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The area of Mid and East Devon encompasses some of the most stunning coast and countryside in the entire British Isles. With a varied landscape including part of Exmoor National Park, and an incredible section of the Jurassic Coast, there is certainly plenty of awe-inspiring scenery to explore.
The countryside is not the only attraction in this area, however. A selection of charming rural villages and vibrant, friendly towns welcome you with open arms and draw you in with their rich heritage and fascinating historical architecture.
At Holiday Cottages we have an array of sensational self catering properties in Mid and East Devon, offering you the perfect base from which to discover the area. There are so many to choose from - attractive barn conversions, traditional stone cottages, cosy studios and secluded apartments - you’re certain to find somewhere to suit you.
The area is great for families, with a wealth of child-friendly days out right on the doorstep. We have some fantastic spacious cottages, with great facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, play equipment and even games rooms for rainy days. With so much to keep the children occupied at the cottage, you may find it hard to ever get them to leave!
We also understand that your dog is an important family member, so we have a lovely selection of cottages where your four legged friend is welcome to stay. Some have enclosed gardens so your pet can enjoy a little freedom while you relax – because dogs enjoy holidays too!
East Devon is home to a section of the Jurassic Coast, which covers 95 miles of glorious coastline stretching right up into Dorset. It was England’s first Natural World Heritage site due to the unique insight into the historical make-up of the Earth’s geology. In fact, the county of Devon boasts the most unique geology in the UK, showcasing a total of 415 million years of Earth history.
The South West Coast Path runs along the whole of the East Devon coast, providing access to some incredible views and allowing the observation of many coastal features. Dramatic rugged cliffs, weathered rock formations and beautiful beaches can all be enjoyed along this stretch.
A number of gateway towns to the Jurassic Coast have wonderful beaches, from the vast expanse of sand at Dawlish Warren, just outside the town of Dawlish, to the picturesque pebbly bay of Budleigh Salterton, beneath impressive red cliffs.
The quintessential seaside town of Sidmouth combines regency history with classic charm. Wander the sandy beach and enjoy a portion of fish and chips on the promenade, or set off on an invigorating stroll along the coast path.
The small fishing village of Beer, known for its history of smuggling, sits snugly in a small valley where a sunny, sheltered cove acts as a natural harbour. Apart from browsing the interesting galleries and curiosity shops in the village, you can visit the train-themed tourist attraction of Pecorama, set in the hillside above. Great for families and railway enthusiasts alike, you can take a ride on the miniature steam train, marvel at the model railway and enjoy the magnificent gardens.
Beer’s next door neighbour Seaton is a great water sports destination, including sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. If more leisurely pursuits are more your thing, it is also the starting point of a working tramway which runs three miles inland through a pretty nature reserve to Colyton.
The 267 square mile Exmoor National Park is a vast landscape of hilly plains which straddles North and Mid Devon and Somerset. It offers incredible walking opportunities, taking in everything from ancient wooded valleys, cultivated farmland and striking cliffs on the North Devon coast. Besides an excellent network of trails, Exmoor also has an assortment of beautiful villages where you can indulge in the typical Devonshire cream tea, enjoy a hearty country pub meal or absorb some of the rural charm.
The sightseeing opportunities even continue after nightfall, as a designated Dark Sky Reserve, Exmoor offers amazing star gazing conditions, allowing the observation of many astronomical sights with the naked eye.
The Two Moors Way footpath, winds from its origin in Ivybridge on the southern boundary of Dartmoor all the way through Mid Devon into Lymouth on the north coast. If you don’t wish to complete the whole 102 miles, you can pick up short sections of the trail at various points in Mid Devon. If that’s not enough walking for you, there’s always the West Devon Way, which runs between Okehampton and Plymouth.
Things to do
There are some fantastic family days out in the area, including the Devon Railway Centre, which offers a unique railway experience. With rides, interesting exhibitions and children’s play areas, it provides hours of fun. Remember to pack your sandwiches as there is a lovely riverside picnic area where you can relax for a while.
If you’d like to discover a little more about the area’s history, the Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon life is the place to head for. The friendly little museum houses exhibits on topics ranging from local industry to transport.
Dawlish Warren is a great place to head for with the family, combining Blue Flag beach fun with a host of amusements and attractions to keep the children amused. It really comes alive in the summer, with everything from donkey rides and entertainment on the green, to fireworks and thrilling rides. During the winter months, however, it is still a lovely place for a quiet walk and to enjoy the nature reserve which runs along the length of the sandy spit stretching into the Exe Estuary.
Bicton Park Botanical gardens in Budleigh Salterton is also a great place to visit, with or without children! The landscaped park is home to a variety of attractions for all ages, including a museum, train rides, historic glass houses, a maze, play areas, mini golf and so much more.
If you’re visiting in July, you won’t want to miss the Mid-Devon Agricultural Show, which is a day long celebration of the area’s farming roots. The programme of events features farm demos, rural crafts, vintage tractor exhibits and livestock displays.
With so much to see and do in Mid and East Devon, you’re sure to enjoy a holiday here. Choose from our fantastic range of cottages around the area and begin planning your break now!