Devon is a spectacular location for a half-term getaway whatever the season. From the beautiful hues of autumn to the fresh brightness of spring and the magic of winter - need we even speak of summer? The location is iconic; famed for being family-friendly, with a plethora of fantastic locations to visit. So, to help you find the ultimate holiday home for your next escape, we’ve handpicked a few of favourites featuring some of the best options for young families, teenagers and large groups for your next Devon holiday!
The best cottages for young families in Devon
Located in the fantastic village of Braunton, this cottage boasts countryside and estuary views as well as an array of easy-to-reach local attractions. Spend your days at the much-loved nearby beaches of Croyde and Woolacombe or peruse the local independent shops before stopping off for a spot of coffee and cake. Kids will love to run free in the enclosed garden and the abundance of things to do, including spending an afternoon at the local soft play area!
The adults will also love: The newly opened local rum bar, Ayka Rum Bar.
This charming cottage located on a complex of properties offers up a wonderful choice of amenities for families with toddlers or youngsters to entertain! The on-site play equipment ensures kids can burn off some steam outdoors while you’re on holiday and there’s also an outdoor heated swimming pool that can be enjoyed by little ones and their parents. The beautiful 2 miles of sandy beach that is Westward Ho! is nearby, just 1 mile away, and if your children are old enough to ride bikes or you just fancy a family walk, explore the nearby Tarka Trail.
The adults will also love: The fantastic food in the nearby pubs, including The Pig on the Hill and The Thatched Inn.
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The best cottages for families with teenagers in Devon
Knaworthy, Bideford, sleeps 10
Set within 130 acres of woodland, this 5-star barn conversion is a fantastic rural escape in North Devon. The games room will be a favourite with all the family, featuring a pool/air hockey table and a tennis court to unleash your competitive streak. There’s also plenty to explore on day trips, whether you visit one of the many nearby beaches, head to the local town of Bideford where an array of shops and restaurants await, or hop on a ferry to visit the delights of Lundy Island.
The adults will also love: The wood burner for cosy evenings in front of the fire.
The ultimate home-from-home for outdoor and nature lovers situated on Dartmoor: West Nymph offers a little something for everyone. With a well-equipped outdoor play area, private hot tub, on-site beauty treatment room and a fishing lake, you won’t even need to leave the cottage if you don’t fancy it! Although, we would absolutely recommend stepping outside to enjoy an often-overlooked area of Devon to make the most of the eclectic selection of wildlife and stunning rural bliss.
The adults will also love: On request, a private fine dining experience can be organised to save you from a night or two of cooking.
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The best cottages for large families in Devon
This property is situated right on the edge of Exmoor National Park, meaning you can step out of the front door to miles of fantastic walks, with hidden gems around every corner. The interiors are just as stunning as the views outside, with a contemporary feel to the barn conversion that perfectly balances the rural lifestyle with modern luxuries. Plus, you can request a homemade meal to be delivered to your cottage on the days you don’t fancy cooking from Croft & Cottage.
The adults will also love: The private hot tub with stunning views at any time of day, but they’ll especially love it on a clear night as the sky twinkles above the property which is set within a designated Dark Sky Reserve.
Stonewold, Buckland Brewer, sleeps 13 + 3 dogs
The beautifully furnished property of Stonewold is a spacious abode set on one level, making it accessible for all. The 1.5 acres of ground has everything you could wish for, including a children’s play area, full-sized snooker table, private hot tub, sauna and that’s just the start. The popular seaside town of Westward Ho! is just 11 miles away, with traditional beach fun, amusements and the best ice cream in Devon for a fun-filled day out.
The adults will also love: The property’s elegance, grandeur and spaciousness for quality time as a family and much-needed peace and quiet.
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The best all-round cottages in Devon
Jeff’s Bay, Westward Ho!, sleeps 8 + 3 dogs
Jeff’s Bay is a fabulous contemporary property with sea views and boasts one of the best sunsets in the area at Westward Ho! With 2 miles of golden sands and a national park on the doorstep, this is the perfect retreat for families and dogs. It is in an unrivalled location, making it easy to access both the beach, which is literally a stone’s throw away, and the village, a short level walk away offering a variety of restaurants, shops, cafes and a surf school.
The adults will also love: The championship golf course; Royal North Devon.
The highlight of this property is certainly the magnificent views out to sea due to its hilltop location in Plymouth. With plenty of space inside and out, this is a great property all year round. Enjoy sunny days in the terraced garden and at the beach during the warmer seasons, then, winter nights are best spent curled up in front of the wood burner while the kids entertain themselves with the array of games consoles and Sky TV.
The adults will also love: The magical views over the sandy bay and sea.
Wondering what kind of activities and excitement awaits in Devon? Check out our ultimate Devon bucket list for a little taster before heading off to book the perfect family-friendly cottage in Devon!