VICKY ROGERS recommends eight amazing hotspots for coastal holidays in Devon – the unique English county with two shorelines to choose from.
From craggy, dramatic cliffs in the north, to sandy stretches and hidden coves dotting the shoreline in the south, Devon is a tale of two coastlines – and what a tale it is! Visitors will be hard pushed to find a county with a better choice of beaches, watersports and seafood than this gem.
For a day away from the coast, Dartmoor National Park is easily accessible from both directions, offering walking opportunities galore; and if the breathtaking country views weren’t enough of a reward for donning your walking boots, the traditional pubs with roaring open fires might just do the trick!
Let’s not forget, Devon is also home to the undeniably delicious Devonshire cream tea, and with ample tearooms, farm shops and cafes, the likelihood is you will sample more than one scone during your visit.
To give you a flavour of the accommodation on offer, we’ve handpicked a selection of self-catering options on both the north and south coast to tempt you.
Nestled amongst two acres of private woodland, just above North Sands beach in Salcombe, sits a luxurious bolthole perfect for a family gathering beside the sea. Sleeping up to 16 people in seven bedrooms, guests can spend the day sailing on the crystal blue water or sandcastle building at the beach, before returning to relax in Landmark’s open plan living area – or for a soak in the hot tub!
Sleeps 16. Prices from £3,915 per week. coastandcountry.co.uk
7 Dart Marina, Dartmouth
Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two, or a holiday with friends, 7 Dart Marina is a stunning waterside apartment overlooking the River Dart, in Dartmouth. Wander along the river bank to the town’s shops, award-winning restaurants and art galleries. And why not pick up some fresh bread and locally caught fish to enjoy on the property’s internal balcony, whilst admiring the river views?
Sleeps four. Prices from £1,033 per week. coastandcountry.co.uk
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7 Ocean’s Edge, Thurlestone Sands
Beach, check. Swimming pool, check. Fantastic seafood restaurant withing a two-minute walk, check! What more could you possibly need for a great holiday? Just a few steps from Thurlestone Sands, and within easy reach of countless more beaches via the South West Coast Path ‘on the doorstep’, this is a well-located property for exploring South Devon’s coastline.
Sleeps six. Prices from £760 per week. coastandcountry.co.uk
Saltwind Granary, Clovelly
Situated in an idyllic rural location, yet a stone’s throw from the north Devon coastline and just five miles from fascinating Clovelly, is the beautiful property Saltwind Granary. This stylish barn conversion provides perfect accommodation for a small family or couple, looking for a cosy retreat – ideal for rest and relaxation!
Sleeps three. Prices from £498 per week. helpfulholidays.co.uk
Tucking Mill, Lynton
Renovated to provide characterful yet modern accommodation, this is a country cottage offering a magical home-from-home. It is perched on the edge of the River Heddon, surrounded by beautiful Exmoor National Park yet within a short distance of Lynton and Lynmouth. A walk along the river to Heddon’s Mouth Beach for a leisurely afternoon stroll is a must!
Sleeps six. Prices start from £706. helpfulholidays.co.uk
1 The Quay, Lympstone
For those looking for accommodation on the waterside, this is about as close as it gets! In the pretty fishing village of Lympstone, near Exmouth, guests can relax in this fabulous, thoughtfully-styled pet-friendly property, enjoying the unspoilt panoramic views across the bay to the harbour, and over the estuary towards Powderham Castle.
Sleeps four. Prices from £700 per week. helpfulholidays.co.uk
Oceans Side, Ilfracombe
With an incredible 20ft private balcony boasting uninterrupted views of the north Devon coastline and out to sea, this delightful apartment is within a short walk of Cheyne beach and the harbour. Explore the town’s shops and restaurants nearby, or take a boat trip along the coastline and experience north Devon from the water.
Sleeps four. Prices from £534 per week. helpfulholidays.co.uk
Villa 8 Estura, Salcombe
If you are looking for an unforgettable waterside getaway, Villa 8 Estura is perfectly positioned, on the edge of the Salcombe estuary with unsurpassed views across to the beaches of East Portlemouth. Laze on the spacious balcony and watch life on the water, with a glass of something chilled – bliss!
Sleeps eight. Prices from £2,114 per week. coastandcountry.co.uk