A sandy beach at low tide with a pine tree-clad rocky promontory in the background at Lee Bay in North DEvon.. The Beach at Lee Bay in North Devon

Lee Bay

Framed by acres of rolling Devon hills, the tiny village of Lee Bay on the North Devon coast is bursting with beauty and charm. The village lies in a secluded valley between Ilfracombe and Woolacombe and possess a choice of quaint self catering holiday cottages, many of them recently restored to high standards. It also boasts a fine pub, The Grampus, which welcomes all visitors including children and dogs. Lee Bay has a delightful Victorian village hall and grounds complete with parking payable through an honesty box. At low tide, The Bay itself has a sandy beach for swimming or paddling and some of the best rock pools in Devon. Lee Bay is home to some lovely, picturesque holiday cottages including Old Maids Cottage, a recently restored chocolate box thatched holiday home with a colourful history that included being the subject of a popular song sung in the trenches in World War One.


Old Maids Cottage on the spectacular North Devon coast has been fully restored as a luxurious, open plan luxury holiday home for six people in three double bedrooms, (two en suite). You’ll enjoy its picture-perfect thatched cottage that just oozes the holiday feeling from the moment you arrive.

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Once named ‘Fuchsia Valley’ because of the still-to-be-seen hedges blooming with scarlet flowers in the spring and summer months – Lee really is a blissful sight. It comprises a quiet lane, overlooked by ancient dwellings, that gently winds its way down the valley to the rocky shore, which, at low tide, has a small beach and is a Mecca for rock-poolers.

Lee Bay is just two miles away from Ilfracombe, a picturesque town with much to offer. Outstanding restaurants (one with coveted Egon Ronay stars) and pubs line the streets of Ilfracombe, which face the sea and the pretty little harbour which hosts the Damien Hurst landmark – the enormous bronze statue, Verity. And around the corner from Ilfracombe is Woolacombe, regularly voted as one of the best beaches in the world. (and probably the best holiday cottages too!)

All these attractions are just a few minutes away from Lee and Lee Bay. You can walk from the Bay up round the coast using the South West Coastal Footpath to the impressive and awesome sight of Valley of the Rocks near Lynton and Lynmouth. These Jurassic rock formations produce an awe-inspiring setting, providing the best views in the area of panoramic ocean. Spend the day following the mountain goats up and over the craggy countryside back to your base in beautiful Lee.