Devon is heaven! Beaches, green fields, country houses, gardens and tea rooms – what more could you ask for a holiday? Plus, being able to travel outside of school holidays mean you can pick up some great deals on places to stay. These are some of my top picks of the best baby and toddler friendly cottages in Devon – let me know if you have any more recommendations to add!
1. Gitcombe House Country Cottages – The Best Outdoor Swimming Pool In Devon
Gitcombe House Country Cottages are luxury baby and toddler friendly cottages in Devon with fantastic leisure facilities for babies, toddlers – and tired parents! The owners, Joanne and Peter, have 8 holiday cottages, which effortlessly manage to achieve the seemingly impossible – making a holiday with a baby or toddler actually feel like a holiday!
There is a magnificent indoor swimming pool with wooden Adirondack style bear chairs around the edge, a sauna, steam room, hot tub and an outdoor swimming pool. There is also a sun bathing terrace around the outdoor swimming pool which has far reaching views over the countryside to Dartmoor National Park.
If you are feeling sporty, you can have a game of tennis on the championship size court or play basketball or Boules. Because there are only 8 cottages at Gitcombe, you can be assured that they won’t be too busy when you want to use them.
2. Robin Hill Farm Cottages – Where Your Baby Can Learn To Swim!
These popular holiday cottages are in a beautiful rural setting in the Devon countryside. The cottages are furnished to a high standard and each one has it’s own enclosed garden, patio and BBQ.
There is a lovely indoor pool heated to a toasty 30 degrees, where babies and toddlers can learn to swim with a private ASA registered instructor. As well as the pool, there is a hot tub and games room with toys suitable for babies all the way up to big kids!
Outside there is a little play house, climbing frame, slide, swingball and football net. Robin Hill Farm Cottages are near to a couple of sandy beaches and some great all weather attractions including the Big Sheep and the newly extended Milky Way which is a brilliant soft play centre.
3. Compton Pool Farm – Just 15 minutes From Torquay
Compton Pool Farm has 11 luxury holiday cottages set in 14 acres of grounds. Babies and toddlers will love holidays here as there is an indoor swimming pool, games barn, children’s play area and loads of space to run around in.
There is also an orchard with some goats, pot bellied pigs and Pennywell Farm pigs – a firm favourite with young children! For parents, there is an all-weather tennis court, fishing lake, gym and WIFI in all the cottages. Compton Pool Farm is located just 15 minutes away from the seaside town of Torquay.
4. Birchill Farm – Outdoor Play Area With Farm Themed Baby And Toddler Zone!
These 4* and 5* baby and toddler friendly cottages are set in the Devon countryside close to the beaches and also to Exmoor and Dartmoor. They are ideal for holidays with babies and toddlers. As well as 8 acres of grassland to run around in, there are alpacas, goats, ponies, donkeys and ducks to feed with Farmer Simon.
There is also an indoor play barn and an outdoor play area with a farm themed baby and toddler zone with a pretend farm shop, pony spring rider and a Birchill Farm tractor playframe! There is also a box of toys in each cottage for the children to play with and a library of children’s books to use during your stay.
5. Mazzard Farm – Play In The Pirate Ship!
Mazzard Farm is a cluster of 6 luxury cottages near to St Ottery in East Devon. The cottages are very popular with families and get a high percentage of repeat visitors. The cottages are furnished to a very high standard with high quality beds, kitchens and bathrooms throughout.
Outside there are 2 children’s play areas with a trampoline, sandpit, climbing frame and pirate castle. There are 17 acres of grounds to explore and bikes to rent including child seats and tag alongs. There various BBQs situated throughout the grounds for a bit of al fresco dining .
6. Libbear Barton – Where Toddlers Can Learn To Ride A Bike
Libbear Barton caught my eye due to the sheer range of facilities and equipment they provide for babies and toddlers staying in their 3 self catering cottages in North Devon. As well as the ‘normal’ equipment such as cots and highchairs, they also have extras such strollers with parasols, rain covers and cozy toes available for guests to borrow.
The cottages at Libbear Barton are individually furnished and are set in beautiful surroundings near the North Devon coast. There are loads of facilities for babies and toddlers such as an indoor pool, sauna, gym, games room, soft play area, adventure playground and DVD library. There is a woodland with a badger hide, fishing lake and BBQs set throughout the grounds.
If your toddler is learning to ride a bike, he / she can practice on the trainer bikes (with helmets and pads) available to borrow! Finally, I was impressed with the emphasis that Libbear Barton place on regularly replacing their baby and toddler equipment so it is all in pristine condition.
7. Knowle Farm – Ride On The Children’s Race Track!
These 4* baby and toddler cottages are situated on a farm near Totnes in Devon . As well as loads of animals to stroke and feed, there is also a heated indoor pool, indoor soft play area and log burner in each cottage – perfect for cooler evenings! For budding racing drivers, there is a children’s race track with a rubber play surface with ride on toys and a tractor tunnel, as well as a walk in rabbit and guinea pig enclosure!
Click here to visit the Knowle Farm website
8. North Hayne Farm Cottages – Stay In Peter Rabbit Cottage!
North Hayne Farm Cottages are award winning farm buildings set in a secluded dell in North Cornwall. Each cottage has their own private tub and patio and are called wonderful names such as Squirrel Nutkin Cottage and Peter Rabbit Cottage!
If you stay at North Hayne in the spring, your little one can help bottle feed the spring lambs or take them for a little walk! Collecting fresh eggs is all year round activity as are free donkey rides. There is a playbarn for babies and toddlers and a games room and a babysitting service and holistic treatments for adults.
9. West Charlton Grange – ‘Luxurious And Restful With A Baby In Tow’
‘We achieved the impossible, a luxurious, restful holiday with a baby in tow’ – this is just one of the comments from previous guests of West Charleton Grange.
These stylish stone cottages combine luxury at the same time as being baby and toddler friendly. The cottages are beautifully appointed with loads of small touches to make babies and toddlers feel at home including miniature chairs, children’s books and toddler cutlery.
Outside there is climbing frame, small bikes, wooden wendy house and John Deere tractors to play on. There is even a heated indoor swimming pool for water babies to enjoy.
Visit the West Charleton Grange website here
10. Flear Farm Cottages – Luxury Swimming Pool Complex
These luxury farm cottages are located in the hills of the South Hams in South Devon. The state of the art swimming pool complex has an indoor swimming pool filled with natural spring water, a sauna and family changing rooms. There is also a hand tiled hot tub set into sun terrace outside for extra relaxation.
There is a giant playbarn with a soft play area, baby walkers, ride on cars and trikes, a 2 storey wendy house and an enclosed trampoline area. There is oodles of outdoor space to run and around in and even a pitch and putt area for budding golfers!
Click here to visit the Flear Farm Cottages website
11. Colehouse Farm Cottages – Great For Holidays With Grandparents And Other Families
This large farmhouse cottage is great for holidays with grandparents or other families. There are 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 4 receptions rooms so there is plenty of space to run around in.
There are exposed stone walls which give the cottage bags of character. The cottage has its own private gardens with a separate playing field with football goal posts and cricket stumps. There are 2 resident donkeys and a flock of hens which supply fresh eggs. The cottage is near the Tarka Trail so there are plenty of opportunities to go cycling whilst you are there.
Click here to visit the Colehouse Farm website
12. North Bradbury Farm – Stay On A Working Farm
These 2 award winning family friendly cottages are situated on a working farm in North Devon. Young animal lovers will love staying here as the cottages are set in the middle of the farmyard surrounded by chickens, ducks, cats, donkey’s, horses and ponies!
Babies and toddlers will be able to ride the ponies, swim in the onsite swimming pool and play in the outdoor play area to their heart’s content. See if you can find the animals on the Farm Animal Hunt and Scavenger Hunt to win a prize or check out the books in the children’s book library.
The little extras make the difference at North Bradbury Farm. Guests are treat to a Devon Cream Tea when they arrive and there is an onsite farm shop serving home made and locally produced food so you don’t have to venture too far for food. You can even have a ‘night out’ but taking advantage of the babysitting service of having an evening meal served in the farmhouse dining room (with baby monitor distance).
Click here to visit the North Bradbury Farm website
13. Belsford Court Cottages – Look For Shrimps And Frogs In The Stream!
Belsford Court Cottages are situated in South Devon close to Totnes, and attractions such as the Totnes Steam Railway, Rare Breeds Farm and Woodlands Family Theme Park. Babies and toddlers will love splashing about in the stream which runs through the property looking for shrimps and frogs, and feeding some of the animals which live at Belsford Court. There are also 2 resident guinea pigs which love being fed dandelions! There is an indoor swimming pool, a toddler play area, sandpit and field to run around in outside.
Click here to visit the Belsford Court Cottages website
14. Beeson Farm – Less Than A Mile From The South West Coastpath
These award winning 4* Victorian self catering cottages are situated in a peaceful valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Dartmouth and Salcombe. They are less than a mile from the South West Coastpath and Beesands village with its lovely beach and gastro pub serving locally sourced food. There is loads of baby equipment to borrow free of charge and a dedicated under 10s outdoor play area comprising of a swing, slide, sandpit and fenced off wildlife pond.
Click here to visit the Beeson Farm website
15. Saunton Sands Farm Holidays – Close To Croyde And Saunton
These cottages are close to the sandy beaches of Croyde and Saunton as well as the Tarka Cycling Trail. These recently refurbished cottages have loads of baby and toddler equipment available to borrow including high quality wooden cots, and each one has a full size bath with a non slip bath mat. There are plenty of toys for babies and toddlers to play with at Willowfield Lake including books, crayons, a dolls pram, ride ons and trikes. There is also an indoor swimming pool with baby change facilities.
Click here to visit the Saunton Sands Farm Holidays website
16. Collacot Farm Cottages – Learn To Ride Horses
These 9 cottages are set around a cobbled yard in North Devon. They have loads of facilities for babies and toddlers including an equestrian centre where your little one can learn to ride! Libby is the resident riding teacher who can give private lessons in the all weather arena, or experienced riders may choose to go out for a hack around the North Devon countryside. There is also a heated outdoor swimming pool which is open throughout the summer. Pets are welcome at Collacot Farm Cottages too.
Click here to visit the Collacott Farm Cottages website
17. Bolberry Farm Cottages – Lovely walks straight from cottage
Bolberry Farm Cottages are in an enviable location a short walk from the fishing village of Hope Cove and its beaches, and a short drive from Salcombe and Kingsbridge. They are 0.5m from the clifftops of Bolberry Down and there are lovely walks available straight from the cottage. The cottages are baby and toddler friendly with private enclosed gardens, cots, stairgates, children’s DVDS and highchairs all included.
Click here to visit the Bolberry Farm Cottages website
18. The Old Shippon, Dunsdon Farm – Watch the owls through the Owl Cam!
The Old Shippon is a luxury 3 bedroom baby and toddler friendly cottage in Devon. A baby pack of travel cot, highchair, stair gate and baby monitor is provided upon arrival. There are donkeys, cows and horses on site and even an Owl Cam where you can see what the resident owls are up to! The cottage is next to the Dunsdon National Nature Reserve so you can go on a mini beast hunt whilst you are staying there! Other local attractions include the Alpaca Farm and the Big Sheep.
Click here to visit the Dunsdon Farm website
19. Wheatland Farm – Sustainable Self Catering Lodges
Wheatland Farm has 4 sustainable self catering lodges and 1 cottage in 21 acres of beautiful Devon countryside. There is a treehouse to play in as well as lots of lush woodland, a pond and a swimming pool. You can bring your own bike or borrow reclaimed bikes during your stay and explore the Tarka Trail.
Click here to visit the Wheatland Farm website
20. Torridge House – Outdoor Pool And Animal Feeding
Torridge House has 10 baby and toddler friendly cottages situated around a green with loads of space for playing out. They provide a raft of baby and toddler equipment to guests such as full size cots, highchairs, stair gates, nursery bowls, plates and cups and children’s videos and DVDS. In addition there is a play room, games room, library, outdoor pool (with baby section) and loads of toddler toys to play with. Children can also take part in the animal feeding which is designed with young children in mind. The cottages are cozy with central heating newly fitted kitchens, and there are washing machines and tumble dryers in the free laundry.
Can you recommend any other baby or toddler friendly cottages in Devon?