I am often asked to recommend some East Devon cottages to rent. East Devon has much to offer, from well known seaside resorts on a beautiful coastline classified as a World Heritage Site to some lovely rolling countryside dotted with charming towns and villages, all with the air of unhurried charm.
Starting in the west, Exmouth is one of England's oldest holiday seaside towns. A popular destination since the 18th century boasting a two-mile seafront, golden beaches, attractive promenade and lots of family seaside entertainment. Exmouth is also the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast, world famous for fossil hunting.
For visitors to East Devon cottages make an ideal base from which to explore this coastline. Budleigh Salterton, situated at the mouth of the River Otter, is an historic traditional seaside town nestling on the edge of a unique pebble beach with spectacular red cliffs. A little further along the coast is Sidmouth, a picture-book Regency town which has retained an elegant charm.
Beer is a working fishing village, as well as a picturesque seaside resort. Situated on a small bay enclosed by chalk cliffs it nestles in a valley with picturesque stone houses and cottages built on many different levels of the slope. The sheltered bay in the past allowed the fishermen of Beer to put to sea in weather which prevented other Devon and Dorset fishermen from leaving their more exposed beaches. Fishing boats are still launched from the beach to put out to sea. Fresh fish, crabs and scallops caught that day can be bought from the fishmonger's shop on Sea Hill just off the beach and, in the summer months, visitors can get a taste of a fisherman's life by going on a mackerel fishing trip.
If you are staying at any of our East Devon cottages a visit to the picturesque seaside town of Lyme Regis, just over the county border in Dorset, is recommended. Full of atmosphere, it has a narrow maze of streets which wind their way down to the ancient Cobb harbour with its spectacular sea views and safe, sandy beach. The Cobb has been a haven for shipping from the time it was built and made famous, more recently, as the location of the film The French Lieutenant's Woman. Starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons the book was written by the late, resident local author John Fowles.
For a short break in a holiday cottage East Devon has a lot to offer. Inland are Honiton and Axminster, in the beautiful, unspoilt countryside of the Axe Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with its amidst rivers, streams, hills, farmland and pretty villages. Honiton has an historic reputation for lace making but today is also a major centre for antiques, with some 30 shops devoted to furniture, art and second-hand books. Axminster, an attractive town on the Rive Axe, famously lent its name to a particular weave of carpet. Axminster Carpets are the town's most famous export and the manufacturing process can still be seen on visits to the local carpet factory.
To the north, Tiverton was once the centre of Devon's woollen industry and, since the 19th century, a lace-making centre. Nearby are the Blackdown Hills, a beautifully tranquil and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border, they are regarded as the West Country's hidden gem. Steep ridges, high plateaux, valleys and springs create a stunning mosaic of countryside dotted with farms and villages.
So, if you are looking for holiday cottages in East Devon, why not browse my selection to find something that catches your eye?
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