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Holiday Cottages in Devon

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

Holiday cottages in Devon with the National Trust offer a self-catering holiday like no other and we have a deluxe array of coastal cottages. The Devon cliffs are famous for jaw-dropping panoramic views and some of our holiday cottages overlook the English Channel. Devon is a big and beautiful county with much to do and our holiday cottages in Devon are perfect for an English escape. 

Famous for its bellowing cliffs and sandy shores, Devon is an idyllic spot for a coastal 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 forever.

Labelled ‘the loveliest place in the world’ by one of the world’s best-selling authors, Agatha Christie, whose beloved holiday cottage Greenway, remains the exact same way that she left it. You can roam the gardens, enjoy a picnic and see the collections of the Christie family that were left behind.

The south-west county boasts two separate coastlines, with the Bristol Channel and Celtic Sea in the north and the British Channel in the south. The Trust have cottages in both of these heavenly locations with breathtaking views from the colossal clifftops.

We have holiday cottages spread across the delightful county of Devon, including Exmoor, Exeter and the English Riviera. Our charming collection 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.

Balmy South Devon receives the full and sensational 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 lilies fill the air. Overbecks is a great place to enjoy an abundance of tropical wildlife, while nearby Dart Estuary offers a chance to spot falcons and rare butterflies.

We cannot mention South Devon without bringing your attention to the English Riviera, a 22 mile stretch of unspoilt coastline between the seaside towns of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay. Here we look after the subtropical gardens and secret glades of Coleton Fishacre and Agatha Christie’s holiday home, Greenway.

The Lodge At Greenway is on the cusp of the entrance to the Greenway. Sleeping two, this pretty little holiday cottage is ideal for a romantic getaway and the gardens of Greenway make for the sweetest of strolls. A stone's throw from the coast of South Devon, the Lodge is quintessentially located for exploring the English Riviera.

A focal point of Devon is Exeter. Killerton Park Cottage has views of the Ashclyst Forest and you can walk to Killerton House where you can enjoy its luxurious gardens. Neatly located within close proximity of countless trails, this holiday cottage is what every walker wishes for.

North Devon is home to some luxury holiday cottages. The Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage is everything that Devon stands for and lies on the isolated Foreland Point, the most northern part of Devon. Perched on a cliff edge, the grand cottage brings an exhilarating aesthetic and unrivalled views over the Bristol Channel.

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 depending on the season. The wooded coastline and valleys at Heddon Valley offers walks through paths of butterflies, ancient trees and cliffs that tower above the waves.

Exmoor’s West Challacombe Manor is a fifteenth-century holiday cottage and this historic abode comes complete with the 1485 hammerbeam ceiling and sixteenth-century porch with a coat of arms. The South West Coast Path is easy to join and the northern terrain is a walking haven.  

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath, totalling 630 miles and the National Trail ventures through North Devon, circles coastline of Cornwall, before returning to South Devon.

Warcleave Cottage is perfect for those wanting an escape from the city and seeking a rural retreat. Hidden amongst the glorious greens of wonderful woodlands, this Devonshire holiday cottage is perfect for a small family break and the River Teign flows at the bottom of the garden.

For an enchanting escape away from the urban hustle and bustle, The Watch Tower offers a unique experience in the form of a historical holiday cottage. The sandy shores of South Devon welcome walkers and a brisk evening stroll on a warm evening is what every couple needs in a coastal break.

The area lends itself to great dog walking opportunities so we have a range of dog-friendly holiday cottages in Devon too.

Why choose a National Trust holiday cottage in Devon?

Holiday cottages from the Trust are ideal for couples, families or friends and you can enjoy a trip to Devon, where you can explore the thriving countryside and seek adventure on the sandy bays of two coasts.

The proceeds from National Trust Holidays go directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes, so you can continue to enjoy our holiday cottages over and over again.

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  • The exterior of West Challacombe Manor, Combe Martin, Devon © National Trust

    West Challacombe Manor

    Combe Martin , Devon

    A small fifteenth-century manor with a magnificent hammerbeam ceiling.

  • The exterior of Woolley Lodge, Barnstaple, Devon. © Mike Henton

    Woolley Lodge

    Barnstaple , Devon

    An enchanting cottage in a wooded setting close to Arlington Court.

  • The exterior of Forest Cottage, nr Exeter © Stephen Jones

    Forest Cottage

    nr Exeter , Devon

    This semi-detached eighteenth century cottage lies in Ashclyst Forest.

  • The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

    Higher Brownstone Farm

    Kingswear , Devon

    A grand, recently refurbished former farmhouse, in its own grounds near Coleton Fishacre.

  • Looking down the lawn to the rear of the house at Shute Barton, Devon © Ian Shaw

    Shute Barton

    Axminster , Devon

    This is an exceptional opportunity to stay in one of Devon's most important old manor houses.

  • The exterior of Cider Cottage, Buckland Abbey, nr Yelverton, Devon  © Chris Lacey

    Cider Cottage

    nr Yelverton , Devon

    A pretty cottage at the heart of the tranquil Buckland Abbey Estate.