From a party town at New Year to a lovely quiet family town – Bideford on the North Devon coast is known for a multitude of qualities (and holiday cottages) and is sure to host whatever you’re looking for when choosing to holiday in or around the town. Once an important port on the estuary of The River Torridge (it supplied ships to help Drake defeat the Spanish Armada), it still receives regular visits from maritime vessels. The Quay is lined with welcoming local shops facing the water, scattered with pretty little pastel coloured houses. The Torridge is a focal part of the town and boats and crafts of all shapes and sizes can be seen moving up and down the river every day by visitors taking time to relax on the benches lining the Quay. As you wander the winding, paved shopping streets you're more likely to encounter tiny shops from fantastic photography to intricate pottery instead of the usual High St chains. Many independent shops in and around Bideford stock fresh local and organic produce, another reason to choose self catering accommodation: you'll get to prepare and enjoy some memorable meals in your holiday cottage on the North Devon coast.
Fabulous, 5-star, family-friendly North Devon coastal cottage sleeping 10-12. Facilities include hot tub, swimming pool (Mar-Oct), tennis court, table tennis and pool table. With underfloor heating and cosy wood-burner and panoramic rural and sea views, it is relaxing treat, perfect all year round.
Oak Lodge is a spacious family cottage boasting wooden panelling and ample windows which capture the views of the surrounding countryside. Set among woodland in Bideford, Devon, the modern lodge boasts a hot tub and wood burning stove, plus a large private garden and the promise of peace and quiet.
Alminstone House offers guests the best of the country and the coast. The grand rural cottage lies close to the ocean and boasts expansive grounds, wood burners, traditional charm and seclusion. Gorgeous views and immaculate presentation enhance the property, which is ideal for a special occasion.
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Clyst Hydon
- Combe Martin
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Little Torrington
- Lynton and Lynmouth
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Noss Mayo
- South Molton
- Westward Ho!
On a sunny day, Bideford comes alive with people bustling around stalls and homes which are open to sell their craft. The river front is lined with bright art and banners form the local school and fairy lights are draped among the street lamps which together light the wonderful promenade as night falls. The railway line is now a 40-mile estuary and riverside cycle and footpath forming part of the Tarka Trail. Whether you fancy setting up camp right in the heart of the town or further out into the countryside or along the coast, you can be sure the right holiday cottage for you is waiting for you in this tranquil corner of North Devon.
A peaceful family park is situated just off the end of the Quay complete with children’s play area, paddling pool and The Burton Art Gallery. Other family attractions include adventure parks just a little way down the main road such as The Big Sheep and The Milky Way which are both full of play grounds and activities to keep everyone entertained for hours. For culture lovers, visit the old fishing village of Appledore and discover the galleries and crafts tucked into its tiny streets. Further afield, trips to Clovelly and Great Torrington, home of Dartington Crystal and the RHS's Rosemore Garden will guarantee memorable days out.
it is the surrounding area that really attracts people to come to stay in Bideford. The North Devon and North Cornwall coast-line is only a short drive away and offers some of the best beaches in the UK. Westward Ho! is nearby and is popular with surfers and kite surfers alike and the town has some great bars and restaurants. If you are into golf, the Royal North Devon golf course at Westward Ho! is reportedly the oldest golf course in Britain and if you fancy a Links course Saunton Sands offers a Championship course to test the bravest of golfers. We have many different types of holiday home in the area both large and small and on coast or moor, so there should be something for everyone.