Attractions & Activities
There are many things to do and see on the doorstep come rain or shine. Here are a few ideas:
As well as very local beaches, there are many beaches in the area, – some small and intimate, some offering fantastic surfing and watersports.
A number of local walks of varying length /difficulty – details of these are provided in the cottages. You can be by the sea and in wonderful countryside within a few minutes. The North Devon coast path (10 minutes walk) has some of the most dramatic scenery in England.
Ilfracombe (3 miles): Restaurants, shops, beaches, theatre, golf, cinema , swimming pool as well as cliff walks and walks around the harbour. You can catch a ferry to visit Lundy Island from here as well as boats for coastal excursions and fishing trips.
Combe Martin (1.5 miles): beaches and rock pools, restaurants. This is a small traditional family seaside resort ideal for children and also for more energetic walks around the lovely coast path.
Barnstaple: 20 minutes by car. This is a lively town with national shops, good pubs and restaurants, cinema and theatre. There is a train station allowing you to travel down to Exeter should you wish to limit your driving. There is a famous pannier market held most days which is very interesting to visit.
We are very close to Exmoor (10 minute drive.) with wonderful moorland scenery and dramatic coastlines including Heddons Mouth.
Woolacombe (7 miles): long sandy beaches with surfing and watersports. Wonderful walks from Mortehoe to Morte point and along the North Devon coast path.
Croyde Bay (8 miles): Long sandy beach ideal for surfing and watersports. Why not walk to Baggy Point, which gives spectacular views of the coast.
Westward Ho! Long sandy beach with excellent watersports.
Historic Houses – a selection:
Arlington Court and The National trust carriage collection (www.nationaltrust.org.uk),
Chambercombe Manor: An 11th century Haunted Manor House in 3 acres of gardens. (www.chambercombemanor.co.uk)
Hartland Abbey and gardens (www.hartlandabbey.com)
There are many gardens to visit in the area, some are listed below:
RHS Rosemoor at Torrington (40 mins by car). (www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor). Why not visit Dartington Crystal while you are there? (www.dartington.co.uk)
Marwood Hill: 10 min by car. An interesting collection of plants in the North Devon countryside. (www.marwoodhillgarden.co.uk)
Lynton and Lynmouth (40 minutes) : you can drive along the toll road which follows the north devon coast for spectacular views
Clovelly (30 min by car): Visit the timeless village with steep cobbled streets (www.clovelly.co.uk)
For the Children
To name a few of the local attractions:
The Big Sheep (www.thebigsheep.co.uk)
Watermouth Castle Theme Park: (1 mile). (www.watermouthcastle.com)
Combe Martin Wide life and dinosaur park (2 miles) (www.dinosaur-park.com)
Milky Way Adventure Park (www.themilkyway.co.uk)