Destination guide

Find attractions for all in beautiful Devon

With its picturesque fishing villages, sandy beaches, soaring cliffs and lush farmland, Devon is a county rich in natural beauty and fascinating history. Devon vacation rentals provide a place to recharge after long days spent exploring the region's stately homes and lavish gardens, and are ideal for storing the treasures you'll be bound to bring back from the bustling markets that abound here. Visit national parks for picnics and hikes, or try rock climbing and off-road cycling, the choice is yours.

Things to do

Culture and castles to discover in Devon

Seeking a culture fix? You can take a trip back to the 12th century at Dartmouth Castle in Devon or learn about the history and art of the region at the prestigious Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exeter. Seaton Jurassic is a great place to take the family for an unforgettable adventure aboard a time-ship that will whisk you back 200 million years to meet amazing prehistoric creatures, while Devon vacation rentals are close to historic buildings such as Powderham Castle and Greenway, once the home of Agatha Christie, where you can walk in the footsteps of the region's rich and famous former inhabitants.


Waterfront fun in Devon

Known for its spectacular coastline, Devon beckons water lovers and adventurers to its picturesque shores. Take to the waves by kayak or canoe, or amp up the excitement levels with kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Prefer to stay on dry land? Devon boasts more than 3,500 miles of meandering footpaths that wind through rural countryside, over rolling hills and along coastal routes that overlook sheer cliffs and lead to beautiful beaches. Like to relax? Your Devon vacation rental will be the perfect place to kick back after a long day spent enjoying the great outdoors.


Year-round reasons to pick a rental in Devon

With the Bristol Channel to the north and the English Channel to the south, Devon enjoys a brisk, fresh maritime climate. The weather is changeable and can turn from warm and sunny to cold and wet, so plenty of layers and waterproof coats are essential to ensure a pleasant experience. Summers are mild, with average temperatures in the high 60s, while spring and fall are good times to visit, with moderate days, cool evenings and fewer crowds. Winters can be cold here, with temperatures in the mid-40s, but the Christmas markets more than make up for it.

Natural features

Natural wonders in spectacular Devon

Dotted with verdant parks and bordered with spectacular coastline, Devon is an English county that is brimming with natural beauty. The Exmoor Coast boasts majestic cliffs, while the southern Jurassic Coast abounds with fossils and amazing rock formations. There are vast sandy beaches, moody moors and tree-covered hills ideal for hiking and walking, while wildlife thrives in the countryside and waters here. From prickly hedgehogs, striped badgers, warty toads and spotted deer on land, to buzzards circling overhead and playful seals cavorting in the crashing waves of the sea, there's always something for nature lovers to spot.

How to get there

How to get to and around Devon

The nearest airport is in Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), located 17.4 mi (28 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Cardiff (CWL-Cardiff Intl.), which is 48.6 mi (78.2 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Yeoford Station, Copplestone Station and Morchard Road Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Devon?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,114 vacation rentals near Devon. From 3,433 Cottages to 3,433 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Devon for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Devon?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Devon. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Lyme Regis: 786 vacation rentals
  • Dartmouth: 2,251 vacation rentals
  • Salcombe: 917 vacation rentals
  • Exeter: 1,340 vacation rentals
  • North Devon District: 2,868 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Devon! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Devon?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Devon:

  • Lyme Regis: 786 rentals
  • Dartmouth: 2,251 rentals
  • Salcombe: 917 rentals
  • Exeter: 1,340 rentals
  • Appledore: 1,519 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Devon?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Devon are:

  • Exeter Airport (EXT): 1,532 vacation rentals
  • Bristol Airport (BRS): 1,125 vacation rentals
  • Yeovilton (YEO-Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton): 1,085 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Devon?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Devon. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Exeter (EXS-Exeter St Thomas Train Station): 1,753 rentals
  • Sidmouth Beach: 1,461 rentals
  • Clovelly Harbour: 2,870 rentals
  • Golden Hind: 2,897 rentals
  • Woolacombe Beach: 2,443 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Devon listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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