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South Devon is a beautiful area full of enticing towns and villages dotted around its winding and sub-tropical coastline and reaching out into its beautiful and rolling countryside. The region encompasses some of Devon’s most beautiful areas. The South Hams ANOB skirts the edge of Dartmoor National Park to the north with a rolling and lush green countryside, and to the south holds the coastline from Plymouth to Torbay, at the edge of another of South Devon’s beauty spots, the English Riviera. Still a sought after holiday destination since its establishment as a resort in Victorian times, the English Riviera is famed for its subtropical climate producing gorgeous gardens and vineyards, and the beautiful 22 mile stretch of coastline holding charming seaside towns, picturesque piers, and little villages harbouring secluded coves.
We have a wonderful collection of holiday cottages across South Devon, perfect for any kind of holiday. If you’re looking for a rural retreat or beachside bolthole for you and your loved one to escape to, we have romantic cottages that are perfect for couples to spend some quality time together. South Devon is a fantastic place for a fun family holiday too, with one of our family cottages as your home from home; you are perfectly placed to explore the area from fun days by the coast to adventures in the countryside. If a holiday wouldn’t be the same without your four legged friend along for the ride, then why not search our collection of dog friendly cottages in South Devon.
Where to stay in South Devon
The English Riviera consists of the pretty seaside towns of Paignton, Torquay, and Brixham. With an impressive collection of Blue Flag beaches, there’s plenty of sea and sand for gorgeous coastal holidays. But there’s a lot more to the English Riviera than just its beautiful beaches. If you’re an Agatha Christie fan, there are plenty of opportunities to get swept away in the glamour and mystery of one of the country’s best loved writers, aboard a steamboat tour, a murder mystery evening or even during the Agatha Christie Festival held every September. The bountiful waters also produce some of the freshest and most delicious seafood in the county and there are many places across the towns of the English Riviera to eat, from a delicious portion of fresh fish and chips to fine dining in an award winning restaurant.
Another gem in South Devon is the beautiful South Hams area. Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it’s an outdoor lover’s paradise, and there are plenty of walks and trails to take offering stunning rural, river, and coastal views. For an outdoor adventure try canoeing or sailing in Dartmouth, a beautiful riverside town in the South Hams, famous for its yearly regatta. The South Hams is also dotted with little hidden gem towns and villages where you can stay in a cosy cottage and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The little waterside village of Noss Mayo is a tranquil haven on the banks of the River Yealm and is surrounded by a beautiful wooded valley.
Art and Culture in South Devon
A naturally beautiful area often inspires artists’ and writers’ work and South Devon is no exception, having produced one of the nation’s most well-loved authors and many artists too. Dame Agatha Christie was born in Torquay along the English Riviera in the late 1800s and later bought the now National Trust property Greenway House overlooking the River Dart. The festival held ever September in her honour is a week full of period costumes, murder mysteries and a general celebration of her wonderful works.
Another literary figure inspired by South Devon is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who is said to have been moved by goings on at nearby BuckfastleighAbbey and Monastery. Legend has it that the ghost of a local squire turned evil and called up fire breathing black dogs that roamed Dartmoor, this tale is thought to be the inspiration behind Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles.
Visiting South Devon’s towns and villages, you’re sure to find many artisan shops, boutiques and art galleries to browse and marvel at the huge range of inspired local art available. From beautiful glass pieces epitomising the gorgeous coastal location to inspired driftwood creations you can take home and treasure, you can easily spend a day in the galleries, shops, and markets of Teignmouth or Totnes.
Things to do in South Devon
Whether you want to get active, treat the family to a day out, or find a romantic activity for you and your partner, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained in South Devon. If you find yourselves waking up to rainy weather, don’t stay tucked up in your holiday cottage, visit South Devon’s most loved all weather theme park Woodlands or the National Marine Aquarium for a fun and usual day out.
Outdoors, there’s plenty to do too! If you enjoy golfing, there are a handful of fabulous courses across South Devon, famed for their beautiful views out to sea and of the rolling countryside. On two wheels there are plenty of trails and cycle routes to explore, including the beautiful network of paths that crisscross through Haldon Forest, where you can also whizz through the canopy high above on the Go Ape zip-wire course! On foot, South Devon is a walker’s paradise, with the South West Coast path easily accessible as well as pretty county lanes and footpaths to explore.
Of course, no trip to South Devon would be complete without getting a little wet! Try sailing and canoeing for something adventurous or take advantage of some of the best surfing beaches in the UK and hire a board and catch a wave; you can also try the latest coastal craze- stand up paddleboarding.