Find My Favourite Holiday Cottages in Clovelly

The historic and still privately owned village of Clovelly is situated on the beautiful North Devon coast, just 12 miles from Bideford and 17 miles to Bude. The village dates back to the 9th century, once owned by the King of England before being taken over by a local family. It is a popular location for seaside self-catering holiday cottages on the North Devon coast.

The village is well known for its steep, cobbled high street, which is no longer possible for vehicles to drive down, preserving the picturesque cottage-filled street. A ‘bypass’ (not that you would recognise it as such) offers a taxi service in Landrover vehicles to those averse to walking up or down the steep hill in Clovelly. In days gone by, goods would have been carried up by donkey, including visitors’ luggage. Nowadays, the 12 donkeys are no longer working in this way but are still a big part of the village life, offering rides to children around their meadow and posing for photos in the street!


A single-torey chapel conversion in the North Devon countryside

The Old Chapel is a superb North Devon holiday cottage on the coast in Clovelly. The former chapel boasts 10 acres of meadows with a pond and sea views, church windows, vaulted beamed ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling fireplace and many more original features.

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Clovelly is home to 2 well-established pubs/restaurants – The New Inn Hamlyn restaurant, near the top of the street, specialising in excellent traditional English fare using local fresh produce, while on the harbour itself sits The Red Lion Harbour Restaurant – a family-friendly pub sourcing fresh ingredients straight from the fishermen and specialising in local Devon wines.

There are plenty of things on offer, close to your holiday cottage in Clovelly, including pottery and craft workshops, village tours, and harbour activities.

Clovelly charges an admission fee which goes towards the maintenance of the village, and prices can be found on their website.

Across the water, you can see the picturesque island of Lundy – the largest island in the Bristol Channel. Lundy has a small population of just 28. The island is home to many wildlife species and is a designated site of special scientific interest. Visitors can sail across to Lundy on MS Oldenburg, an experience in itself, at least 3 times a week from either Bideford or Ilfracombe, taking approximately 2 hours each way.

The Historic town of Bideford is a short 12 miles from Clovelly. It is based on the estuary of the River Torridge in North Devon. Bideford boasts its own pannier market, including a butchers row where local farmers still bring their produce to sell. Craft stalls are also found in the market.

The local area offers plenty of opportunity for Walking enthusiasts and cyclists – with miles of open grounds filled with natural beauty and wildlife and an extensive cycle path with cycles being available to hire from Bideford, Barnstaple and Great Torrington.

For the family, local attractions include The Big Sheep – a must-see all-weather attraction with Sheep racing! Enjoy sheepdog trials, lamb feeding, animal petting, sheep racing, door rides and a hugely entertaining (if you are under 12) large indoor soft play area. The Milky Way, a little closer to Clovelly, is another family adventure park with rollercoasters, dodgems, assault courses and slides, and live entertainment. Whereas The Big Sheep is seriously ‘sheep themed’, the Milky Way is all about cows.

With plenty of exciting days on offer, Clovelly is a perfect place in North Devon for a seaside self-catering holiday.