Coast Country Cottages logo 300x156 Beautiful South Devon with Coast and CountryFollowing last year’s heatwave, expectations for this summer are high and with so much to offer, picturesque South Devon is the perfect location for unforgettable family holidays. Long days can easily be spent out on the water, unwinding on the region’s golden beaches, walking the dramatic coastal footpaths or visiting one of the many historical houses or gardens. Whatever your interests whilst on holiday, Coast & Country Cottages has an excellent choice of luxury self-catering holiday properties to offer, which can be perfectly matched to suit all your needs.

One of the many treasures found in South Devon, the quaint maritime town of Dartmouth is a must visit with plenty to keep the children amused. Hours can be spent crabbing off the South Embankment, visiting Dartmouth’s historical fortress Dartmouth Castle or browsing the wonderful selection of independent shops, deli’s and restaurants, all hidden amongst Dartmouth’s narrow cobbled streets.

What could be better than a holiday in a stunning waterside property overlooking the River Dart in Dartmouth? Luxurious 35 Dart Marina is a contemporary apartment, specifically designed to maximise the breathtaking views of the River Dart, Dart Marina and surrounding South Devon countryside. Sleeping 6, the apartment has three stylishly decorated bedrooms, all of which enjoy wonderful views up the river towards the unspoilt village of Dittisham. Finished to an exceptionally high standard, 35 Dart Marina not only offers incredible views but also magnificent modern living accommodation. 35 Dart Marina is available to book for 7 nights in July and August from £1897.

If it is a visit to one of South Devon’s outstanding beaches you are after, Hillfield Village near Dartmouth is ideally situated a short drive from Blackpool Sands, a sheltered Blue Flag award-winning shingle beach. Brilliant for families, Blackpool Sands has The Venus Company beachside café and restaurant, serving hot and cold food, a beach shop and kayaks for hire. With the woodland gardens, children’s play area and outdoor swimming pool, Hillfield Village has all the facilities you could possibly need to keep children entertained, allowing you to sit back and appreciate the peace and tranquility of this idyllic setting.

Nestled within this quiet luxury holiday complex, VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded Court Lodge boasts views of the all-weather tennis court and acres of rolling South Devon countryside. Sleeping 10, Court Lodge is perfect for large family or group holidays and superbly equipped to suit a family’s needs with baby friendly facilities. This light open plan property offers ample indoor space and there’s even a gallery with TV and DVD player, great for the children to escape to. Outside guests can enjoy the private South East facing decked area and unwind in their exclusive hot tub, whilst enjoying the fresh country air. Court Lodge can be booked for 7 nights in July and August from £1759.

For those keen to explore historical sites of interest, a visit to the viewing platform overlooking the ruins of Hallsands, a deserted fishing village set amongst South Devon’s rugged cliffs, is essential. Steeped in history, Prospect House, a former hotel situated above the ruins, has recently been lovingly restored into luxury holiday self-catering apartments. On the first floor, 5 Prospect House sleeping 4, offers beautifully finished living accommodation with spectacular panoramic sea views across to the Start Point Lighthouse. Positioned with immediate access to the South West coastal footpath, 5 Prospect House is perfect for walkers, keen to discover some of the UK’s most stunning coastline. After a strenuous afternoon walking why not sit back and relax in the landscaped gardens or unwind in the outdoor heated swimming pool. A week at 5 Prospect House (7 nights) is available to book from £943 during July and August.

If you’re looking to escape this summer with a large group of friends and family, baby friendly Broad Downs Barn, near Salcombe is the perfect place to stay. Positioned within 22 acres of quiet farm land, this spacious converted barn, sleeping up to 14 people, has retained much of its character and many original features, whilst incorporating a contemporary feel. This VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded property also enjoys shared use of a delightful outdoor heated swimming pool set in an original walled garden and is the perfect setting for a summer BBQ. Salcombe, a picturesque town built overlooking Kingsbridge Estuary, can easily be reached by car from Broad Downs Barn, or if you’re feeling adventurous, by walking along the South West coast path. Prices for a 7 night stay at Broad Downs Barn during July and August start at £2214.