Devon Cottages to Fall in Love With
Published: Sunday 20th Apr 2014
Written by: Betheny Ellis
They come in all shapes and sizes, and are found all over the county, but one thing is sure: this selection of Devon cottages will take a firm place in your heart.
River Cottage near Lynmouth is in the enviable position of being in the Exmoor Heritage Coast area. Overlooking the East Lyn river, this three storey Devon cottage is a dream holiday home whatever the time of year. The heart of the cottage is a well-equipped country style kitchen, while the open plan living space has a light and airy feel. Upstairs the spacious bedrooms are well equipped, while outside a patio garden is ideal for open air dining.
Stylishly and sympathetically converted from its previous life as a barn, Oak Cottage is a cottage for four that will capture your heart. Set in a valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the western edge of Exmoor, this stone building has a spacious modern feel throughout. It’s great for anyone who likes to keep active – a games room is on site, and nearby you can find all sorts of exciting activities to try including shooting, riding, and quad biking. It’s also a very eco-friendly building and has been awarded the Gold award for Green Tourism.
While some Devon cottages are in the wilds of the countryside, some are decidedly urban, such as Puffin Cottage in Northam, between Westward Ho! and Appledore. It’s a lovely place for couples to stay, especially if you love great countryside and exciting beaches – Northam Burrows Country Park is a few minutes away and is one of the main access points for the two miles of Westward Ho! Beach.
If you’re looking for a peaceful country hideaway where the two of you can get away from it all then Beech Cottage is the perfect holiday home. Outside you can enjoy landscaped gardens and beautiful countryside as far as the eye can see, while inside a woodburning stove and a comfy sofa perfect for snuggling make this Devon cottage a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the best that life has to offer.
Well Cottage is one of those desirable holiday homes where you can enjoy peace and quiet yet still be within easy reach of all the amenities of a village. Stylishly furnished throughout, Well Cottage is a detached Devon cottage with whitewashed walls, oak beams and a wood burning stove - perfect for anyone looking for a traditional taste of Devon.
Upper Cottage in Lynton is a three storey property set high up on the clifftop, giving it far reaching views over the town and the bay beyond. It’s laid out in an upside-down format, meaning that the rooms where you spend most of your time – the kitchen, the lounge and dining area – are upstairs to take advantage of this wonderful vantage point. When you want to explore the local area you’ll find yourself on the northern edge of Exmoor, making it a perfect place to discover Devon’s coast and the countryside.
If you’re looking for luxury Devon cottages that are ideally placed for exploring Exmoor, then Dunbar Cottage is the property for you. Sitting snugly in the village of Parracombe, to the west of the National Park, it is a period stone cottage that is a great base for enjoying the many benefits that this part of the world affords you.
With a name like Captain’s House, you’d expect this Devon cottage in Ilfracombe to have some pretty good sea-views and you won’t be disappointed. As well as the maritime vistas, when you stay at Captain’s House you can also enjoy a spacious holiday home that is stylishly furnished with wooden flooring and light coloured walls that adds to the nautical feel. Ilfracombe itself has much to recommend it, including the famous harbour and Tunnels Beach.
Hillcrest has stood looking over the village of North Moulton for more than two hundred years. The eighteenth century cottage has been thoroughly renovated, and is perfect for any time of year. In the summer the long south facing garden is ideal for the warm evenings, and when the colder weather draws in you can leave your coats and boots in the stone-floored entrance hallway and enjoy the warmth from the multi-fuel stove in the original stone fireplace.