6 Devon Cottages to Book for the Whole Family This Autumn
Escape to the south-west to get to know rural England
During the lockdown that stemmed from the coronavirus crisis, people’s habits and their desires for short-term and long-term rentals changed. And Devon (along with neighbouring Cornwall) overtook London as the most sought-after part of the United Kingdom for staycations. And that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who knows the appeal of Devon. Many people just wanted the fresh air and space afforded by the green meadows, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches of this quiet haven. Others planned for long-term remote working opportunities in England’s southwest. In any case, we can’t blame them. From the Dartmoor National Park and the Greenway House to the Crealy Theme Park & Resort and the Dartmouth Steam Train, you’ll never be short of fun family activities that’ll make for an entertaining and memorable holiday. And we at Plum Guide have countless rental homes strewn across this picturesque area, so choose from our list of 6 Devon cottages to book for the whole family this autumn.
Book a stay at Sweet Pea Sleeps
This country home is elaborately decorated and fitted with all the finer things in life. Its private garden has a rustic wooden table overlooking the trees and fields of the rolling hills of the farm, right by the village of Parracombe. Spot the roaming ponies grazing in the meadows, with red deer, owls and otters among the wildlife sharing the home with you. Inside this quaint throwback, you'll find a fun games room for the family to enjoy, and a traditional fireplace to sit by with a book.
Reserve a relaxing stay at Thatch & Stone
Next on our list of 6 Devon cottages to book for the whole family this autumn, we have Thatch & Stone. It doesn't get much more quaint than this, with the redbrick little cottage sporting a thatched roof, drooping over its sides like a 1980's haircut. A small wooden ladder sports flower pots on each step, leaning against this former mill in the wooded valley of Cockington. Admire the surprising purple decor inside and enjoy the mild fall weather in a garden fit for a gnome.
Take a trip to Regatta Retreat
The Regatta Retreat is a lovely cottage with thick whitewashed interior walls and an alley-like garden that wraps around the facade. With windows open and white and turquoise curtains a-blustering, you'd be forgiven for feeling as though you're on the Mediterranean Coast, especially with the salty breeze in your face from the beach and sea just across the way. As autumn nights cool the walls, relax on the cushy furniture by the fireplace.
Make use of the barbecue at Green Slopes
The Green Slopes is so-named for the...well, the green slopes that border the cottage. Built into these undulating meadows is a gorgeous patio with a grill and a table that'll make for an idyllic barbecue setting on those warm autumn days. Head off on a lovely hike through the Exmoor National Park and explore the quaint village of Muddiford. The house itself is spacious and airy, with a tall, old-fashioned wood burner creating a traditional ambiance.
Take the family to Cerulean Silence
For something a little different, head inland to the utter tranquillity of the Devon countryside. You’ll be between the peaks and troughs of the undulating topography, breathing in the fresh air in total seclusion. Get together with your family for a meal at the quaint wooden table or take to the mild autumn air with a picnic outside. Inside, you’ll be greeted by a colourful set of furniture and a mezzanine overlooking the flat.
Head down to The Old Apple Store
Rounding off our list of 6 Devon cottages to book for the whole family this autumn, we have The Old Apple Store. It has a modern design and a level of luxury to which someone like you might become accustomed. Well, hopefully not too accustomed, or you'll get all wrinkly from the balcony hot tub. With its gabled roof and barn-like whitewashed exterior, it makes for a relaxing and idyllic spot in the woods. Inside, sit by the wood burner with a book.