Our most impressive large holiday homes in Devon holiday cottages


Our most impressive large holiday homes in Devon

Kate A 10 September 2020

Sprinkled across Devon’s sparkling coastline, wild national parks and bustling towns and villages are some extraordinary places to stay, bursting with luxury touches and indulgent surprises. Featuring the likes of hot tubs, home cinemas and breathtaking views, these extra impressive large holiday homes in Devon are a fabulous choice for gathering a group of your friends or family.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to spend precious time relaxing with your loved ones, we have selected some of the best properties within our collection to experience the beauty of Devon. Discover a riverside retreat with a wealth of water sports on the doorstep, a chic coastal hideaway with its own heated pool, and a luxurious barn hidden within the depths of the Exmoor National Park. And if you’d like to explore our full portfolio of large houses to rent in Devon, just click the button below.

Beach End

Sleeps 12 + 3 dogs | near Dartmouth

Beach End exterior

Experience the charm and tranquillity of living on the water’s edge at this lavish retreat perched above the River Dart. One of our large holiday cottages in Devon where you can sit and watch sailing boats glide across the horizon by day and languish in luxury by night, this truly is the stuff of dreams.

Beach End interior

Warm summer days invite BBQs on the patio while the kids drop their lines over the wall and delight in the simple pleasures of crabbing – and those seeking an adrenaline rush can dive into adventure with a wealth of water sports available on the doorstep. The cooler months are perfect for bracing walks along one of the nearby sandy beaches before hibernating indoors beside the crackling wood burner, storm-watching through the floor-to-ceiling windows.  

Beach End large holiday cottage

The wow factor:

  • Water sports available on the doorstep
  • River views from almost every room
  • Wood burner to keep you warm and toasty

The Lazy Sheep Barn

Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs | Exmoor

The Lazy Sheep Barn is one of our large holiday houses in Devon where walkers and nature-lovers will feel right at home. Enveloped by 60 acres of beautiful grounds on the edge of Exmoor National Park and filled to the wooden rafters with little luxuries, this is an idyllic setting for a group holiday to remember.

The Lazy Sheep Barn interior

Draw out family breakfasts around the large dining table with mountains of buttery toast and cups of tea, before heading out into the wilds of the national park. When you return after a day exploring the sights, gather around the glowing fire pit with huge mugs of hot chocolate and watch the last of the sun’s rays dip below the rolling hills. Set within a designated Dark Sky Reserve, the star-studded skies here are magical, best admired from within the warm, soothing bubbles of the private hot tub.

The wow factor:

  • Private hot tub with countryside views
  • BBQ and fire pit for al fresco feasts
  • 60 acres of land for guests to enjoy

Oatway's Sail Loft

Sleeps 10 + 2 dogs | Appledore

Oatway's Sail Loft interior

Offering everything you could need for an indulgent holiday in Devon, this gorgeous period property boasts three floors of exquisitely decorated interiors. Discover the hidden basement snug which has been transformed into a games room, admire the glorious estuary views from the balcony, and breathe in the fresh sea air in the stylish courtyard.

Oatway's Sail Loft interior

This is one of our large properties to rent in Devon with the wow factor in spades. Steal a coveted spot in the enormous open-plan living area, doors wide open to greet the salty sea breeze. Get comfy on one of the sofas in the warmth of the wood burner or pull up a pew at the kitchen island for some crumbly scones, a local pot of jam and big dollops of clotted cream - a Devon speciality.

Oatway's Sail Loft large holiday cottage

The wow factor:

  • Games room with table tennis, air hockey and pool
  • Private balcony in the master bedroom
  • Appledore quayside within walking distance

Cliff House

Sleeps 10 + 3 dogs | Torcross

Cliff House exterior

Sweeping sands and long coastal rambles are only 69 steps away from this unique cliffside hideaway. A luxury large house to rent in Devon peering out across the golden shore of Slapton Sands, you can drink in the ever-changing sea views from dawn until dusk.

Cliff House hot tub

Whether sunbathing with a pile of glossy magazines during the day or stargazing from the wood-fired hot tub at night, the Mediterranean-style garden with its terraces, outdoor bar area and BBQ is the place to be. Seasoned surfers, dog walkers and budding young sandcastle builders will all be seduced by the beautiful beach and its Atlantic swells below. But if the weather takes a turn, there’s myriad entertainment inside; play a round of pool in the games room, read a book by the fire, or simply bask in the panoramic views of the rolling deep blue sea.

Cliff House large holiday cottage

The wow factor:

  • Wood-fired hot tub with mesmerising coastal views
  • Games room with pool table, table football and games consoles
  • Steps leading to Slapton Sands beach

Marwood Manor

Sleeps 14 + 2 dogs | near Axminster

Become the lord or lady of your very own Elizabethan manor house at this large self-catering Devon property. Ensconced in the heart of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this remarkable estate offers everything you could possibly imagine, transforming a simple break away into an extra special occasion.

Marwood Manor dining room

Explore the 100 acres of perfumed bluebell woods by day and return in the evening to enjoy drinks in the ambient glow of the wood burner and hearty banquets in the Great Hall. Those who want to watch a film can retreat to the cinema room, while others seeking some solitude can tuck themselves away in the Long Room with a good book from the library. If you’re feeling competitive, a private tennis court offers the perfect spot for a game, before enjoying a relaxing dip in the outdoor pool.

Marwood Manor large holiday cottage

The wow factor:

  • A private tennis court to get competitive
  • Outdoor pool for refreshing morning swims
  • Cinema room for watching the latest blockbuster

Welcombe Cottage

Sleeps 18 | Welcombe

Welcombe Cottage kitchen

Impeccable interiors, a heated outdoor pool and a bubbling hot tub make this large holiday home in Devon an idyllic retreat for families looking for luxury self-catering by the sea. In the morning, pad down to the beautiful kitchen, warmed by the wood burner, and pour yourself a fresh coffee before plotting the day's activities.

Welcombe Cottage lounge

Fly kites across the golden sand of Welcombe Mouth Beach, which is just a short stroll away, roam the South West Coast Path, or kick back with a cocktail by the pool and soak up the sunshine. A games room with table tennis and air hockey offers plenty of fun for the kids and an undercover hot tub provides the perfect place to unwind, even if it starts to drizzle outside.

Welcombe Cottage large holiday cottage

The wow factor:

  • A heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Table tennis and air hockey in the games room
  • Undercover hot tub for relaxing

Golf View

Sleeps 8 | Westward Ho!

Golf View bedroom

After a brisk morning surfing session, pull off your wetsuit and enjoy an invigorating soak under the hot outdoor shower of this large coastal cottage near the 2-mile sweep of Westward Ho! Beach. In winter, the nautically themed open-plan living space is exceptionally cosy with its crackling wood burner. Summer calls for lazy breakfasts on the balcony, admiring the uninterrupted views across the Royal North Devon Golf Club with the foaming waves of the sea in the distance.

Come nightfall, there’s nothing quite like popping a cork and watching the sun melt into the ocean from the luxury of the hot tub while the BBQ gently grills supper in the corner. And when everyone is ready for bed, you can all retreat to the sumptuous depths of the restful bedrooms, two of which boast their own en-suite shower rooms.

Golf View large holiday cottage

The wow factor:

  • Hot tub for stargazing
  • Sea views from the large balcony
  • A stone’s throw from Westward Ho! Beach

Would you like to stay in one of these impressive large holiday homes in Devon? We’ve got even more large luxury houses to rent within our portfolio, so why not have a browse of our full collection? Whether you’re looking for a chic hideaway by the coast or a rustic retreat in the heart of the countryside, our self-catering large cottages in Devon offer the ideal group accommodation.

Further inspiration

Want some ideas for things to do on your North Devon holiday? Have a read of our guide on ‘How to eat, drink and surf like a North Devon local’.

Alternatively, if you’re thinking of visiting South Devon, check out our guide ‘Destination South Devon: Where, when and why?’

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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