Luxury Devon cottages

Choose from our great selection of luxury Devon cottages for a get-together with family, friends or just as a couple. Two spectacular coastlines, two National Parks and the mild climate of the English Riviera,, there’s so much to see and do for visitors to Devon. Here’s our guide to the Best Places To Visit and the Top Ten Things To Do in Devon.

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Best places to visit in Devon

Appledore

On the banks of the River Torridge,  Appledore is a living, working village full of ‘olde worlde’ charm with narrow cobbled lanes of colour-washed houses, rising steeply up the hillside, small fishermen’s cottages and a pretty harbour overlooking the meeting point of the rivers Torridge and Taw.

Brixham

Brixham

Brixham

Brixham is one of Britain’s busiest fishing ports, where life centres around the bustling harbour. You can watch the fishermen unloading their daily catch and sample freshly caught seafood from one of the quayside’s fish stalls. Away from the harbour you can lose yourself in a maze of narrow, winding streets, and within walking distance from the town centre you will find some of the Riviera’s most spectacular scenery. Sandy beaches and secluded coves give way to the towering cliffs of Berry Head, offering breathtaking views of Torbay and the English Channel.

Croyde

Croyde is a beautiful village facing the Atlantic Ocean with a great surfing beach. It is a wonderful blend of old and new with old stone cottages and thatched roofed buildings. The wide sweep of Croyde Bay finshes at Baggy Point, a rugged stretch of coastline with a spectacular coastal footpath on this National Trust-owned headland.

Dartmouth

Dartmouth

Dartmouth

Carved into the banks of the beautiful River Dart, Dartmouth has narrow streets, long flights of steps, overhanging medieval houses and old quays. The streets are full of galleries, restaurants and shops selling crafts, gifts and antiques and the views over the estuary are breathtaking. Be sure to walk the cobbled pavements of Bayards Cove, which looks much the same now as it did in the 16th century. As a well as a popular boating centre with a famous regatta, Dartmouth is also a fishing port and fresh catches are traded on the quayside at Kingswear.

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe is a charming seaside town nestling amongst the rugged cliffs on the majestic coast just to the west of the Exmoor National Park. Its attractive natural harbour, elegant Victorian architecture, many green spaces and park areas up on the hills continue to make it as popular today as it has been since the 1830s. There are many fine and award-winning beaches, from secluded coves to wide stretches of golden sand with crashing surf. For a unique beach experience visit the Tunnels Beach. The Tunnels are passages hewn through the cliffs to a privately owned bathing beach. The Victorians also built up walls between rocks to make two bathing pools which have been recently restored and make for an excellent family day out on the beach.

Salcombe

Salcombe

Salcombe

Salcombe became famous for the schooners which brought fruit to its shores from the West Indies. These days the town is a retirement haven, to some extent because it enjoys some of the mildest weather in England. Gardens are terraced down to the edge of the water and contain such exotic plants as palms and orange and lemon trees. Salcombe is also a centre for pleasure craft and ferries. Sailing and motor boats are available for hire with or without tuition. Travelling the estuary by ferry is one of the nicest ways to get around. The Rivermaid Ferry sails to Kingsbridge and the East Portlemouth Ferry crosses the estuary to the lovely, sheltered beaches of Smalls Cove, Mill Bay and Sunny Cove.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth

Sidmouth

Sidmouth is a picture book Regency town which has retained an elegant charm. The resort nestles in a beautiful valley enclosed by red sandstone cliffs in an Area of Outstanding Beauty on the Jurassic Coast. It is easy to see why John Betjeman described Sidmouth as, “A town caught still in a timeless charm”.  As you wander through Sidmouth, you’ll see a variety of architecture ranging from fine houses built for members of London Society to small, but well-preserved, cottages which once housed the servants. Don’t miss the cob-walled Old Ship Inn. A monastery in 1350, it has also served time as a handy smugglers’ rendezvous. Sidmouth also boasts a couple of good beaches.

Torquay

English Riviera

English Riviera

Known as the Queen of the Riviera, Torquay has been one of the UK’s top holiday destinations since Victorian times. Torquay’s waterfront is the focus of life in the town. Here you’ll find the palm-lined promenade, seafront gardens, a lively harbour and an international marina. Yet within minutes of the town centre there are beautiful beaches easily accessible by foot, road or water. Famed for its palm trees and lush vegetation, the area is blessed with its very own micro-climate which means that visitors can be assured of agreeable weather throughout the year. Short, mild winters give way to long, balmy summers, allowing the area’s sub-tropical plant life to flourish.

Woolacombe

Woolacombe is a stunning seaside resort with a long, sandy, gently sloping beach which faces the Atlantic Ocean. It is a very popular destination for surfing and is part of the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, renowned for its dramatic coastal cliffs and landscape. Due to Atlantic waves, the swell is large and very clean, of great benefit to surfing. Across the beach there are panoramic views of Lundy Island.

Top ten things to do in Devon

1. Cycle the Tarka Trail

The trail follows the route taken by Tarka the otter in the famous book. With over 30 miles available to cyclists, it takes a looping route through north and mid Devon, from the rugged Atlantic Coast and the estuaries of the Taw and Torridge – through rural Devon countryside onto the northern slopes of Dartmoor, and the source of the River Taw. The route covers a wide variety of landscapes, including wooded river valleys, rugged moorland, coastal cliffs and sandy bays.

2. Enjoy a unique beach experience in Ilfracombe

Devon has many fine and award-winning beaches, from secluded coves to wide stretches of golden sand with crashing surf. For a unique beach experience visit the Tunnels Beach in Ilfracombe. The Tunnels are passages hewn through the cliffs to a privately owned bathing beach. The Victorians also built up walls between rocks to make two bathing pools which have been recently restored and make for an excellent family day out on the beach.

3. Treat yourself to a Devon cream tea

A cream tea with thick clotted cream and deep red jam served atop plump doughy scones is one of the delights of Devon. For a genuine Devon cream tea the cream comes first, followed by the jam. After all it spreads more easily and it looks better!

4. All aboard the steam train for Buckfastleigh

Historic steam engines haul trains between Buckfastleigh on the edge of Dartmoor and Totnes, through some of Devon’s most beautiful countryside. The South Devon Railway line hugs the river Dart along almost all of its length – and through countryside rich in wildlife, barely any of which is visible from the road.

5. Climb a Dartmoor tor

Dartmoor

Dartmoor

Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in southern England. Situated in the middle of Devon between the north and south coasts, Dartmoor is where tall, windswept granite tors stand out atop wild and rugged hills on two high plateaux split by the valley of the River Dart. On those plateaux the famous Dartmoor ponies still graze. It is a rich habitat for wildlife and has a wealth of archaeological remains which dot the landscape of the moor, best explored on foot.

6. Be enchanted by Rosemoor

Rosemoor is a beautiful 65-acre garden of national importance set deep in the lovely north Devon countryside in the magnificent Torridge Valley. You do not have to be a keen gardener to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Rosemoor, which was gifted to the RHS by Lady Ann Berry in 1988. Whatever the season, the garden is a unique and enchanting place that people return to time and again for ideas, inspiration or simply to enjoy a marvellous day out. An exciting and diverse range of events also takes place throughout the year for all the family.

7. Ride on a unique cliff railway

This unique Victorian inclined railway links the towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, climbing from sea level to a height of 150 metres. This ingenious water powered lift is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling, creating absolutely no emissions. The cliff railway enjoys stunning views of the North Devon coastline from Lynmouth nestling at the foot of the cliffs to Lynton perched 500 feet above and is still used by locals to get between the two communities.

8. Head across the water on a sea tractor

Burgh Island is situated just off one of South Devon’s finest beaches and is home to a stunning Art Deco hotel. The islet is accessible by foot across a sand spit at low tide and onboard a hydraulic sea tractor, the only one in the world, at other times. Recently renovated it is the best way to arrive through the surf at Burgh Island.

9. Go surfing at Croyde

Croyde is a beautiful village facing the Atlantic Ocean with one of Britain’s best surfing beaches. The wide sweep of Croyde Bay is not just great for surfing. The Blue Flag beach is also good for beach games, building sandcastles and just chilling out.

10. Take a cruise up the estuary from Salcombe

Hop on an organised cruise or hire your own motorboat – it’s simple to learn the ropes and you can’t go far wrong with a chart detailing the best beaches, seal hotspots and places to moor up for food and drink.

We have a great choice of luxury Devon cottages to suit everyone. So, why not browse our selection and see what catches your eye?

The Goyle, luxury cottage in Tiverton, Devon Check availability The Goyle, Uplowman, Devon
Sleeps 7 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5951134 per week * Ref: GCG5096
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

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Wattles, luxury cottage in Tiverton, Devon Check availability Wattles, Uplowman, Devon
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £502987 per week * Ref: GCG5097
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 4

Set in sumptuous Devon countryside and enjoying views over an adjacent lake, this well appointed lodge has its own private hot tub. It is just three miles from Knighthayes House, one of the finest surviving Victorian Gothic houses in the country....