Now the summer season is coming to a close, you might be looking at ways to help you get through the next few months and what could be better than a cheeky autumnal get away in a cosy cottage? Devon is full of incredible self catering cottages that offer a real home from home and are perfect for huddling in front of a roaring fire and enjoying a warming cup of tea in comfortable surroundings.
If that sounds like a great way to bridge the gap between now and Christmas (gasp!) here are a couple of options for a cottage get away.
For a cottage with a spectacular view and a tranquil atmosphere, River Dart Hideaway has lovely views across the River Dart making it a great place to catch those incredible Devon sunsets. Each hideaway features wall to ceiling windows and are stylishly furnished, plus they are suitable for all kinds of holiday makers, whether you’re after a family break, a romantic escape of a getaway with friends.
Image: River Dart Hideaway
Another option not far from the River Dart that is dog friendly is Fletchers’ Combe. Located in a hidden valley but just five minutes from the main Totnes to Kingsbridge Road, giving you easy access to a host of towns and villages, as well as the beaches of the region. It’s a great option for groups, the converted barn can sleep 14, while the farmhouse sleeps 8!
We all know South Devon is picturesque, so if you want to surround yourself with beautiful scenery, check out Ocean Reach Holiday Homes. They’re set within the National Trust’s Bolberry Down and borders the South West Coast Path, giving you amazing views over Burgh Island on a clear day. You might even be able to see as far as Lizard Point! Bolberry Farm Cottages are also in this part of Devon and on top of being comfortable and surrounded by beauty are also completely pet friendly. From here you can easily visit the thatched village of Hope Cove or make your way down to Salcombe or Kingsbridge where you can find amazing pubs, eateries and activities.
Further south near the Ocean City of Plymouth are Traine Farm Holiday Cottages. With lovely views of the coast and just a short walk from Wembury Beach, these cottages give you the best of both worlds – you can easily spend the day in the city or hide away in the countryside or at the coast.
If you’re looking for a trip to the Jurassic Coast, check out Alpine Park Cottages. This award winning complex of self catering holiday cottages are a great base for exploring the Jurassic Coast and East Devon. From here you can easily explore places like Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth or the East Devon Way, which is perfect for walking or cycling holidays.
Also in this region is Higher Wiscombe. Situated in the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and just a short distance from the South West Coast Path, these converted cottages all have stunning views and are regular winners of environmental awards. They’re also dog friendly, so if you want to bring your dogs with you and be secure in the fact that you’ll be limiting your carbon footprint during your visit, these definitely need to be on your shortlist.
Image: Higher Wiscombe
For those who want a rural retreat, Higher Longford Cottages in Tavistock are on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, offering a quiet, peaceful place to relax and recharge. The cottages are dog friendly – ideal considering the amount of walking routes in the area and the cottages have secure bike storage, so you can enjoy exploring this area by bike.
Or how about staying on a vineyard? Swanaford Vineyard sits within the Swanaford Estate where there are also a selection of self catering properties. Swanaford Vineyard Cottage is set within 50 acres of rural tranquillity, right on the edge of vineyard, so you have lovely views across the estate and private access to the River Teign – ideal for anyone wanting to do a spot of fishing or brave enough to do wild swimming at this time of year!
Looking to stay in North Devon? Torridge House Farm Cottages are a good option. The site is hidden within rolling hills but despite its remote seeming location, you’re well placed to explore a host of activities and attractions. You’ll never be bored here!
One option for those of you looking for a get away in North Devon is Marsden Devon Cottages who have 650 cottages across the region in their portfolio. Plus, with over 45 years’ experience and plenty of local knowledge, the team can help you plan the perfect holiday. Similarly, Toad Hall Cottages have a wide and varied portfolio of properties all over the county, so if you’re not sure where you want to stay, make sure to see what they have on offer. They have a huge choice of cottages near the sea or in the middle of nowhere for that relaxing rural retreat.
Image: Toad Hall Cottages
These are just a few of the cottages available across Devon. Find more options here.