Holiday accommodation along Devon

Devon South Coast

Holiday cottages near Devon South Coast

If you're heading south from Exeter to a cottage by the sea in Devon, you'll find thirty miles of stunning coast to enjoy; dramatic red cliffs, acres of sand dunes, pebbled beaches and endless rock pools. Exmouth is a great place to hire a holiday cottage and a good starting point, from which you can explore both the Exe Estuary and the surrounding coast. As one of the few seaside towns with its own rail link from Exeter, you can even get to Exmouth without a car - great if you're coming by plane or if you want to cover extra ground on a cycling holiday in Devon. The train journey from Exeter also offers great views of the Exe Estuary.

Exmouth is proud of its two miles of golden sands, which are good for swimming and sandcastles in the summer. There's a traditional promenade with swingboats and crazy golf. Take a stroll from the harbour to Orcombe point and enjoy wonderful views of Dawlish and Torbay. Self-catering accommodation in Exmouth includes seafront flats to suit couples or larger houses for families and groups; many of these are within easy reach of the seafront, with excellent sea views.

Plymouth is not known as one of England's prettiest cities; it suffered from particularly heavy bombing in the Second World War. However, it still has a lot to offer visitors both as a modern city and a historic seafaring port. Dedicated shoppers will enjoy the range of high-street stores in the centre, whilst history enthusiasts can make their way to the heritage site Plymouth Hoe and the Mayflower Steps, from which the Pilgrim Fathers left for the New World in 1620. The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth was the first aquarium in the UK to be set up solely for the purposes of education, conservation and research. It remains a popular attraction, having drawn in millions of visitors over the years. Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin, offers guided tours to those who are interested in the art and history of this famous tipple.