10 cool cottages for a Devon staycation
Who needs to go abroad with stays like this on our doorstep? If you’re looking for a stylish cottage escape close to home for when lockdown lifts, read on.
Beach Bay Cottage, Croyde (sleeps up to 10)
A golden beach, a barbecue and two Muddy-approved pubs on your doorstep, what more do you need? (Okay, I’ll throw in a hot tub.) Inside, it’s kitted out in peaceful creams and whites, with four bedrooms, sleeping up to 10 if you can do two in bunks. And don’t forget your bike and your surf board.
Home Cottage, Thurlestone (sleeps 13)
Booking a family break but want to stay put once you’re there? This trad thatched 6-bed cottage comes with a pool – don’t worry, its heated – plus a sauna, a games room with table tennis and darts, and two beaches right in the village. Relaxing or what.
Tithe Barn, Ashburton (up to 6)
Hey day-trippers! Known as the gateway to the moors, Ashburton ticks all the boxes if you’re want to head to city, beach or Dartmoor. A three-bed barn conversion, it’s a real home-from-home with a gas bbq out on the sun-trap patio, a games room, and all the large beamed bedrooms are en-suite so no squabbling over the shower.
Old Thatch, Torcross (up to 8 people)
If it was possible to take a break in a Joanna Trollope novel, this is it. A tastefully modernised four-bed thatch with exposed beams, an Aga in the stone-walled kitchen, open fire and a wooden four-poster. Look out for the old amphibious Sherman tank on Torcross beachfront car park, left behind from the practice D-Day landings.
Tilly’s Tuckaway, Stokenham (for 4)
Looking for rose-covered romance for two or a bijou retreat for a family of four (not for under 4’s though babes in arms are welcome). This cosy two-bedroom rural retreat just three miles from the beach at Slapton Ley, has open-plan space downstairs with far-ranging views over the countryside. Magical.
Highview Barn, Saunton (sleeps 4)
Love rustic but don’t want to miss out on your mod-cons? Check out this uber-cool coastal retreat just a few minutes from beautiful Saunton Sands on the North Devon coast. If you want an urban open-plan vibe but in a rustic setting, this two-bedroom beauty is for you.
Instow Breakers, Instow (sleeps 6)
Dog coming too? Here welcomes up to three pooches, and with that sandy dune-backed beach just across the road, and the Tarka Trail nearby, you won’t be short on walkies. For you, two great pubs just a short trot down the road and an amazing deli, selling home bakes, local cheese and most importantly, some top-notch gin. Oh, and the sunsets are amazing.
Meadowgate Cottage, Welcombe (up tp 14)
Want to stay-cay like a celeb? We couldn’t talk about cottages without mentioning Kirstie Allsopp’s handmade Devon home now, could we. Set in a leafy valley near the sea, it’s stuffed with all the cottagey period features you’d expect – a rollmop bath, Aga, covetable cushions and ceramics. Jealous? Moi?
Oversteps, Salcombe (up to 16)
Breathtaking seaside views. Tick. Spacious and luxurious. Tick. Access to a beach? Tickety-tick with amazing sunsets and Waitrose delivery throw in! Perched 100m above South Sands in beautiful Salcombe, Oversteps has all mod-cons, wifi, table tennis, cosy nooks to escape the family and a huge kitchen and balcony for dreamy breakfasts overlooking the sea.
Meadow Thatch, Cockington (sleeps 6)
Want chocolate-box pretty? With thatched roof, an Aga, and a babbling brook in the front garden? Set in Cockington, an unspoilt village near Torquay, a stay here is a peaceful trip back in time, with a sixteenth century manor and lots of gorgeous walks nearby so you can hang up the car keys and relax.