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Ilfracombe

Culture, crabbing and crazy golf - Ilfracombe has it all. This Victorian Devon seaside resort is simply bursting with character and charm. Its inspiring views of the sea from the harbour and the cliffs are just the beginning for visitors choosing to enjoy a self catering holiday cottage in this pretty North Devon seaside town. Take a look through the telescope at the edge of the pretty fishing harbour out to the secretive isle of Lundy or take a charming day trip over to the island itself and experience Britain’s tenth natural wonder for yourself. Stroll to the tip-top of Capstone Hill to view the stone memorial, visit the tiny sailors chapel and enjoy ocean views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. With little beaches such as the famous Tunnels Beach, Wildersmouth, Rapparree Cove and Hele Bay it has much to offer those who like traditional bucket and spade seaside holidays.

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4
Bedrooms
2

Situated just moments from Lee Bay is The Old Apple Store, a luxurious coastal cottage boasting a spacious deck and hot tub with wonderful views. The thoroughly modern cottage in Ilfracombe offers an open-plan design with true urban chic, and open fire and the chance to explore the Devon coastline.

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6
Bedrooms
3

Duror is a pretty three-bedroom cottage ideally located at Lower Aylescott near Woolacombe and Ilfracombe in North Devon. Sleeping 2-6, guests have access to onsite fishing and a children's play area. The child friendly cottage is within easy reach of award-winning beaches and Exmoor National Park.

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6
Bedrooms
3

Lake View Cottage lies in a rural location just outside the pretty North Devon village of West Down within the grounds of Lower Aylescott Farm. One of 6 cottages, it shares lovely grounds, a fishing lake and play area. The beaches at Woolacombe are only 5 miles away and Exmoor is a 20 minute drive.

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4
Bedrooms
2

Braefoot is a North Devon countryside cottage close to beaches at Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. This child-friendly rural retreat at Lower Aylescott Farm is perfectly located for family holidays exploring the North Devon coast.

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14
Bedrooms
6

The Barn is a large newly refurbished 6 bedroom countryside cottage, close to the popular coastal resort of Combe Martin in North Devon There is spacious living spaces, a modern kitchen and 3 family bathrooms. Wheel Farm has an indoor heated pool, sauna and an outside tennis court. Pets welcome.

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4
Bedrooms
2

The pet-friendly Dairy Cottage at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages in Combe Martin manages to combine genuine rustic charm with modern facilities, swimming pool and tennis court, to provide the perfect self-catering holiday.

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5
Bedrooms
3

Mill Wheel Cottage lies in beautiful rural surroundings on the North Devon coast in Combe Martin within acres of landscaped gardens and woods, where leisure facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and a tennis court. This restored old water mill sleeps up to 5 in 3 bedrooms.

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4
Bedrooms
3

The Shippen is a pet-friendly holiday cottage in Combe Martin sleeping 4. It is tucked away in a quiet corner on the North Devon coast at Wheel Farm Holiday Cottages: A collection of charmingly refurbished self-catering cottages with a pool.

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2
Bedrooms
1

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 freely are also only a short drive away.

Many of Ilfracombe's holiday cottages are ocean-facing with outstanding sea views for miles and miles out. Your Devon holiday cottage in Ilfracombe will be a beautifully rural one with some of the best of the country's views.

The Landmark Theatre presents a popular choice of shows from musicals and comedians to drama and films and live screenings from The National Theatre and The Royal Opera House. The Landmark overlooks the small Wildersmouth Beach, beyond which are scenic walks around Capstone Hill at the top of which is an ancient Fishermen's Chapel well worth the climb. To the West are the famous Tunnels Beaches, small private beaches with rock pools reached through tunnels carved into the rock in Victorian times. They are much sought after for wedding destination as well as popular with families.

Ilfracombe Harbour (embarkation point for sea-trips to Lundy Island or coastal cruises) you can find the fantastic work of resident Damien Hirst.' Verity' is an impressive sixty-six-foot bronze statue of a woman forever staring out to sea at the very edge of the pier alongside the harbour. Visit the Ilfracombe Aquarium or join a mackerel fishing tip to bring some fish home to BBQ back at your holiday cottage.

Further inland, you can find delicious restaurants and wonderfully charismatic bistros and cafes all filled with mouth-watering recipes and concoctions for all the family. You can also relax with a film at the local Embassy Cinema. Splash out on a memorable lunch in Damian Hirst's harbourside Bistro or try a melted cheese and lava (seaweed) sandwich! Indulge in Ilfracombe's finest freshly caught mussels and scallops or enjoy a traditional fish and chips from Maddie's.

Further afield, holiday cottage and apartment residents in Ilfracombe enjoy easy access to a host of award-winning sandy beaches such as WoolacombeCroyde, Saunton Sands, or little rocky coves such as Rockham Bay, Lee Bay, Combe Martin (superb rock pooling) and Barricane Beach. Walk the South West Coast Path which offers stunning views across The Bristol Channel to Wales. The path runs across the top of the highest cliffs in Europe at Great Hangman, just East of Combe Martin and along the coast at Trentishoe to Woody Bay where (should you fancy a ride) the Lynton Barnstaple Narrow Gauge railway has its station.