We rummage through every drawer and cupboard when inspecting Helpful Holidays cottages, making sure they’re chock-full of things you could find useful. Our Inventory is quite a formidable shopping list, but we want you to find everything you could wish for… and more!
There are some things, though, you may prefer to leave at home when you head off on holiday. It feels good, sometimes, to escape that instinctive twitch for screens, guzzlers of time and energy. Try unplugging for a while from the TV or internet and living life simply at these peaceful retreats, infinitely more therapeutic than liking, sharing and channel-flicking.
This Devon longhouse is on the very edge of Dartmoor, an oasis of serenity with the Mariners’ Way passing by, inviting you to explore green lanes and ancient tracks.
Throwleigh, Devon; sleeps 4 plus pets; from £402 per week
A stunning conversion, full of light and space, with two bedrooms up separate winding staircases, and set at the heart of beautiful Thomas Hardy country.
Milborne St Andrew, Dorset; sleeps 4; from £380 per week
Once the studio of a founder of the Newlyn School of Art, this is now an idyllic retreat beside a valley stream, just yards from a captivating cove.
Lamorna, Cornwall; sleeps 3 plus pets; from £273 per week
The perfect place to take the children – and their friends and cousins – for outdoor adventures. It’s a vast house accommodating up to 47 guests dormitory-style… think Malory Towers and Harry Potter adventures.
Iddesleigh, Devon; sleeps 47; from £2,460 per week
On a 240 acre organic farm near the wonderfully named Black Dog village, a smart cottage for touching base with nature and star-gazing.
Black Dog, Devon; sleeps 4 plus pets; from £273 per week
A fisherman’s cottage in the pretty harbour village of Doc Martin fame, with pubs, cafes and the scenic Coast Path on the doorstep.
Port Isaac, Cornwall; sleeps 2; from £318 per week
A very private fuss-free cottage, simple and unpretentious and surrounded by picture-book farmland criss-crossed by footpaths to explore.
Aveton Gifford, Devon; sleeps 4; from £387 per week
A beautiful place of peace and calm in the Exe Valley, surrounded by rolling hills.
Shillingford, Devon; sleeps 2 plus pets; from £312 per week
Once an estate home for the gardener, this hexagonal gem is straight out of the pages of a fairytale – and it’s on the edge of woodland, so keep an eye out for the Three Bears or Red Riding Hood.
Ilminster, Somerset; sleeps 6 plus pets; from £380 per week
Secluded in trees on a bend of the River Dart, a Grade II* Georgian bathing house with riverside terrace for fishing or lounging and steps down to the water. No TV here either - but who wants it?
Ashprington, Devon; sleeps 3; from £480 per week
Surfing the Whitsand bay rollers from this cliff-side chalet is much more satisfying than surfing the web, especially when combined with sea swimming, beach combing and Coast Path walking.
Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, sleeps 4 plus pets; from £318 per week
Main image: The Bathing House