Family holiday cottages in Devon for half term

They say there’s someone for everyone … and that goes for holiday cottages too. The key to a great self-catering Devon holiday is finding the holiday cottage that best suits you and your family – and if you’ve got kids you’re looking for safe outside space, things to do at home, and plenty more to do nearby.

So to help you on your next half term holiday to Devon (you are coming to see us, aren’t you?), we’ve rounded up some of the best family holiday cottages in Devon for you – and you can follow the links to many more.

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North Devon & Exmoor
North Hayne Farm Cottages are wonderfully family friendly, with daily farming activities for the little ones that are educational and fun. And almost as good/even better – there are relaxing spa treatments and hot tubs on site for adults, and loads of other great facilities on site. Or try Yetland Farm Cottages, also on a small working farm in a quiet rural area ideally. The communal courtyard outside the cottages could be a great place for the kids to meet new friends, there are indoor games rooms, and the whole family is welcome – they’re very dog-friendly. The Orchard Lodges log cabins at Lower Yelland Farm each have a hot tub – which adults and kids all love. They’re in a lovely rural location halfway between Barnstaple and Bideford only 200 metres from the Taw Estuary.

Torquay, Paignton & Brixham
The fabulous National Trust property of Coleton Fishacre has a number of self catering cottages within its grounds – and if you stay in one you and yours can run free in the extensive gardens after hours. At the luxury Pilgrims Rest Cottages you get some top-notch treatment – slipper baths, king-size beds and pampering treatments, but there is also a child sitting service on offer plus a trampoline and play area in the gardens, countryside and coastal walks and all the attractions of the English Riviera (and – quite literally – Torquay Golf Course) on your doorstep. And for lots and lots of choice when it comes to family-friendly holiday cottages, take a look at Blue Chip Holidays – we particularly like The Old School House in Brixham, with a dining room which was originally the main classroom, but which is now a vast dining or games room.

The three ‘cottages’ at Stickwick Manor sleep from 5-12, and all are really great for families wanting to be close to all that wonderful Dartmoor space. Stay in any of them and you also get to amuse yourselves with the play barn with table tennis, pool table, darts, ride on toys, dressing up box), play area and farm animals. Then right on the edge of Dartmoor is Coombeshead Farm – perfect for those looking for a traditional farm experience. There are ducks, chickens, donkeys, and goats, and guests are invited to help with lambing in the Spring – go in the autumn you might be able to get stuck into cider making too! Haldon Forest is also only a mile away where there are walks, cycle tracks and a Go-Ape high ropes centre. Or try Parkers Farm Cottages and Caravans a friendly, family run site which offers guided farm walks, friendly animals, tractor rides, games room, bar and restaurant.

South Devon
At the top of the valley leading down to Blackpool Sands beach you’ll find Higher Bowden, a collection of cottages set in 6.5 acres. Guests get to use the indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, spa, games room and playroom, but it’s the little touches that make Higher Bowden so welcoming to families: they provide blackout curtains, cots, high chairs, stair gates and booster seats, all free of charge. Another one with an indoor pool and great games room/barn is Long Barn – four luxury cottages near Torquay with lovely views, and an indoor play area with a two storey Wendy house, children’s toys, and pool and football tables, plus an orchard with trampoline, swings, slides, football goal, sandpit and land based boats. And just 200 yards from the beach in Bigbury on Sea is Avocet, a stunning 5 star property with sea views, perfect for any family with kids who are just happy to mess around on the beach for the entire holiday – which is just about all of them!

There’s so much to do in Plymouth, so staying in a self catering property nearby at half term is a great idea. Right in the city are the serviced apartments at Royal William Yard, beautiful grade 2 listed buildings with fabulous views and the city with its museums, attractions, National Aquarium, shops and restaurants right outside the door – but beautiful Plymouth Sound and the South West Coast Path are nearby too. Also in the city are the Hoeside Holiday Flats near Plymouth Hoe, the historic Barbican, sea front and the city centre, which can sleep up to eight people. Further out in Holbeton you’ll find Carswell Farm, a working organic dairy farm with eight peaceful cottages sleeping from 2 to 14 people. All are just a few minutes’ walk from the coast path and some lovely remote beaches and coves, whilst the wilderness of Dartmoor is also only a short drive away.

Heart of Devon
Exeter and its surrounds are also full of things to do for families, so a great place to head if you have kids. Peaceful Redyeates Farm near Crediton has on-site facilities including an all-weather tennis court, three acres of gardens featuring an apple orchard, swings, a climbing frame, a trampoline and table tennis, and can accommodate family groups of up to 14. Mazzard Farm near Sidmouth can take family groups of up to 22 people, with plenty of cots for little ones in addition to that. There’s plenty of outdoor space too for the kids to play and roam around safely. And if you want to be right in the city of Exeter, take a look at Treetops, a four bedroom townhouse with a large garden in St Thomas, which makes a great base for exploring the area.