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Holidays in Devon
A county for lovers of the great outdoors. Visit Devon to discover wild moorland, sweeping bays and sandy beaches. With not one but two coastlines, two National parks and no fewer than five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is no surprise that Devon is one of Britain's most popular holiday destinations. Whether you require a relaxing escape or seek a fun-filled adventure, a holiday in Devon has something for everyone. It’s perfect for outdoor activities with hundreds of miles of trails to walk and cycle, rivers to canoe and granite tors to climb. The 95 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast has some beautiful beaches, ideal for family holidays or a weekend of surfing. Wander through charming villages packed with fascinating history and culture, visit harbour towns and learn about Devon’s maritime past or simply sit, relax and enjoy a traditional cream tea. From romantic cottages to large properites - ideal for big groups or families - this collection of self-catering cottages to rent in Devon has something to suit everyone.
Where are the best places to visit in Devon?
Visit popular seaside resorts scattered along the South West Coast Path such as Exmouth, Salcombe and Brixham. Learn more about Devon’s maritime heritage in Dartmouth, home to a beautiful natural harbour, or ride the sea tractor to Burgh Island. Explore the two National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor and try your hand at pony trekking or horse riding.
Where are the best places to eat in Devon?
From seaside cafés to fine dining experiences, Devon is packed full of fantastic places to eat and drink. Sample local fruit and vegetables, regional breeds of beef and lamb as well as fresh fish and seafood caught just off the coast. These are some of the eateries that really highlight the local ingredients and traditions of the area,
The Seahorse, Dartmouth - Located on the banks of the River Dart, this restaurant has won numerous awards since it opened and makes a regular appearance in the National Restaurant Awards. Specialising in seafood dishes cooked over an open fire, The Seahorse is a must for seafood lovers. Begin or end your night in in Joe’s Bar, a cosy side bar serving a fantastic selection of wines and their own gin.
The Cott Inn, Dartington - Who wouldn’t want to visit the Great British Pub of the Year 2019? Dating back to the 1320’s this charming pub is one of the oldest thatched inns in Britain. With an emphasis on locally sourced, quality ingredients, The Cott Inn serves classic British food in a modern and creative style.
The Gateway Tea Room & Café, Moretonhampstead - No trip to Devon would be complete without indulging in a traditional cream tea. Step back in time at The Gateway to the oldest tea room in the area. Elegance and sophistication are the order of the day with drinks served in real china and crystal glass. Ingredients are all locally sourced and the café caters to all dietary requirements with gluten-free and dairy-free options.
What are the best attractions in Devon?
Whether you are looking for adventure, holidaying with a young family or after a romantic escape, a self catering holiday in Devon really does have something for everyone.
For lovers of the great outdoors you can explore the two National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor. There are a huge number of walking and cycling routes including the South West Coast Path, the longest trail in the Uk, and the Dartmoor Way, a 95 mile circular loop around Dartmoor National Park. Try your hand at rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, kayaking and many other outdoor pursuits. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot Exmoor ponies, wild red deer and many rare species of birds.
For those with children, Devon has many stunning beaches including Croyde Bay, Woolacombe and Saunton Sands. Explore the rock pools, build sandcastles and splash about in the sea. There are many family-friendly attractions to visit such as the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, Exmoor Zoo or The Milky Way Adventure Park in Bideford.
A great way to see more of Devon is to take a Dartmouth river cruise along the River Dart. Pick from a number of journeys, including a circular cruise up to Totnes or sail on the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer, the UK’s only coal-fired paddle steamer.
There are many historical sites and buildings that provide a fascinating insight into what Devon was like many hundreds of years ago. Visit Castle Drogo, Exeter Cathedral and Torre Abbey Museum to discover more.
What is the weather like in Devon?
Devon has a typically oceanic climate with mild summers and cool winters. Average temperature in the summer is around 18 degrees, dropping to 8-10 degrees in the winter. Rainfall is common in the spring and autumn months but varies significantly depending on the location, with the the higher areas of Dartmoor and Exmoor subject to more rainfall.
Types of holiday cottage in Devon
With almost 500 hand-picked holiday retreats, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to our holiday cottages to rent in Devon. Choose a cosy cottage with a hot tub, a coastal cottage or a dog friendly property for you and your faithful hound. Contact our friendly team who can help find the perfect Devon holiday accommodation for you.