Destination guide

South West England holiday lettings

South West England is an expansive, rural retreat off the beaten path, but still within reach of bustling urban centres with trendy shops and attractions. The remoteness and tranquillity of the countryside combine with the idyllic beauty of the coast to create an ideal destination for the world-weary traveller. Holiday lettings in South West England put you in the heart of the landscape and all its splendour.


Historic sites near South West England holiday homes

The storied past of South West England is displayed in various historic sites and museums throughout the region. Holiday homes can be found near such fascinating attractions as the Longleat House, a stately Elizabethan prodigy house with an expansive landscape and a safari park, and the Salisbury Cathedral, a medieval edifice that’s home to the Magna Carta. The Tintagel Castle, a storied fortress and the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, and Avebury, a Neolithic stone circle with a museum and century-old stables, are musts for history and culture enthusiasts.

Things to do

Things to do in South West England holiday homes

South West England has a variety of attractions and points of interest to suit the whole family. Holiday homes are available near such landmarks as Stonehenge, an iconic prehistoric stone circle with unknown origins, and the Eden Project, an ecological park with an education centre and live plant exhibits. Exmoor National Park, an open expanse of woods, moors, farmland and valleys with hiking trails and beautiful scenery, and Durdle Door, a stunning natural archway over the water that was formed by limestone, are also must-see landmarks.

Food & drink 

Regional delicacies in South West England

The rural environment of South West England gives it a unique culinary culture all its own. Cheddar cheese originates from the village of Cheddar in Somerset and has been around for centuries. Cornish pasties, a shortcrust, savoury pasty with minced beef, potatoes and onions, and hog’s pudding, a type of sausage with pork or other meat, fat, suet, bread and oatmeal, are also South West England staples. Whether you want to try something adventurous or indulge in a traditional English dish, you’ll find plenty of restaurants near your holiday rental to sample the regional delicacies of South West England.

Family friendly

Family fun near South West England holiday homes

Kids and adults will find plenty of fun and exciting attractions in South West England for a memorable adventure. Holiday homes are available near locations like the Crealy Theme Park & Resort, a theme park for younger children with an animal kingdom, play areas and live entertainment, and Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, a primate sanctuary with rescued animals in an open-air facility. Kids will also enjoy the Tank Museum, a large display of military tanks with interactive activities and events, and Flambards Theme Park, a theme park with thrill rides, a Victorian village and a children’s play area.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday cottages in South West England

The idyllic gardens, tranquil parks and spectacular architecture of South West England are perfect for a romantic holiday with your loved one. Holiday cottages are available near romantic locations like the Lost Gardens Heligan, a national estate collection of Victorian gardens with a tea room and native wildlife, and the Minack Theatre, a Cornish clifftop with theatre productions and sea views. Westonbirt – the National Arboretum – a trail-covered Victorian landscape with rare trees and shrubs, and Trebah Garden, a garden with seasonal blooms, subtropical trees and a private beach, are also great places for bonding.

How many holiday rentals are available around South West England?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 22,686 holiday lettings around South West England. From 11,773 cottages to 11,773 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in South West England?

Nothing compares to sand between your toes and a salty breeze on your skin. It's time to muster up the clan for some serious beach action. HomeAway has 5,591 beachside holiday rentals. Want to give something else a go? See if any of our other properties stand out. Our selection here includes:

  • 5,190 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 4,369 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 3,537 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in South West England in a large group?

There's nothing more enjoyable than being somewhere new with family and friends. The good news is HomeAway has some places to suit large groups. 1,947 cottage holiday rentals are available. Currently, they're the preferred choice here for large groups. Around the area, the holiday rentals that can accommodate large groups include:

  • On the lookout for rentals that can sleep 6 people? We have 5,826 that will suit. Prices begin from just £20 per night.
  • After a place for 5 people? We have 2,173 that will serve you well. You can get one for as low as £32 per night.
  • Arranging a trip away with 8 guests? We offer 2,053 properties for rent that will meet your needs. Prices start from £45 per night.

You and all your mates will be more than satisfied when you organise your South West England escape through us!

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