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    East Devon is often the first part of the county reached by visitors, and many of them may decide that they need go no further, as the area is a magical mixture of glorious vistas, with sea, beaches, and the only natural World Heritage designated site in England. The South West Coastal Path offers the most breathtaking of views to match anywhere else in the world. The landscape is characterised by intimate woodland, as well as vast areas of heathland, fertile river valleys and the most amazing cliffs and hilltops. It also includes the eastern section of the ‘Jurassic Coast’ – England’s first natural World Heritage Site.

    Things to do in East Devon
    With two-thirds of the district recognised as being nationally important for the fine quality of its natural landscape, and designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the East Devon AONB covers more than 270 sq km of stunning countryside, running between Exmouth, across to Lyme Regis and up to Honiton. It is an obvious choice for those visitors seeking a tranquil setting for a relaxing break.

    In addition to the East Devon AONB, to the north of Honiton, lies the Blackdown Hills AONB, a relatively isolated landscape on the Devon/Somerset border. The steep ridges, high plateau, valleys and springs create a charming mosaic of countryside vistas, which have been attracting visitors for centuries to explore the local flora and fauna. There are numerous attractive walking and cycle routes and charming bridleways throughout the area, whilst birdwatchers and naturalists will find the region equally inspiring.

    Top Destinations

    ExmouthOne of the oldest holiday seaside towns, and the western gateway to the World Heritage Coast Site, Exmouth has more than two miles of family-friendly beaches and the amazing Exe estuary, meaning that both would-be sandcastle designers and keen bird-watchers can be catered for in this popular coastal resort.

    Sidmouth – This picture-book Regency town has both coast and countryside to enchant visitors at any time of the year. It is an idyllic holiday setting, with an unhurried charm which attracts loyal tourists year after year.

    Honiton – Known worldwide as a centre for lace-making, Honiton is now also a major centre for antiques, with an excellent selection of shops devoted to art, furniture, objets d’art and second-hand books.

    Ottery St Mary – The birthplace of the Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and one of the oldest and most historic towns in the area, Ottery St Mary offers visitors an ideal base, which is far enough away from the seaside crowds, yet close to the beautiful World Heritage Coast Site. In the town itself, the aptly-named ‘Tumbling Weir’ is an unusually designed circular weir, which allows the water from a man-made stream to reach the River Otter via a circular opening and cascading smaller rings, so that the power generated could be used first to mill corn, and later to assist the manufacture of silk.

    Seaton – A mile-long beach makes Seaton the ideal location for lovers of water-sports; a unique tramway runs inland from the town, along the Exe estuary and the New Seaton Nature Reserve, to the medieval market town of Colyton, making it a perfect route for birdwatchers and transport enthusiasts alike.

    Axminster – World-famous for giving its name to a type of carpet, the town of Axminster is built on a hill overlooking the River Axe. The town was the site of a Roman fort, as it lies at the crossroads between two major Roman roads: the Fosse Way, which runs from Lincoln to Seaton, and the Dorchester-Exeter road. In more modern times it has also become the home area of the celebrity cook, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, whose River Cottage empire continues to grow, with a shop and popular ‘canteen-style’ restaurant in the town.

    Budleigh Salterton – Situated at the mouth of the River Otter, this historic seaside town nestles on the edge of a unique pebble beach with spectacular red cliffs.

    The Axe Valley – The area between Sidmouth and Lyme Regis offers a fine selection of activities, whether you are into sailing, cycling, golf, walking or one of the other myriad of pursuits available to visitors.


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    photo of The Old Coach House , Colyton, near Honiton, Devon
    Nestled in rolling Devon hills and set in secluded, walled gardens, this rural retreat is close to the small historic town of Colyton, within easy reach of the coast and a stone’s throw from The East Devon Way. The Old ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 9
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Bayeux Cottage , East Budleigh, Devon, Exmouth
    This comfortable end but one terraced house is in a picturesque tranquil village, once a Tudor port and smuggling venue. Next to Budleigh Salterton (World Heritage Jurassic Coast), with its unspoilt promenade, large pebble ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Green Hedges , Budleigh Salterton, Devon, Exmouth
    This wonderful, spacious semi-detached family holiday home is ideally located only 500 yards from the beach. The property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard, and has an enclosed garden with ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of The Old Post Office , Plymtree, Cullompton, Devon
    The Old Post Office is situated in the quiet and peaceful East Devon village of Plymtree. The property is easily accessed from Junction 28 on the M5. The Old Post Office is the perfect holiday retreat to unwind from ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of The Granary , Colyford, near Seaton, Devon
    Excellent views / Four Poster BedThis converted, detached Grade II listed barn, located on a quiet sheep farm, has far-reaching views across the Axe Valley towards Seaton. It has been awarded 4 stars by Visit Britain, and ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 10
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Boswell Farm Cottages , Harcombe, Under Lane, Sidmouth, Devon
    Set in the secluded Sweetcombe valley, and just 2 miles from Sidmouth, Boswell Farm offers seven spacious Devon holiday cottages, sympathetically converted from original period buildings, and each having its own private ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Applebarrel Barn , Dunkeswell Abbey, near Honiton, Devon
    In a tranquil setting, with superb rural views, situated off a quiet country lane in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, this converted detached holiday cottage in a ¼ acre enclosed garden makes a perfect retreat for those who ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Brimble Cottage , Axminster, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Situated only 2½ miles from Lyme Regis with its historic Cobb, harbour and sandy beach, and the market town of Axminster, this delightful and spacious, split-level rural cottage, with stable door entrance, is ideally ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Orchard Barn , Woodhayes Farm, Luppitt, Honiton, Devon
    We offer a newly-modernized, self-catering holiday cottage sleeping 2-6 guests (plus sofa beds for a further 2 guests). Woodhayes farm is tucked away up a private drive, the farm offers beautiful walks from your doorstep ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Lower Buckley , Sidbury, near Sidmouth, Devon
    A fine blend of the old and the new, Lower Buckley is a most charming holiday destination. Located on the edge of the pretty village of Sidbury just a short drive from Sidmouth on Devon’s popular east coast. The quaint ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
    Guide Price: £££

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    photo of Ashley's , Whitwell Farm, Colyford, near Seaton, Devon
    One of two holiday properties, this converted, semi-detached, single-storey Grade II listed barn has been awarded 4 stars by Visit Britain. Located on a sheep farm with views across the Axe Valley, it enjoys 150 acres of ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: dog friendly

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