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South West England self catering and cottages

The South West of England has so much to offer for a superb holiday or short break. Whether you are looking for an active holiday or a relaxing retreat you are sure to find it in this beautiful part of Britain. Enjoy your stay in some superb self catering cottages and accommodation in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Here you will find accommodation perfect for couples and large family groups and ideally located near the coast or at the heart of the countryside.

Self catering accommodation in South West England is great value for money and if you are after luxury then check out the cottages with hot tubs, sauna's, gyms, heated swimming pools and much more! Refine your search of South West England self catering accommodation listed by using the county and region menus on the left or above.

 
 
 
 
 

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Little Dunley Cottages - Oaktree Cottage in Bovey Tracey, Devon, South West England

Little Dunley Cottages - Oaktree Cottage, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £408 to £1162

Self catering accommodation in Bovey Tracey sleeps 4.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: Situated on the edge of the Dartmoor Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and within 24 acres of tranquil meadowland, Little Dunley Cottages have been carefully restored and finished to a very high standard. Pristine and tastefully furnished they enjoy pleasant views overlooking the lakes and surrounding countryside. Each of the properties has its own private outdoor secluded seating area and are ideal for family gatherings, celebrating a birthday or anniversary or for those who wish to escape and unwind on a holiday in a truly magical place. Guests can enjoy carp fishing within the grounds, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, all-weather hard tennis court and games room. There is a BMX track nearby in Bovey Tracey (please bring own bike). Just a few miles off the Devon Expressway, the holiday cottages are well situated for all attractions such as sandy beaches at Teignmouth, Dawlish and Sidmouth, and tourist attractions. A haven for birdwatchers, and walkers will enjoy the many stunning walks in the area. Pretty Bovey Tracey, one mile, with its numerous shops, pubs and cafes, is known as the ‘Gateway to Dartmoor’, which has one of the best known national parks, offers stunning scenery to ride, walk and fish in. There are a variety of golf clubs nearby. The locality offers a hugely varied range of walks, through woodland, along the coast or nearby on Dartmoor. Dartmoor has so much to offer from its heather-clad tors to dramatic landscapes, Dartmoor ponies, to quaint villages offering Devon cream teas. For a family day out take a trip to Crealy, or spend a day in Exeter, visit the magnificent cathedral, shops, take a look around the quay where there are little caves turned into shops, or walk the canal path and find the hidden pubs only reached by foot. Torquay offers boat trips from the harbour over to Brixham, or visit Living Coasts where penguins wander freely. Further afield visit the Eden Project or Plymouth to take in the Barbican and the Hoe, or visit the huge aquarium, another great day out. Agatha Christie’s house at Greenway is a must for fans of crime novels. There are many National Trust properties all close to Little Dunley, also visit Dart Valley Steam Train, or Buckfastleigh and see the otters. There are many sandy beaches nearby, or spend a day at Lyme Regis fossil hunting. The Jurassic Coast is spectacular and it is well worth taking a walk on the coastal path. Shop 1 mile.


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Shute House in Malborough, Devon, South West England

Shute House, Malborough, Devon

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £380 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Malborough sleeps 2.

Features include: Non smoking Open Fire or Wood Burner Stove Pub near by Parking available • sleeps 2

Accommodation overview: A terraced thatched cottage, set in two acres of beautiful gardens.


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Sugars Patch in Coleford, Gloucestershire, South West England

Sugars Patch, Coleford, Gloucestershire

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £373 to £740

Self catering accommodation in Coleford sleeps 4.

Features include: Non Smoking • Enclosed Garden • Pub Close By • Short Break

Accommodation overview: In a glorious position on the edge of the Wye Valley and in magnificent Royal Forest of Dean these attractive properties lie within the grounds of the popular Puzzlewood attraction which is often used as a TV and film location. Guests have free access all year to Puzzlewood and its facilities which include a williow maze a large trim trail play area and an indoor maze. Puzzlewood is located on a working farm and guests are encouraged to join in at feeding times. Onsite there are highland cattle donkeys Shetland ponies pygmy goats a pig rabbits ducks and chickens. The three cottages have been carefully renovated and have their own garden areas as well as shared use of the wider grounds and ancient woodland. The site is half a mile from Coleford with pubs eateries cinema and supermarket close to Offas Dyke as well as Clearwell Caves Tintern Abbey Symonds Yat RSPB. Walking riding rope climbing canoeing and many more outdoor activities are under 5 miles along with steam and miniature railways a butterfly zoo and many other attractions. Historic Monmouth and the ancient Royal Forest are all at hand and surrounding cities include Gloucester Bristol and Cardiff. Elegant Cheltenham and the Brecon Beacons are approx 1 hour drive.

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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The Old Fire Station in Combe Martin, Devon, South West England

The Old Fire Station, Combe Martin, Devon

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £637 to £1623

Self catering accommodation in Combe Martin sleeps 8.

Features include: Short Breaks • Multi bathrooms • Non smoking Near the Beach • Close to the Sea Open Fire or Wood Burner Stove Pub near by • Pets allowed sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: This carefully renovated old fire station offers spacious and well-appointed holiday accommodation in a fine position opposite a church just 1 mile from the sandy beaches and secluded coves of Combe Martin. A favourite destination for walkers and location of the awesome cliffs of Great and Little Hangman Combe Martin sits directly on the South West Coastal Path and famous Tarka Trail. Close by to the east visitors can enjoy dramatic hikes and spectacular views in the valleys and stunning scenery of the Exmoor National Park also the setting for the twin coastal resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth joined by their own cliff railway. To the west lie the picturesque village of Berrynarbor Watermouth Cove and the traditional resort of Ilfracombe great for fishing and boating excursions. The renowned golden sands of North Devon are within easy reach – Woolacombe (10 miles) Putsborough Croyde Bay and Saunton – all revered by surfers and the bucket and spade brigade alike. Barnstaple a bustling harbourside town with a famous pannier market offers boat trips to Lundy Island and a wildlife and dinosaur park zoological gardens cycling fishing plenty of golf courses horse riding quad biking and even a steam railway are found locally. Shops and a pub serving food are 5 minutes’ walk.

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Ground floor: Living room. Dining area with wooden floor. 3 steps down to kitchen with beams and wooden floor. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 3 double (two 5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Mezzanine: Second living room.

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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2 Rocklands in Newquay, Cornwall, South West England

2 Rocklands, Newquay, Cornwall

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £0 to £799

Self catering accommodation in Newquay sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: Experience boutique luxury in this first floor apartment in Newquay's most exclusive new development. Amazing views across Tolcarne Beach and out to sea from the large private terrace, plus a communal roof terrace with hot tub. New for summer 2009!

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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11 The Manor House in Torquay, Devon, South West England

11 The Manor House, Torquay, Devon

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £306 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Torquay sleeps 4.

Features include: Near beach|Parking|Baby Friendly|Children allowed|Garden|Swimming pool|Internet Access|Good for couples

Accommodation overview: A modern apartment situated in an historic gothic mansion house.

Features include: An attractive 2 bedroom apartment, sleeps 4. Private patio area and access to beautiful gardens with sea views Full use of the communal indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and table tennis Pleasant walks to Cockington and along Torquay sea front Designated parking for 1 car

The Manor House is an imposing 19th Century Gothic Mansion House set in a peaceful location near the sea front in Torquay. Built in 1867 for the world famous engineer William Froude, the mansion has a commanding position in Cockington.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, South West England

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £292 to £818

Self catering accommodation in Higher Bockhampton sleeps 2.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 2

Accommodation overview: Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver Award in 2009

Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the newly established organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family. Greenwood Grange offers bicycles for hire and a drop-off and pick-up service by prior arrangement.
Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront Blue Flag beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen. Nearby Portland is set to hold Olympic sailing events in 2012.
The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and ...


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Harcombe House - Woodhouse in Harcombe Bottom, Dorset, South West England

Harcombe House - Woodhouse, Harcombe Bottom, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £541 to £1428

Self catering accommodation in Harcombe Bottom sleeps 8.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ...

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. Completely renovated, the house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was more recently used as a boarding house for the local public school. Honeysuckle Cottage ref DZJ is a detached property just 100 yards from the entrance to Harcombe House and lies 30 yards from the grounds. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.


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Lavender Cottage in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, South West England

Lavender Cottage, Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £509 to £1327

Self catering accommodation in Burton Bradstock sleeps 6.

Features include: • Garden • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: Situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, a short walk from the Chesil beach, coastal walk and two pubs serving a range of food, this 200-year-old traditional thatched cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the area. The character stone cottage is the end one of a row and located just 2 miles from the market town of Bridport and the harbour at West Bay. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Weymouth to Exmouth can be discovered - with its fossils, superb coastal walking, popular resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, and many family attractions. Shop 400 yards.

Access from back of property. Large beamed living room with cast iron stove. Well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking). Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.


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4 At the Beach in Torcross, Devon, South West England

4 At the Beach, Torcross, Devon

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £306 to £1169

Self catering accommodation in Torcross sleeps 6.

Accommodation overview: A stylish apartment situated within yards of the sea at Slapton Sands, with views over the beach and Slapton Ley Nature Reserve.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Little Lanherne Farm in St Mawgan, Cornwall, South West England

Little Lanherne Farm, St Mawgan, Cornwall

Sleeps 14
Weekly price range £1088 to £2540

Self catering accommodation in St Mawgan sleeps 14.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Close to the Beach • Close to the Sea • Golf near by • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sle

Accommodation overview: Dating back in part to the 14th century, Little Lanherne Farm stands detached with a lawned garden, a small meadow, and a terrace that is perfect for watching the sunset while enjoying an al fresco dinner. Set in approximately 2½ acres of land, this impressive former farmhouse is perfect for a special Cornish holiday, or special occasion to be shared with friends or family. The house is divided into two parts, the main house sleeping twelve and a self-contained annexe sleeping two. The beautiful village of St Mawgan - home to Japanese ornamental gardens, country pub and shop - is approximately 1 mile inland from Mawgan Porth (with cycle trail and quiet lane to beach). It lies halfway between Newquay and Padstow on Cornwall’s dramatic north coast - famous for its selection of excellent surfing beaches, surf school, cliff walks and Cornish Coastal Path. The area is well served with several local golf clubs, such as Trevose, Constantine and Newquay (all within 5 miles). Padstow is easily reached, where fine dining, fishing and boat trips, and cycling along the Camel Trail can all be enjoyed in this quaint fishing village made popular by TV chef Rick Stein. Newquay’s famous surfing beaches are within 3 miles, as are Newquay Zoo and two sports centres. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen, is at Watergate Bay just 3 miles away where there is a beach café and an extreme sport academy offering kite surfing, wind surfing and much more. Little Lanherne is ideally situated for visiting the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Bodmin Moor. Truro with many amenities is within 15 miles; Bodmin, St Austell, Falmouth, St Ives, Penzance and Lands End are all easily reached. For golfers, the Merlin Golf and Country Club is very close by. Sea fishing and coarse fishing available locally. Shops and pub 1 mile.

Main house: Large living room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and concertina sundeck doors to decked terrace. Large, well-equipped, beamed farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with oil-fired range (for cooking) and wooden floor. Sitting room with wood-burning stove. Utility. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom and toilet, one with walk-in wardrobe. Two double bedrooms. Two twin bedrooms, one with wooden floor. Two bathrooms, each with toilet; one with designer bath and wet room shower. Shower room with toilet. Annexe: (Access from main house or via separate entrance) Living/dining room with flatscreen TV, French doors to courtyard. Kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.


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Orford Mill - Skirr in Great Torrington, Devon, South West England

Orford Mill - Skirr, Great Torrington, Devon

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £391 to £1213

Self catering accommodation in Great Torrington sleeps 4.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Golf near by • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: Deep in Tarka the Otter country where the river glides beneath the trees and time stands still...

Orford Mill lies alongside the River Torridge in a beautiful wooded valley, nestled below the historic town of Torrington. With its air of peace and tranquillity, abundant wildflowers and river life, it became the setting for Henry Williamson’s magical story of Tarka the Otter. Indeed, the mill wheel in which Tarka hid from the hound Deadlock was at Orford Mill. This superb location makes a wonderful holiday base, especially for families, with sandy beaches on the North Devon coast only 10 miles away.
The complex consists of a Grade II listed water mill and manor house, now converted into nine delightful cottages, all equipped to Visit Britain ‘4 Star’ standard. Most overlook the charming ornamental courtyard with its ponds and flowerbeds. Riverside is detached and overlooks the river. All cottages retain character features such as exposed beams and stonework, and each is furnished in an individual style to a very high standard. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, with lovely river views, as well as an all-weather tennis court, games room and fenced outdoor children’s play area. In addition, fishing rights are available on 200 yards of river (bring own licence, or avail locally at cost). All the waterways are safely fenced.
The countryside around Orford Mill is dotted with sleepy villages nestled among the hills, while extensive woodlands, traversed by many footpaths, offer the chance to experience the area’s natural beauty at close quarters. Adjacent to the grounds are the renowned RHS gardens at Rosemoor, and other local attractions include Dartington Crystal, offering a factory tour and visitor centre. Great Torrington is only a mile away with good shopping and amenities, and there is golf at nearby Hartland. Orford Mill adjoins Torrington Common which extends to 365 acres, incorporating 20 miles of footpaths. The common is a haven for wildlife. The ‘Big Sheep’ and ‘Milky Way’ theme parks are each less than 10 miles away.
The River Torridge runs downstream to the ancient port of Bideford, still with a working quay offering boat trips out to Lundy Island. Just around the corner is the attractive little town of Appledore with its colourful houses and narrow streets. To either side lies Devon’s most spectacular stretch of coastal scenery – a chain of magnificent cliffs and rocky promontories, interspersed here and there by long flat sandy beaches, where the Atlantic breakers roll in to create ideal surfing conditions. There are splendid beaches at Instow and Westward Ho!, the latter bordered by the Royal North Devon Golf Club, and the Northam Nature Reserve. Further west is the supremely picturesque Clovelly, whose narrow, cobbled main street descends at a dizzying gradient to the little harbour below. To the south, the cathedral city of Exeter can be reached via a delightful drive through lush river valleys.
Orford Mill offers very attractive accommodation set in 3 acres of beautiful gardens with streams, waterfalls and the water wheel which is still operational. Excellent as a touring base, it makes a good choice for a holiday whatever the weather. Shop ½ mile.


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