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Whether you’re looking for an escape to the country or a coastal retreat, North Devon is sure to be home to your perfect cottage holiday. From breathtaking beaches and unspoilt moorland to unique attractions and fantastic restaurants, there won’t be a dull moment during your stay.
North Devon makes a wonderful holiday destination for everyone and our collection of cottages can cater for all needs. We have a wide range of family friendly cottages, handpicked for their added features to make your stay as comfortable as possible, as well as dog friendly properties meaning you can bring your four legged friend along too. We also have a collection of accessible cottages, so that everyone can makes the most of all that the area has to offer and with such large expanses of countryside, we have plenty of working farms for the ultimate rural experience.
No matter where you choose to stay in North Devon, you’ll always find plenty of natural beauty on your doorstep. If you enjoy a breath of fresh sea air then pick a seaside apartment in Westward Ho! or if you like things nice and peaceful then why not stay in the quaint village of Hatherleigh. Choose a break in Appledore for the opportunity to unwind or instead pick a barn conversion on the outskirts of Barnstaple, just a short drive to the bustling town centre.
Where to stay in North Devon
There are so many locations in this beautiful region that would make a perfect base for your North Devon holiday. The winding streets in the quaint fishing village of Appledore are home to a variety of cosy fisherman’s cottages, as well as a number of independant galleries and cafes, perfect for an afternoon spent perusing. As can be seen from Appledore Quay, just across the river lies the beachside village of Instow, with a selection of waterfront restaurants lining its picturesque esplanade and a stretch of golden sand spanning almost the entire length of the village.
Further along the coastline, you will find the pretty harbour town of Ilfracombe, which is now home to a striking statue named ‘Verity’, created by world famous artist Damien Hirst. Here you will find Runnymede Gardens with its seafront bandstand, the iconic Landmark Theatre building and a number of award winning coves.
Also known as ‘Little Switzerland’, the towns of Lynton and Lynmouth are full of charm, and are linked by a cliff top railway giving spectacular views of the surrounding coastline. Nearby is the breathtaking Valley of the Rocks, which can be reached from Lynton via a coast path, and promises unique scenery and wild goats upon arrival.
At the opposite end of the coastline sits the inland town of Hartland and a cottage here places you in the perfect position for visiting the surrounding sights. Enjoy a delicious cream tea at Hartland Abbey, visit the lighthouse on Hartland Point and take a walk along Hartland Quay. Also, from here you’ll be close to the private fishing village of Clovelly, with its extremely steep cobbled hill leading down to the sea.
What to do in North Devon
The extensive coastline is one of the main draws to North Devon and rightly so - from its thriving seaside towns and glorious beaches to stunning cliff top landscapes, tastes can all be acquired for. For a traditional seaside holiday, Westward Ho! is the place to be, with its fantastic family friendly beach, accompanied by amusements, beach amenity hire and great places to eat.
However, if you prefer a beach without the added extras, then both Croyde and Puttsborough provide beautiful golden sands, perfect for relaxing or even trying your hand at surfing. Many of North Devon’s beaches are also dog friendly, meaning your four legged friend can enjoy the coastline just as much as you. Close by is Braunton, popular with surfers not only because of its surrounding beaches but also due to the extreme sports shops and surfing museum in the village.
There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities in North Devon. The South West Coast Path offers a variety of picturesque walks along the coastline, from gentle strolls along Fremington Quay to ambles through farmland arriving at the pretty village of Georgeham. Bring along your helmets and enjoy a cycle ride on the Tarka Trail, a converted railway line which offers scenic routes from Braunton to Meeth. Take a ride from Great Torrington, starting with a Hocking’s ice cream on the common, to the ‘little white town’ of Bideford.
Once in Bideford, you’ll find a selection of unique gift and craft shops, perfect for finding a souvenir to remind you of your North Devon holiday. The pretty quayside looks across the River Torridge with the old bridge to the right, and if you walk left towards the park to the end of the Quay, you will find the Café on the Barge, where you can enjoy the beautiful views whilst enjoying a light lunch or refreshment afloat a transformed barge. For a spot of high street shopping, you’ll want to head to Barnstaple where you can relax and enjoy some retail therapy in Green Lanes. The town also has a variety of restaurants, bars and clubs, ideal for an evening out.
If you’re looking for great places to eat then you’ll be spoilt for choice in North Devon. Woolacombe overlooks the sea, so why not dine at the Boardwalk with spectacular views of the beach? Or instead eat at the Red Barn with its collection of colourful surfboards decorating the walls. Also, on a warm summer’s evening, the lesser known Barricane Beach has its own café, which serves Sri Lankan curry whilst you sit on the beach admiring the sunset. It also recommended that you try Squires’ award-winning fish and chips, which you can order as a takeaway and eat on the gigantic sand dunes of Braunton Burrows.
Must sees in North Devon
Families will be amazed by the wealth of attractions in the area, ranging from theme parks and farm parks to gardens and islands! You can get up close with dinosaurs at the Combe Martin Wildlife Park, encounter aliens in the Clone Zone at the Milky Way Adventure Park and place your bets for the sheep races at the Big Sheep.
Admire impressive sculptures in the woodlands of Broomhill, explore the acres of gardens at Tapeley Park and visit the biggest collection of gnomes in the country amongst the wildflowers at the Gnome Reserve. Children will also love Atlantis Adventure, located next to the outlet shopping centre Atlantic village, and both are ideal for keeping the whole family entertained during rainy weather.
If you head to South Molton, you’ll come across the Quince Honey Farm, where you can discover the honey making process and even try some of the delicious produce yourself. From Bideford Quay, you can hop aboard the MS Oldenburg, which takes you to the beautiful Lundy Island, inhabited by less than 30 people.