South Hams

We say
The South Hams is Devon at its most idyllic. Boat trips and sandcastles, surfing and rock pooling, dangling crab lines off the harbour wall - it's the simple pleasures that make holidays here such a guaranteed hit. These self-catering cottages allow you to make the most of the area, including day trips to Dartmoor National Park where you can ride ponies and climb the tors.

Recommended company: Helpful Holidays

Helpful Holidays says

We have selected more than 400 fantastic holiday homes to choose from throughout Devon, ranging from country houses and traditional chocolate box cottages to stylish seaside apartments.

  • Pretty cottages
  • Lovely beaches
  • Remote locations

Choosing a favourite area of Devon can be difficult, which is why we offer a wide variety of cottages throughout the county, including the very best of the ever-popular South Hams.

The South Hams boasts the best sandy beaches – including Bigbury Beach, Bantham Beach and Blackpool Sands – and charming towns such as Salcombe, Totnes, Dartmouth and Kingsbridge, which are packed with great places to eat, drink, and shop. Running from Torbay to Plymouth, the South Hams also borders Dartmoor National Park and two national nature reserves where you can try tor-climbing, pony trekking, cycling and kite-flying.

All the family will enjoy a visit to the Woodlands Family Theme Park and a trip on the South Devon Railway steam train along the River Dart. You can also take a day trip across to Burgh Island for a truly scenic experience.

Whether you’re seeking beach cottages in Devon for the ultimate seaside escape,  holiday cottages with a hot tub or a luxury escape to Devon, you’re sure to discover the perfect holiday home for you.

We inspect and grade each and every property and are dedicated to providing the best quality cottages and service. Some properties accept dogs, meaning you can enjoy a getaway with the whole family.

When The Sunday Times’ Stephen Bleach stayed with Helpful Holidays, he wrote: “Renting a property through Helpful is like having it chosen by a like-minded friend.” We couldn’t put it better ourselves!

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