About North Devon

When you think of a cottage holiday in Devon, what is it you think of first? It could be enjoying views of rolling hills and glorious open countryside from the deck of your countryside holiday home as the birds chatter in the hedgerows. Perhaps you’d prefer to think of spending days on Devon’s best beaches, just a short walk away from your coastal hideaway, with blue seas glinting in the summer sun. Maybe it’s exploring towns and villages and Devon cream teas that lure you. Or perhaps it’s walking the dog across acres and acres of open moorland with nothing but the buzzards above for company – followed by great food and drink by a roaring fire.

That’s the thing about Devon: we’ve got it all.

Coastal Devon is known for its sandy beaches and hidden coves. Many of our coastal cottages enjoy fine views over the Atlantic or Bristol Channel with balconies to enjoy a BBQ or glass of cool, crisp white wine as the sun goes down.

Woolacombe, Putsborough, Saunton Sands, Croyde and Westward Ho! are great places to catch the last few rays. As some of our favourite beach resorts, they have good access, lots of space, clean water and facilities for surfing, kayaking and, of course, enjoying the very best of beach life. By that we mean ice creams, fish and chips and sandcastle building. Woolacombe, as one of the UK’s ‘best beaches’ even hosts a sandcastle building championship, whilst Croyde is world famous for its waves and Saunton is a heaven for those who like wide open spaces. To the south of the river, Westward Ho! offers more space in the form of the Northam Burrows Country Park as well as some of the more traditional aspects of a British summer holiday.

Away from the main beach resorts you’ll find our cottages in quaint fishing villages like Appledore, Combe Martin, Instow, Lynmouth or even down secluded lanes like those at Peppercombe. These are the hidden gems, the holiday accommodation that’s perfect for walkers, dog owners and those who like to wake up to the sound of seagulls, in quiet valleys or just yards from busy harbours. Lynmouth, on the edge of Exmoor, sits at the end of a deep wooded river valley where the walking is excellent, whilst Combe Martin has hidden beaches, festivals galore and the longest high street in Great Britain! Appledore and Instow, twin villages on either side of the River Torridge and close to its confluence with the River Taw, both have quiet back lanes, good pubs, sands to walk the dog and great views of each other. A summer ferry will take you there and back to see how the other half live!

If countryside cottages are what brings you here to Devon you won’t be disappointed either. Our famous rolling hills and narrow lanes reveal villages with delightful thatched cottages like those at Berrynarbour or busy pannier markets like those at Barnstaple, Bideford, South Molton and Torrington. There are off-road cycle routes, river walks, lakes and bridleways to walk or pedal your way to the country pubs, historic houses and gardens like Arlington Court or RHS Rosemoor. It’s also quieter inland, with most people heading for the regular spots, leaving thousands of acres of delightful countryside to those who like to explore. The region’s great rivers, The Taw and Torridge, pass through some of Devon’s loveliest countryside. The Taw, which begins its days not far from the source of the Tamar at the Cornish border, takes in Ruby and Tarka country and passes through a few great spots on its way to the sea in Bideford Bay. You can cycle along the side of it on the Tarka Trail or take to the water with kayak hire in Bideford. It’s worth it!

For loftier holidays, our cottages on Exmoor offer something else again. From England’s highest cliffs there are great views across the Bristol Channel towards South Wales as well as some intriguing walks to quiet coves like Heddon’s Mouth, Woody Bay and Lee Bay, stunning vistas like those from Lynton’s Valley of the Rocks and even an impressive castle at Dunster. Exmoor also has its fair share of delightful villages, like Parracombe, Kentisbury and Bratton Fleming as well as some famous locations. Tarr Steps is a popular spot for a day out, with the ancient clapper bridge as the focus and a fine pub next door, whilst the very pretty church at Oare near Brendon offers literary connections in a lovely setting.

Thinking of Devon? Give us a call on 01271 813777.

We look forward to welcoming you.