2017 Brochure Now Available!


If you’d like a copy –
call us 01803 814000
email us holidays@westcountrycottages.co.uk or click this link Request a Brochure
and we’ll get one in the post right away.

If you’ve made a booking in the last three years you should receive one automatically within the next week or so, if you haven’t already.

Our brochure features around 130 quality holiday homes situated throughout the West Country in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and The New Forest.  Properties range from romantic retreats to beautifully converted barns and family houses in coastal, country and village settings; over 50 cottages are also dog friendly.  Whether its wonky walls, a modern kitchen, a cosy woodburner, children’s play fort or stunning views, we’re sure to have something right up your street.

We also have a live availability search on our website – westcountrycottages.co.uk – but if you have any queries just get in touch; we look forward to helping you find the perfect holiday home.

Santa by Steam

Father Christmas visits the South Devon Railway every year

santa-trainSanta and all his elves will be back again this December, and tickets are now on sale! Just click on the Go Online icon below to choose which train you want to ride on and buy your tickets now.

Your Santa-by-Steam train journey During your trip from Buckfastleigh to the North Pole*, all the children go and see Father Christmas in his wonderful grotto to collect their Christmas present and enjoy a drink and a biscuit.  The grown ups aren’t forgotten: there’s a warming glass of mulled wine or a non alcoholic alternative and a mince pie for each of them.  (*Well, it’s Totnes really!)  The journey takes an hour and a half to two hours and all the trains start and finish at Buckfastleigh.

This year, Santa’s trains run on 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th and 17th – 24th December inclusive.




Xmas and New Year Breaks

christmas-trees-with-lights-christmas-momentIf you want to get away during the festive period
and you’re unable to go for a full week, don’t despair,
we’re now taking bookings for short breaks (minimum 3 nights)

Whether you’re looking for a cosy holiday home just for two,
something middle of the road for 4 – 8 

or a larger cottage sleeping up to 11,
the West Country is the place to be

Check live availability on our website:

then telephone our office (01803 814000) to make a booking

(Please note: some properties will only accept weekly bookings.)

Exeter Christmas Market

Festive Markets – ho ho ho!

outdoor_led_christmas-tree-lights_commercial_decorationsAs Christmas lights start illuminating the West Country, the festive feel is beginning to kick in. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to shop (!) and what better place to start buying than at a Christmas market.

The smell of festive food and mulled wine wafts by; the sound of Christmas music fills the air and the brightly coloured stalls display their wares – the magical markets are a festive treat not to be missed!

Every year numerous towns and cities play host to charming, traditional Christmas markets. As you stroll around the enticing stalls you’ll find a wide variety of tasty goodies and unusual gifts.

Why not combine a short break with a trip to a market
to get you in the festive spirit!

Winchester, Hampshire – 18th November to 20th December
Recognised as one of the best in Europe and loved for its unique location nestled between the iconic cathedral and the ice rink, the market includes over 100 chalet-stalls.  The exhibitors are selected for the high-quality, one-off products they offer. The focus on British crafts, independent traders and artisan festive foods as well as regular performances by local choirs makes this market stand out from the rest. And at the heart of the city of Winchester, there’s plenty more to be found beyond the Cathedral Close.

Winchester Christmas Market

Exeter, Devon – 19th November to 18th December
The Cathedral Green, at the heart of the city centre, will be brought to life by this special seasonal Market, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration.  The Exeter Christmas Market will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer and the picturesque setting, located in the shadow of the iconic and majestic Cathedral, is atmospheric and enjoyable.

Truro, Cornwall – 13th to 18th December
There will be over 67 traders, producers and exhibitors at this six day market on Lemon Quay Piazza in the centre of the City. Housed in a huge, heated marquee the event attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year to see the stall-holders in their costumes, sample the wares and buy unique gifts, which include arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery, and books. There is also the Food Hall which houses the producers of meat, cheese, chocolates, preserves, liqueurs, and ales etc.

Truro Victorian Christmas Market

The National Trust plays host to some Christmas markets as well where you can enjoy a unique shopping experience, and don’t forget there are some lovely towns and villages throughout the West Country, from bustling Cathedral cities to charming rural towns situated in breathtaking countryside, which have unique independent shops as well as high street brands.  So why not book a holiday cottage and take the opportunity to have a mooch around as well as visiting the Christmas Markets.

To check availability or make a booking just give us a call 01803 814000
or E: holidays@westcountrycottages.co.uk
or visit our website westcountrycottages.co.uk

Our holiday homes are situated throughout the West Country
in coastal and countryside locations,
ideal for an active or relaxing break, many are dog friendly too

Half Term and Beyond in Plymouth!

Look at what’s going on in Plymouth this Half Term and Beyond!

Autumn Family Food Fayre & Trail
Saturday 22 October 2016

food_medium_bannerFeaturing Michelin Star Chef, Peter Gorton

Peter will be cooking up a storm at the Autumn Food Fayre showing that people can cook easy, affordable meals that the whole family will love. Using seasonal produce supplied by Tamar Valley Foods, Peter will be hosting a series of demonstrations throughout the day.  A selection of local food and drink traders will also be selling their tasty delights.

Children are invited to bring along a loaf of bread they have made into a spooky Halloween face – there will be prizes to be won!

Starting on Saturday 22 October, and taking place throughout half term, a selection of cafes and restaurants in the West End will be providing a number of great deals, discounts and offers.

Click here for more details.

Sleeping with the Sharks
Friday 28 October 2016


Join the National Marine Aquarium for this Octobers Sleeping with the Sharks event! You get a Midnight snack, an evening tour of the aquarium and even breakfast… if you survive!

To book, click here

Family Fright Night
Saturday 29 October 2016


The National Marine Aquarium are creaking open the cabin doors for an eerie night of tricks and treats. With a creepy array of activities for your family including; pumpkin carving, spooky stories and a truly frightening Fright Night Show!

Click here for ticket information.

Halloween Soiree
Saturday 29 October 2016


On Saturday 29th October from 7pm, Boringdon Hall’s imposing stone towers, secret archways and curious arrow slits will become the backdrop for a devilishly delightful Halloween Soirée full of fiendishly good treats.

Be welcomed by a ghoulish cocktail reception with canapes, join the spine-tingling ghost walk around Boringdon Hall, followed by music and dancing into the night.

For more details click here

Bonfire Night
Saturday 5 November


Plymouth will be hosting a bonfire and fireworks display on Saturday 5 November on The Hoe for Bonfire Night.  Fairground rides and catering stands will be open from 4pm and entertainment, courtesy of Radio Plymouth will be provided from 6pm.  As the night draws in and the temperature drops, this event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit and the fireworks display is set off from the Citadel.

Keep an eye out for updates here

Sunday 13 November


Plymouth Wrestling Association are proud to present “Showdown.” This massive event will be headlined by a showdown of epic proportions, as “The Belgian Bull” Robin Lekime challenges PWA Heavyweight Champion Tyler Hawke for his wrestling crown.

This exciting event coming will also feature a fantastic undercard, which will include up and coming PWA star Max Alexander getting his first opportunity at PWA gold, as he wrestles Grayson Reeves for the PWA British Championship. Also set to appear are: “The Winner” PJ Jones, John Harding, UK Dominator, “The Chosen One” Alex Young, Kelly Sixx, Chuck Cyrus and many more!

To enter, click here

Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of attractions, activities, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing. Come rain or shine you’ll find something for everyone among the city streets, surrounding countryside and marine environment beyond.