There are hundreds of cottages in South Devon and it’s fairly easy to find something to suit you – although book your holiday cottage well in advance if you’re planning on coming in any of the school holidays OR if you need a cottage to accommodate a large group.
Here’s a few pointers to help you decide where to book your cottage in South Devon – you can find more details on our destination pages.
Best place to rent a cottage in South Devon:
…if you’re on a budget:
There are some very affordable deals to be had around Torbay (Paignton, Brixham, Torquay) and for many people the English Riviera covers just about all the bases when it comes to a South Devon holiday.
…if you love the wild
You can’t beat Dartmoor for sheer unspoiled beauty. The towns and villages around the edge of moor (including Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Cornwood and Ivybridge) are great gateways, without being as isolated as, for example, Widecombe or Moretonhampstead.
…if you want the best of the coastal path
The stretch from Start Point all the way round to Hope Cove is magnificent with several little isolated beaches that are far from the madding crowd.
… if you want to step back in time
There’s lots of Agatha Christie related stuff going on in South Devon. She had her holiday home at Greenway, opposite Dittisham on the Dart but for me there’s nothing quite so glamorous as a cocktail at Burgh Island – although you’ll have to check in advance that non-residents are welcome (and they can be a bit sniffy about kids)
…if you want a lively social life
In season, Salcombe is the place to be seen. It’s a well-to-do town and that’s reflected in the prices of the accommodation but it’s certainly one of the prettiest locations for cottages in South Devon and with the beaches within walking distance of the town it has a self-contained feel which makes holidays here easy. Summer evenings have a real buzz as the pubs and restaurants in town