Stay in a Barnstaple holiday cottage in North Devon for a town and country holiday -with a few days on local beaches thrown in for good measure! From the moors of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the sea on the Atlantic Coast, the ancient market town of Barnstaple lies directly in between the two and makes no hesitation in boasting its beautiful surroundings. These have not gone unnoticed by visitors who adore the nearby beautiful (and award-winning) beaches and countryside unchanged for centuries. Staying in a holiday cottage in Barnstaple or one of its sleepy surrounding villages is a very appropriate way to fit into this picturesque corner of the West Country. To the east, there are miles and miles of hilly countryside offering superb rural vistas.
The Tarka Trail, a 40-mile long foot and cycle path from Braunton to Meeth, (halfway to Dartmoor) passes along the Quayside through Barnstaple. Bikes of almost every description for all ages (including wheelchair towing bikes) can be hired at Barnstaple Station. The town itself has a vibrant, bustling hub, with plenty of shops, supermarkets restaurants and tea rooms. Enjoy lovely local produce on Barnstaple Quay at Tea-By-the-Taw, or pick up a bargain in the beautiful Pannier Market on Butcher's Row. Barnstaple a bit of a cultural centre too, with The Queen's Theatre presenting a year-round programme of drama, music and dance in an 800-seat auditorium. The Barnstaple Fringe Theatre Festival presents a creative and inspiring programme in all sorts of nooks and crannies around Barnstaple in late June (well worth a weekend break in one of the town's self-catering cottages). The White Moose Art Gallery and a 3-screen cinema all help to keep cultural visitors happily content.
Stables is a large stunning holiday cottage converted from stables in Tawstock near Barnstaple, North Devon. It has a tastefully decorated 6-bedroom interior with loads of space to relax and unwind. Outside there is a large private patio, games room, and shared outdoor play area and tennis court.
Set in the heart of Goodleigh village, Magnolia View Cottage is a 17th century traditional Devon longhouse, lovingly converted and recently refurbished to offer dog and child-friendly high-quality self-catering accommodation in a wonderfully tranquil rural setting, yet close to the coast.
This beautiful two bedroom barn conversion is set in an idyllic rural location and is only a short drive away from the stunning North Devon coast and its outstanding beaches. Guests can relax and admire stunning coastal views from the private hot tub and large enclosed garden.
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.
Thatchers Cottage, sleeping up to six, is one of seven Devon cottages at Muddlebridge House, near Barnstaple. With an indoor swimming pool and two-acre garden, it is ideally situated for surfing, cycling, golf and fishing. Pets welcome.
The Byre, a stunning converted barn for up to 6 people and a dog, is a great place to stay and visit the beautiful North Devon coast and the wilds of Exmoor. The cottage is light, bright and spacious and very relaxing but also benefits from being 3 miles from Barnstaple and 8 miles from the coast.
A stunning 3 bedroom contemporary Devon barn in secluded rural surroundings near Brayford with lake, tree house and woodland walks suitable for sleeping up to 7 guests. Situated centrally within a 53-acre organically managed country estate.
Rock Cottage is a 200-year-old property situated on an acre of gardens and woodland near the village of East Down in the Barnstaple district of North Devon, a spacious pet-friendly cottage with two sitting rooms and separate sleeping quarters perfect for large families and groups to spread out.
Tawstock Castle is a quirky Grade-II listed luxury holiday cottage in North Devon, a beautifully restored 18th-century hilltop folly with wonderful 360-degree views of the North Devon coast and countryside above Barnstaple. Sleeps 8.
This 3-bedroom 17th Century Exmoor cottage near Brayford near Barnstaple in North Devon is adjacent an age-old farmhouse and is suitable for up to five people. Copper Kettle Cottage is located on an organic estate with a lake, tree-house and beautiful woodland walks, picnic spots and rural views.
A bespoke whiskey barrel shower hangs in the garden of The West Wing, a rustic and retro rural cottage in Barnstaple, Devon. Traditional charm meets funky design in a cottage boasting a fireplace with wood burner, wooden floors and beams, & a generous garden with views - all close to sandy beaches.
Chelfham Barton Manor is a gorgeous rustic cottage sitting among green fields in Chelfham, North Devon. The pet-friendly stone-built cottage offers the height of luxury blended with exposed beams, flagstone floors and an open fire It boasts a spacious garden with hot tub plus gorgeous rural views.
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Combe Martin
- Great Torrington
- Lee Bay
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Ottery St Mary
- South Molton
- Westward Ho!
There are plenty of beautiful holiday cottages scattered around Barnstaple which provide a perfect base for exploring the whole of North Devon from Lynton and Lynmouth across to Bideford, Hartland and Clovelly.
It's an easy drive eastwards from Barnstaple to the beautiful Exmoor National Park. Here, the wildlife proves to be as intriguing as the rugged landscape where Exmoor ponies, red deer and wild birds of prey can be regularly sighted as you cross Exmoor's hills and valleys. To the north of Barnstaple, explore rugged cliffs and numerous award-winning beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands. The South West Coast Path offers walks along the top of the highest cliffs in Europe between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. With golden sands stretching for miles and good surfing waves, North Devon's beaches attract visitors from all over the world.
Barnstaple itself is a quaint little town with locations ranging from lovely independent cafes and coffee houses to vibrant cocktail bars with the character of that you would find in a bustling city. The town still retains its Norman Castle mound. Take a stroll along the beautiful Strand on the Taw riverfront (with lunch at Tea-By-The Taw highly recommended). Wander through Rock Park, a genteel riverside Victorian park with children's play areas. Go Go-Karting or 10-Pin bowling at Pottington, or take the day to indulge in some light shopping down the High Street. Book a walking tour of Barnstaple to discover Civil War bullet holes and a Victorian 'Den of Iniquity' in the High Street.
On rainy days, treat yourself to a swim and sauna at the Barnstaple Hotel or tennis at the town's large indoor tennis centre on Seven Brethren Bank. Also on Seven Brethren is the large Barnstaple Leisure Centre with heated indoor pools, gym and all sorts of other activities. Visitors are welcome at all leisure facilities all year round.