Rural retreats in Devon

Cottage in the countryside or coastal idyll?

Rural Retreat in Bideford There’s no doubt about it: Devon has it all. With two coastlines, along the English Channel and the Irish Sea, there are dozens of pretty fishing villages where you can really get away from it all. But alongside the old harbours, vast beaches and seaside attractions, there are stunning National Parks where you can also get back to nature. With mature wooded areas and unspoilt, spectacular scenery, Dartmoor and Exmoor are two of the country’s most idyllic, natural parks. Boasting the very best of UK countryside and coast, Devon’s the ultimate destination for that much needed rural retreat. 

Of course, while it doesn’t matter where you want to stay in this beautiful part of the country, having the right accommodation’s always an important factor. You want privacy and space, as well as great value for money, but luckily that’s where HomeAway comes in, with hundreds of Devon holiday cottages. We have cosy cottages for couples and farmhouses fit for the family, so whatever you budget or brood, you’ll find your home away from home in no time. So what are you waiting for? Read on for a rundown of some of our favourite Devonshire destinations.


Places to visit in Devon


North Devon North Devon

Home to some of the country’s best surf beaches, North Devon’s sands can easily rival those of Cornwall! Adrenaline junkies will find high waves and crashing rollers, just perfect for honing your board skills. Coasteering is also a popular sport in the area, but of course, those with less adventurous activities in mind will find plenty to appease them too. This is where the scenery of Exmoor has long captured the hearts and minds of famous writers, and it’s a great place for picnic after that relaxing walk, hike or cycle.


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East Devon East Devon

Whatever the weather and whatever your interests, East Devon is a winning destination. Its long stretches of sand are perfect on a sunny, summer’s day, while the winter’s easily spent curling up in an old-fashioned pub. There are lots of places to see and countless things to do, but you can just as easily relax: the entire landscape’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, after all! Take long walks along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or enjoy a traditional Devon cream tea in the chocolate-box town of Budleigh Salterton.


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West Devon West Devon

West Devon’s a great choice when you want to explore Dartmoor, as it boasts dozens of rural retreats just a short drive, or even walk, away. Wildlife and history experts will love the area alike, but those in search of culture won’t be left wanting either: towns like pretty Tavistock boast magnificent galleries, as well as vibrant street markets selling local arts and crafts. You can take the kids to Dartmoor Zoo, visit historical sites in the Tamar Valley, or simply enjoy some fishing and rambling along the banks of the River Tamar.


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Torbay Torbay

Torbay is often regarded as the ‘English Riviera’, and once you’ve seen its pretty towns and harbours, you can’t fail to understand why. Steeped in maritime history and offering a number of seaside activities, it’s a lovely area in which to enjoy that rural retreat. Torquay is possibly the most popular of its destinations, its award-winning beaches fringed by tropical palm trees; but don’t miss out on a trip to the promenade of Babbacombe, from which you can spot seals, dolphins and whales, and enjoy spectacular views over South Devon and beyond.


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South Hams South Hams

South Hams is a great spot when you want to experience the contrast between countryside and coast. Offering the best of both, the area is teeming with lovely beaches as well as gentle, rolling hills, not to mention the spectacular, wild landscapes of Dartmoor. Try a range of outdoor sports or simply enjoy a stroll in its woods: South Hams is perfect, whether you have relaxation or recreation in mind. In the evenings, you’ll find an eclectic cultural side to in South Hams too, with artists, musicians and writers gathering to enjoy its vibrant atmosphere.


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Character Cottage, 100yds from Hope Cove Beach and Coast Path

Trellis Cottage is furnished in a traditional style which gives it an old world charm with a real homely, comfortable and relaxed feel. There is a stable door to the front of the property which leads through a hallway to the comfy and cosy lounge...

Charming character cottage in Kingston, Kingsbridge, Devon, England

Pretty character cottage in the heart of this delightful Devon Village. Nestling between the 16th century Norman Church and the picturesque Dolphin Inn the accommodation is attractive throughout with a wealth of character features, an open firepla...

Beautiful thatched cottage, dating back to the 17th century,in secluded location

Millhayes has two good-sized living rooms - the family room has large sofas and flat screen TV and the sitting room has a wood burning stove, large sofa and armchairs, sound system and has a more traditional feel. The kitchen is spacious and well-...

Brac Cottage, Brixham

Tucked away in the middle of Brixham, just yards from the lively harbour-side and the bustle of the town centre, Brac Cottage is a delightful, fully refurbished cottage that‘s now a bright and inspiring place to retreat to. Brac Cottage has been ...

Driftwood Cottage, Lympstone

Lympstone is an idyllic village situated between Topsham and Exmouth. The village centre is a dedicated conservation area due to its outstanding natural beauty and historic importance. From Lympstone the historic city of Exeter is only 15 minutes ...
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