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Our friends at Helpful have scoured the coast and countryside in Devon to cherry pick the finest self catering holiday cottages. Each one is personally inspected and star rated by their team and comes with a wholehearted recommendation as a good place for a happy holiday. Choose from cosy thatched cottages, smart seaside apartments and grand country houses - many are dog friendly too.
Devon is a beautiful place to take a break - whether you dream of stretching out on a gorgeous, sandy beach, getting active in the great outdoors, discovering some of the South-West's history or exploring picturesque villages and bustling towns.
The county truly has a magical quality and so much to offer; those who have visited the region before will be just as captivated as families planning a holiday in Devon for the first time.
To get the most from your break, Devon holiday cottages are the ideal place to relax and unwind and give you all the freedom you need to get out and explore to your heart's content. From cosy cottages to smart apartments and grand country houses, we'll seek out the perfect accommodation for you.
When you stay in a holiday cottage in Devon you'll have flexibility to do exactly as you please without being tied to anyone else's schedule, so immerse yourself in the county's welcoming attractions and rich, unspoilt landscapes.
Devon is a natural haven for lovers of the great outdoors, boasting not one but two large areas of moorland within the borders of the county. Dartmoor and Exmoor are national parks, home to a plethora of walking and cycling trails with quaint villages and Bronze Age stone circles dotted around the rugged countryside. Here you find babbling brooks running past rocky outcrops known as tors, as well as areas of woodland - a great natural playground for children.
And if you're keen to try something a bit more adventurous than cycling or hiking, have a go at climbing or even caving within the national parks - you'll work up an appetite to sample a traditional Devonshire cream tea in one of the picture-postcard villages.
Stroll the lush, unspoilt patchwork of fields, stopping off at traditional, friendly pubs you'll find along the way. Seek out one of the picturesque rivers that meander through the countryside to enjoy the solitude of fishing, with trout and salmon both plentiful in the waterways here, or just head for the riverbank with a picnic of delicious fresh Devon food and drink, to watch the fish jumping and maybe take the plunge yourself for a spot of skin-tingling wild swimming.
The stretch of coastline between Torquay, Paignton and Brixham is referred to as the English Riviera - and on a warm summer's day you'll appreciate the comparison to the south of France! If you stay in Devon holiday cottages in any of these locations, you'll have a convenient base from which to explore a series of sandy bays, as well as sample the resort delights of each town. Torquay, flanked by red cliffs, is certainly one of the most lively destinations in the South-West, while Paignton Zoo is a fascinating day out for the whole family and Brixham is renowned for its beautiful harbour and fresh fish restaurants.
Explore further west from your holiday cottage in this part of Devon and you'll discover the South Hams, a gentle, family-friendly region of time-forgotten villages and sandy coves nestling at the bottom of rugged cliffs, all encircled by the South West Coast Path, lauded as one of the best walks in the world. Towns such as Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Bigbury make ideal seaside bases where you can dry wetsuits and soak sandy bodies in the comfort of your own Devon holiday home.
Meanwhile, Devon holiday cottages on the north coast are the perfect place to make a splash, with great stretches of golden sand just right for building magnificent castles, whilst intrepid watersports enthusiasts will find plenty of adrenalin-boosting opportunities. Have a go at surfing at Croyde Bay, just a short distance from Woolacombe, take a thrilling kitesurfing lesson or learn to scuba dive and explore the country's only marine nature reserve - Lundy Island.