s Attractions During your Holiday Stay
Once you’ve chosen the spot for your holiday, this section should help you make up your mind on what you can do once there. Check out the range of activities to keep you entertained and making the most of your Devon cottage holiday.
Devon’s historical legacy has meant that there are a massive number of citadels, stately residences, and gardens, most of which are open to the public. Historic cities, great towns, picture-postcard angling hamlets, and elegant resorts. Dartmouth Castle, Castle Drogo, and Okehampton Castle on Dartmoor are particular highlights.
Ambling, biking, and equestrianism are extremely trendy places of interest, taking you to broad heather covered moorland, old oak woodland, untouched thatched communities, impassable bogs, prehistoric dolmens, splendid churches and rivers full of fish, not to mention the granite outcrops of Brat Tor, Hound Tor, and East Mill Tor.
Many individuals take a vacation holiday lodge purely for golf or angling while self catering holidays for walkers is hugely popular. The sailing and surfing along the coastline have brought sizeable numbers of tourists to the region, often residing in guest residences or self catering properties to give them the freedom to find the unequaled bay or cove for the particular conditions.
They offer the location for a choice of well-liked places of interest, including surfing, sailing, kite surfing, diving, and sandcastle building. There are some exciting sites along the Quay, and bags of chances to enjoy the waterways and canals of the Exe Estuary and canal linking Exeter to the rest of the region.
The most revered attraction in Exeter is undoubtedly the Norman Cathedral of St Peter, which marks the start of Exeter’s commercial heart, where some of the best areas for retail therapy can be found.
If you are vacationing at any of our self catering properties, then a trip to the Dartmoor National Park is a must. The uneven topography of Dartmoor National Park has inspired an abundance of folk tales, songs, and stories with twenty miles of its wild ponies and tors.
Each part of Dartmoor has an inimitable story. It is an ancient scenery of windswept granite tors standing out above wild and uneven mounds and best explored on foot.
Devon’s leading family tourist attractions include Crealy Park, Paignton Zoo, Go Ape, Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium, Buckfast Abbey, Woodlands, and an abundance of more. These include many unique museums, magnificent stately homes, and marine centres, with trendy highlights for all the family such as the Bicton Park Botanical Gardens and the medieval Dartmouth Castle. The 180 miles of the Tarka Trail and the 120 miles of the Coast to Coast trail are excellent despite tough places.
Taking a visit to Plymbridge Woods to see the nesting sites of the Peregrine Falcons, following the butterfly paths at Haldon Forest Park or travelling out to sea in search of seals and dolphins are merely a handful of examples of some of the things that you can make the most of during your time in break self-catering cottages in Devon.
Places To Rent A Holiday Cottage in Devon
Choose one of our North Devon rental properties, and miles of golden coastlines, sensational cliffs, and winding lanes will be yours to enjoy, besides the wild uplands of Exmoor. Alternatively, South Devon too has ideal shorelines, plus medieval towns and waterway estuaries, home to an abundance of flora and fauna.
Choose from cottages in historic towns such as Dartmouth, busy cities such as Exeter and Plymouth, and the dozens of towns along the famed coastline. The Jurassic Coast in East Devon includes areas of rock dating 185 million months of the year. The mild climate, vacation atmosphere, sandy waterfronts, and Mediterranean feel have given the three South Devon towns of Torbay – Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham – the distinction of being known as The English Riviera.
Other in-demand South Devon locations include the naval port of Dartmouth and the admired family vacation bay of Salcombe. The cities of Exeter and Plymouth offer a more cosmopolitan feel, featuring fantastic shopping amenities with high street and close boutiques, a choice of bistros, and a colourful nightlife given by the bars and clubs in the vicinity.
Here, you will find self catering cottages along the coastline and right through Devon’s region, within Lynmouth, Barnstaple, and multiple other prominent towns and rural communities.
Many of Devon’s seaside resorts are superb for surfing, with Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe and Westward Ho within the most well-liked for the sport. Especially for surfers due to the considerable swells and grand amounts of space. Croyde and Saunton are both ample sandy coastlines.
Inland, the place changes from lush, gently sloping knolls to the superbly wild landscapes of Exmoor and Dartmoor. Unspoiled Dartmoor and Exmoor offer good ambling and hiking options. Dartmoor is a magical place while Exmoor National Park is joint with Devon and Somerset and sprawls over 260 square miles.
We’re sure you’ll be able to find that perfect Devon holiday home on Web Cottages.