Coastal cottages in Devon

Staying on the northern or southern coastline of Devon can offer two very different beach holidays. The south, with its small inlets and clusters of seaside towns that rise from subtropical beaches, oozes Mediterranean glamour.

The northern shores on the other hand are a little wilder and rougher. High cliffs give way to large expanses of sandy beaches and sometimes rough seas, making it a hotspot for surfing.

Wherever you stay, you’ll have access to the 630 mile-long South West Coast Path and its diversions which take you into Exmoor on the Northern border or Dartmoor in the South.

The extensive exterior of Coastguard Cottage 2, Clovelly, Devon

Coastguard Cottage 3 

Originally built in the 18th-century to help police the coast for smugglers, this cosy one-bedroom cottage nestles in a secluded woods only a few minutes stroll from the beach. Cobbled village Clovelly is around three miles away and rugged Hartland Point is a little further to the west.

The pleasant exterior of Combe Cottage, Clovelly, Devon

Combe Cottage, Clovelly 

Rising out from the densely wooded Peppercombe Valley, is this charming white-washed cottage. The rocky and pebbly foreshore of Peppercombe beach is just a few minutes stroll and cobbled village Clovelly is around three miles away.

The exterior of Forge Cottage, Branscombe, Devon

Forge Cottage, Branscombe 

Step back in time when you stay in this traditional thatched cottage situated in the heart of Branscombe village with its archaic pubs, blacksmith and restored watermill. Head to the local beach on the Jurassic Coast or venture further to the quaint seaside towns of Seaton and Sidmouth.

Exterior view of The Mill Cottage, Devon

The Mill Cottage, Plymouth 

You can’t really get much closer to the beach than this. Part of the old mill house, The Mill Cottage sits right on the edge of Wembury Beach. The South West Coast Path runs past the door and can take you towards Plymouth Sound in the West or to Yealm Estuary in the east.

The exterior of The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage, Lynton, Devon

The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage, Lynton 

Once you overcome the dizzying heights of this cliff-top cottage perched on the cliff side, you’ll relish the uninterrupted views of the North Devon seascape. From the lighthouse balcony you’ll be as high as the birds but low enough to see dolphins and gannets fishing at high tide.

The exterior of West Challacombe Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

West Challacombe Cottage, Combe Martin 

Visitors are greeted with uninterrupted vistas of the Hangman Hill’s heathland when they stay at West Challacombe. It’s perched on the fringes of Exmoor and the North Devon coast, so you can delve into the depths of Exmoor’s wild moorlands or sunbathe on the nearby secluded beaches.

Exterior frontage of South Lodge, Greenway, Devon

South Lodge at Greenway, Brixham 

This former gardener’s home nestles in the romantic woodland garden of Agatha Christie’s summer retreat. Through the trees, vistas of the sparkling River Dart lined with sailing boats can be seen. And for some seaside glamour, the English Riviera’s chic seaside town, Brixham, is less than five miles away.

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