Follow the North Devon coast and you’ll find some lovely self-catering holiday cottages in Combe Martin, a peaceful and idyllic village containing some delightful pubs, cafes and local shops as well as self catering cottages. It is under five miles from the Victorian harbour resort of Ilfracombe. Combe Martin itself is a much-loved seaside village on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Bring home fresh, locally-sourced food from farm shops to your self-catered cottage in Combe Martin, or alternatively, explore the village’s fine selection of pubs and restaurants with your loved ones. Don’t forget to visit the 400-year old Ye Olde George and Dragon for a meal or a drink – its mix of old and contemporary is sure to bring a stylish yet cosy edge to your night. However, before sitting down for a delicious dinner at your self catered cottage, you might want to explore the surrounding landscape, as Combe Martin is proudly part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty. Walk along the Hangman hills and cliffs, tallest cliff faces in Europe and especially awe-inspiring in the summer.
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Combe Martin’s history stretches back to the Iron Age, with Newberry Castle being a fine example. Take a walk around the fort and imagine what feudal times had been like. For a trip much further back, take the kids to The Wildlife and Dinosaur Park to see the wallabies, wolves and lions, and also the robotic T. Rex and Velociraptor! Just three miles from here lies the exquisite Arlington Court, a National Trust estate perfect for exploring North Devon’s cultural history, and also for taking a walk around the rolling gardens.
Not to be ignored is the nearby seaside resort of Ilfracombe, home to Verity – an impressive statue, taller than then Angel of the North. Created by the famous British artist, Damien Hirst it is located on the Pier Head at the entrance to Ilfracombe’s picturesque harbour. This is also the embarkation point for a choice of pleasure boat and sea-fishing trips, including day cruises to Lundy Island. Just a short stroll from Verity is The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe’s own arts and theatre hub, always with a fantastic selection of shows and exhibitions.
Visit Combe Martin and you’ll feel the warmth of its locals – after all, they won the Guinness world record for the world’s longest street party! A beautiful, serene village, a self-catered holiday cottage in Combe Martin will be one you’ll never forget.