There is a word for somebody that loves the sea, but it isn’t used enough in day-to-day life: that word is thalassophile. If you enjoy holidays in the South West chances are that no other word describes you better. No matter where you choose to stay on your holidays in this part of the world, the sea isn’t very far away. One way to get in-sync with nature is to stay at one of our fantastic coastal holiday cottages in Devon. We have properties close to the North and South Devon coast, whether it’s a beach you want or the wonderfully winding South West Coast Path, a sea view is always within reach to soothe you.
We have selected a handful of impressive holiday homes on both coasts to inspire your next coastal break. Read on to find your perfect escape in the West Country.
Perched on the edge of the coastal Northam Burrows Country Park, this neat, designer property is very close to the Atlantic Coast. Sleeping six guests and two dogs, this is a wonderful prospect for larger families who want to enjoy the beach together. Westward Ho! Beach is 3 miles of golden sand at low tide and has few zonal restrictions for dogs if you are planning on holidaying in the summer. Learn to surf or play in the waves at this most gorgeous family beach – Westward Ho! is an ever-up-and-coming holiday resort that draws in sun worshippers and water sports enthusiasts alike. There’s plenty to visit in the area as well for all the family, including the North Devon Wake Park, The Big Sheep, Clovelly, and The Milky Way.
🛏 Sleeps: 6
🐶 Dogs: 2
🌊 Coast: 0.25 miles
⭐Special features: Hot tub, Blu ray player, Nintendo Wii, king-size bed, outdoor shower
This snuggly hideaway for a couple and a dog is tucked down a narrow street in the heart of beautiful Brixham. Enjoy relaxed ambles around the quaint harbour and devour a portion of fish and chips. This character cottage is a real charmer with cosy rooms and handy mod-cons that follow a nautical theme. An ex-rail man’s cottage, this offers very comfortable accommodation for those looking for an authentic South Devon holiday experience. Visit the replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind, take a boat up the River Dart or go birdwatching up at Berry Head. There is plenty to see and do close to this gorgeous prospect.
🛏 Sleeps: 2
🐶 Dogs: 1
🌊 Coast: Less than 0.25 miles
⭐Special features: Wood burner, lovely patio, plenty of character charm
This chic apartment for two guests boasts fantastic views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. Situated at the centre of Ilfracombe on its harbour, you can have a cosy couples’ break in the heart of this pretty North Devon town. Damien Hirst’s sculpture Verity sits metres from the front door and when you want to venture out you can also catch a ferry to Lundy or charter a fishing boat at the harbour too. Fully equipped with a contemporary-style kitchen, a dining area with sea views and a very comfortable, restful bedroom, this is perfect for coast lovers and those who would love to explore nearby Exmoor as well.
🛏 Sleeps: 2
🐶 Dogs: 0
🌊 Coast: Right in front of you!
⭐Special features: Juliet balcony with sea views
With great sea views and easy access to the South West Coast Path, this impressive, modern home is a great base for a group looking to explore the South Devon coast. Only 6.5 miles from the centre of Plymouth, you can spend your days exploring all the attractions, restaurants and open spaces of the Ocean City, before returning to this stylish home. Fire up the BBQ on the patio for an al fresco feast in the sea air, then walk the half mile to Wembury Beach for a sunset dip in the Atlantic. And if the sea is a little too chilly for you, jump in the bubbling hot tub or the heated pool instead!
🛏 Sleeps: 8
🐶 Dogs: 0
🌊 Coast: 500 metres
⭐Special features: Hot tub, heated outdoor pool, BBQ, super-king-size and king-size beds
Croyde is one of, if not the best, surf break locations in the UK and this is a wonderfully stylish lodge perfect for a coastal retreat. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors dominate one end of this beautiful holiday escape, letting light flood the space during the day while curtains can be pulled across to create a cosy atmosphere at night. Just 1.5 miles from Croyde and the popular sandy beach, famous among surfers for the epic waves and a great place for family-friendly beach days, you are well-placed for a coastal getaway at this cottage. From Forda Lodge you could also venture just 2 miles up to Woolacombe, a beach that often tops ‘best UK beaches’ lists with miles of sand and surf to discover.
🛏 Sleeps: 4
🐶 Dogs: 0
🌊 Coast: 1.5 miles
⭐Special features: Two super-king-size beds, underfloor heating
This stunning apartment enjoys the most incredible views over Saunton Beach, which can be enjoyed day-in-day-out from the private balcony leading out from the living room. This modern apartment provides stylish and comfortable holiday accommodation for those looking to escape to the beach for a coastal break in Devon. Located high up on some rugged cliffs this is a unique and memorable place to stay. Being close to a hotel bar and restaurant means you can enjoy nights where you don't have to cook, and the luxury of walking home to bed! Being set close to Exmoor, Woolacombe and Barnstaple, there are lots of local places to explore and enjoy. Sleeping two guests, this is a great bolthole for those that love the sea and beach life!
🌊 Coast: Overlooking Saunton Beach
⭐Special features: Extra storage for surfboards, balcony with sea views
Set in an elevated position in the quaint coastal town of Torquay, known for its palm-tree-lined streets and golden beaches, you’ll soon fall in love with this exquisite Grade II listed, Victorian-style property. A contemporary kitchen sits alongside beautiful old features including large windows (offering pretty views) and a magnificent fireplace. Walk down to the beach from this characterful holiday cottage in Devon or stroll over to the harbour to watch the boats sail past while enjoying tea and cake at a cafe. You are down the road from the Living Coasts Aquarium and from Torquay’s Dinosaur World too – great for youngsters and those young at heart!
🛏 Sleeps: 8
🐶 Dogs: 2
🌊 Coast: 1 mile
⭐Special features: King-size beds, open fire, BBQ in large garden
What could be better than a holiday by the sea in Devon? We’d venture that there are few places that could impress you more. If none of the above properties quite match your requirements on this occasion, why not visit our wider collection of coastal holiday cottages in North Devon and South Devon today to feel inspired?
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