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Whether you want to spot dolphins from high-up on Europe's tallest cliffs near Combe Martin on the Southwest Coast Path, catch a few waves at Croyde or explore ancient fishing villages and market towns, a holiday cottage in North Devon is a lovely way in which to enjoy this secret corner of Devon. From the sandy beaches of Saunton and Woolacombe to the wilds of Exmoor and the bustling coastal communities of Barnstaple and Bideford, discovering this spectacular corner of southwest England is an unforgettable experience.  

Barnstaple is a thriving West Country market town on the banks of the River Taw, in the heart of North Devon. Its historic centre is home to independent shops, tearooms, a lovely museum and a number of striking landmarks, including the 13th century Long Bridge, over the Taw. The Pannier Market and Butchers Row are both worth visiting for fresh, local produce or a unique gift to take home. One of North Devon’s best cycle routes, the Tarka Trail, runs through Barnstaple, following an old railway track for more than 30 miles, along the north and south banks of the Taw, from Ilfracombe to Meeth via Bideford and Torrington with stunning views across the estuary. Visitors to North Devon will find some attractive holiday cottages in the leafy sleepy little villages surrounding the Barnstaple such as Goodleigh, Shirwell, Kentisbury and Bratton Fleming.

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Lantern House, Ilfracombe, Devon

Lantern House, Ilfracombe

A wonderful North Devon holiday home in Ilfracombe, Lantern House is perfect for families and large groups, comfortably sleeping up to 12 people with ample living space, stunning sea and harbour views, a delightful enclosed, sheltered garden and secure on-site parking for 3 to 4 cars. Pets welcome.

Braefoot Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

Braefoot Cottage, Ilfracombe

Devon village of West Down. Comfortably sleeping 4, Braefoot Cottage is a family friendly countryside retreat that also provides an ideal base for exploring the North Devon coast.

Lower Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Lower Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Set in the scenic North Devon countryside, Lower Mill Cottage at Wheel Farm is a 1-bedroom holiday home for couples with communal use of a heated indoor pool and tennis court, near award winning Blue Flag beaches at Woolacombe and Putsborough. The wilds of Exmoor where ponies and red deer roam freel...

Beachside Waterfront Apartment, Westward Ho!, Devon

Beachside Waterfront Apartment, Westward Ho!

A stunning new North Devon beach apartment for 2015 in Westward Ho! Directly overlooking the beach in this family friendly resort, this beautiful seaside holiday apartment has a contemporary interior, high quality spec with balcony and wonderful sea views.

Ford Hill Cottage, Kentisbury, Devon

Ford Hill Cottage, Kentisbury

Situated on the outskirts of Exmoor, and only a short drive from the North Devon coastline is Ford Hill, a luxury 3 bedroom cottage with beautiful garden. Elegantly decorated throughout, Ford Hill is only a hop, a skip and a jump from many of the area's best attractions, including Woolacombe beach.

The Chapel @ Pickwell Manor, Georgham, Devon

The Chapel @ Pickwell Manor, Georgham

A 16th-Century private chapel for Pickwell Manor, it is now a cosy North Devon holiday cottage for couples above Putsborough Beach. The intimate interior is a romantic bolthole that pays tribute to classic camper-van life, albeit with far more facilities than you would ever find on 4-wheels.

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe, Devon

Blue Horizon, Woolacombe

Blue Horizon is a large seaside holiday home on the Espanade at Woolacombe offering awesome panoramic sea views across award winning Woolacombe Sands from its wrap-around balcony. This pet friendly holiday let in North Devon sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms.

Southclay, Bideford, Devon

Southclay, Bideford

Southclay in North Devon is a large, family-friendly, 5-star property that sleeps 10-12. Oozing quality it is a real treat with beautiful rural & sea views. Facilities include hot tub, swimming pool, tennis court & games room. With underfloor heating and cosy wood-burner it is perfect all year round...

Weavers, Barnstaple, Devon

Weavers, Barnstaple

Weavers Cottage, sleeping up to four, is one of seven dog friendly cottages at semi-rural Muddlebridge House near Barnstaple in North Devon. With an indoor swimming-pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for wonderful sandy beaches,walking on Exmoor, fishing and golf.

The Byre at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

The Byre at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

The Byre at Wheel Farm is an attractive Devon barn conversion offering self-catering accommodation for up to 5 visitors in 3-bedrooms. Located on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin, Wheel Farm?s glorious rural surroundings give visitors acres of landscaped gardens and woods in which to walk and p...

Oyster Cove, Croyde, Devon

Oyster Cove, Croyde

A short rural walk from Croyde?s sandy beach in North Devon, Oyster Cove is a stylish 3-bedroom property with a lovely garden and outdoor dining patios. The cottage, sleeps 2-8 guests, and is also able to welcome pets.

Upper Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

Upper Mill at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Upper Mill is a holiday cottage for couples with use of a swimming pool and tennis court at Wheel Farm Cottages near Ilfracombe. It is set within the beautiful rural grounds of Wheel Farm inland from the stunning North Devon coast and the long sandy beaches at Woolacombe Bay. The seaside resorts of ...

Byre Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Byre Cottage, Barnstaple

With fantastic views from all windows down the valley to the Taw estuary, Byre Cottage is an ideal Devon retreat for a family or 4 adults. Facilities include Wi-Fi, swimming pool, games room and childrens play area. Pets welcome!

The Linhay at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin, Devon

The Linhay at Wheel Farm, Combe Martin

Set in a tranquil secluded rural location on the North Devon coast near the charming seaside village of Combe Martin, The Linhay at Wheel Farm sleeps 4 and is one of a small collection of lovingly converted farm buildings and an old water mill. Facilities include an indoor heated pool, tennis court ...

April Cottage, Combe Martin, Devon

April Cottage, Combe Martin

April Cottage is a pretty three bedroom Devon holiday home sleeping 6, a short drive from North Devon beaches and Exmoor. The family and dog friendly cottage is tastefully decorated and equipped to a good standard. Onsite leisure facilities are also available, including games room and tennis court.

Orchard Cottage, South Molton, Devon

Orchard Cottage, South Molton

Orchard Cottage self-catering holiday home with a pool in South Molton is a bright contemporary Devon barn conversion in the middle of the beautiful rolling Devon countryside. Pets welcome. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.

Higher Mullacott Farmhouse, Ilfracombe, Devon

Higher Mullacott Farmhouse, Ilfracombe

Dating back to the 17th Century, Higher Mullacott Farmhouse near Ilfracombe is a beautiful large 5 bed holiday property which has been tastefully renovated for style and comfort ; all set in a beautiful countryside position with sea views on the North Devon coast.

Warcombe Farmhouse, Woolacombe, Devon

Warcombe Farmhouse, Woolacombe

Warcombe Farmhouse is a large, dog-friendly Devon Long-House with Wi-Fi sleeping 9 in 4 bedrooms. The Farmhouse is set in quiet countryside on the coast near the seaside village of Lee Bay and Woolacombe. Perfect for family summer holidays.

Rock Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Rock Cottage, Barnstaple

Beautiful thatched holiday cottage in a quiet village near Barnstaple within easy reach of North Devon beaches and Exmoor National Park.

Tuckers Retreat, Barnstaple, Devon

Tuckers Retreat, Barnstaple

Tuckers Retreat is a 2-bedroom holiday cottage in a rural spot on the North Devon coast near Barnstaple. It simply oozes quiet traditional charm. Located at Combrew Farm, guests at this pet friendly cottage have access to leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool and tennis court.

The Garden Cottage, Great Torrington, Devon

The Garden Cottage, Great Torrington

The Garden Cottage is set in stunning Devon countryside near Grest Torrington and sleeps 2 people in a charming one bedroom garden cottage. It is set in beautiful surroundings with lovely views over the garden and the countryside beyond. It has a large comfortable lounge.

The Haven, Barnstaple, Devon

The Haven, Barnstaple

The Haven is a charming cottage sleeping 6 guests in 3 bedrooms in the North Devon countryside between Barnstaple and Exmoor. Built in the 17th century, in converting it to a comfortable rural holiday cottage, it has retained many of its original features, with oak lintels and wooden beams.

Miller's Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

Miller's Cottage, Ilfracombe

Grade II listed ?The Miller's Cottage?, located next to the 16th century working water mill in Hele Bay, is a cosy, pet friendly holiday cottage in Ilfracombe 300m from the beach and the South West Coast Path. Sleeps 4. Family friendly.

Coastal Way, Braunton, Devon

Coastal Way, Braunton

Coastal Way is a charming three-bedroom cottage situated in the heart of the popular North Devon coastal village of Braunton. The cottage is near enough to enjoy the wonderful beaches at Saunton, Putsborough and Croyde or the enticing bars and restaurants in Braunton just a short walk away.

Copper Kettle Cottage, Barnstaple, Devon

Copper Kettle Cottage, Barnstaple

This 3-bedroom 17th Century cottage near Brayford a few miles from Barnstaple in North Devon is adjacent an age-old farmhouse and is suitable for up to five people. Copper Kettle Cottage is located on a 53-acre organic estate with a lake, tree-house and beautiful woodland walks and lovely picnic spo...

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The glorious beaches of Croyde, Saunton Sands and Woolacombe are all a short drive from Barnstaple. Saunton is the closest, with miles of uninterrupted sand and brilliant waves for surfing. There are a number of surf schools in the area and a popular café with a terrace overlooking the Atlantic. A short, scenic drive away is Croyde, a rugged bay, backed by dunes, a stroll from the pretty village of the same name. If you want a holiday cottage in North Devon where you can fall asleep to the sound of the sea, Woolacombe could be for you. Walk the length of this vast stretch of golden sand, to Putsborough, and back on one of the footpaths which meanders through a maze of wild dunes. In the laid-back village above the sand, you’ll find pubs, cafes and shops selling everything needed for a day on the beach.

The South West Coast Path heading east from Woolacombe is beautiful, with towering cliffs, rocky peninsulas and the chance to spot dolphins and basking sharks. Stop for a pint at the Grampus, a charming pub, a mile from Lee Bay, a popular swimming spot with rockpools to explore at low tide. Nearby, Ilfracombe is not to be missed. As you wander around this welcoming resort, you’ll discover grand Victorian architecture and fishing boats bobbing in a working harbour. Looming over the crashing waves is a dramatic sculpture by Damien Hirst, known as Verity.

East of Ilfracombe on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, Combe Martin is another sandy beach with superb rock pools overlooked by imposing cliffs and a selection of cafes and pubs. It’s a great starting point for a challenging walk along the South West Coast Path along the highest cliff tops in Europe towards Exmoor via Heddon’s Mouth and Woody Bay. Exmoor’s enchanting expanse of windswept moorland is a paradise for horse-riding, wildlife-watching and walking. The moor, which extends across North Devon and neighbouring West Somerset meets the coast, where the elegant villages of Lynton and Lynmouth cling to the sides of a wooded valley. If you’re weary after following the steep footpath from Lynton down to Lynmouth Harbour, jump on the Victorian cliff railway and savour breathtaking views of the Bristol Channel on the way back up.

Heading Southwest towards the Cornish border, Bideford, known as the Little White Town, overlooks the River Torridge, with a tangle of narrow streets to explore. At the river mouth, Appledore is a picturesque village with a rich shipbuilding heritage and one of North Devon’s best-loved ice-cream brands, Hocking’s. Appledore’s share of North Devon holiday cottages tend to be charming, beautifully restored fishermen’s cottages clustered on streets leading off the Quay.

On the coast, west of Bideford, secluded rocky coves, breathtaking clifftop walks and shipwreck remains await discovery. Just past the hillside fishing village of Clovelly, The Hartland Peninsula is particularly dramatic, with a magnificent abbey nestled in bluebell-carpeted woods and a pub overlooking a quay, where a pint of ale can be enjoyed, just a few feet from the crashing waves. Often missed by visitors looking for self-catering holidays in North Devon, the region’s inland areas offer tranquil countryside and a scattering of villages and market towns, such as Winkleigh and Great Torrington, where a slower, rural pace can still be found (as can Hocking’s icecreams!). For families, there are two absolutely superb days out to be enjoyed at The Big Sheep in Abbotsham and The Milky Way near CLovelly. Rain or shine, both are highly recommended. If you do decide to book a self-catering holiday in North Devon, it is odds on you’ll plan to repeat the experience many times in the year’s ahead. It’s that kind of country – and that kind of coast.