Just picture it:  a roaring fire, the curtains pulled, snuggling on a sofa together… Is there anything more fitting for autumn? If you’re looking for a short break this season, look no further than a cosy cottage in Devon where you can create the perfect autumnal atmosphere in comfortable surroundings and with a host of fun attractions right on your doorstep. If you’ve been waiting for the summer rush to be over before booking your get away or maybe just need a chance to relax and recharge, take a look at our suggestions for a cosy cottage stay perfect for the autumn months.

There are cottages in both coastal and country locations, so whether you want a rural retreat or to enjoy the beach during the quieter months, you can find a cottage that works for you.

North Devon is home to Britain’s best beach (Woolacombe) and the UK’s first surf reserve and, believe it or not, this time of year is perfect for a surfing break. The coastline in North Devon is known for having the ideal conditions for a host of watersports and the autumn months when the winds are stronger, the waves are bigger and the beaches quieter, are even better, especially for those of you who are confident on the waves.

Staying in a cottage will give you the space you need for your equipment and the freedom to come and go as you please – so if you hear that the waves are good early in the morning, you don’t have to worry about waking anyone else. Besides, after you’ve returned, you’ll soon warm up and dry off in the cosy surrounds of your cottage.

One option are the properties on offer from Bampfield Farm Cottages. These two spacious four star cottages are set within the rolling acres of a working farm and are fully equipped with everything you could need, including a wood burner with unlimited logs and free WiFi, so you can stream your favourite shows while staying warm and cosy. The cottages can be found near Barnstaple, North Devon’s premier town and is close to the coast and the region’s top attractions.

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Image: Torridge House Farm

If you like the idea of being on a farm and living like a local during your stay, another option are the cottages at Torridge House Farm. Nestled in rolling hills are these nine cottages that are surrounded by fields and woodland, perfect for those that love being outside – there’s plenty for walkers, cyclists, anglers and explorers here. Each cottage gives you space and privacy and you’re not too far from the popular attractions.

For those of you who want to be closer to the coast, take a look at Trimstone Manor Country Cottages. Located conveniently just off one of the main roads through the region and with 48 acres of land to relax on, this is somewhere you can enjoy peace and quiet while still being close to the action.

One of the big draws for visitors to the North of Devon is the Exmoor National Park. Love North Devon is a 53 acre estate on the edge of Exmoor and features some lovely accommodation. Unlike other farms in the area, this one isn’t a working farm, however it is part of the Devon Woodland Trust and is home to several animals, including Devon Longhair Sheep and piglets. You also might be lucky enough to catch sight of the deer and otter that hang around the onsite lake. 

With a host of picturesque towns and villages, including the chocolate box village of Cockington and pretty places like Kingsbridge and Salcombe, South Devon has been a popular resort since the age of Queen Victoria. Encompassing the south coast and the Torbay, South Devon has a host of Blue Flag Beaches which are just as pretty at this time of year as they are during the summer. At this time of year, many of them have lifted the restrictions on dogs, so if you fancy a break with your four legged friends, they can join you.

If you want to enjoy beautiful views, take a look at Ocean Reach Holiday Homes. Set within the National Trust’s Bolberry Down, Ocean Reach comprises of three holiday homes, all with incredible sea views and private gardens, as well as easy access to the South West Coast Path. All three properties are tastefully decorated with beautiful furnishings, free WiFi and parking and there is even an onsite take away service, so you can really enjoy those evenings in.  If you are planning to have a break away with your dog, Bolberry Farm Cottages on the outskirts of Hope Cove have won awards for being dog friendly and pets are welcome to stay completely free of charge.

fire place and chairs in cottage

Image: Bolberry Farm Cottages

Not far from there at Kingsbridge is Tonto’s View, a luxury home from home with stunning countryside views, its own outside seating area and barbecue as well as private parking, so you can really live like a local during your stay. Kingsbridge is a popular area for those looking for a cosy cottage stay. Another option is Swallows’ Flight and Fledgling Barn, a Victorian farmhouse where you’ll find three self-contained holiday properties, one of which is a vintage American Airstream Caravan! If you’re planning to do a spot of fishing while on your break, the Arundell Fishing Cottage  is the perfect location. Part of the Arundell Hotel complex, the cottage has two bedrooms and private facilities, plus guests have the option to use the hotel’s amenities during their stay. The Arundell prides itself on the quality of its fishing stock and offers fishing holidays and courses in flyfishing. So, whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or you want a relaxing activity to while away the hours, this is a good option.

One of the most fascinating places to be is in East Devon where you have the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast right on the doorstep. Here you can meander along the South West Coast Path or watch the seasons changing by visiting the UK’s only civic arboretum.

For those of you travelling in large groups, take a look at Higher Wiscombe, an award winning resort in the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will stunning views and plenty of space. The Old Winery cottage can sleep up to twenty and with all the bedrooms being ensuite, it’s perfect for extended family get togethers or breaks for friends. Each of the cottages have wood burners, perfect for this time of year – imagine curling up with your friends or family in front of the log burner and swapping stories.

Closer to Sidmouth are the Little Court Cottages, five luxury cottages just 600 meters from the seafront and town centre. The complex has a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere and once formed part of a Regency era house that was built for a Duke and Duchess – so you can be sure of comfort and luxury! The smallest of the cottages is Cherry Tree, a cosy one bed with parking for one car and a range of facilities, ideal for a romantic break. Courthaye is a larger option, sleeping up to four, while Magnolia has three bedrooms which making it a good option for families.

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Image: Devon Farms

If you’re on the hunt for a countryside location and want to keep your options open when it comes to exploring, book a stay in Mid Devon. Centrally located, you have easy access to the coast, the city of Exeter and both National Parks, plus a host of attractions. It’s a great place for anyone who loves to explore. If you’re not sure where you want to be, why not see what is on offer from Devon Farms? They have a host of holiday cottages across the county, so you can find the perfect home from home for you and then worry about the rest later!

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