Destination guide

Country roads lead to Devon

So, you've opted for a Devon holiday rental? Get ready to shed the city vibes and hit the country roads. This is the south-west at its finest, a land of cattle farms and rolling hills, of beaches and surf-splashed cliffs. From erudite Exeter and its student-led bars to sail-forested Dartmouth and its empty smugglers' coves, there's oodles to get stuck into. Pack the walking boots – long and winding coastal routes await. Fold up the swimming gear and towels – sandy resorts abound, from Woolacombe to Bantham. Farmers' markets and farm-to-table bistros, mining museums and sailing regattas, are also in the mix.

Things to do

Coastline and country parks in Devon

Devon holiday rentals by the beaches are plentiful. There are options up in cliff-shrouded Ilfracombe, a stone's throw from surf-washed Putsborough Beach and the North Devon Heritage Coast. There are options down south, by Dartmouth and Torquay, surrounded by boat-bobbing harbours, fish and chip shops and the handsome South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers might prefer to go inland, for the rustic cottages of the Dartmoor National Park, while history buffs can stick to the towns, where maritime museums and age-stained castles await.


Rustic and invigorating Devon

Devon's like medicine for the city mouse, coming at you with its rustic dairy farms and rolling moorlands; you'll be cured of visions of skyscrapers and traffic jams in seconds. Make the most of your escape by embracing horse riding adventures across the hills and sailing trips along the estuaries. Pick up a paddleboard and SUP through rugged coves of rock and cliff. Learn to surf – there are schools aplenty in resorts like Woolacombe. Hiking odysseys along heritage-rich cliffs and through age-old copper towns are rewarded with West Country ciders, and yachting, kayaking and cycling are also on the menu.


When Devon springs into life

Devon's an outdoorsy dream. You can find beauty no matter the season. Winter, from November to March, ushers crisp, clear days that are great for walking secluded trails and woodlands. Spring is when things really kick into life. Hikers are magnetised to the moors by the lambs and blooming wildflowers, while beachgoers start to consider swims in the sea around about May. Look to book your Devon holiday rentals anytime between then and September, for the best weather.

Natural features

Moors to magical beaches in Devon

You can spend days exploring the untamed enclaves of the Dartmoor National Park, with its wildflower meadows blooming in spring, and free-roaming cows and ponies staring as you stroll between the primeval standing stones. Meanwhile, whole holidays can be focused on just one beach, surfing the waves, tanning, or boating out to see dolphins and seals. River valleys wiggle their way in from the shore now and again, too, taking the coastal paths through oak woods and old mining towns. The upshot? Devon's a truly beautiful chunk of the south-west.

How to get there

How to get to and around Devon

The nearest airport is in Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), located 17.4 mi (28 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Cardiff (CWL-Cardiff Intl.), which is 48.6 mi (78.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Yeoford Station, Copplestone Station and Morchard Road Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Devon?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 9,205 holiday lettings near Devon. From 3,462 Cottages to 3,462 Cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Devon is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Devon?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Devon. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dartmouth: 2,294 holiday homes
  • Salcombe: 806 holiday homes
  • Lyme Regis: 798 holiday homes
  • Woolacombe: 1,665 holiday homes
  • Croyde: 1,735 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Devon! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Devon?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Devon with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Dartmouth: 2,294 holiday lettings
  • Salcombe: 806 holiday lettings
  • Lyme Regis: 798 holiday lettings
  • Woolacombe: 1,665 holiday lettings
  • Croyde: 1,735 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Devon?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Devon are:

  • Exeter Airport (EXT): 1,495 self catering accommodations
  • Bristol Airport (BRS): 1,154 self catering accommodations
  • Taunton (TTY-Taunton Bus Station): 1,032 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Devon?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Devon. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lundy Island: 400 holiday rentals
  • Blackpool Sands: 2,799 holiday rentals
  • Devon's Crealy Adventure Park: 1,294 holiday rentals
  • Burgh Island: 1,986 holiday rentals
  • Croyde Bay Beach: 2,192 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Devon listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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