Best of holiday homes in Devon to rent and coastal cottages
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Explore thousands of houses to rent by the sea in Devon
Explore thousands of cottages to rent in Devon and lose yourself in one of the most rugged and beautiful coastlines in the south of the UK before you reach the county of Cornwall. Hundredrooms compares everything that you could possibly need for your holiday letting alongside prices and facilities - and we do so from the biggest range of houses to rent in Devon across many partners. We bring together everything that we’ve found on one page, so all of the stress of finding holiday accommodation is taken out of your experience. Before reaching the most southern west point of England in Cornwall, we meet this stunning county which is famous for its rolling moors, exciting cities such as Exeter and Plymouth which are brimming with historical significance, and cream tea. Home to two national parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor, the English Riviera, the Jurassic Coast and the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, you have a whole host of natural surroundings to explore during your stay in one of our holiday accommodation in Devon. You will be able to relax totally and spectate over one of the widest ranges of wildlife in the country, and take in the Celtic origins of this breathtaking region. A stay in a holiday home to rent in Devon means exploring scenic natural parks, simply enjoying the great outdoors, strolling along its majestic coastlines and cosying up after a long day surfing with a pint in one of Devon’s rustic pubs. We have self catering cottages in Devon across a range of quaint villages such as Woolacombe and Totnes. Depending on what you’re after - whether you’re looking for a trip to the coast or something in the moors, we have it all. Booking sea view cottages here is best for those that enjoy the simple pleasures and tranquillity, but still want the option to travel between villages and cities, all in a beautiful region of the UK. We have it all - North Devon holiday cottages and in South Devon and East, too. It’s all here with Hundredrooms.
Places to stay in Devon
We have summed up all of the most important places to book your Devon rentals during your stay - are you looking to stay in a city, or a small hamlet? There are many options for your trip.
- Exeter: This English city is considered to be the heart of Devon, and is a collection of cobbled alleyways and a patchwork of Georgian buildings alongside its ancient city walls and Gothic cathedral. Nowadays it has been given a modern twist, with a large shopping centre, enviable places to eat and drink and an exciting quayside district which is popular with young people for its buzzing nightlife. This is an exciting place to book holiday apartments.
- English Riviera (Torquay, Paignton, Brixham): Known formally as Torbay, this pocket of seaside towns could easily be mistaken for the Mediterranean with its palm trees and red cliffs that are famous along this coast. It is a great spot due to its pleasant microclimate and might be the place for your luxury holiday cottage.
- Salcombe: Characterised by coves of sandy beaches and boating precedence, this quaint town is frequented by yacht owners and has some of the most charming pastel coloured houses in Devon.
- Woolacombe: A popular surfing destination, this resort in North Devon is considered to be one of the best beaches in Europe due to its water quality and waves. Its beach was recently voted best in Britain, and boasts some of the most stunning sand dunes in Devon. You can take part in a range of sports here, from horse riding, hang gliding, to sea kayaking.
- Ilfracombe: A quaint village laden with Regency and Victorian architecture, which are perfect for your Devon holiday home. It is a hilly coastal village with tunnel beaches, and is home to an iconic Damien Hirst sculpture of Verity. Many see it as the ‘St Ives’ of Devon, with its cultural and creative identity becoming more and more apparent. It is also becoming a culinary hub, with high quality local produce as the key ingredients from the harbour.
- Sidmouth: A high end Georgian town which is largely designated as an area for conservation, due to it being the entry point to the Jurassic Coast, and is formed part of East Devon.
- Totnes: A quirky and alternative town with one of the best examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle. Now it is known as a bohemian destination, with plenty of opportunities for alternative ‘New Age’ therapies, and is a hub for music, art and independent businesses.
- Clovelly: In the north of Devon is this cobbled village with donkeys that wander the streets. It is located at the side of a 400 foot cliff and you will see sledges carrying cargo down the hill. It is still a working port and has some beautiful whitewashed cottages to rent in Devon.
- Barnstaple: This is the largest town in the North of Devon. It is not far from some of the best beaches in Devon such as Woolacombe Beach. It is a social hub and was formerly a major port for American trade, and now has a thriving centre with a Pannier market. You can see remnants of an old Norman wall that frame the town, and it is a great base to book your self-catering cottage so you can explore the national parks such as Exmoor and the Tarka Trail.
- Lynton & Lynmouth: Towering above the harbour village of Lynmouth is the town of Lynton, and the two together have been referred to as ‘Little Switzerland’. Lynmouth is a picturesque village lying beneath the cliffs, that is famous for its Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway which is a small funicular train connecting the two. It has been the inspiration for many artists, and has a small harbour. The South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail pass straight through.
- Exmouth: An exciting town in the south-east coast of Devon. It is located on the Jurassic Coast, an is a hub for watersports such as kite surfing, kayaking and windsurfing. It has plenty of rock pools and a golden sandy beach. You can enjoy the Exe Estuary cycle trail and the South West Coast Path here. Find some wonderful Devon farm stays here in Exmouth.
- Plymouth: An industrial waterfront city with a lot to offer. It suffered heavy bomb damage during WW2 but has since been regenerated and has become one of the main hubs of Devon. There is plenty to do in this former maritime city; explore the harbour, try the gin, take part in watersports and enjoy its nightlife.
When to visit the Devon Jurassic Coast
Devon is a wonderful spot to visit all year round regardless of whether you are after long summer days or longer, crisp evenings. You can partake in most of the activities that this region has to offer regardless of the season; all you have to be prepared for is the risk of rain or drizzle, which is a common feature of British weather. The season for museums and attractions begins in April and ends in October, so if you are looking to visit any National Trust heritage sites, we recommend coming between these months. The cheapest time to book sea view holiday cottages in Devon is during the winter months, as there are fewer people but perhaps fewer services available. If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend avoiding school holidays which see the M5 highly congested, along with its beaches. The most expensive day for holiday cottages is on a Saturday, and our favourite time to visit Cornwall is certainly during the spring after Easter. This is when the flowers are in full bloom and the colours of Dartmoor and Exmoor are truly spectacular. Similarly, autumn is also a good time to find cheaper Devon beach houses and homes to rent, and you will find that the sea temperatures are at their warmest.
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Exmoor National Park and other points of interest
Wondering what to do in Devon during your stay in your self-catering holiday rental? Look no further - we have a summary of the best national parks, beaches and activities across the region right here.
- South West Coast Path: Officially the longest waymarked long-distance footpath in England, this National Trail stretches for 630 miles and along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall. It passes through two World Heritage sites, including Devon’s very own Jurassic Coast.
- Exmoor National Park: Named after the river Exte, this area of moorland encompasses valley, woodland, hills and farmland that have existed for a long time. It is a unique spot with some of the most incredible flora and fauna available.
- Lundy: This is an island located off the coast of Devon, and is in the Bristol Channel. The flora and fauna offering here mean that it has been considered to be the Galapagos of the UK. You can choose to visit here for a day trip, and divers, and wildlife aficionados alike all venture here.
- Saunton Sands: This beach is located near Saunton, and is particularly popular for longboarding.
- Dartmouth Zoological Park: The home of ‘We Bought a Zoo’, this 30 acre zoo has a range of animals and was made into a film after the zoo nearly closed.
- Exeter’s Underground Passages: Explore the exciting underground passages dating back to medieval Exeter when pipes brought water into the city. It is a dark and interesting place to explore underneath the depths of the city.
- Dartmoor: A beautiful protected area of moorland with some of the most precious wildlife in the UK. It is formed of granite in the upland areas.
- Jurassic Coast: The cliffs of the Jurassic Coast are thought to date back over 250 million years!
- Exeter Cathedral: One of England’s most beautiful cathedrals made in the Gothic style in the city of Exeter. It has two Norman towers and a 15th century astronomical clock.
- Greenway: Agatha Christie's private holiday home is thought to be the literary inspiration for many of her novels. Now belonging to the National Trust, you can visit here via steam railway from Paignton and Kingsware.
- RAMM: Also known as Royal Albert Memorial Museum, this museum in Exeter is the largest in the city and has over 1 million objects. It has artefacts relating to the fields of anthropology, zoology, fine art and archeology.
- Beer Quarry Caves: Located near the village of Beer, these limestone underground caves are the main source for beer stone.
- Garden House: On the edges of Dartmoor are these beautiful gardens of 10 acres, set inside a deep valley.