Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK as well as varied countryside landscapes, a holiday in Devon is unlike anything else out there. With everything you’d need from a seaside holiday abroad, without the stress of flying, it’s an ideal choice for families, couples, individuals and older travellers.
Whether you like to take it slow with gentle strolls and stop-offs at a local cafe or you prefer to stay busy with thrilling activities on both land and water, there really is something for everyone here. Its foodie scene is also fast-becoming one of the best in Britain and there’s plenty of dog-friendly venues meaning the whole family is invited.
When you’re not out and about, you’re sure to enjoy it just as much with a range of holiday accommodation boasting all the mod cons and lots of luxury extras. So, if you’re searching for a UK staycation with a traditional British feel, look no further. Our team are also experts when it comes to the area and can advise on locations, activities and more. So, what are you waiting for?
Devon Cottages With A Pool
Cleverly combining contemporary touches, like Bose iPod docking stations, with more traditional features including oak beams and wood burning stoves, the properties present a winning combination for visitors of all ages.
From £55 pppn | Sleeps 8
The Roundhouse is a huge and splendid house converted from a barn.
With seven en-suite bedrooms and a private little annexe, it makes sociable and flexible accommodation for a wonderful big gathering of friends or family.
From £95 pppn | Sleeps 18
An exceptional getaway awaits you at The Gulls, an outstanding detached property enjoying one of the most sought-after positions on the cliff tops of the South Hams district of Devon, offering a wonderful self-catering experience at any time of the year.
From £125 pppn | Sleeps 8
Boasting luxury and splendour around every corner, this impressive abode is wonderfully suited to a large group of friends or family in pursuit of a countryside escape to Devon.
From £105 per night | Sleeps 16
This charming stone cottage, set in a delightful courtyard with nine other properties, is a great base for families who enjoy the countryside.
From £40 pppn | Sleeps 8
This delightful stone cottage is a great base for families who enjoy relaxing, cycling, fun on the beach, scenic walks, or watching wildlife.
From £20 pppn | Sleeps 8
Situated in a pretty complex of properties, this delightful cottage is ideally located for exploring Devon and offers access to a heated swimming pool, sports facilities and fishing lakes.
From £21 pppn | Sleeps 6
Devon Cottages With A Hot Tub
This spectacular holiday home combines period charm with a fantastic location overlooking the river and just a short walk from Instow beach and all the village has to offer.
From £64 pppn | Sleeps 14
Beautiful spacious property, perfect for a special family holiday or celebration, located in the attractive town of Bideford in North Devon.
From £100 pppn | Sleeps 14
Set on a working farm, this fantastic and spacious property is just ten minutes from the Tamar Lakes and boasts countryside views, a private hot tub and games room.
From £55 pppn | Sleeps 14
This impressive property is situated in a quiet location in North Devon, just four miles from the pretty village of Buckland Brewer, which offers a welcoming village pub, as well as a handy shop and post office.
From £50 pppn | Sleeps 13
A detached farmhouse set within beautiful rural countryside, this impressive property is perfect for large families and group getaways, and is perfect for a relaxing retreat close to many attractions
From £69 pppn | Sleeps 13
Large Devon Cottages
A beautiful Georgian manor house nestled in acres of park and woodland, with ever changing views of the estuary, surrounding countryside and perfectly positioned for getting out and about in North Devon.
From £90 pppn | Sleeps 24
Sleeping up to 28, this manor house has a rich (and royal) historical background. Adventure beyond the private gates, and find a grand property that wouldn’t look out of place in a period drama.
From £110 pppn | Sleeps 24
Nestled within three acres of gardens and stunning woodlands, this Victorian home is the perfect destination large groups of friends and family looking to unwind or enjoy a celebration of a lifetime.
From £59 pppn | Sleeps 22
Set in a quiet location with incredible views across the River Torridge. Perfect for large family gatherings whilst being conveniently located to explore the whole of North Devon and further afield.
From £157 pppn | Sleeps 20
Luxury Devon Cottages
Once dilapidated farm buildings, this luxurious purpose built holiday home provides space for everyone to relax together. Set in the heart of the Devon countryside yet still close to the stunning coastline. You will be spoilt for choice!
From £104 pppn | Sleeps 14
This fabulous property has been lovingly renovated and refurbished with oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and exposed stonework, and is perfectly placed from which to explore the whole of Devon.
From £73 pppn | Sleeps 12
Impressive detached farmhouse conversion, nestling in the heart of Devon, offers families or groups a great holiday home, with a degree of seclusion, a private hot tub and fabulous countryside views.
From £80 pppn | Sleeps 12
This picturesque property sits in an elevated position over the River Dart, boasting the most spectacular views. It truly is the perfect retreat for spending time with family and friends.
From £118 pppn | Sleeps 12
Best towns for a staycation in Devon
Whether heading off on a group getaway or looking for a romantic retreat, these are the most popular areas in Devon.
Best for: It’s traditional seaside feel
Looking to experience the best of the UK’s seaside resorts? Paignton is a fantastic place to start. Colourful, vibrant and bustling, the seaside town has been built around a fishing harbour. Think lots of bars and restaurants, plenty of independent shops, and various activities on offer. It’s no surprise that this stretch of Devon coastline is often referred to as The English Riviera.
Best for: Its walks and hikes in the local area
Another pretty fishing village on Devon’s stunning coastline, Ilfracombe is a great base for those who like to mix relaxing days on the beach with exploration in the great outdoors. Situated on the South West Coast Path, there’s a variety of routes for all walking abilities as well as those with pushchairs and four-legged friends. The views are incredible too so you definitely won’t want to forget your camera.
Best for: Its rich history and culture
The historical city of Exeter offers everything you’d want from a UK city as well as the charm and character that Devon is filled with. Expect Roman history, beautiful gardens, Gothic architecture, and bundles of galleries, museums and shops to peruse. Fast-becoming one of the best areas for food and drink in the local area, you certainly won’t go hungry here either.
Best for: A variety of activities on land and water
As one of the most popular holiday destinations for all ages, Dartmouth attracts visitors because of its incredible location, great view and interesting past. As well as this, you’ll find a few different beaches and the River Dart which provides plenty of watersports activities. On dry land, there’s also a range of family-fun to keep busy with too.
Best for: Exploring the rest of Devon
Looking for a base that you can explore the rest of the area from? Lynmouth is ideally located between Exmoor and Lynmouth Bay and is traditionally British in all senses. The village itself is picturesque and quaint, and it’s definitely worth spending one of your days here. From shops, restaurants and walks, there’s something to do for every age.
Best for: A lively coastal feel – day and night
Whatever the weather, whichever season you visit and however late you’re up, the atmosphere in Torquay will definitely have you coming back for more. Renowned for its beaches and cliffside views, its harbour is also just as impressive with a variety of cafes, bars and a picturesque marina.
Walk length: Three miles
The Paignton Town walk is a gentle and circular route that meanders along pretty streets, and the picture-perfect pier and harbour. Taking just an hour and a half, this walk is ideal for all family members. Plus, there’s a huge choice of bars, cafes and restaurants if you do need a pit stop.
The Ilfracombe Torrs
Walk length: Two miles
The Ilfracombe Torrs route might only take 45 minutes but it certainly doesn’t lack anything. As you follow the zig-zag route up along the local coastal paths, you’ll be treated to inspiring sea views and have the chance to get a picture-perfect shot. Dogs are also allowed on this trail so it’s great for everyone to get involved with.
Exmouth to Orcombe Point
Walk length: Five and a half miles
Exmouth to Orcombe Point begins at Exmouth Station and then heads through the countryside and along the coastal path. The views are as varied as the landscape here as you hike along cliffside tops, past seaside towns and via historical buildings. The best thing about it? The circular route means you end back in Exmouth – close to its bars and restaurants.
Little Dartmouth and Dartmouth Castle
Walk length: Just over four miles
There really is no better way to explore Dartmouth than with the Little Dartmouth and Dartmouth Castle trail. Easygoing and suitable for all walking abilities, the circular route will provide you with incredible waterside views of the sea and River Dart. It shouldn’t take more than two hours to complete so why not pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it?
Walk length: Five and a half miles
The Lynmouth Circular can be quite a challenging route so unfortunately it’s not suitable for everyone. But that doesn’t mean you should remove it from your list altogether. You see, when you get to the top, the views are definitely worth it and we guarantee you won’t have seen anything else quite like it. Keep your eyes out for otters and deers as you adventure along though as they’ve been known to make an appearance or two.
Walk length: Just under two and a half miles
If you’re looking for a gentle route that the whole family can enjoy, the Avocet Line will suit. Taking you from Exmouth to Lympstone, it’s a fantastic place to spot a wide variety of wildlife including otters, seals and buzzards. In fact, you could even play wildlife bingo to truly get the kids involved.
Must-see places in Devon
Boasting luscious countryside and national parks, plenty of areas of outstanding natural beauty and vibrant towns and cities – there’s always something to do in Devon and here are our favourite places to start with…
Best for: Taking in the area’s natural beauty
A trip to Watermouth Castle is guaranteed to impress everyone in the group. The Victorian castle is packed with rich history, interactive activities and even a theme park. There’s also a harbour opposite which was once home to smugglers’ tunnels. If you’ve got time it’s definitely worth a trip there…
Best for: Learning about the history of Devon
Did you know that Exeter is the only UK city to have underground passages that date back to the 14th century? The Underground Passages are a series of incredible networks built deep below that were originally intended to bring drinking water up into the city. Today, you can explore them in a guided tour and take part in a few interactive games.
Best for: Having a relaxing beach day
Putsborough Beach stretches for three miles and is often described as one of the finest beaches in the South West. Whether you want to sit back and get some shut eye with the sound of waves crashing or prefer to get your heart pumping with a few watersports, you won’t go bored here either. As you’d expect, a fantastic range of bars, cafes and restaurants also line the sandy banks.
The BIG Sheep
Best for: A fun family day out for all ages
You can’t always trust the British weather but that doesn’t have to ruin your staycation. In fact, The BIG Sheep is a great day out – rain or shine. Having started life as a working farm, today children and those big kids can enjoy an indoor playground and outdoor activities alongside a large selection of friendly farm animals.
South Sands Ferry
Best for: Something a little unique
The South Sands Ferry starts at Whitestrand and finishes at South Sands beach. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning sea views. And, when you arrive at the beach, there’s the option to board the famous ‘Sea Tractor’. There’s lots of eateries to take your pick from too or you could pack a cool bag and sit back until sunset.
Best for: Getting those sea views
Possibly one of the most renowned attractions in Devon, Durdle Door is a limestone arch that sits on the Jurassic Coast and rises out of the water. Sitting 200ft high, it’s a geological wonder that has attracted visitors from all over the world. Close by, you’ll also find a few secluded coves which are the perfect place for relaxing in afterwards.
Best pubs in Devon
Whether you like old traditional inns or modern gastropubs, there’s a pub in Devon for every drinker – even those who don’t!
The Ilchester Arms
A traditional family-run pub and restaurant, The Ilchester Arms serves up a delicious menu of home-cooked food that uses the freshest local ingredients. Inside, you’ll find huge farmhouse tables, and endless books and toys making it a great choice for large family get-togethers. The menu also changes weekly depending on what they can get their hands on.
The Ferry Inn
If you’re looking for an unpretentious pub with first-class views, then The Ferry Inn is for you. When the sun’s shining, the terrace is one of the best places in the UK to enjoy a nice glass of something cold. And, in the winter, it’s just as impressive. Situated right by the ferry jetty, this seaside beer garden needs to be top of your list.
Jack in the Green Inn
Having been one of the most popular pubs in the area for over 25 years, the Jack in the Green Inn focuses on quality local produce – in fact, they’ve even won awards for it. Inside, it’s got a traditional pub feel with low beams and leather armchairs. If you’re looking for something a little more formal though, the restaurant is sure to impress.
The Harbour Inn
A Grade II listed pub with a thatched roof, The Harbour Inn dates back to the 12th century. Retaining many of its features, this is a typical English pub but its menu is anything but. Think lobster, flatbread pizzas and more. Plus, dogs are allowed – but only if they’re well-behaved.
When the tide’s right, you can actually reach the Millbrook Inn by boat from Salcombe but it’s also super easy to get to from Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. Here, award-winning chefs cook up a storm daily with Gallic inspiration and unique dishes. The pub itself boasts low beans and stone walls making it a popular hotspot for tourists and locals.
The Three Horseshoes
Location: Burton Bradstock
Housed in an incredible 300-year-old thatched property on the Jurassic Coast is The Three Horseshoes. And, if that doesn’t tempt you, when you see inside it will. Boasting a suntrap beer garden and being just minutes from the coastal paths, this pub is a great pitstop during the day and there’s always something delicious on the menu.
Best places to eat in Devon
Whatever your taste and budget, Devon has a varied foodie scene that will impress even the fussiest of eaters.
Voted the best UK fish and chip shop for several years running, Rockfish offers a menu of freshly caught seafood – with the same menu for those intolerant to gluten. Today, they have six restaurants around the area with a takeaway shop just up the road too. Fish and chips on the beach, yes please!
As one of Britain’s best seaside venues, the Beachhouse overlooks South Milton beach and has a fantastic atmosphere day and night. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s the go-to place if you’re enjoying a beach day and has a great central location meaning you can’t miss it. On the menu, you’ll find classic snacks and coastal treats.
Rick Stein Sandbanks
Looking for something a little fancy? Rick Stein Sandbanks is an impressive restaurant that overlooks Poole Harbour. Serving up classic seafood dishes infused with exotic flavours, here the service is relaxed but the standards are high. If you needed another reason to come here too, it’s got to be the view.
Boasting views of the harbour and sea from its bar, The Quay is known locally for its seafood dishes. The menu takes inspiration from Britain and Europe and the service is equally as memorable. Once again, the views are breathtaking as is the art that surrounds the walls.
The Winking Prawn
Sitting on the edge of the water at North Sands, The Winking Prawn is almost like a large beach hut. Favoured for over 20 years for its laid back approach, you can get breakfast, lunch and summer BBQs here. The sun deck, which faces the sea, is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the sand – whatever the season.
Crab House Cafe
This rustic beach hut has everything you’d want from a coastal eatery and more. Inside, the theme is nautical with fresh fish and seafood delicacies on the menu. The restaurant also has its very own oyster beds outside meaning these will probably be the freshest oysters you’ve ever tasted. A great place to relax with friends and family, it’s wise to book though as places as good as this get busy quickly.
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