From the wild, sweeping moorland of Dartmoor National Park to the sandy beaches of the English Riviera, Devon has a landscape that will appeal to every visitor. Located in the South West of England, the county is filled with an abundance of beautiful natural scenery, interesting attractions and fun activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Holiday cottages in Devon provide the base for a range of breaks and can be found across the region, allowing you to stay in the area that interests you the most. There is always something to see and do in Devon, whether you plan to discover 185 million years of history from the rocks of the Jurassic Coast, try your hand at a variety of adventure sports or just relax by the sea.
There is a diverse combination of coast, meadow, woodland, hillside and marshland landscapes surrounding holiday cottages in Devon which makes them ideal for activities. Hiking, cycling and horse riding are all facilitated with a number of footpaths and bridleways, taking you from secluded country lanes to walks along the magnificent coastline. For more extreme pursuits such as paragliding, abseiling and rock climbing, the Granite peaks of the moors and rugged rocks along the county's shores provide an excellent location. Tree climbing is also an increasingly popular activity and those staying in holiday cottages in Devon within the proximity of Haldon Forest Park may want to enjoy the attractions of Go Ape!, an adventure centre with a range of exciting rope ways, obstacle courses and zip wires.
The county has 250 miles of coastline to explore and some of its beaches are amongst the best in the country, having been awarded the esteemed Blue Flag award for their meticulous standards. Guests staying at holiday cottages in Devon within distance of the coast can enjoy a range of beach terrains from golden sands to shale and practice a variety of thrilling water sports including sailing, kite-surfing and wakeboarding. Surfing is extremely popular in the area and there are many beaches on the North Coast, such as Croyde Bay and Woolacombe, which are well-known for the quality of their waves. Families with children staying in holiday cottages in Devon can take advantage of soft sands like those of the Dawlish Warren beach, or marvel at the hand-carved tunnel beaches of Ilfracombe with its sheltered bathing pools and additional play area.
Renting holiday cottages in Devon gives you the opportunity to see a number of animal and plant species both in the wild and in environments such as zoos, aquariums and gardens. There are many places that you can visit across the region from the UK's largest aquarium in Plymouth, The National Marine Aquarium, to Plymbridge Woods, a Peregrine Falcon nesting site. Those who book holiday cottages in Devon close to the coastline can take a trip out to sea in search of dolphins and harbour porpoises, whilst those staying inland have the possibility of witnessing a range of wildlife from tawny owls to otters and fallow deer. The Bicton Botanical Gardens is also a popular site, with an extensive range of plants, four glasshouses and a children's play area.
Many holiday cottages in Devon can be found close to the lively seaside resort of the English Riviera. Boasting a milder climate than the rest of the UK due to its position, the Riviera contains the towns of Paignton, Torquay and Brixham and has been awarded UNESCO Geopark status. Properties located near this area are perfect for any kind of break as the Riviera features beautiful harbour scenery with 20 beaches, an excellent nightlife and an array of cafés selling delicious fresh seafood. There are also various attractions to be found, such as Paignton Zoo, which are suitable for all the family. Visitors to holiday cottages in Devon looking to experience the urban life may wish to take a trip to Plymouth, a vibrant city which has a wide selection of shops, theatres and bars as well as a wealth of remarkable sights, including a historic port.
There are a number of options for days out when staying at holiday cottages in Devon and plenty of opportunities to explore the county's history and culture. Families with children can enjoy various highlights from the rides of the Crealy Adventure Theme Park to the delights of the Babbacombe Model Village with its miniature gardens. Museums, historic landmarks and heritage attractions can also be found when exploring from holiday cottages in Devon. Such highlights include structures like the impressive 15th Century Dartmouth Castle, the Gothic designs of the Exeter Cathedral and the charming Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway, which takes visitors on an incredibly scenic journey along the South Devon coast.