It’s easy to see why South Devon is so popular with families; beautiful beaches, craggy coves, and plenty of indoor child-friendly attractions should the weather not cooperate. It’s the perfect destination to escape the cities and enjoy the Great Outdoors walking along clifftops, cycling along riverside paths, jumping over the tumbling surf and bowling an over or two of sand cricket once the tide is out. This corner of England is the kind of place that sees families returning generation after generation all drawn by the love of a good old fashioned British seaside holiday – and the best cream teas in the country.
Family Holiday Homes in South Devon
The area has long led the way in family-friendly accommodation, too. Whether you’re looking for a five-star hotel, a beach hut on the sand, or a do-it-yourself camping holiday, there are lots of options for families. Now that we’re a family of five, we usually opt for a holiday home over a hotel. And, given that my criteria for a beach holiday are a comfy bed and a sea view, it’s rare that you’ll see me in under canvas. Given that, and all this gloriously sunny weather, I’ve chosen six of the best family cottages from Cottages South West located on the beautiful South Devon Coast.
For the family’s best friend
It can be hard enough finding accommodation that suits parents and kids, let alone somewhere that will welcome your pet pooch. However, if you’re looking to holiday with all the family then The Rosary is a wonderful option. It has the look and feel of a small cottage from the outside but inside, this spacious home offers four-bedrooms, a cosy living room, an open-plan kitchen and dining room, and the most stunning riverside views.
For spellbinding views
For families looking for something a little more modern, try The Coach House, a beautiful architecturally designed home that occupies one of the best locations in the village of Shaldon. The house has three bedrooms, plenty of light and is close to the beach. There’s a lovely bright kitchen and dining room but I can guarantee that you will spend most of your time on the terrace. If ever there was a moment when you thought “That’s it! I’m quitting my job, selling up and moving to Devon”, it’ll be when you’re sitting on this balcony watching the sun set with a glass of wine in hand.
For bringing along the grandparents
If you’re planning to holiday with friends or thinking about inviting the grandparents to give you a helping hand with the kids then Golden Dawn is a good choice. The property can sleep up to 10 people in four bedrooms and with a double sofa bed in the study. Golden Dawn is located in the pretty village of Stokeinteignhead, home to a 14th century church, a 13th century Church House Inn and plenty of photo-worthy thatched cottages. You’re less than a mile from the coast here with plenty of family-friendly beaches to choose from including the very Famous Five-esque Ness beach, which is accessed via an original smugglers’ tunnel!
For beach and country charm
For the best of beach and country living, take a look at Rooster Hall, a thatched cottage in the village of Shaldon. Dating back to the 15th century, this charming dog-friendly home has original beamed ceilings (but with plenty of head room), quirky nooks and crannies and a delightful garden with an outdoor dining area. For families, Shaldon offers everything you need for a perfect beach holiday. Shaldon beach boasts some of the most stunning coastline in South Devon and is ideal for sailing, fishing, swimming, canoeing and more. Shaldon Zoo is nearby, which younger children will love, and in Teignmouth, kids of all ages can take part in a treasure hunt trail. Nearby are also caves, castles, museums and much more.
For a piece of history
Located in a prime riverside spot, No. 29 Shoreside has amazing views over the River Teign. This is the ideal home for a family holiday with three bedrooms, a large sitting room overlooking the river and French doors opening onto a patio. Watch the sun set towards the twin peaks of Haytor on Dartmoor; source of the granite used to build London Bridge. No. 29 Shoreside has bicycles to borrow and board games to play but the best part about this holiday home is the pool that appears just over the river wall when the tide is out. Apparently, it was formed by a WWII bomb delivered from Germany; the shrapnel travelled over 100yards and imbedded in the Old Ferry slip way.
For a trip down memory lane
For something completely different, book a stay at Beach Hut 1, a luxury beachside studio. Ranked as one of the best beach huts in the world, this quirky and very nostalgic holiday house is a wonderfully fun place to stay for traditional British seaside holiday. The hut can sleep four people and has all the mod cons you could possibly need; under-floor heating, marble-tiled shower room and WiFi. Best of all, however, is the water-front location and private terrace. British beach holidays don’t get much better than this.
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This post was written in partnership with Cottages SouthWest. All opinions are, as always, entirely my own and I’m already planning a stay at Beach Hut 1!