South Devon is a beautiful region at all times of the year – it is particularly picturesque during the Autumn and Winter months, when the leaves are turning golden brown, and the fields glisten with morning dew or a crisp frost. For those considering a break before the festive period with a large group of family or friends, this time of year also offers a host of added benefits for bigger groups including reduced holiday prices, quieter towns, villages and attractions, and deserted beaches… the recipe for a peaceful holiday or short break. Coast & Country Cottages have a selection of large holiday cottages to choose from over the coming months, sleeping 8-16.
For those looking to enjoy a family reunion, where you can relax together and enjoy one another’s company, VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded Oversteps House is a fabulous option. One of Coast & Country Cottages’ most spacious and luxurious large holiday cottages, this delightful property sleeps up to 16 and is just metres from the Blue Flag awarded beach at South Sands in Salcombe. Head down to the water’s edge to watch the sunrise, and enjoy an early morning stroll with the children making new footprints in the sand, before returning to Oversteps House for a family breakfast of fresh bread and croissants from The Salcombe Bakery.
If you would prefer a slightly more rural retreat, choose one of the large holiday cottages in the heart of the South Devon countryside like VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded Holset House, near East Portlemouth. This elegant country house is surrounded by secluded gardens and is situated in a tranquil location, a short drive from surrounding towns and villages. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along country lanes and footpaths, spotting the wildlife and rare flora and fauna found in South Devon, before returning to Holset House for an evening gathered around the open fire place, toasting marshmallows. Why not have a ban on technology one evening, and experience quality family time together – spend a few hours enjoying traditional pastimes like charades or board games in the spacious lounge!
One of the biggest benefits of booking large holiday cottages is the space to cook and dine together as a group. Whether you are looking to enjoy delicious breakfasts, long lunches or magnificent suppers, Coast & Country Cottages have many properties with dining tables to seat a big group of people together in comfort. Drake House is a stunning, recently renovated property finished to an exceptional standard, in a beautiful position in Hope Cove, just a two minute walk from the beach. The property features a beautiful, hand crafted oak table – the perfect spot to enjoy a meal together, whilst admiring the stunning sea views from the large sliding glass doors. Why not head to the nearby sailing town of Salcombe where you can stock up on delicious local produce, from freshly landed crab and locally grown fruit and vegetables, to artisan bread and cheese – all you need for a fabulous feast! The region is also home to a number of local brewers and drink producers. To find out more, read Drinks Through The Season.
Prefer two holiday cottages close together, to accommodate a large party, whilst also providing separate living areas to give families their own space? Why not book Fulmar and Guillemot, two VisitEngland Five Star Gold awarded properties next to one another, on the beach in the small fishing village of Hallsands. Each sleeping 8, these large holiday cottages are pet friendly and can be booked together, accommodating up to 16 people. The ideal base for those looking to enjoy a walking break, the South West Coast Path is on the doorstep, offering stunning sea views and miles of countryside to explore.
Many large holiday cottages available with Coast & Country Cottages benefit from having a private hot tub – a wonderful feature for those looking to unwind after a busy time exploring the area and great fun on a special break. Hillfield Village, near Dartmouth, has a number of large holiday cottages available, including the stylish property Vantage Point, which sleeps 8. The house is the perfect base for those looking to celebrate a special occasion, with a beautiful open plan living area, as well as a ‘wrap around’ decking with hot tub and sauna. Why not sink into the bubbles and unwind, before heading to the lounge for drinks whilst enjoying the view of the surrounding countryside as the sun sets.
With such a vast array of large holiday cottages in this beautiful area, you will be spoilt for choice on where to spend that well deserved holiday with family or loved ones. If you like the sound of booking one of Coast & Country Cottages’ large holiday cottages but would prefer to travel with just close loved ones, many properties offer a ‘4 people or less discount’ at certain times of year, meaning if you choose to occupy just two of the bedrooms you can make the most of a discounted rate. For details of large holiday cottages offering this special rate, contact the locally based team on 01548 843773.
For those in search of large holiday houses to rent, Coast & Country Cottages have a fabulous portfolio of properties sleeping 8-16 in Salcombe and the surrounding area.