Find and book the perfect apartment or holiday home on the English Riviera in Paignton
With its glorious sun glazed beaches and palm tree studded promenade, this southern seaside town could initially pass as a holiday resort which is thousands of miles away from the UK. That is, at least, until you notice the more traditional British seaside attractions, from its Victorian pier to a collection of fish and chip shops. Paignton offers the very best of a British seaside town in a landscape which resembles that of a distant shore. This unique mix is mirrored in its vast selection of holiday homes in Paignton which offer a classic seaside town feel with an exotic heart. Whether you want to rent a bed and breakfast with a sea view, or a holiday lodge in Paignton's countryside, the perfect accommodation in Paignton is just waiting to be secured via Airbnb or TripAdvisor today.
How to get to Paignton
Nestled on the south-west coast of England in the county of Devon, Paignton can be easily accessed from across the UK in a matter of hours. The quickest way of reaching the town is by rail, with around five daily trains to Paignton station from London Paddington, with transfers in Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot station which takes your journey time just over three hours. You can similarly reach the town from Manchester by changing at Birmingham New Street, which takes approximately five hours. If you are visiting from even further afield, including Scotland and northern England, you can fly into Exeter which is only half an hour away from the sunny shores of Paignton. If you are driving to Paignton from the north, take the M6 or M1, followed by the M5. If you are coming from the east, then follow the M4 and then the M5 right into the English Riviera.
What types of holiday rentals are available in Paignton?
Though Paignton boasts the charm of a quintessential seaside town, it is renowned for its sandy beaches, picturesque marina and waterparks which come alive in the southern English sun. Paignton is a maze of colourful guesthouses, bed and breakfasts which all showcase a tropical garden, there is a range of holiday rentals in Paignton which has something for every visitor. If you want to escape to this fashionable town in style, look no further than a luxury holiday apartment rental which is perfect for couples who want to wake up in a room with a view of the English Channel before containing to unwind on Paignton's sun glazed sands. If you crave a holiday letting in Paignton which is big enough for the whole family, you can reserve a thatched holiday cottage which is brimming with authentic charm and is the perfect base to return to after a day of seaside fun and adventure.
Where to stay in Paignton
As the most picturesque neighbourhood along this stunning coastline, Roundham is suited at the top a cliff and offers impressive views across the shore. A holiday apartment in Roundham will also place you alongside Paignton's quaint harbour, putting you in the perfect position to watch the sunset before returning to your accommodation, having experienced Paignton in its full natural glory.
Choose a bed and breakfast in Preston if you are planning on visiting Paignton to spend your days bathing on its beaches, as the award-winning Preston Sands has a reputation as a clean beach which visitors of all ages can enjoy. The activities do not, however, need to stop at the rock pool as you can also find Preston Green in this area, where you can enjoy some sports beyond the resort's sandy shores.
Paignton Town Centre/Torbay Road
Torbay Road is quite literally unmissable from Paignton, as this neon-lit strip acts as the town centre and boats a host of amenities, from a Thai restaurant, cocktail bar, and cinema, to the expected seaside gems, including fish and chips and amusements. Securing a townhouse in Paignton's heart will place you just a stone's throw away from these attractions and the famous Paignton Sands beach.
Collaton St Mary
Stay among the rolling Devonshire hills when you reserve a holiday villa in Paignton's countryside and wake up feeling rejuvenated in this unspoilt area. The verdant neighbourhood of Collaton St Mary offers a vast range of holiday homes and cosy cabins which are bursting with character and breathtaking views of the English countryside.
The residential area of St Michaels is no stranger of holiday homes in Paignton where you can live like a local and experience life in your own home away from home. Choose a self-catered apartment rental and spend your nights in The Devonport Arms, the locals best kept secret hangout, which has a welcoming buzz for all residents of this quiet neighbourhood, no matter how temporary of a resident you may be!
Hollicombe is suited just under two miles away from the centre of Paignton, but this district has an entirely different atmosphere to the rest of the area. The landscape is made up of a rare red sand which sits in on the fringe of the bay which is admired by surfers across the country and beyond! Secure an affordable holiday apartment rental for a lower cost than the local hotel rooms and hit the waves as soon as the sun rises over Hollicombe Beach.
What activities to do?
Explore Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
This park is a zoo, and a botanical garden all rolled into one which runs family-friendly events throughout the year, including ‘Tea with Tigers' and a Pink Flamingo Day.
Take a walk on Paignton Pier
Paignton Pier has been a staple of the resort since the Victorian era, and its selection of amusements, fairground rides and ice cream parlour allow the pier stands as stronger today then it ever has before.
Spend the day on Paignton Beach
Though there are a handful of beaches which showcase the beauty of the English Riviera, the most famous stretch is Paignton Beach, which attracts visitors throughout the entire year. The emerald shores of this unspoilt resort are among some of the sunniest seasides in the country, so embrace this moderate climate by swimming, surfing or bathing at this beach.
Sample seafood at Paignton Harbour
The harbour/ marina is one of the most luxurious locations in Paignton and is the perfect setting to enjoy some of the best seafood in Devon, which tastes especially great over a scenic view of the colourful yachts which are gracing the tranquil water.
Visit Splashdown Quaywest waterpark
With eight waterslides which are guaranteed to get the entire family's adrenaline pumping, Splashdown Quaywest is an unmissable attraction for those who want to add even more excitement to a holiday to this already thrilling shoreline.
Wonder through Berry Pomeroy Castle
The 15th-century ruins of Berry Pomeroy Castle are situated less than five miles from Paignton and are the epitome of an unmissable piece of British history if you can brave a visit after hearing the ghost stories!
When to visit Paignton?
Located on the south coast, Paignton is one of the sunniest destinations in the UK, and it boasts a climate which is even moderate enough for palm trees to survive throughout the year. Therefore, the slightly quieter months of April, May and early June and then again in September may be warm enough to enjoy the early spring and autumnal sun without the expected summer crowds in between the busy periods of July and August.
Now that you find yourself on this stunning stretch of Devon's coastline, why limit yourselves to Paignton when the English version of the French Riviera has so much to offer holidaygoers? Choose an apartment in Torquay to soak up the sun in Agatha Christie's hometown or if you don't wish to go too far from Paignton pick a b&b in Brixham for a fantastic holiday taking in the views of Berry Head and the nearby beaches.