East Devon Self Catering Cottage Breaks

East Devon self catering cottages

Uncrowded, unspoiled and blessed with a generous climate, you'll love East Devon for all of its glorious contrasts - in fact, it's the perfect place for a self catering cottage holiday.

Inland you'll find lush countryside dotted with small villages and crossed by rivers rich in wildlife. While the coastline offers miles of beaches, from Exmouth's golden sands to the vivid red cliffs at Sidmouth and the dramatic chalk headlands at Beer.

And, against this wonderfully varied backdrop, small coastal resorts combine with traditional market towns to create a welcoming region that is truly unique - just waiting for you to discover East Devon's glorious triangle.

With so much variety you can really please yourself. Take it easy on a beach and watch the fishing boats or enjoy a relaxing stroll through a fascinating village of thatched cottages and cobbled paths. And, if you have energy to spare, there's golf, tennis, swimming, horse riding, excellent coastal walks and just about every waters port you can imagine.

Whatever you want from your holiday you'll find it here, plus that certain kind of magic that only East Devon can provide.

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East Devon Beaches

When it comes to a day at the beach, you're really spoilt for choice.  From the sweeping crescent of Exmouth's two miles of golden sands to the red sandstone cliffs of Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth and the delightful sheltered coves and chalk cliffs of Beer and Seaton, you'll find beaches of every kind.

Sir Walter Raleigh Country

Why not visit the thatched village of East Budleigh, the birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh, the famous adventurer.  Then travel just a few miles to Budleigh Salterton and see where Millais painted the famous Boyhood of Raleigh, using the ancient wall which stands on the beach today.

East Devon Walks

One of the most rewarding ways to enjoy East Devon's spectacular scenery is on foot. Choose from walks along the coast, country or in the historic towns and villages.

There are numerous walks and marked footpaths that reveal the history and heritage of country towns such as Ottery St Mary, Axminster and Honiton.  Be sure to visit some of the villages too, set deep in the countryside like Colyton, Broadhembury and Gittisham. Stroll along the elegant promenades of resorts in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton and Seaton.

The long beaches and cliff tops provide further walking opportunities along the South West Coastal Path while the East Devon Way combines a fascinating inland route with a coastal path.

If you prefer to be down by the riverside, there are local walks in the Otter, Sid and Axe Valleys.  Whichever walk you choose, you'll enjoy the fact that East Devon is un-crowded and un-commercialised. 

East Devon Gardens

There are some delightful gardens in East Devon to explore.  Killerton House and Gardens, Broadclyst, is a National Trust property that has 15 acres of beautiful gardens surrounding a charming house that was home to the Acland family since the Civil War.

Further along in Dalwood, near Axminster, is Burrow Farm Gardens with beautifully landscaped gardens in a superb countryside setting.

Exploring Historic Houses and Churches

East Devon has a remarkable number of beautiful historic churches including the magnificent collegiate church in Ottery St Mary which was modelled on Exeter Cathedral and is where the poet, Coleridge, was born in the vicarage.

Visit Cadhay Manor nearby and don't miss the National Trust property 'A la Ronde' in Exmouth, an extraordinary 16 sided house built in 1796.

Festivals, Market Days and Craft Fairs

Many of the towns hold annual Festivals, including the famous International Festival of Folk Song and Dance at Sidmouth, held during the first week in August.  For something unusual, come along to Ottery St Mary in November, where you can see men, women and childrens carrying flaming barrels of tar through the streets.

In Axminster on a Thursday, you'll find traders stalls and livestock clustered around the ancient church of St Mary's and in Honiton there are street markets on a Tuesday and Saturday.  It's also worth seeing the antique shops while you are there.

Westpoint Show Ground is also close by where you can find agricultural shows, craft shows and entertainment held throughout the year.

During the week, visit an inland market town on a market day for a bustling fun time.

East Devon Museums

Learn about the fascinating local history and culture by visiting the museums in Sidmouth, Exmouth, Axminster and Seaton.  In Budleigh Salterton at the Fairlynch Museum, you can view an excellent display of historic costumes. If you're interested in lace making, then visit Allhallows Museum in Honiton which houses one of the finest lace collections in the World.

Sports

If you're feeling energetic, in Exmouth you can enjoy waters ports including wind-surfing, water-skiing and sailing with tuition available for most of the year.  From here you can also plan a day deep sea fishing or inland there's some coarse fishing and game fishing too.

East Devon self catering cottages

If a leisurely round of golf is more your thing, choose from clubs at Axmouth, Sidmouth, Woodbury and Budleigh Salterton.  Woodbury and Budleigh Salterton have stunning views.

There's also tennis, horse riding, bowls and cycling routes.

Bird watching in East Devon

East Devon is a birdwatchers paradise. The Exe Estuary supports over 20,000 wildfowl and waders including the largest flock of Avocets in the country.

Many species make their home at various times of the year and other rivers, the Sid, Axe and Otter, are all teeming with birdlife, just remember your binoculars.

A Taste of East Devon

Call in to one of the many traditional inns and sample home-cooked food and a glass or 2 of real ale. Learn about making cider at Green Valley Cyder at Clyst St George or Lyme Bay Cider Co in Seaton and some genuine Devon Cider home.

Enjoy a Ride on the Seaton Tramway

Enjoy a trip back in time aboard a double deck open-top tram car. Travel from Seaton to Colyton and enjoy the beauty of East Devon's countryside and wildlife.

Especially for Children

See how a working farm operates at Crealy Country, rediscover sounds and sights of days gone by at the World of country Life and ride the Miniature Railway at Pecorama, a must for train enthusiasts. At Escot Aquatic Centre and Gardens you can see a variety of tropical fish a well as otters, wild boars and other animals.  If the kids want to go wild, visit Jungle Fun on Exmouth seafront, with ball pools, fun play areas and crazy golf.

One of the most unusual attractions is the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary where over 700 donkeys, rescued from a life of extreme hardship are cared for amid delightful surroundings.

Devon County Show

One of the unmissable events each year is the Devon County Show. A fun family day out, learn about the Great British Countryside and, of course, discover lots more about Devon. Find out more about the Devon County Show.

Below are some selected self catering cottages and apartments in East Devon.

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The Creamery in Uffculme, Devon, South West England

The Creamery, Uffculme

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

The Creamery self catering accommodation in Uffculme, Devon sleeps 2. This 1 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Prices at The Creamery start from £270 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Creamery


Sleeps 2 Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner

Whytings in Uplyme, Devon, South West England

Whytings, Uplyme

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Whytings self catering accommodation in Uplyme, Devon sleeps 20. This 8 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . Whytings does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Whytings start from £1174 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Whytings


Sleeps 10 or more Pet friendly Garden

Jasmine Cottage in Tedburn St Mary, Devon, South West England

Jasmine Cottage, Tedburn St Mary

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Jasmine Cottage self catering accommodation in Tedburn St Mary, Devon sleeps 5. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Prices at Jasmine Cottage start from £349 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Jasmine Cottage


Sleeps 4 Garden Open fire or wood burner

Wagtails in Winkleigh, Devon, South West England

Wagtails, Winkleigh

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Wagtails self catering accommodation in Winkleigh, Devon sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Wagtails does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Wagtails start from £248 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Wagtails


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Garden Open fire or wood burner

Beech Cottage in Dunkeswell, Devon, South West England

Beech Cottage, Dunkeswell

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Beech Cottage self catering accommodation in Dunkeswell, Devon sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Prices at Beech Cottage start from £270 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Beech Cottage


Sleeps 4 Garden Internet WIFI available

Hazel Lodge in Washfield, Devon, South West England

Hazel Lodge, Washfield

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Hazel Lodge self catering accommodation in Washfield, Devon sleeps 8. This 4 bedroom Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Hot Tub Open Fire/woodburner . Hazel Lodge does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Hazel Lodge start from £556 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Hazel Lodge


Sleeps 8 Pet friendly Garden Open fire or wood burner Hot tub

Lake View in Crediton, Devon, South West England

Lake View, Crediton

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Lake View self catering accommodation in Crediton, Devon sleeps 5. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include fishing . Prices at Lake View start from £306 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Lake View


Sleeps 4 Fishing close by Garden Internet WIFI available

Fairway Lodge in Tedburn St Mary, Devon, South West England

Fairway Lodge, Tedburn St Mary

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Fairway Lodge self catering accommodation in Tedburn St Mary, Devon sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Prices at Fairway Lodge start from £303 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Fairway Lodge


Sleeps 4 Garden Internet WIFI available

Shells Cottage in Washfield, Devon, South West England

Shells Cottage, Washfield

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

Shells Cottage self catering accommodation in Washfield, Devon sleeps 12. This 6 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Detached Garden Hot Tub Open Fire/woodburner . Shells Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Shells Cottage start from £685 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Shells Cottage


Sleeps 10 or more Pet friendly Garden Open fire or wood burner Hot tub

The Log Cabin in Sheldon, Devon, South West England

The Log Cabin, Sheldon

Self catering in DevonSouth West England

The Log Cabin self catering accommodation in Sheldon, Devon sleeps 4. This 2 bedroom Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Activities close by include fishing . The Log Cabin does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at The Log Cabin start from £230 a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Log Cabin


Sleeps 4 Pet friendly Fishing close by Garden Open fire or wood burner

 

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