The historic county of Devon, located in the South West of England, is famed for its sandy shores, stunning rural terrain, cliffs and two national parks. This natural beauty, combined with the region’s mild climate, attractions, restaurants and resort towns have helped to make it one of the United Kingdom’s favourite visitor hotspots..
Its popularity with tourists means that the region also plays host to some truly excellent accommodation options, including a superb range of luxury Devon cottages. The collection of rental cottages we have to choose from will cater to just about all needs, budgets and party sizes, ensuring that there really is something for everyone.
After a day of exploring all that Devon has to offer, there is no better way to relax and unwind than coming back to a luxury cottage. Regardless of whether you are travelling with your family, with a partner, with a group of friends or even on your own, we have self catering options that will suit your needs down to the ground.
For a romantic getaway or a holiday with friends, why not treat yourself by booking one of our more extravagant luxury cottages in Devon? We have a number of unique choices available, including some with hot tubs, swimming pools and other additional features that provide that extra element of comfort.
Many pet owners find that going away on holiday can be difficult, requiring money to rent a kennel, or the need for a troublesome search for a willing sitter. Thankfully, we are able to offer a number of dog friendly cottages, taking the element of stress away and providing an inclusive experience for the entire family.
In terms of settlements, two of Devon’s most obvious places to visit are the city of Plymouth and the town of Exeter.
The historic city of Plymouth dates back to the Bronze Age and contains a number of tourist attractions and places of interest, like the Royal Citadel, Smeaton’s Tower and the Naval War Memorial, in addition to a host of bars, restaurants and pubs. Exeter is known as a major shopping hub, but also for its picturesque architecture, including some of the oldest religious buildings in the United Kingdom.
Devon’s tourist centre, however, is Torbay on the south coast, which contains the town of Torquay, or ‘the English Riviera’. It is perhaps best known for its arts, sport and harbour, and is famously associated with the much-loved sitcom Fawlty Towers. Moreover, those hoping to escape the hustle and bustle of some of the larger towns and cities will find various small market towns, such as Newton Abbot and Barnstaple, which are well worth exploring.
One of Devon’s biggest draws is the fact that it contains two different national parks – Dartmoor and Exmoor.
Known for its historic landmarks, Dartmoor contains a number of popular sights, ranging from ancient burial grounds and bronze age settlements to an artificial lake and Castle Drogo. Some of the most popular leisure activities in the national park grounds include horse riding, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.
Exmoor, on the other hand, is particularly popular with hikers and climbers. Notably, it contains Coleridge Way, an incredibly popular footpath, which is strongly linked to the walks taken by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In 2008, it was selected by The Times newspaper as one of the best autumn walks in Great Britain.
The county’s natural beauty also includes two stunning coastlines, which make it a popular seaside destination.
Devon’s southern coastline includes a section of the Jurassic Coast, which is officially categorised as a World Heritage Site. Famed for its geological wonders, it features an eroding landscape, cliffs and coastal rocks and was named as one of the country’s greatest natural wonders by the Radio Times.
Meanwhile, the North Devon Coastline is able to boast an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation. Its Bideford Bay beaches, which include Woolacombe and Saunton, are major British centres for surfing, and the coast’s hangman cliffs include the Great Hangman, which is the highest sea cliff in England.
Those travelling to the region as a family will be pleased to learn that there are a number of additional attractions, which are ideal for keeping children occupied.
Quad World, near Cullompton, is an all-terrain off road racing circuit, which caters specifically to children, while the Crealy Great Adventure Park, near Exeter, is an award-winning family theme park, popular with people of all ages.
Finally, the Pennywell Farm Activity Centre, located just south of Buckfastleigh, features a number of animals and rides. Children are able to participate in activities ranging from goat milking and ferret racing to treasure hunts and egg collecting, ensuring they remain entertained and fully engaged in the experience.