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Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the Great Hangman (National Trust) near Combe Martin, North Devon. © David Noton

Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the Great Hangman (National Trust) near Combe Martin, North Devon. © David Noton

Devon is a big and beautiful county with much to offer a self catering holiday. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. Our range of holiday cottages in Devon are brimming with character, lovingly restored and all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust. The area lends itself to great dog walking opportunities so we have a range of dog friendly holiday cottages in Devon too.

As well as holiday cottages our self-catering holiday options also include bunkhouses across the county. Perfect for groups of family and friends, walkers, special interest groups, people that love the outdoors or looking for a base to explore the area, the Exmoor Bunkhouse near Lynton, North Devon can sleep up to 18 people with easy access to the river, coastal paths, and the local pub!

Exmoor National park is the jewel of North Devon, with its wild uplands, wooded valleys, ancient farms and miles and miles of undulating coastal paths. Take a stroll through the dappled river paths at Watersmeet before circling the coast at Countisbury which glows in different colours according to the season. The wooded coastline and valleys at Heddon Valley offer walks through paths of butterflies, ancient trees and cliffs that tower above the waves. 

Meanwhile, balmy South Devon gets the full benefit of the warm Gulf Stream. Take advantage of this geographical quirk and discover its subtropical climate and fragrant coastal gardens where the scent of lemon trees and tiger lillies fill the air. Overbecks is a great place to start, while nearby Dart Estuary offers a chance to spot falcons and rare butterflies.

And we can’t mention South Devon without talking about the English Riviera, a 22 mile stretch of unspoilt coastline between the seaside towns of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay. There we look after the subtropical gardens and secret glades of Coleton Fishacre and Agatha Christie’s holiday home, Greenway. Visitors looking to holiday in this area could choose from a wonderful selection of Devon cottages including 1 and 2 Coleton Barton, which are just minutes walk from Coleton Fishacre, or the Greenway Apartment at Greenway.

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