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Following the government announcement on 22nd February, and with the 12th April marked in the sand as the potential date for us to welcome guests from single households back to our South Devon holiday cottages, we’re already seeing a high booking demand for 2021. That’s why we’ve put together a selection of our best staycation ideas, to help you plan your perfect getaway.

So, if you can’t wait to breathe in the fresh sea air, enjoy your daily walk with a view of the South West Coast Path and the rugged landscape of Dartmoor, or perhaps you’re keen to plunge in the sea at one of South Devon’s beaches, whatever your staycation bucket list entails, our region is the perfect destination.

To help you plan your getaway, our team of holiday experts have put together a selection of top staycation ideas including holiday cottages and things to do. After all, we all need something to look forward to this year!

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A collection of some of our best staycation ideas in South Devon

Popular staycation dates (2021)

Are you ready? It’s time to book your staycation and secure your self-catering holiday, today!

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Staycation ideas for families

Let go of home-schooling stresses and book yourself something to look forward to – a staycation with the kids. South Devon is a natural playground just waiting to be explored.

Enjoy a spot of crabbing on the banks of chocolate box towns and villages, cast your line on Slapton Sands (family fishing competitions at the ready!), hire a Salcombe Launch boat to explore the beaches surrounding Salcombe Estuary and don’t forget to indulge in fish and chips on the sand. For a family-friendly activity in your holiday cottage, why not create your very own Devon scones? The real question however, cream or jam first?

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3 Rock Cottages - Best staycation ideas South Devon

3 Rock Cottages


Sleeps 4


New to the Coast & Country Cottages portfolio, 3 Rock Cottages is a stylish holiday home in rural Kingston that invites you to get out and explore! Close to Bigbury-on-Sea and Burgh Island, as well as the 365 days a year dog-friendly shores of Wonwell Beach and Westcombe Beach, there are so many seaside strolls to enjoy. After exploring the great outdoors, there’s nothing like returning to a welcoming home and this beautiful property does just that. Boasting modern seaside interiors, an expansive garden and cosy fireplace, this is a wonderful family holiday cottage. Situated in a rural location, the night sky is magical and we highly recommend star gazing from your cottage garden.

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Cindy's Retreat - best staycation ideas South Devon

Cindy’s Retreat

Hope Cove

Sleeps 8


Hope Cove is a popular coastal village that boasts fantastic beaches, eateries and walking routes, not to mention unforgettable panoramic views towards Burgh Island – a seaside sanctuary! The property features a lovely garden and outdoor dining space, as well as a modern kitchen and dining area indoors; lovely social spaces to share stories of your South Devon holiday. A family retreat to Hope Cove is one that will entice you to return year after year, and it’s easy to see why; we invite you to discover it’s magic – sandy toes and paws at the ready.

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St Leonards - Best staycation ideas South Devon

St Leonards


Sleeps 4

Estuary view

St Leonards is a fun base for a getaway with your loved ones. Located in the famous harbour town of cosmopolitan Salcombe, boasting open-plan living and an enclosed outdoor area, you can enjoy both al fresco and cosy living. However, our favourite spot in this attractive holiday home is the snug, a wonderful area for children to play and read a book – perfect for when the sun hides behind the clouds.

When holidaying here, enjoy catching the passenger ferry to the beaches at East Portlemouth or the iconic sea tractor and ferry to South Sands – a must-do activity for families.

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Staycation ideas for couples

Whether you’re looking to honeymoon or pop the question in South Devon, or you’re simply wishing to treat yourselves to a couple’s retreat, the region is utterly romantic in its nature. Beach sunsets, fine dining and breathtaking scenery are just a few things to expect from a couples break to South Devon. Wake up to the sound of gentle waves lapping on the shore or wildlife in the countryside, the perfect way to start any day on a romantic break.

Romantic holiday cottages in South Devon

Pilchard Cottage - Best staycation ideas South Devon

Pilchard Cottage


This stylish old fisherman’s cottage is inviting and cosy, oozing understated luxury in its elegant yet rustic charm. Cosy up on the sofa in front of the fireplace or pop a glass of bubbles reclined on the window seat. Whatever way you choose to spend your time in this characterful property, you’re bound to have a wonderful getaway.

Situated in walking distance to the heart of Brixham, you’ll not only enjoy spending time with your significant other, but you’ll find yourself falling in love with the town itself. Rich in its fishing heritage and boasting a plethora of fantastic eateries, we highly recommend getting a seafood takeaway from Rockfish, owned by Mitch Tonks, to enjoy along the waterfront.

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Knap Mill Pod - Best staycation ideas South Devon

Knap Mill Pod



It’s no secret that we’ve all wanted to spend more time outdoors recently, so what better than to stay in a luxury ‘pod’ in the stunning South Devon countryside? Here, you really feel at one with nature – the definition of ‘getting away from it all’. All on one level, this wheelchair friendly abode offers a unique space to unwind with open-plan living. Our favourite spot is the decked terrace, a tranquil haven for sitting and watching sunsets and stars whilst snuggled under a blanket, best enjoyed after a day spent exploring the region.

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20 At The Beach - Best staycation ideas South Devon

The Barn, 20 At The Beach


Located in idyllic Torcross village, this modern two-storey barn conversion optimises luxury coastal living. Just a short walk from the striking shoreline, spend days on the beach from dawn till dusk and enjoy the array of waterside Start Bay eateries during your stay. We highly recommend donning your walking boots for a stroll around Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, or a longer trail to peaceful Beesands where you can enjoy a refreshing beverage on the waterfront from The Cricket Inn. During your stay, why not wrap in blankets on the beach and watch a stunning South Devon sunset – a truly magical experience!

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For our complete collection of self-catering properties for your 2021 staycation, view our South Devon holiday cottages. Don’t miss out, secure your stay today!

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