If it’s good enough for Rod Stewart …

When Rod Stewart has visited South Devon to perform one of his thrilling concerts, he has been known to stay in Salcombe, as his wife’s photograph confirms.

Rod Stewart in Salcombe

He and Penny Lancaster have stayed at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa, in a room which looks out over the stunning Salcombe estuary.

Calling it ‘one of the most beautiful spots in the world’, Penny posted this picture of the superstar relaxing.

So that you too can experience all that Salcombe and The South Hams has to offer, let us suggest somewhere to stay.  Here are a few holiday homes dotted around this beautiful part of the West Country.

Rosemary Cottage, GovetonSituated in a sheltered valley, the pretty hamlet of Goveton is a peaceful haven away from the crowds, yet just two miles from the market town of Kingsbridge with its excellent shops, good pubs/restaurants and waterfront.  Rosemary Cottage (sleeping 6) is a stylish barn conversion, and has original exposed roof beams, stripped wooden floors and a beautiful contemporary finish


Fern Cottage near LoddiswellFern Cottage (sleeping 4) near Loddiswell, is a picturebook detached stone cottage, nestling on the edge of woodland in the grounds of a working organic farm. The cottage is very private, has roses around the door and a pretty patio and garden. This charming holiday home has been lovingly restored, and delightfully decorated and furnished.


Lower Well Cottage near UgboroughLower Well Cottage (sleeping 4), located at the end of a private drive about a mile from the village of Ugborough, is a detached property of character and charm with the luxury of a shared indoor heated swimming pool.  The cottage is furnished and equipped to the highest standard and adjacent to the cottage is a pretty garden with beautiful countryside views.


Mallards, Noss MayoMallards (sleeping 4) is at one end of a converted Malt House that sits at the head of Newton Creek in Noss Mayo, a picture postcard village at the mouth of the beautiful Yealm Estuary. The lounge opens onto a glazed balcony, which is a wonderful suntrap with stunning views of the river and surrounding hills; many of these hills are owned by the National Trust and provide some spectacular walks.


The Coach House, ColmerLocated only 12 miles from Salcombe and 13 miles from Dartmouth, The Coach House (sleeping 6) is situated on The Colmer Estate, a unique collection of 20 holiday cottages, set in 28 acres of grounds, with leisure facilities.  This detached, single storey holiday home’s light and colourful décor and furnishings make it bright and welcoming.


Little Barn near ModburyLittle Barn (sleeping 4) is situated in a rural location, close to the pretty village of Modbury. Just one mile from the Erme Estuary and the sandy beach at Wonwell, this is a perfect destination for a family holiday.  Set in three acres of grounds, which includes a swing for the children, Little Barn is in a quiet, sunny position with wonderful views of the Devon countryside.


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

To see our portfolio go to westcountrycottages.co.uk
or phone (01803 814000) to request our full colour brochure

We are already taking bookings for 2017,
so check availability now so that you don’t miss out!
Click on the following link for live availability


Short Breaks All Year Round

West Country CottagesIts not always easy to take a full week out of our busy lives for a holiday but we all need a break from the pressures of everyday life at some point.  If you could manage just three or four nights away for a bit of R&R we have a handful of holiday homes which accept short breaks all year round.


The Garden Apartment, IvybridgeThe Garden Apartment in Ivybridge, South Devon, overlooks the beautiful lawned grounds of the striking, stone mansion house built  for the Governor of Ceylon. The spacious interior has high ceilings, comfortable furnishings and a Minster stone fireplace in the lounge. A bright conservatory opens onto the marvellous lawns and gardens, with a stunning variety of colourful plants, shrubs and flowers.


Stable CottageIn a wonderful location between the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels, Stable Cottage is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to explore this beautiful part of Somerset. Situated in the grounds of the owners’ public house and restaurant, The Burcott Inn (which offers free Wi-Fi), this single storey cottage is the end in a row of four.


Little HollbrookLittle Hollybrook, in the small village of Batcombe, Somerset, offers the perfect rural retreat for those looking for peace and tranquillity in beautiful surroundings. Whether you choose to lose yourself in the extensive gardens, relax in the summer house or simply sit back, and watch the abundant wildlife from the raised decking, you’re sure to while away the hours in complete calm.


Breaches BarnThe New Forest has something for everyone and whether you’re looking for a cosy retreat or somewhere bigger for the extended family, the holiday homes at West Park Farm, Rockbourne have it all.  West Park Farm is part of a working beef and arable farm. You welcome to explore the farm, which has a large pond and a bluebell wood, and occasionally you may be able to help the owner on the farm.  Pond View and The Little Granary are super little getaways for two; The Old Cart Shed, sleeps up to 6, is full of character and is traditionally furnished; and finally, Breaches Barn, reminiscent of a mediaeval great hall with a huge, wide open living space with high raftered ceilings, exposed brickwork and oak timbers sleeping up to 11.


Harbour View RetreatHarbour View Retreat in Brixham, South Devon is an idyllic, romantic hideaway with fantastic views of the harbour. This holiday home is situated above the owners’ home and benefits from private parking. Inside, the property is cosy and intimate with everything you need within easy reach.


BrooklynIn the centre of the village of Timberscombe on Exmoor is Brooklyn*. This traditional three bedroom cottage provides a real home-from-home. The spacious lounge is furnished with large comfy sofas and the superb well equipped kitchen, with huge range style cooker, overlooks a well tended patio garden filled with colourful flowers and fragrant herbs.

(* Short breaks are available all year at Brooklyn except during school summer holidays.)


Hidden TreasureBrixham in South Devon is a maze of narrow streets with a wonderful selection of shops and restaurants, where you will find the freshest fish straight off the trawler.  A short stroll from the harbour will take you Hidden Treasure, situated at the end of a charming terrace. This stylish, newly renovated holiday apartment is situated on the ground floor of the owners’ home and is a real delight.


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

To see our portfolio go to westcountrycottages.co.uk
or phone (01803 814000) to request our full colour brochure

Armed Forces Weekend in Plymouth 25th & 26th June

Armed Forces WeekendArmed Forces Weekend in Association with Babcock International

Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 June 2016

Plymouth Armed Forces Week is an annual event held in support of the national Armed Forces Day initiative.


With 50,000 attending the event last year there are continuing plans to improve the annual event on the glorious Plymouth Hoe in the West Country, and this has developed into a spectacular two day event which will be known as Armed Forces Weekend, in association with Babcock International.

The intention of the weekend for Plymouth is to say a big Thank You to the Armed Services, their families and our veterans.

The aim of the event from the MOD is to raise awareness of and support for our Armed Forces community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country.

Here are just a few of the planned events:

The annual RAF and Allied Air Forces Monument Service supported by the Royal Marine Band, Plymouth in the Arena;
Veterans parade on the Hoe including over 30 Royal British Legion Standards;

The Rifles Freedom of the City Parade and led by The Rifles Band and Bugles;
HMNB Devonport V HMS Raleigh  Field Gun Competition in the Arena;

Air Displays;

Military Wives Choir;
The Function Band of HM Royal Marines Band Plymouth;
Red Hot Chilli Pipers – the most famous bagpipe band on the planet…it’s Bagrock!

32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot (Napoleonic era) drill display, marching and musket firing display.

For a full list of events and activities, click here


Lea Hill Cottages – perfect for dogs!

Just one mile south of the unspoiled village of Membury, sitting peacefully among country lanes overlooking the surrounding Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is pretty Grade II listed Lea Hill. With its origins in the 14th Century, and having spent much of its life as a Quaker farm and meeting place, the thatched Devon longhouse and its former barns now accommodate the owners and six attractive cottages, of which we let two – Quakers and Chaffinch.  

ChaffinchChaffinch is a single storey ground floor apartment with a spacious living room with electric ‘living flame’ fire and distant views over the gardens to the valley beyond. There is a snug galley kitchen and to the rear, a large double bedroom with en-suite bathroom.  A special reduced price is available for the school summer holidays.


QuakersQuakers is a quaint thatched cottage attached to the farmhouse. On the ground floor is a neat galley kitchen and a cosy living room with electric ‘living flame’ fire. Upstairs, you’ll find two pretty bedrooms, both featuring original timber beams – a double with en-suite shower room, and opposite, a twin with lovely valley views, and en-suite bathroom. Pretty cottage furnishings complement carefully retained features including exposed stonework, and timber beams, walls and floors.

Both holiday homes have a small sunny seating area with superb views and guests are welcome to enjoy the surrounding seven acres of beautifully kept communal grounds, thatched summer house and BBQ area.  Rich in wildlife and history,  the cottages also command stunning views of woodland and meadows.

Lea Hill Cottages

Lea Hill is also dog friendly and your dog can be exercised off the lead in one of the fields, if you wish. There are endless opportunities for lovely and varied walks from your cottage or in the local area.  Two delightful footpaths run from Lea Hill itself; one leads towards  the Church and back along the valley through the pretty village of Membury and the other goes down steps towards the panoramic views of Hill Common and on through Yarty Copse – heavy with the perfume of a bluebell carpet in Spring.

Lea Hill Cottages

Lea Hill Cottages are hidden away among narrow lanes, yet within easy reach of the Devon market town of Axminster, with its many hidden gems such as the River Cottage Canteen and Deli.  Easily reached starting points give access to the South West Coast Path stretching along the coastline of Dorset and Devon, with pretty fishing villages and beaches at Seaton, Beer, and Branscombe.  This is also an excellent base from which to explore the magnificent Jurassic Coast and the stunning East Devon countryside.

We have a live availability search facility on our website
or you can phone us 01803 814000

or email holidays@westcountrycottages.co.uk


Hop into an Easter break

Easter HolidaysBook your Easter holiday now
Short breaks and full weeks available

There’s still time to make plans for your Easter break.  Why not book a holiday cottage and enjoy some quality time with the family and friends.

If you don’t have time for a whole week away, we’re delighted to let you know that short breaks are alsoavailable to book now at most of our holiday homes, from cosy cottages to larger houses for family gatherings.  Why not treat yourself to an Easter escape whilst the flower are blooming and the sun is shining!

To make a booking just give us a call 01803 814000 or visit our website westcountrycottages.co.uk to check out our great value holiday homes and book online

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

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