Booking Cornwall cottages and Devon cottages
Extending out to meet the Atlantic Ocean on the south-western edge of England, this beautiful duo of counties ranges from the heather-clad ridges of Exmoor to the salt-washed inlets around Penzance. Along the way, it offers up taste-bud-tingling seafood eateries, roaring surfer beaches, cream-tea cafés and boat-ringed harbours, not to mention countless Cornwall cottages and Devon cottages for a holiday to remember.
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Ranging from the classic resort town of Ilfracombe to the wild surf beaches of north Devon and down to the pretty bays of the so-called Torquay riviera, this is your chance to seek out some of the very best Devon cottages. We'll even take you deep into the Dartmoor National Park, where you can find pads that will welcome the dogs and ready you for bracing walks over rock-spotted heaths.
We delve into the enchanting beachside town of Looe on the south coast to offer some inspiration on where to bag some unforgettable Cornwall cottages. You'll find them surrounded by classic ice-cream parlours, Victorian-era tearooms, little fishing huts and quays lined with bobbing boats. It's a wonderful place to spend a summer getaway.
Finding the perfect place to stay on your escape to Cornwall can be tricky. This long and wiggling county comes with rugged coves and surf-washed beaches alike along its shores. There are stone-built marinas that bustle with fishing folk and seafood restaurants. And there's a less-discovered inland region, replete with amazing botanical gardens and reserves. Where will you pick?
Before heading off to the clotted-cream-covered hills of the South West, be sure to choose the type of Devon cottage that's right for you. That could mean a dog-friendly pad near the bustling resorts of the English Channel or a surfer's shack with room for the board near the frothing waves of Croyde and Saunton Sands.
There's an abundance of luxurious Cornwall cottages and family-friendly pads in the lively surf town of Newquay. Some will put you near the famous wave-riding schools of Fistral Beach, while others huddle in the town centre with the aquarium tanks, fish grills and raucous rows of bars. Pinpointing the sort that's right for you is important if you're looking to make it a seaside trip to remember.
Cosy fisher's homes cluster together on the tight-knit cobbled lanes of old Padstow. Some are near the buzzing harbour area, with its artisan fishmongers and its acclaimed seafood restaurants. Others cling to the rising hills along the Camel River estuary, offering something a little quieter and more secluded by biking tracks and walking trails.
For a taste of Cornwall's authentic seaside charm, Port Isaac cottages can hardly be beaten. These stays will place you right in the heart of a pint-sized town of bobbing skiffs and little shanty taverns, close to the ocean-bashed cliffs of Pentire Head and the peaceful inlet of Port Gaverne that's just a few coves around the coast.
Well-to-do Salcombe has some of the most opulent Cornwall cottages in the county. They sit near the famous yachting schools of the Kingsbridge River as it opens to meet the English Channel, offering deluxe places to unwind after a day at the sails. Of course, there are plenty of other pads here, too, built for both walkers and travellers with their dogs in tow.
There's a whiff of class in the air in stylish St Ives. Just around the headland from the stunning white-sand beach of Carbis Bay, this town of charming Cornwall cottages and vibrant cafés boasts the thought-provoking exhibits of the Tate Gallery, not to mention the intriguing sculpture exhibits of the Barbara Hepworth Museum.
You'll put a 3-mile stretch of beige-tinted sand right outside your bedroom window by booking Woolacombe cottages. Nestled right in the midst of the North Devon Heritage Coast, these pads can cater to all sorts. There are luxury options, dog-friendly homes near the beachfront itself and larger places for those bringing the surfboard along for the ride.