Picture yourself waking up and drawing back the curtains to reveal a crystal blue sea; making yourself a hot drink and taking it out to the balcony while the water below sparkles in the sunlight; walking down to your own stretch of coastline while the waves lap at the sand, then gathering together your loved ones to dine by the waterfront as the sun dips below the glistening horizon.
You don’t need a long-haul flight and a small fortune to make this daydream a reality. With two coastlines to choose from, Devon is a dream destination if you want to be close to the sea. Where rugged cliffs jut high above the crashing surf, you will feel invigorated and revived by a relaxing break by the Devon coast. And with many holiday cottages boasting a full complement of luxurious features, you can enjoy a five-star beach break without having to leave the UK.
Whether you’re looking for bubbling hot tubs, high-tech games rooms or spa-style bathrooms, here’s our pick of the best luxury cottages in Devon with a sea view.
Sat atop a cliff above the ever-popular Tunnels Beach, this five-bedroom property has unrivalled views over the Bristol Channel. You can choose to enjoy the coastal scenes from the decking area or, on chillier days, from the open-plan living area with the wood burner crackling away.
Luxurious touches are added by the free-standing bath, the king-size bed and the overall decor – finished to an extremely high standard, this three-storey property wouldn’t look out of place in an interiors magazine.
Positioned overlooking the Skern – a tranquil area of water in Appledore – this stylish house boasts waterside views from almost the entire rear of the property. Treat yourself to a stay in the master suite, which has a spa-style en-suite shower room and floor-to-ceiling glazed doors onto a terrace – where the best of waterside views can be enjoyed.
With four bedrooms, this is the perfect property for a family break. Not only is it close to many of Appledore’s pubs and cafes, but kids will love the small beach that appears at low tide, complete with rock pools to explore.
It’s impossible to ignore the sea views from this cliffside retreat in Lynmouth – even the luxurious bathroom with its free-standing bath makes the most of its coastal location. With two balconies to choose from, you could spend all day gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean. Or take a seat at the long dining table, where the panoramic views can be enjoyed through bi-folding doors.
Both bedrooms boast a super king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom each, so you can treat yourself to a boutique hotel-style getaway by the coast. When it’s time to celebrate, the property comes with a wine cellar and a pizza oven so you can party in style.
This contemporary apartment, overlooking Saunton beach, is the perfect spot for keen surfers – not only can you check the waves without leaving the house, but there’s an outdoor shower and board storage waiting for you when you return!
Drink in the coastal views from the south-facing balcony, it’s the ideal year-round sun trap, and the master bedroom and living room have also been designed so you can enjoy the waterside aspect. While this holiday retreat is extremely well-equipped, the nearby restaurant and bar are sure to tempt you when you want a night off from cooking.
There couldn’t be a better start to your holiday than watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean while luxuriating in a private hot tub. This stylish apartment, right on the edge of Westward Ho!, has a balcony running the length of the property – the best place to enjoy the sights and sounds of the crashing waves below.
Or, if that sounds too energetic, just open the curtains and climb back into bed; both bedrooms face the sea, as does the living room, so you’re never far away from those incredible views. As well as the hot tub, luxurious additions include underfloor heating, a Smart TV with Blu-ray, and a dishwasher – so there’s no arguments about the washing up.
You can enjoy panoramic sea views across to Cornwall from this property’s large patio, where you can recline on a sun lounger and watch the boats come and go from nearby Plymouth harbour. Or wake up to the stunning waterside vista – one of the bedrooms also faces the coast.
If you want to get even closer to the water, it’s a short walk to a choice of three beautiful beaches along the Plymouth Sound shoreline. Or explore the South West Coast Path which runs past the house.
There are endless opportunities to enjoy the stunning coastal views from this magnificent property: relax in the wood-fired hot tub, dine on the Mediterranean-style patio, or recline in the roll-top bath – whichever you choose, the sea will never be far from your sight.
If the views didn’t create enough of an opulent feel in this impressive property, the wood burner, underfloor heating and Nespresso coffee machine will give you a five-star experience, while kids will love the games room complete with consoles and sports games.
Live it up at this stylish penthouse apartment on the English Riviera, where the open-plan accommodation offers incredible views across the sea and towards Exmouth, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton.
In a highly sought-after area, you can explore the beach by taking the cliff railway, situated almost on your doorstep, or dine out at the many pubs and restaurants in Torquay.
Boasting spectacular sea views from two aspects, this former coastguard’s cottage is the perfect location for a relaxing coastal break, come rain or shine. Curl up on the window seat – the best place to admire the views – or spot boats out at sea through the telescope.
On chillier evenings, light the wood burner, grab a bottle from the wine fridge and watch the sun set over the sea while the kids play in the games room – they’ll love the consoles and Sky package.
While this property doesn’t offer sea views, we couldn’t leave it off our list due to its truly magnificent position on the edge of the River Dart. Enjoying panoramic river views, you can watch the boats come and go or take to the water yourself – the Dart is popular with water sports enthusiasts.
With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, it’s the ideal retreat for those who like the finer things in life. With a wood burner, Sky TV, a coffee machine and two dishwashers, you’ll have all the mod-cons you could wish for. When you want to explore the local area, there are plenty of pubs within walking distance.
Chosen especially for those who long for peaceful walks on sandy beaches, stunning vistas from rugged cliffs and the invigorating sound of crashing waves, our sea view cottages in Devon offer the ultimate coastal escape. Or browse our full collection of luxury properties in Devon if you’re looking for that something special to make your holiday truly memorable.