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If you’re looking to buy a holiday home in Devon, this is the guide for you. From the village of Beer across to Lyme Bay, there are many beautiful places to invest in a second home.

At Lyme Bay Holidays, we have over 40 years of experience holiday letting across Dorset and East Devon. We can also provide holiday home management and changeover support in East Devon.

Read on for our guide to buying a holiday home in Devon.

About East Devon

Sitting on a UNESCO World Heritage site and an area of outstanding natural beauty, East Devon is one of the prettiest places you can visit along the south coast of England.

With little towns and villages along the coast and countryside, East Devon brings thousands of visitors to the area every year. This makes it a great place to invest in a second home to holiday let.

Beer Village

boats on beach in beer town in devon

The quaint village of Beer in East Devon is a picturesque place to buy a holiday home in Devon. Dubbed as “Devon’s best kept secret” you’ll struggle to tell the difference to the south of France when visiting the beach.

With a few local shops and pubs, it’s a cute retreat with many activities to join in with in the area. Beer Village is hugely popular on social media and welcomes thousands of people every year.

Property in this area are mainly thatched cottages and cosy houses with a strong local community.


Sat on the banks of the Axe Estuary, this village is popular for birdwatching and walkers. Although small, Axmouth is a good area to invest in a second home with the harbour and distance to the beach favourable.

Axmouth is just a 6 minute car drive to Seaton which hosts a range of amenities.


Home to Seaton Tramway, the town of Seaton sits on the seafront with a pebble beach and town centre.

Here you’ll find property from houses, apartments to bungalows that are perfect to turn into a holiday let.

Seaton is just a short drive to Lyme Regis which has an array of independent shops, beaches and great cafes, and restaurants.


Set in the Coly Valley, this village is connected to Seaton and Farway. With many walks from clifftops to riverside, this area is a great hamlet to invest in a holiday home.

Colyton benefits from the Seaton Tramway which operates between the two, bringing thousands of visitors to the area every year.


Just a few minutes away from Beer Village, Branscombe is a quieter but equally as beautiful part of East Devon to buy a holiday home.

Nestled between the bigger towns of Sidmouth and Seaton, its well connected but has a homely feel. With thatched cottages, farmhouses and a church in the centre, it’s known as the “longest village in the country.

The beach is a stone’s throw from many of the properties and the biggest attraction in the area.


Home to River Cottage, the town of Axminster is a hive of activity. Full of character and charm, Axminster is close to other market towns and Lyme Regis for visitors wanting commutable travel to the seaside.

Axminster train station is well connected to London and Exeter making it a great place to buy a holiday home in Devon.


Home to the Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth is a great place to buy a holiday home in Devon. With many amenities and connections to Exeter, it’s a buzzing hub of activity.

You’ll find independent shops and galleries, parks and of course the beach in Sidmouth. The town is also super dog-friendly making it ideal for guests looking to bring their pet on holiday with them.

Lyme Regis and surrounding

Although technically Dorset, Lyme Regis sits on the East Devon border. This area of Devon is known for its art and theatre and it’s no stranger to celebrities looking to escape the city.

Lyme Regis is a great place to invest in a holiday let due to how much surrounds it. From the quaint villages and busy towns listed here, to everything Dorset and the Jurassic Coast has to offer.

Property in Lyme Regis is expensive due to the activity that surrounds it however does really well for holiday letting.

About Lyme Bay Holidays

By holiday letting with Lyme Bay Holidays, we take the stress away from letting your property. We work with over 300 holiday homeowners in Devon, Dorset & Somerset who let with us.

Contact us today for a free pricing appraisal on your current property or if you’d like to talk to us about buying a holiday home in Devon or Dorset.

You can download your free owner pack here.