Glorious Devon, with its rolling landscape dotted with sheep, unspoilt coastline, sandy beaches, rugged moorland, and quaint picture-postcard villages, is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break soaking up the stunning scenery.
Glorious Devon, with its rolling green landscape dotted with sheep, long stretches of unspoilt coastline, golden sandy beaches, rugged moorland, and quaint picture-postcard villages, is one of the most popular holiday cottage destinations in the UK, whatever the season.
However, there's more to Devon than stunning scenery. Over the years, the county has attracted an exceptional selection of locally grown food and drink producers, ranging from the old Devon favourites you'd expect (pasties, scones, fudge, and of course cider!) to some slightly more unexpected delights, including vineyards and even chilli farms, which thrive in the mild South West climate.
In addition to the culinary treats, a holiday in Devon is a great opportunity to get active outside to make the most of the beautiful scenery. With hundreds of miles of magnificent South West Coast Path fringing the county, an invigorating coastal walk is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reconnect with the outdoors (and it’s free!). Yet there are so many things to see and do in Devon that you'll find it hard to squeeze it everything into one holiday! From surfing to horse-riding, and stately homes to theme parks, you'll find something for the whole family, whatever their ages and preferences.
Whether you’re planning a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or a break with your dog, we're sure to have a holiday cottage that's just right for you. From large holiday homes (with or without a pool) perfectly suited for group holidays, to quirky, romantic seaside cottages-for-two, if you’re looking to escape the stresses of everyday life and enjoy a truly tranquil break, a holiday cottage in Devon offers the perfect base to make the most of your time away with loved ones, and will have you coming back year after year!
Few areas of the UK, or even Europe, have a lure greater than beautiful South Devon. Dramatic Dartmoor gives way to rolling hills, wooded valleys and stunning coastline that never fails to leave visitors wishing they could stay just that little bit longer. While away days in market towns and villages that have retained their tradition whilst now offering great dining and excellent shopping, or leave the townships behind and head to any one of the outstanding sandy beaches that dot the South Devon coast.
A holiday in North Devon offers the best of both worlds: fantastic access to the stunning Atlantic coastline and also the chance to explore the wild beauty of the moors. Sandwiched between Exmoor and Dartmoor, each with its own distinctive picturesque landscape, they offer the perfect escape for nature lovers, walkers, riders, families and dog owners looking to relax and unwind far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Picturesque East Devon is perfectly positioned on the world famous Jurassic Coast, offering stunning coastal walks and fossil hunting opportunities, an abundance of pretty towns and villages along the East Devon and neighbouring Dorset coastline, easy access to the vibrant Cathedral City of Exeter, and great positioning for reaching Dartmoor or the South Devon coast on a day trip.
Dartmoor is a hub for all kinds of outdoor pursuits from walking and cycling to horse riding and climbing to make the most of the stunning wild and bleak scenery. If you're planning to head off the beaten track it’s always advisable to have a map, compass and sensible clothing as the weather can change rapidly. If the fog descends, you will soon understand why this place inspired the spine-tingling tales of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles! And if you’re not feeling quite so energetic, it's also a fantastic place to simply get some fresh air, and dip your toes in a stream, or sit back and enjoy a Devon cream tea.
Dartmoor Zoological Park is a 30-acre zoological garden located near the village of Sparkwell, on the south-west edge of Dartmoor. It was the subject of the book and hollywood film We Bought a Zoo, which has gained the Zoo world wide fame. However the personal charm and up-close feel to the whole park has not disappeared.
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On an industrial estate close to Plymouth, Plymouth Karting is the ultimate playground for grown ups and nearly grown ups complete with indoor and outdoor karting, combat gaming and laser tag. This is your chance to get involved with the latest in motor-sports with features including challenging circuits, separate adult and children or family sessions, a coffee lounge and spectator area, LCD screening to detail scoring, washroom facilities and free parking, and exclusive booking for birthdays and special events available. You can just turn up but it’s advisable to phone ahead to check availability, particularly in larger groups. All equipment, clothing and safety information is provided but do wear trainers rather than flip-flops or sandals, and remember that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
An award winning family attraction in Exeter, Crealy Great Adventure Park is set in 100 acres of Devon countryside and offers something for kids of all ages. Easy to get to off the M5, the park is home to more than 100 animals, 30 outdoor attractions and other activities including rides, soft play, animal petting and seasonal events and shows. There’s a dog kennel that guests can use for the family pet, but do bring your own bowls, blankets and toys and remember to book in advance.
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A terrific village pub; friendly,atmospheric, good service and excellent food and ale. Very dog friendly and the pub has been very sympathetically refurbished in recent years
Lovely food, and good service. Pub interior very welcoming....a real village pub. Would recommend.
Excellant sunday lunch enjoyed by all eight of us. Warm welcoming with some good beers
Fantastic food and hosts, thoroughly enjoyed our several visits.
Brilliant country pub, good homemade food, great real ales (listed in the good beer guide 2017) Child & dog friendly, gets very busy for Sunday lunches. Closed Mondays
A newly renovated, light and bright café in a beautiful location overlooking the Dart estuary at Stoke Gabriel. While the kids go crabbing you can sit and enjoy the panoramic views with a locally brewed beer or refreshing local cider. Open everyday except Monday for lunches, cakes, cream teas and coffee aswell as dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. The menu has a focus on fresh fish dishes and all the produce is locally souced.
The River Shack The Quay, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6RD (T: 01803 782520)
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Visited many times during our two week holiday, and thoroughly enjoyed all the meals. The staff were amazing, really friendly and efficient. Will definitely visit again.
Fab location - reasonable prices for a toasted sandwich for lunch and very tasty. The ice cream shack was delicious!
Fantastic setting, with a lovely terrace... ideal for sitting out on a sunny day and having a coffee or glass of wine. We tried eating there in the evening and found the food rather disappointing, so wouldn't recommend it for food.
Lovely food, friendly and efficient staff and reasonable prices. Good menu choices as well.
Relax in the friendly atmosphere of this pub by the cosy log fire in the winter or outside overlooking the river in the warmer months. Enjoy Devon’s finest produce accompanied by good beer and wine. Children will enjoy paddling in the river as well as the play area. Dogs welcome.
The Watermans Arms Bow Bridge, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7EG (T: 01803 732214)
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This pub was just a few minutes walk from where we were staying. Although the food was good basic pub food it was let down by the 'atmosphere' in the pub.
Friendly pub with good food and good service
Lovely location, food and service good but basic pub grub.
Sorry, my review submitted a few minutes ago was submitted in error, and related to another pub in the area. We enjoyed the food at the Watermans Arms and the service was good. Lovely spot on the river and would recommend.
We ate at the Watermans Arms every evening during our stay in Tuckenhay, which was an enjoyable stroll from our cottage. The staff were very welcoming and the menu was quite extensive. We both managed to eat something different each night during our weeks stay and the service was quick. Food was attractively presented and very good; we didn't have one bad experience. We were well looked after by the waitresses and would highly recommend.
We visited 3 times. Very friendly pub. Good food, if anything to comment, the portions were on the large side for us.
An unpretentious, welcoming pub with fantastic food.
Ate here twice Sunday lunch good and food on second visit good too Nice to be able to tie our dogs in
A warm welcome was received at this lovely pub that served great food especially Sunday roast - booking is reccomemnded
amazing pub. Great location by the river, really nice food and friendly staff. The dogs loved it too and we made to feel very welcome :)
Set in a beautiful location alongside Bow Creek and with a predominantly fish menu, this is a great place to enjoy some delicious food or a cold beer in the sunshine. Watch boats mooring, kayaks launching and children crabbing during the summer, or enjoy the cosy atmosphere and open fires in colder months.
The Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay, Totnes TQ9 7EH (T: 01803 732350)
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We especially liked the Malsters Arms, which was just a few minutes’ walk away from where we were staying. We enjoyed having a drink sitting outside on the quay, take away fish and chips and an excellent meal in the restaurant (on different days).
Good food and friendly staff, would recommend booking
Food good but service extremely poor. Staff appeared very disorganised. I think the pub is living off its past history re Keith Floyd. Pub also starting to look a little tired and needs some money spending on it.
As we were staying in the village, we tried to eat here one evening, but they were fully booked. The bar man was quite abrupt when we asked for a table, which put us off trying again for another evening. We heard from another couple that they had experienced the same thing, hence why we ate at the Watermans Arms each evening, as they were most welcoming.
Great food and service in a delightful village by the river. One of our favourite places.
Really lovely meals again here. Very welcoming and accommodating to our two children.
A friendly pub in great location, with very good food.
Looks lovely if pricey Tried to eat here on a Thursday but it was fully booked
Excellent food and great atomasphere.
Only stopped for a drink on the way to Dittisham but loved sitting out by the river and watching all the wildlife passing by
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A lovely beach at the end of a beautiful valley. Absolutely perfect for dogs and never busy.
Parked in the NT car park at Ringmore and took the 15 min walk down to the beach. Saw a beautiful sunset and had the place to ourselves. Bliss
What a fantastic place. So quiet - we had the whole beach to ourselves a lot of the time. Our dogs loved it.
A lovely quiet cove, with excellent rock pools at low tide. No sand but the kids enjoy it as an alternative to the massive sandy beaches at Bigbury and Bantham.
stunning little beach, very quiet and great for snorkelling
Beautiful cove. Very quiet with lots of bird life.
Well worth the walk with beautiful views of Burgh island from the coast path. We were the only ones there on a very sunny day in April. Perfect.
Simply stunning and well worth the steep (ish) walk down from the National Trust car park at Ringmore. When there - it's hard to imagine the horrors of today's modern world.
Gorgeous beach for an evening swim and barbecue. So peaceful and beautiful
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Glorious especially at low tide.
Best beach in the South Hams.
Can get busy with surfers, but a beautiful place with a wide sandy beach. Lots of room for everyone.
Beautiful beach. Nightmare of a road (especially in high season) to get to it. Worth it though when you get there.
A short walk (less than a mile) from Thurlestone, this is a stunning beach. Lots of shallow water with sand underfoot, truly amazing.
Fantastic sandy beach and so big. My dog loved running around and jumping into the water. Plenty of space for all.
It won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has visited that Bigbury on Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for sand castles and rock pooling as well as tucking into lengthy summer picnics, it is an unusual beach to visit because the tide comes in from both sides. As a result, it is an endless source of fascination for children, not least for its sea tractor which provides transport from one end of the beach to the other in order to reach Burgh Island. Burgh Island is connected to mainland England by the beach alone, it’s home to the famous art deco Burgh Island Hotel which has hosted Agatha Christie and Noel Coward since its incarnation in 1929, and has even made an appearance in the TV adaptation of Christie’s Poirot. On a practical note there is on-site parking available close to the beach with daily charges from £3.50. Toilets and shower facilities with disabled access are also nearby, and lifeguards are present from May to September. The Venus café offers teas, coffees and other refreshments including the ice creams that are of such fundamental importance for a day at the beach. Meanwhile, dog lovers will be pleased to know that four legged friends are welcome at Bigbury on Sea, but restrictions apply from 1st May until 30th September. Ultimately, Bigbury on Sea is a supremely beautiful location and fun family day out with abundant wildlife to enjoy and coastal footpaths to explore as well, making it a wonderful destination to visit on holiday in Devon, no matter what time of the year it is.
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Excellent beach for small children. Very clean. The sea tractor gave it an added dimension. Our 2 year old granddaughter loved riding on it!
Fab, sand spit beach, covered at high tide, access to Burgh island. An absolute must.
Gorgeous beach - very large and areas suitable for dogs. Check tides before you go. Walk over to Burgh island is great. Good toilets and shop - very clean.
Wonderful beach and great view of Burgh Island and the marvellous hotel.
Spent a happy afternoon watching the sea.
Perfect location. Excellent to walk across the tombolo and explore the island. Very safe for dogs. We visited on a very sunny day in April and were lucky to get a free parking spot right by the slipway. Views from the top are wonderful. Watching the waves meet from both directions is fascinating.
Great beach for walking the dog - only part of the beach is restricted. Not overcrowded as we visited out of season and some lovely views in all directions.
Lovely place. Child friendly with fantastic views. Only downside is the dogs that are allowed on. It can get very busy in high season and the dogs can be a pain if running loose especially if you have got little ones. We have got a dog so it's not because we aren't dog lovers!
Rather run down and disappointing that visitors are made to feel rather unwanted with only a small section of the pub open to non-residents and the hotel off limits completely to non-residents. View from the top lovely, but I wouldn't drive miles and miles to visit. What attracted me was the parting of the sea and that was a lovely view
Fantastic unique place with sea both sides of the beach when the tide is out and Burgh Island to walk to with a lovely old pub but inefficient service.
Between Dartmouth and Slapton, Blackpool Sands is a beautiful shingle bay on the South West Coast Path, surrounded by evergreens and pine trees. It really is a treasure of a beach to visit while you’re in the area. Award-winning, the privately owned, blue flag beach boasts a sense of being in the Mediterranean on a good day in the summer, although a good jumper never goes amiss in this part of the world! You will no doubt not be surprised to hear that it is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, however it also boasts ample facilities and things to do. There are showers, toilets and disabled facilities, as well as paddle board, kayak and wetsuit hire available for those wishing to earn their visit to The Venus Beach Café, where light bites and refreshments are served. The Venus Shop also sells all the bits and pieces you might want for fun and games on the beach if you have forgotten them or are in need of extra buckets and spades. The water at Blackpool Sands is known for being clean and clear and tested by the Environment Agency, and lifeguards are on hand in the summer (July to September) so there’s every reason to pop in for a dip. However, dogs are not allowed on the beach in the high season (12th March to 30th October) so keep the walking for the cooler months. There is parking available at the beach with seasonal charges, and you can find out more information on those from the Blackpool Sands information line on 01803 771800. This beach is easy to get to and quite literally fun and games for the whole family, as well as a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year to take in the view!
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Parking charge between £3 - £8 depending on time of year, Also food good but e.g. Hawaiian Prawns (£9) consisted of 5 prawns. Not good value for money.
Lovely beach, not sandy but the stones are okay. Good food, beverages, coast guards, Nice view and not so cowded
Lovely clean beach in super location along coastal road. Great place to visit.
Beautiful clean beach with excellent facilities.Clean toilets lovely cafe and shop.Lifeguard on the beach.No dogs allowed.Plenty of parking.We enjoyed rock pooling at the far end of the beach.The owner does a great job.You can also visit Blackpool Sands garden but we did not have time.Also a juggler was there on the day we went great fun for everyone.
Beautiful location but shame it a shingle beach and not sandy. Also very disappointed with the £8 fee to park the car .
Perfect venue for a sunny day! Secluded beach which is clean and tidy, with a cafe, snack bar and shop, beach equipment hire too
The cost of the parking steep
Our family 's favourite beach
Stunning beach, and you can get takeaway cream tea from the cafe to have on the beach!!
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