10 of the best cottages in Devon for 2024 holiday cottages

10 of the best cottages in Devon for 2024

Cath 03 January 2024

There’s nothing like booking a holiday to help beat those January blues, and with over 2,000 holiday cottages throughout Devon, we have something to suit everyone. Whether you’re looking for a stylish apartment in Croyde for a seaside getaway or a rural retreat on Dartmoor, we have a great selection of accommodation for your next holiday in Devon.

Devon is a truly wonderful holiday destination with two spectacular coastlines to choose from as well as two rolling moorlands, what more could you want? In this guide, we’ve highlighted our 10 most-booked holiday cottages across Devon in 2023.

With a number of romantic retreats on our list, as well as dog-friendly cottages and many cottages with hot tubs, you’re sure to find one that catches your eye!

1. Birdsong Barn – Combe Martin | sleeps 2 + 1 dog

Birdsong Barn collage with photos of the lounge, kitchen and outside patio.

Birdsong Barn is our most popular property of 2023, and it’s easy to see why. This cosy barn conversion sits in an elevated position with panoramic countryside views and an abundance of rustic charm. Outside is a lovely patio area with a BBQ and a superb, private hot tub.

Ideally positioned for exploring Exmoor, just 3 miles from the picturesque village of Combe Martin, Birdsong Barn is perfect for discovering the spectacular North Devon countryside, quaint villages and beautiful beaches. 

You’ll love…

  • The wonderful countryside views
  • The original stonework and traditional wooden beams
  • Relaxing in the hot tub after a busy day exploring 

2. Seaspray – Brixham | sleeps 6 + 2 dogs

Seaspray photo collage including photos of the sea view, kitchen, dining area and bedroom.

Seaspray is a charming, Grade II-listed coastguard cottage, situated in a prime location on the seafront at Berry Head National Nature Reserve, just a short walk from Brixham town centre. You will enjoy waking up to the delightful sea views and watching the boats bobbing in the nearby harbour. 

Brixham is one of the busiest fishing harbours in the UK, with a thriving arts scene, a range of excellent eateries and unique attractions. From Brixham, you can hop on a boat cruise to Torquay, embark on a fishing trip or just spend a few hours browsing the local shops. Discover our full collection of self-catering accommodation near Brixham and find your next memorable break.

You’ll love…

  • The beautiful views across Torbay and beyond
  • The pretty, enclosed garden, perfect for any furry family members
  • The easy access to the coast path, just through the garden

3. Weston Farm Barn – Dulverton | sleeps 2 + 2 dogs

Weston Farm Barn collage with photos of lounge, kitchen, dining area and outside patio.

Set on a working farm in the beautiful Devonshire countryside near Exmoor, Weston Farm Barn is a luxurious barn conversion. With oodles of style and spacious interiors, you could easily stay indoors, though you'll soon be tempted by the array of wildlife trails and farmland walks right on your doorstep.

Explore Exmoor’s scenic footpaths and cycle trails nearby or spend the day on one of Devon’s idyllic beaches. Take a look at our full range of nearby Exmoor cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

You’ll love…

  • Snuggling up by the fantastic roaring wood burner 
  • Relaxing in the hot tub and enjoying the gorgeous countryside views
  • The striking original features blended with style and luxury throughout

4. The Secret Burrow – Westward Ho! | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

The Secret Burrow collage of photos including kitchen, lounge and outside.

Stay in this awesome, themed property in the pretty North Devon village of Abbotsham and live out a fantasy adventure. Set over one level, the property has a unique design, with rounded walls, exposed brickwork, and quirky finishing touches throughout. 

It’s the perfect rural retreat for families or friends looking to unwind and explore, with walks from your doorstep and the breathtaking Atlantic coastline close by. Browse our full range of cottages near Westward Ho! for more holiday inspiration.

You’ll love…

  • The quirky architecture with fantasy film-themed rooms
  • The secluded garden with wonderful countryside views
  • Relaxing in the hot tub after a day exploring the surrounding area

5. Hygge House – Shaldon | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

Collage of photos of Hygge House including kitchen, lounge and outside areas.

Hygge House is a stylish and contemporary holiday home in the popular seaside village of Shaldon. Its apt name translates from Danish, meaning bliss, cosiness, comfort, and friendship. And this property delivers on all accounts!

Shaldon is a quaint fishing town, opposite Teignmouth at the mouth of the river Teign. Hop on one of the regular ferries and explore further afield or join the South West Coast Path and enjoy some fabulous coastal strolls right from your doorstep. 

You’ll love…

  • The cosy wood burner for relaxing nights in 
  • The stocked shed, full of beach items for guests’ use
  • The patio area, complete with BBQ and views towards the estuary

6. Con Mar – Shaldon | sleeps 2

Collage of Con Mar including photos of lounge, bedroom, sea view and outside area.

Con Mar is a stunning bungalow which boasts incredible waterside views, overlooking the Teign Estuary, and provides a spacious and relaxing romantic retreat. Venture through the historic smugglers' tunnel in Shaldon to reach the magnificent cliff-backed shores of Ness Cove, before unwinding in your tropical garden oasis with a glass of fizz.

For other properties, in case Con Mar is unavailable for your preferred dates, view our full range of Shaldon cottages.

You’ll love…

  • The nautical-themed decor that nods to its seaside location
  • The panoramic sea views
  • Soaking in the sumptuous slipper bathtub

7. The Stick House – Umberleigh | sleeps 4 + 2 dogs

The Stick House collage with photos of the outside, kitchen, hot tub and lounge.

Situated on a working dairy farm, The Stick House is a remarkable property which has been furnished to a high standard throughout with a private hot tub, wood burner and much more. 

Head to the coast to find some of Devon’s most spectacular beaches, stay inland to enjoy pottering around the market town of South Molton or plan a day's hike across Exmoor. Take a look at our full range of nearby Umberleigh cottages for even more holiday inspiration.

You’ll love…

  • Soaking in the hot tub after a day spent exploring the delights of Devon
  • The magnificent countryside views
  • The wonderful array of nearby beaches including Woolacombe, Croyde and Westward Ho!

8. Cloud 9 – Westward Ho! | sleeps 4

Photo collage of Cloud 9 with sea view, outside and lounge.

Cloud 9 is an outstanding coastal property and offers a perfect base for exploring the North Devon area, within walking distance of the beach. This property is an exceptional retreat, offering sweeping views across Bideford Bay, the Bristol Channel and out to Lundy. Read our best beaches in North Devon guide for even more 'beach day' inspiration.

Westward Ho! is known for its beautiful beach and unique pebble ridge. The beach has 2 miles of golden sands, ideal for surfing, building sandcastles, exploring rock pools and much more. Browse our full collection of self-catering accommodation in Westward Ho! and find your next memorable break.

You’ll love…

  • Its location – within just a few minutes’ walk of Westward Ho! Beach
  • The private hot tub with spectacular sea views
  • Stylish accommodation with an open-plan lounge/kitchen/diner

9. Barns Farm – Langtree | sleeps 8 + 4 dogs

Barns Farm collage with photos of the kitchen and lounge

Located on the edge of Langtree village, in a wonderful rural location, Barns Farm is a superbly renovated farmhouse. The property is ideal for friends and families, with a games barn, a large, enclosed garden, a hot tub and an adjacent field which is great for exercising dogs. 

The Tarka Trail, a popular, traffic-free footpath and cycleway, is only 2 miles away and for a more traditional day at the beach, Westward Ho! is about 11.5 miles away too. Barns Farm is perfect for exploring the very best of Devon’s countryside and coastline. 

You’ll love…

  • The magnificent countryside views
  • The games barn, private hot tub, and large garden
  • Its location – close to the popular Tarka Trail

10. Lower Cobbaton The Barn – Barnstaple | sleeps 4 + 4 dogs

Lower Cobbaton The Barn collage of photos including the kitchen, lounge, view and outside of cottage.

Lower Cobbaton The Barn is a delightful, thatched cottage, tucked away in the North Devon countryside near Barnstaple. The property is close to Exmoor and is set in an enclosed garden, surrounded by mature trees and flowered borders.

For a friendly village pub and shop, head 2 miles into Chittlehampton, or if you need a better selection, drive the 5 miles into Barnstaple. There are glorious walks to be discovered both in Exmoor National Park, 10 miles from the cottage, as well as the South West Coast Path, accessible from Westward Ho! 20 miles away. 

Discover even more Barnstaple cottages here.

You’ll love…

  • The pretty, enclosed garden
  • The balcony which enjoys amazing countryside views
  • Guests also have access to a neighbouring field, perfect for children and dogs

Self-catering cottages in Devon 2024

We hope that this round-up of our most popular cottages in 2023 has inspired you to explore more of Devon in 2024. From romantic retreats for two to our best party houses, there's something for you and your group in our hand-picked portfolio. Click the button below to find even more great self-catering holiday accommodation in Devon.

For more inspiration, read our guide on the top places to stay in Devon too!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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