Devon, a county located on the English Riviera is studded with gorgeous and quaint countryside harbour towns. It’s a true escape from the mundane. Throw away your diaries, turn off your phones and immerse yourself in this beautiful landscape. Its energy is vibrant and classic. There is an abundance of history coupled with a rugged coastline. Think fossil cliffs, medieval towns, and wild moorland national parks.
If you’re heading here from London, it is accessible by the countries national railway. Furthermore, the journey into the area is as picturesque as they come. We suggest the South Western Railway route. It’s a little longer but well worth your time.
Here are some of the must-visit spots across this breathtaking region:
Located in Torquay, Devon, this point is made up of 350-million-year-old limestone. At Thatcher Point, right near Hopes Nose, you can clearly see this unique rock formation. A fantastic place for fishing, it also has many beaches. The one at Thatcher Rock, a tiny island just off Hopes Nose is particularly awe-inspiring.
Beer Quarry Caves
A tour through the quarry and deep into the caves will give insight into the history of its valuable masonry material called Beer Stone. In the past, many would utilize this stone to build the many famous buildings such as the tower of London and Windsor Castle. It is here that the phrase “tone deaf” was coined because of the ceaseless ringing of hammer and chisel up until the 1920’s. There is a lot to learn here – a great educational day out for the children.
A small privately owned, historic village with a charming harbour, cobbled main street and spectacular views over the Bristol channel. All but seven of its buildings have listings.
A place of true wonder, and completely inaccessible via car, its cultural significance is strong with many notable residents with Charles Kingsley (famous novelist) living in Clovelly as a child. As a matter of fact, Joss Ackland and his wife purchased a property here. There is also a stunning waterfall which you can see with a relaxing boat ride out to its nearby cliffs – a must visit for the whole family.
Plymouth Fish Market
Seafood lover? The second biggest (by volume) fish market in all of England, bringing in over 60000 tonnes of fish annually. A sight to behold when at its busiest, spend the afternoon here and return home to one of the Self-Catering Holiday Cottages (below) with a couple of pounds of clams for the whole family to feast upon.
The freshest fish caught daily and available at either a fishmonger in Plymouth, at the fish market itself, or from Plymouth Fisheries at Sutton Harbour. Either way, you’re in for a treat!
The Best Self-Catering Holiday Cottages in Devon
When visiting this magnificent county, you’ll need somewhere perfect to stay, so here are some of the best self-catering holiday cottages in Devon:
A considerably spacious and unique detached house that has gorgeous views over Woolacombe beach which is just a five-minute walk away. Furthermore, its wide patio doors lead from the oak-floored living/dining room to a raised deck. The property is well equipped too, furnished and decorated to the highest standards throughout. Perfect for a weekend away with the family.
Meadfoot Beach Apartment is a lavish and incredibly elegant apartment. The sea views are what you dream of having when you book a holiday. It’s also very romantic. There is a Bistro, an outdoor restaurant with wonderful sea views. Escape the noise of the city and float away in a weekend dream with the one you hold dear.
A second-floor apartment situated between the fabulous beach resort of Woolacombe and the hilltop village of Mortehoe. It offers the most magnificent panoramic views of the sea and spectacular coastline, filled with natural beauty.
Surely one of the best self-catering holiday cottages in Devon, this luxurious offering provides great accommodation in the sought-after Ocean Point development. The panoramic ocean views from the covered balcony are simply stunning. Everyone can enjoy a day out at Saunton, from lazing on the beach to coastal path walks or even a round of golf at the local fairway. Laze about all day as you take in this captivating part of the county.
Cockle cottage sits in the picturesque fishing village of Appledore. Here you can still watch the local fisherman unloading their catch and fishing trips are available from the quay. The estuary views to Instow are marvellous, with a regular ferry service in season. Bideford and Westward Ho! are only a short drive away.
For a wider selection of the best self-catering holiday cottages in Devon, view our extensive listings site which covers the many villages within the county. Let’s talk. We’d love to help find you the perfect holiday cottage this summer.