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Your guide to self-catering facilities, cottages and chalets in Devon

Devon has a large choice of self-catering accommodation, and we have a selection of what we consider to be among the best listed here for you.

If you're a property owner, and would like to be included on this page of Devon accommodation, please email: suppliers "at" devon-visitor-guide.co.uk


Central Devon

Cadbury, Exeter - Fursdon

Fursdon is an ancient manor house located in beautiful Devon countryside. The Fursdon family have lived here since 1259, and the house is a much loved family home. Within the house there are two charming private apartments which are available for self-catering holiday accommodation all year round. The grounds are open to holiday guests who may walk around as they wish.

Only 25 minutes from the centre of Exeter and only 15 minutes from Tiverton, Fursdon offers access to these charming towns while lying right in the heart of the countryside. Walks include a footpath to the intriguing Cadbury Castle, an Iron Age fort of great historical significance, only half a mile away with some wonderful views. Fursdon is a great place from which to explore the whole of Devon.
Catriona Fursdon, Fursdon, Cadbury, Exeter, EX5 5JS
Phone: 01392 860860   Fax: 01392 860126 Web: www.fursdon.co.uk Email:  holidays@fursdon.co.uk

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North Devon

The Stone Barn and South Beer Farmhouse are neighbouring self-catering holiday accommodation, with completely separate facilities. Each has its own large private, enclosed garden. They can be hired separately or together: the Farmhouse sleeps 8 (+2) and the Stone Barn sleeps 10 (+2). By hiring both, you could accommodate parties of up to 22 people. See below for details of the South Beer Farmhouse.

The Stone Barn is a lovely old stone barn converted into luxury holiday accommodation with serious ‘green’ credentials, located at the heart of Beer Mill Nature Trails (130 acres of private nature reserve – owners have won Gold Award from the Devon Wildlife Trust for over 5 years running) and only a short drive to the North Cornwall coast, off road cycling, Dartmoor or Roadford Lake watersports centre.

Accommodation consists of 2 king-size bedrooms (both with ensuite shower rooms), a further king-size bedroom (with comfy fold away sofa-bed for plus 2), 2 twin bedrooms, family bathroom with roll top bath, overbath shower, toilet and basin, a further family shower room with walk in shower, toilet and basin, utility/boot room with washing machine and tumble drier, an open plan kitchen (fully fitted with everything you will need to prepare anything from a midnight snack for two to a festive family feast! The dining and sitting room is arranged around the huge stone fireplace which houses a double sided cast iron log burner.

You'll be cosy with the underfloor heating (from ground source heat pump) throughout the ground and lower ground floor rooms and triple thermal insulation, all of which ensures a comfortable ambient temperature throughout the house in spring, autumn and winter (it's not switched on during summer months). There's also a set of solar panels with a large hot water tank and green electricity supply  back up ensure hot water supply. Our rainwater harvesting system feeds the toilets, washing machine and outdoor tap.

There's also a fascinating wildlife activity/games room with activities prepared for you by the Devon Wildlife Trust, a viewing point for the exciting wildlife cameras which are located in local wildlife habitat, table tennis and other games.

Outside there's off road gravel parking area for up to 6 vehicles, a wooden recycling bin shelter, an enclosed garden with a large sandstone suntrap courtyard and patio with BBQ, 2 picnic benches and seats made from reclaimed materials, purpose built dog kennel and run and an outdoor tap. The rest of the large garden is laid mainly to gently sloping lawn, surrounded by fencing and newly planted hedgerow.

Prices start at £600 per week for up to 4 people or £400 per weekend for up to 6 people and increase according to numbers and time of year.

If you would like to know more contact the owners direct on 01409 253 093 or visit the website www.selfcateringcottagesdevon.co.uk  for more pictures and details.

South Beer Farmhouse is a traditional Victorian Farmhouse with high ceilings and many original fixtures still in place, although carefully modernized to a very high standard. It stands within its own large, enclosed garden with a small wildlife pond and stone well (both are securely covered but be aware of the need to watch toddlers).

Accommodation: 4 evenly sized bedrooms (2 doubles and 2 twins all with comfortable orthopaedic mattresses, there is an extra foldaway bed suitable for a child) with spacious upstairs bathroom (bath, overbath shower, toilet and basin).

Downstairs you'll find the main sitting room with the original slate fireplace and log burner, a huge HD plasma TV with DVD, high quality sofas and armchairs with reclaimed pine coffee table, bookshelves and occasional furniture, a second sitting room with a leather sofa and double sprung mattress sofa bed (for plus 2) with an  extra TV for use with the video (there's no aerial signal here), downstairs shower room/laundry with shower cubicle, toilet, basin, washing machine and tumble drier, dining room with reclaimed pine refectory table, original fireplace with ambient lighting, fitted kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, fridge, split oven and hob, fully equipped with everything from bread bin to hand blender, stock pot to sieve, quality cutlery and professional crockery range.

There's central heating throughout, solar panels with ‘green’ electricity back up.
Outside – large, enclosed garden with fabulous westerly views over beautiful countryside perfect to watch the sun go down with a glass of wine or a cup of tea!

The paved patio area to the south of property is completely private, surrounded by hedges and flowers with lawns and shrubs through the rest of large garden with BBQ and garden furniture and benches. There is a small wildlife pond (covered by reinforced mesh) and a stone well (also securely capped). Outside tap and hose for washing down outdoor equipment/bikes etc. There's a large open sided barn for parking up to 6 vehicles. Prices start at £300 per week or £210 per weekend for a couple using one bedroom off peak.

If you would like to know more contact the owners direct on 01409 253093 or visit the website www.selfcateringcottagesdevon.co.uk  for more pictures and details.

South Molton, North Devon - Woods Farm

Set within 30 acres in an Area of Outstanding Beauty, Woods Farm offers luxury self catering and  designated a County Wild Life Site in 1991, Woods Farm offers the discerning holidaymaker a haven of peace and tranquillity.
Situated in a picturesque courtyard setting, with two other holiday barns and nestling within the beautiful Crooked Oak Valley with panoramic views of the countryside towards Exmoor, in an area of outstanding beauty, Woods Farm Farmhouse offers luxury accommodation for both Self Catering and Bed & Breakfast. Ideally situated for both the North Devon Beaches and yet only 5 miles from Exmoor National Park, makes Woods Farm an ideal holiday location for all the family.
Woods Farm, Ash Mill, South Molton, North Devon EX36 4QX
Phone: 01769 551784
Web: www.woodsfarmdevon.co.uk 
Email: info@woodsfarmdevon.co.uk 

Berrynarbor  - Pink Heather Cottages

best recommended self-catering accommodation in Devon This is self-catering accommodation at its finest in two superbly designed cottages in the delightful village of Berrynarbor. You can enjoy fantastic views of the Sterridge Valley in luxurious self-catering accommodation; the venue is absolutely ideal for couples who want to get away from it all!
Bernard and June O'Regan, Pink Heather Holiday Cottages, Sterridge Valley, Berrynarbor, North Devon, EX34 9TB 
Phone: 01271 883093 Email: holidays@pinkheather  Web: www.pinkheather-cottages-devon.co.uk

Hartland Forest  - The Log Cabin

best recommended self-catering accommodation in Devon Treat yourself to luxurious self-catering accommodation in a self-contained log cabin which sleeps up to 8. Located in the beautiful Hartland Forest Park, you have full use of all facilities, which include an 18 hole golf course, large fishing lakes, superb tennis courts, large swimming pool, sauna, bar and excellent bistro, and more! This is a spacious timber lodge with superb views across the golf course and Devon countryside. Being extremely well insulated, you'll find it's warm and cosy even in the depths of winter! And it's spacious, too, with three bedrooms: a master bedroom with a stunning picture window and en-suite bathroom; the other bedrooms have twin beds, and there's even a sofa bed in the lounge. This great accommodation is only a few minutes from the beach and ideal for a tour of North Devon and Cornwall.
Mr John Poyser, Orchard Lodge, Bondend, Upton St. Leonards, Gloucestershire, GL4 8ED
Phone: 01452 618635  Web: www.devon-vacation-holidays.co.uk   Email:  jpoyser@btinternet.com

Berrynarbor - Dormer Cottage

best recommended self-catering accommodation in Devon This charming cottage is the epitome of village life, and offers comfortably furnished and extensive accommodation over two floors for up to five people. It's located in the village centre with the post office, church and pub all close at hand. The house has two double bedrooms, a very well-fitted-out kitchen and a charming lounge and dining area. There's also a shower room and separate bathroom, with two toilets. Duvets and towels are included, along with colour television, C.D. player, washing machine and dryer, microwave and dishwasher.
Roy & Jackie Pierpoint, Lee View, The Village, Berrynarbor,  Ilfracombe, North Devon,  EX34 9SG
Phone: 01271 882396  Email: langleigh@uwclub.net   Web: www.berrynarbor-guest-house.co.uk

Pickwell Barton, Nr Braunton - Pickwell Farm Cottages

best recommended self-catering accommodation in Devon This unspoilt traditional farm is situated in the quiet hamlet of Pickwell, from where the green fields slope down to Putsborough Beach, a mere  800 metre stroll from the cottages with breathtaking views along the way. There are several self-catering cottages on offer, all of which are close to Putsborough, Saunton, Woolacombe, and Croyde beaches on the beautiful North Devon coast.
Phone:  01271 890994    Web: www.pickwellbarton.co.uk Email:   jane@pickwellbarton.co.uk

Hartland - Galsham Copingers Cottage

best recommended self-catering accommodation in Devon The perfect location and the perfect venue for a short break or a longer time away! This luxurious, ground floor apartment is totally self-contained and offers a bedroom with a pair of three foot six beds, which can be used as two singles or a huge double; bed linen is provided. The recent refurbishment shows in the high standard of fittings and fixtures throughout the property, the kitchen, bathroom, lounge and bedroom. With easy access to the famous coastal path and plenty of magnificent cliffs, the location is a walker's delight and a geologist's dream! Pets are most welcome.
Sonia & Dennis Heard, Galsham Farm, Hartland, Bideford, N. Devon, EX39 6DN

Phone: 01237 441262    Web: www.galsham.co.uk   Email:  enquiries@galsham.co.uk

North Molton - North Lee Farm

best recommended self-catering accommodation in DevonNorth Lee has five charming self-catering cottages, each with an individual style of comfortable furnishings but still retaining their exposed beams and stonework. The great news for families is that the farm has a well-equipped children's play area. For the adults, the location of North Lee gives easy access to the splendour of Exmoor National Park, while  touring, cycling and walking on the stunning North Devon coastline offers the chance to explore this delightful area, between Woolacombe's clean sandy beaches and the rugged cliffs and coves at Lynton. The farm offers a chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of North Devon - and since North Lee is a working dairy/arable farm there's always lots to see and do.
North Lee Farm Holiday Cottages, North Molton, Devon EX36 3EH
Phone: 01598 740248   Web: www.northlee.com Email:  beck@northlee.com

Near Barnstaple - Lerwell Farm and Furze Cross Cottages

Lerwell Farm is located in the best of the North Devon countryside about one mile from the delightful village of Chittlehampton, which is a conservation area full of picturesque thatched cottages. The thatched farmhouse is itself a Grade II listed building. The barns around the farm fell into disuse over the years until Mike and Sue, into whose ownership the farm passed in December 2002, began a programme of conversion into holiday accommodation. The last barn to be finished was the Granary in 2005. The conversion has been done sensitively, with modern features added to the charm of the natural stone buildings. The beams, vaulted ceilings and external stonework have all been retained.
Lerwell Farm Barns & Furze Cross Cottages, Lerwell Farm, Furze Cross, Chittlehampton, North Devon EX37 9RL
Phone: 01769 540064  Web:

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Near Barnstaple - Hewish Barton Cottages

best recommended self-catering accommodation in Devon Oriel Cottage, which sleeps four or five, and House Martins, which sleeps six, are superbly converted from old farm outbuildings, giving a peaceful and quiet location, yet so near the superbly scenic coast that you can walk there in a mere fifteen minutes. The cottages lend themselves to long walks, log fires, watching wildlife, enjoying wild flowers, star-gazing and other simple pleasures: however the accommodation is anything but simple, being superbly furnished and fitted out with all the modern conveniences you could wish for. Even better, there are over ten acres of fields and woods to roam around, a large garden, secluded woodland, and a secret pond fringed by ferns and wild plants. You may see - or hear -  owls and falcons, along with many other local species of birds, while deer roam the hills and swallows and house-martins flit around continually during summer. This is a beautiful place.
Maggi and Keith Wase, Hewish Barton, Muddiford, Barnstaple
Devon, EX31 4HH
Phone: 01271 850245  Web: www.hewish-barton.co.uk  Email: Hewish_Barton

Combe Martin - Watermouth Cove Cottages

best recommended self-catering accommodation in Devon At Watermouth Cove there is a charming group of eight self-catering cottages, which were once the coach house and stables associated with Watermouth Castle, but which were converted to holiday accommodation three decades ago. Located just beside the castle and only a short stroll from the harbour, these delightful cottages are set in the midst of woodland and the superb Devon countryside. You get the best of both the seaside and the beach resorts of Ilfracombe and Combe Martin, with a large choice of inns and restaurants serving superb local food. If you want to try surfing, the beaches of Woolacombe are close at hand, as are the beaches of Saunton Sands and Croyde bay. The cottages are located right on the edge of the Exmoor national park, while an hour's drive will get you to delightful resorts of Bude, Minehead and Torquay. And even better, it's only two hours to the Eden Project and The Gardens of Heligan.
Phone: 0845 029 1958  Web: www.watermouth-cove-cottages.co.uk  Email: cottages@watermouthcove.co.uk

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