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From cosy coastal cottages to large country houses, you'll find just the right place for your happy holiday.


Houses and gardens to visit

Houses and gardens to visit

The West Country is a treasure land of beautiful stately homes with stunning gardens. Great families have built great houses, attracted by the breathtaking scenery and sunny climate that draw visitors today. Famous designers of buildings and gardens have made...

Large holiday homes

Large holiday homes

Huge houses, masses of them, in beautiful locations all over the West Country. Secluded farmhouses, historic manor houses, vast converted barns, seaside houses overlooking beaches – all are available for your exclusive use. Become lord of the manor for a week, tr...

Dog Friendly Cottages

Dog Friendly Cottages

Wags all round! Your dog is part of the family and a cottage holiday means Fido comes too - hurrah (and woof)! Here's our selection of cottages where you and your pet will enjoy a relaxing break. The West Country...

Luxury holiday cottages

Luxury holiday cottages

A holiday is an opportunity to spoil yourself, to relax in the cottage of your dreams and create memories to cherish forever. Time away from everyday stress is precious and you deserve something a little special, more opulent than your...

Green holiday cottages

Green holiday cottages

We love the beauty of the West Country, so here's our selection of Green Cottages, holiday homes with features to help reduce their impact on the environment. We've encouraged their owners to think sustainably, but also made sure each cottage...

Places to wine and dine

Places to wine and dine

The West Country is on a mouthwatering fine dining trajectory, making its mark on the world restaurant scene and attracting top chefs and a sparkle of Michelin stars. That's no surprise. Freshest seafood straight from the boats, tender meat raised...

Holiday cottages on farms

Holiday cottages on farms

Breathe deep, relax and slow down. Holidays on farms are good for the soul, a chance to return to nature and discard the relentless frantic pace of life for a while. The West Country is shaped by small family farms,...

Sandcastles and surf

Sandcastles and surf

Seaside holidays are 'proper' holidays, fun for everyone. That first thrilling glimpse of azure blue at the journey's end ("I see the sea and the sea sees me"); scrambling with picnic baskets down to secret cove beaches; shedding clothes and...

Pools and tubs

Pools and tubs

Have fun at cottages with swimming pools and hot tubs! Park the car, unpack the swimming togs and dive in. With a private pool or hot tub, you have entertainment, whatever the weather. Teach the little ones to swim like...

Easy access cottages

Easy access cottages

It's important to us that all our holiday homes should be as accessible as possible. We've visited each one and we're always happy to share our experience and discuss a cottage's suitability before you book, to help you find one...

Pubs and pints

Pubs and pints

Ancient thatched pubs tucked away in sleepy villages with low beams and cosy open fires surrounded by settles worn comfortably smooth over centuries. Beachside bars with candlelit tables looking to golden sand and the sun setting over the ocean. Sunny...

Moors and tors

Moors and tors

Few wild places remain in the UK, but the West Country is famous for stunning wide-open expanses of moorland, from Exmoor and Dartmoor in Devon to Bodmin Moor and the wildness of Penwith at the end of England. It's perfect...

South Devon

South Devon

An unspoiled region of moorland, lush farmland and wooded valleys turning to lake-like estuaries with sailing boats and a very beautiful coast of fine sandy beaches and mighty cliffs edged by the South West Coast Path walking trail. Around the...

West Cornwall

West Cornwall

Steeped in history, with breathtaking beaches and clifftops, the West Cornwall landscape offers something for everyone. For families, easily accessible, sheltered beaches like St Ives and Porthcurno are perfect for traditional bucket and spade fun. For the more intrepid, secret...

Bovey Castle

Bovey Castle

The magnificent Bovey Castle lodges offer an indulgent blend of privacy and the luxury facilities of a five-star spa hotel. Bovey Castle, nestled on a valley side in the shelter of high Dartmoor, was originally the glamorous Edwardian country seat...

Burgh Island

Burgh Island

Perched high over Bigbury-on-Sea's ever-changing expanse of golden beach are these smart apartments with sensational sea views to Burgh Island. Individually and beautifully designed, each has a light open-plan living area opening to a balcony for alfresco dining and sun...

Child-friendly cottages

Child-friendly cottages

Holiday cottages are perfect for families with children. You have freedom and space: the choice to breakfast in PJs, play riotous tag round the garden, flop in front of a family movie or board games, cook up family favourites and...

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