When you think of quick getaways, do you immediately look to go abroad – checking out the latest flight or hotel deals? Sometimes, a relaxing break can be just as wonderful closer to home. And did you know that there are always fantastic last-minute cottages deals? Marsdens who specialise in last-minute Devon holidays can even find you something with just 48 hours notice. Now that is last-minute! Imagine throwing a few things into a bag and then a few hours later you’re hitting the beach, or sitting by a roaring fire and playing games with the kids. Here are my top picks of some gorgeous last-minute cottages in Devon that will be sure to inspire.
Last-Minute Cottages in Devon For Families
Fox Cottage in Lynmouth
The small coastal village of Lynmouth, fondly known as Little Switzerland, is a wonderful spot for a family break. We love North Devon and all it has to offer and Lynmouth has great attractions as well as the rugged beauty of the Exmoor coastline to be explored. Recently refurbished, the 17h-century Fox Cottage has stunning views of the river and East Lyn Valley and is only a short walk to all the nearby shops, restaurants and pubs. Its contemporary features are sympathetic to the cottage’s past, making this a truly special place to stay.
The Round House in South Molton
The Round House is a stunning converted barn with oodles of space for families to enjoy. Nestled in a tranquil setting of Exmoor National Park guests have full rein to explore some 300 acres of farmland, as well as the neighbouring countryside. The views from this bright and airy holiday home are to die for – and this is the ideal accommodation for anyone who wants to get away from the big city and savour the peace. Meanwhile, the market town of South Molton is home to a farmer’s market and is a great place to explore Exmoor and North Devon.
Last-Minute Self-Catering For Couples
Granville Heights in Ilfracombe
Granville Heights is an attractive historic building that models itself on a French chateau. This fourth-floor apartment, which can be reached via a lift, is light, modern and spacious. It’s the balcony, however, that really has the wow factor. With breathtaking views across Ilfracombe, the beach, harbour and beyond, what’s not to love? I bet you can see yourself sitting right here with a glass of wine and watching the sun set. Am I right? Of course, I am!
Honeysuckle Cottage in Welcombe
This cosy last-minute cottage in Devon is just a stone’s throw from the rocky beach at Welcombe Mouth and the epic landscapes of Hartland Point and towards Bude and beyond. Inside Honeysuckle, expect warm tones and tasteful interiors which make for a comfortable and relaxing break. Bude in Cornwall is just half an hour away with a plethora of restaurants, pubs, and stunning sandy beaches including Crooklets Beach.
A cottage in Devon For Large Groups and Friends
Harbour Lights in Dartmouth
This huge three-storey house boasts two balconies and a terrace where guests can enjoy jaw-dropping views over Dartmouth and across the River Dart. With four spacious bedrooms and an open plan kitchen, living and dining room means there is plenty of room for large families, several families or a group of friends to co-exist without feeling cramped. Dartmouth town centre is a short stroll away – with so many attractions such as Dartmouth Castle, Blackpool Sands and several golf courses close by.
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* This post was written in collaboration with Original Cottages.