Our guide to holidays in Devon
Now we may be a tiny bit biased, but we love our county, and we can honestly say that every one of its resorts has a unique character that offers something special to those of you pondering a holiday in good old Devon. From the sandy beaches and fluttering palms of the English Riviera in South Devon to the dramatic, rugged coastline that draws the surfers to the north, there’s a Devon holiday to suit every kind of visitor and every kind of break.
Whether you’re dreaming of pulling on your walking boots and tackling a section of the beautiful South West Coast Path, cosying up in a country pub after a day out with your dog, or exploring the sandy beaches that win award after award, Devon’s welcoming in every season and we’ve got the perfect home from home for you.
Our favourite places to visit in Devon
Home to five areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one UNESCO World Heritage Site and two national parks, Devon has scenery that could have been made to grace postcards, history that amazes and the space to just be…well, whoever it is you are when you’re miles from anywhere. We all have our favourite little places in Devon that beckon us on sunny Saturdays, sleepy Sundays and for those blissful long weekends…and here are just a few of them to help you find the right one for you…
If it’s walking you’re after you’re in luck. The South West Coast Path winds its way along the county’s cliff tops and beaches, and with the sea as a backdrop for much of the way it takes those of you who walk it past the kind of vantage points that’ll stop you in your tracks and have you reaching for your camera phone.
Then there’s Dartmoor National Park, an area untouched by time and dotted with ancient landmarks, and the best part is it’s easy to reach. In fact, part of Devon’s charm is that you can be lounging on the beach one hour and making like explorers on Dartmoor the next…and much of the county’s dog friendly. Step across the threshold and onto the flagstones of almost any pub and your dog will be welcomed as warmly as (if not more warmly!) than the two-legged folk will.
Beaches in Devon
So, where do we start when it comes to the beaches in Devon? As you’ve probably guessed, there are so many you’ll be spoilt for choice, but half the fun’s finding your own little coves and holiday hangouts while you’re in the area.
For young families and those of you who love the traditional bucket and spade holiday it’s got to be the ever so pretty South Devon. Every inch the classic beach resort, the region’s home to sandy beaches with great amenities and hidden coves for those days when you want to avoid the crowds and just soak in the views. Many of the area’s beaches have lifeguards on hand during peak season and handy amenities like parking and shops within easy reach.
Now if you’re after the kind of wide, dune-backed beach that you can walk for hours without seeing another soul then we should point you in the direction of the North Devon beaches. From Saunton Sands where Robbie shot the Angels video to surfy favourites like Woolacombe, these sandy gems are the laidback, bring the dog and enjoy the peace and quiet stretches of coast.
If you’re a surfer then you’ll already know these are the ones to aim for if you’re after a break with your board in Devon, and the fact that many of them are off the beaten track makes them all the more special. Click here for our top 10 beaches in Devon.
Restaurants in Devon
We don’t know whether it’s all that sea air, but something about being here in Devon means food and foodie haunts are never far from our minds, so we know the best restaurants in Devon, the little gems with the best views and everything in between.
If you’re in a Michelin kind of mood then there’s celebrity chef Michael Caines’ Gidleigh Park Hotel, a restaurant that’s all about elegant fine dining set in a country hotel. Our very own James took his girlfriend along for a taster menu on their anniversary, so we have it on very good authority that the food’s to die for and the service makes visiting a pleasure. Over in Torquay, The Elephant waves the Michelin Star, and it serves up creative dishes with the flair that makes the perfect Instagram snap to share with your foodie friends.
We know that there are times when you’re after fine dining with a Michelin Star to its name, without the formal atmosphere, and for those evenings we’d recommend The Treby Arms. With the appearance of your traditional Devon pub yet food that’s won over the critics, its sophisticated gastro menu does it proud.
Discover dog friendly Devon
We have hundreds of dog friendly Devon cottages, and we can’t really think of a county more suited to a break with your pet in tow. So many of the attractions welcome dogs along as eagerly as humans that nobody bats an eyelid, and most of the pubs and inns that dot the landscape not only welcome pets but also provide a doggie water bowl to make them feel welcome too. In fact, they sometimes even keep treats for the four legged visitors behind the bar…now how’s that for service?!
The list of doggie days out goes on and on, but just some of the attractions that welcome dogs along in dog friendly Devon include the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company, Killerton House in Exeter, Babbacombe Model Village in Torquay, and The Milky Way Adventure Park. Even those that don’t welcome dogs inside try to cater for them, and The Big Sheep and Crealy offer kennels so dogs can enjoy some time out while the two legged members of the clan enjoy their time out.
Holiday cottages in Devon
So, you’ve decided it’s time to discover our spectacular county, so all that’s left to do is to have a look through our holiday cottages in Devon and decide which one you can see yourself enjoying some true time out in. If this is one of those holidays where you reunite with the extended family and make some new memories together, your first retreat away as a twosome or a family escape with the dog in tow, you’ll find a home from home that’s just right.
We have everything from Devon cottages tucked in the countryside that’s been made famous by films such as War Horse to coastal choices for those of you whose Devon dreams are all about waking up to a sea view. From sunny Torquay on the English Riviera, to its neighbouring fishing port of Brixham and all the way up to the surfy spots like Woolacombe and Croyde on the north coast, it’s time to take your pick and start packing.