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Things to do in Exeter

Exeter is a beautiful and historic city in Devon, England. Located in the South West region of England, it’s approximately 200 miles from London and is reachable by public transport. The city sits on the eastern bank of the River Exe and is surrounded by lush countryside.

The city of Exeter enjoys a rich history both culturally and academically. Discovered by the Celts and expanded by the Romans, Exeter is over 2,000 years old and is now home to the well-known University of Exeter.

Attractions include the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Exeter Cathedral, two of the city’s most famous cultural and historic landmarks. Other popular sites include Haldon Forest Park, Killerton House and Powderham Castle, all of which can be found just outside the city centre. Whether you’re popping by for the day or staying for the week, Exeter is the perfect destination for a picturesque city getaway.

Best Exeter attractions

Where to stay in Exeter

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday apartment rental

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
One of the best located apartments in the city, overlooking Exeter Cathedral to one side and the moors in the distance to the other. Upon leaving the apartment you can be shopping in John Lewis, House of Fraser or one of the wonderful bespoke shops in the high street,  …see more

from £109 / night

£780 / week

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from £109 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Exeter holiday apartment rental

1 5 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
We have lived in Ebford for 21 years and built our, beautiful new home on the same site, replacing our beloved old one, in 2012. We have rented many, many, family holiday accommodations over the years and realise at times it is difficult to find someone & somewhere who  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 / week

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from £80 / night

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Holiday cottage in Exeter

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
The Garden Flat is a lower ground floor apartment in the city of Exeter in the east of Devon. The apartment sleeps two people and has one double bedroom and shower room. Also in the cottage is a kitchen with dining area and a sitting room. Outside is off road parking fo  …see more

from £39 / night

£269 - £489 / week

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from £39 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday farmhouse in Bridford

5 12 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Weeke Barton is home grown glamour with retro moments on wild and wuthering Dartmoor. Already 500 years since the first stone was laid, we have given this most gorgeous of Dartmoor Longhouses a touch of style within its gracefully ageing skin. Weeke Barton offers an exc  …see more

from £400 / night

£2400 - £3000 / week

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from £400 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday home in Topsham

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
Large 4 bedroom house in the lovely Devon town of Topsham. 2 double bedrooms, 2 children's bedrooms. 1 family bathroom with bath and separate shower, separate toilet upstairs and another toilet and basin downstairs. Large sunny kitchen with range cooker. South facin  …see more

from £143 / night

£1000 / week

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from £143 / night

(3) Good 

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Holiday cottage in Exeter

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Pet friendly
Period terraced cottage located in the picturesque village of Dunsford on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park, and in the beautiful Teign valley. Situated only 7 miles from the city of Exeter and with easy access to all the main arterial roads, it is a perfect locat  …see more

from £40 / night

£190 - £265 / week

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from £40 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Exeter holiday apartment accommodation

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Private garden
Brickmoor is a detached Cottage Style Apartment, with large raised deck, set in 1.5 acre woodland garden. Situated on the edge of the village of Yeoford in the heart of Devon, 4 miles from Dartmoor National Park & 12 miles from the cathedral city of Exeter, half mile to  …see more

from £75 / night

£490 / week

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from £75 / night

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Holiday b&b in silverton

1 1 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 night min
The Silverton Inn is a family-run free house located in the centre of the picturesque Mid Devon village of Silverton, just a few miles from Devon's capital city, Exeter. We are ideally situated for holidays, business trips and the University of Exeter. We offer excelle  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 / week

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from £50 / night

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6 20 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

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from £658 / night

£4600 - £7900 / week

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from £658 / night

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2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £222 / night

£1550 / week

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from £222 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Home rental in Exeter

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Private garden
• 2 minutes from the historic quayside with its shops, bars and restaurants • Canoe and bicycle hire nearby • 10 minute walk to Cathedral and city centre shops • Close to the Hourglass Inn with its renowned cuisine • Half an hour drive to the resorts and  …see more

from £80 / night

£560 / week

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from £80 / night

(1) Very Good 

20

Holiday b&b in Exeter

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
Welcome to bed and breakfast in our ancient thatched farmhouse. Real 'Country Living' The perfect place to take a holiday in the heart of glorious Devonshire. Aga cooked breakfasts with local bacon and sausages, our own free range eggs, apple juice from our orchard and  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 / week

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from £90 / night

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Holiday lodge in Exeter

2 4 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
A beautiful two bedroom lodge house hideaway in the heart of Exeter. A five minute walk from Exeter City Centre, nestled in a quiet location. It is special, unique and perfect for exploring the historical city or an ideal base for visiting the university. Our stylish, s  …see more

from £250 / night

£1600 - £2650 / week

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from £250 / night

(2) Very Good 

20

Holiday apartment in Exeter

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
The Loft Apartment is part of a large Georgian Manor House close to the City Centre. The apartment is on the first floor, rather magically overlooking the rooftops of Exeter to the nearby Woodbury Common. The lounge & kitchen has 3 windows facing South West catching the  …see more

from £55 / night

£350 / week

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from £55 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday barn in Exeter

2 4 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Child friendly
Barnhayes is a lovely centrally-heated detached barn conversion just 8 minutes from the Cathedral City of Exeter. Located in the hamlet of Nadderwater, and within easy reach of Exeter (great shopping, a superb 'multi-award winning' museum, quayside, University and the h  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 / week

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from £75 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Home rental in Exeter

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
A modern 2 bedroom Semi-Detached Townhouse with parking for 1 car. 5 min walk from Heart of Exeters Historic Centre with its vast selection of shops and eateries, catering for all tastes. The accommodation comprises of a ground floor with open-plan layout with fully fit  …see more

from £95 / night

£532 / week

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from £95 / night

(2) Excellent 

8

Home rental in Exeter

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
A modern 2 bedroom Semi-Detached Townhouse with parking for 1 car. 5 min walk from Heart of Exeters Historic Centre with its vast selection of shops and eateries, catering for all tastes. The accommodation comprises of a ground floor with open-plan layout with fully fit  …see more

from £95 / night

£532 / week

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from £95 / night

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Holiday b&b with shared pool in Silverton

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Swimming pool
  • Private garden
A Bed and Breakfast Only in a wonderful location..... !!! Sorry this is not a holiday rental.. Worth Cottage B & B is located 7 miles from Exeter, near the village of SIlverton. It is very private in the heart of the countryside. The room is a large King Size, newly d  …see more

from £70 / night

£490 / week

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from £70 / night

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4 6 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

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from £60 / night

£414 - £1210 / week

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from £60 / night

17

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £46 / night

£318 - £839 / week

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from £46 / night

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3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+

 …see more

from £47 / night

£328 - £906 / week

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from £47 / night

9

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £60 / night

£414 - £894 / week

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from £60 / night

8

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

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from £54 / night

£374 - £807 / week

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from £54 / night

(1) Very Good 

21

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

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from £39 / night

£273 - £839 / week

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from £39 / night

(2) Excellent 

12

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

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from £43 / night

£297 - £785 / week

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from £43 / night

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2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £39 / night

£273 - £685 / week

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from £39 / night

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Exeter holiday home rental

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
The old Guards lodge is in the Horseguards estate - an area steeped in history - quiet but in the city centre . Exeter is a lovely city - lots to see and do whatever your interests are. The lodge is a large one bedroomed home on one level. The charachter property  …see more

from £150 / night

£500 - £700 / week

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from £150 / night

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Holiday apartment in Exeter

1 5 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
This is a purpose built on the top floor of a 2 flat building. It is at the top of the hill to the East of Exeter. There is off Street parking in the garden at the front. To get to the center of the City is an easy 20 minute walk down a gentle slope. The flat has been  …see more

from £60 / night

£400 - £560 / week

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from £60 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Apartment rental in Topsham

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Pet friendly
Beautiful self catering studio flat in a rural location with balcony, rural views and free use of bikes during stay. Less than a mile out of picturesque village of Topsham on the Exe Estuary, with a great pub and the Exeter Chiefs Rugby stadium half a mile away. Free p  …see more

from £65 / night

£455 / week

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from £65 / night

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Holiday cottage in Exeter

3 7 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 nights min
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
Kiddicott Farm is set in 55 acres of glorious East Devon Countryside. The property overlooks our Orchard, Gardens and Fields. All the bedrooms have rural views, with en-suite bathrooms and complimentary comforts and T.V. We have plenty of secure parking and can accommod  …see more

from £210 / night

£1470 / week

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from £210 / night

4

Holiday b&b rental

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
A beautifully restored cottage with a large double bedroom up in the eaves with ensuite shower room . The cottage is opposite the bus stop to Exeter and the railway station is five minutes walk away and the M5 five minutes drive away .A beautiful breakfast is laid on ,  …see more

from £75 / night

£525 / week

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from £75 / night

9

Studio rental in Farringdon

Studio 4 2 nights min

  • Studio
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Situated along the Jurassic coast, family-friendly activities, public transport. Ideal location for visiting numerous attractions for young and old. Lovely beaches nearby. Scenic countryside. Just 15 mins from central Exeter with excellent eateries, cathedral and shoppi  …see more

from £50 / night

£350 / week

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from £50 / night

4

Holiday apartment in Exeter

2 5 1 night min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
Recently decorated flat in the heart of pretty Exeter city centre. Free overnight parking with a secure car park nearby. Minutes from the bus station, and our beautiful Cathedral. We will be able to meet you on arrival and will be easily contactable during your stay. My  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 / week

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from £85 / night

4

Exeter holiday b&b rental

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Situated in the middle of 100 acres of rolling Devon countryside, our farmhouse (built around 1800), offers comfortable spacious accommodation. Two double rooms with ensuite shower rooms and one twin room with ensuite bathroom. The farmhouse offers a quiet and peaceful  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

4

Holiday b&b in Exeter

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
All our rooms are ensuite and equipped with televisions with DVD, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi and hairdryers. An iron is available should you need one. Forgotten something? Just ask we will always try to help. Breakfast is served in our dining room with  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

4

Holiday b&b in Exeter

1 2 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 night min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
All our rooms are ensuite and equipped with televisions with DVD, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi and hairdryers. An iron is available should you need one. Forgotten something? Just ask we will always try to help. Breakfast is served in our dining room with  …see more

from £40 / night

£280 / week

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from £40 / night

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Holiday apartment in Topsham

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
The newly refurbished Globe Apartment is the perfect home-from home hideaway, ideal for business or pleasure trips. Chic and stylish the apartment has been designed to provide the ultimate space for a couple or a family. The idyllic location on the Exe Estuary is perfec  …see more

from £143 / night

£995 / week

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from £143 / night

19

Rockbeare holiday cottage rental

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Pet friendly
Cobham cottage is a delightful, light and peaceful detached property that has been lovingly renovated to a high standard with a seaside theme. The cottage is situated next to the family home surrounded by private fields to the front and countryside to the rear. It is  …see more

from £60 / night

£420 / week

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from £60 / night

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Holiday home in Exminster

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
PEACEFUL AND TRANQUIL LOCATION IDEAL FOR THOSE WISHING TO EXPLORE DARTMOOR AND SOUTH DEVON This delightful cosy retreat is situated in beautiful rolling countryside in the small hamlet of Doddiscombsleigh which is located in the Teign Valley between the Haldon Hills.  …see more

from £41 / night

£285 - £550 / week

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from £41 / night

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Holiday home in Brampford Speke

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
DELIGHTFUL ANNEXE NESTLING IN PEACEFUL DEVON COUNTRYSIDE This property is set on a working farm and, as the name suggests, enjoys far-reaching countryside views. Enjoy a day out in the cathedral city of Exeter or explore the maritime history of Plymouth, both with  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £435 / week

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from £40 / night

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Holiday home with indoor pool in Kennford

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
LUXURY FIRST FLOOR APARTMENT IN GROUNDS BORDERED BY STREAM WITH USE OF SWIMMING POOL AND SAUNA This modern apartment, within the main house, has been equipped and furnished to offer a good quality standard of accommodation. Within a tranquil setting, the property ne  …see more

from £48 / night

£330 - £410 / week

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from £48 / night

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Holiday home with indoor pool in Fordton Mill

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
1 OF 7, SHARED HEATED INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, CARP LAKES, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, SQUASH COURTS, PETS' CORNER, ADDITIONAL B&B. INDOOR PLAY BARN WITH SLIDE, BALL PONDS AND CLIMBING In the grounds of the locally renowned Waie Inn, these delightful properties offer well  …see more

from £63 / night

£440 - £950 / week

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from £63 / night

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Holiday home in Farringdon

1 3 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
THIS QUAINT COTTAGE IS PERFECTLY LOCATED FOR TOURING THE AREA, SLEEPS 2 + 1 This charming, freshly renovated, single storey detached property sits next to the owner’s thatched cottage within the sleepy hamlet of Coombelake nestled within the rolling D  …see more

from £44 / night

£305 - £505 / week

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from £44 / night

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Home rental in Fordton Mill with indoor pool

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
1 OF 7, SHARED HEATED INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, CARP LAKES, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, SQUASH COURTS, PETS' CORNER, ADDITIONAL B&B. INDOOR PLAY BARN WITH SLIDE, BALL PONDS AND CLIMBING In the grounds of the locally renowned Waie Inn, these delightful properties offer well  …see more

from £63 / night

£440 - £950 / week

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from £63 / night

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Holiday home with indoor pool in Fordton Mill

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
1 OF 7, SHARED HEATED INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, CARP LAKES, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, SQUASH COURTS, PETS' CORNER, ADDITIONAL B&B. INDOOR PLAY BARN WITH SLIDE, BALL PONDS AND CLIMBING In the grounds of the locally renowned Waie Inn, these delightful properties offer well  …see more

from £63 / night

£440 - £950 / week

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from £63 / night

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Holiday home rental

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
LUXURY GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT IN GROUNDS BORDERED BY STREAM WITH USE OF SWIMMING POOL AND SAUNA This modern apartment within the main house has been equipped and furnished to offer a good quality standard of accommodation. Within a tranquil setting, the property nes  …see more

from £48 / night

£330 - £410 / week

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from £48 / night

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Holiday home in Ide

3 4 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
BARN CONVERSION SET WITHIN 70 ACRES WITH ON-SITE CAFÉ AND PLAY AREA Situated on a working pig farm, within easy reach of the coastline and cathedral city of Exeter, this traditional stone barn conversion offers a high standard of holiday accommodation and is p  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £840 / week

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from £55 / night

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Holiday home with indoor pool in Fordton Mill

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
1 OF 7, SHARED HEATED INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, CARP LAKES, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, SQUASH COURTS, PETS' CORNER, ADDITIONAL B&B. INDOOR PLAY BARN WITH SLIDE, BALL PONDS AND CLIMBING In the grounds of the locally renowned Waie Inn, these delightful properties offer well  …see more

from £55 / night

£385 - £885 / week

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from £55 / night

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Fordton Mill holiday home rental

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
1 OF 7, SHARED HEATED INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, CARP LAKES, ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, SQUASH COURTS, PETS' CORNER, ADDITIONAL B&B. INDOOR PLAY BARN WITH SLIDE, BALL PONDS AND CLIMBING In the grounds of the locally renowned Waie Inn, these delightful properties offer well  …see more

from £66 / night

£460 - £980 / week

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from £66 / night

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Holiday home in Kennford

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
LOVELY DETACHED COTTAGE A SHORT DRIVE TO BEACHES AND ATTRACTIONS COMPLIMENTARY WINE, FLOWERS AND BISCUITS ON ARRIVAL Approached via a long private driveway, this refurbished cottage, set within the grounds of the owner's residence, offers peace and tranquillity ye  …see more

from £58 / night

£400 - £715 / week

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from £58 / night

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