Find Self-Catering Holiday Cottages in West Down

West Down is a picturesque and peaceful little North Devon village with a handful of holiday cottages, an attractive church, a popular community shop, a village green with a play area, and a pub, a few miles inland from beaches on the North Devon coast near Ilfracombe. It is situated about 4 miles east of Ilfracombe and about 6 miles northwest of Barnstaple. West Down is a rural community with a population of around 1,000 people. The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is close to the stunning North Devon coastline. T Overall, West Down is a picturesque and peaceful coastal village, offering visitors a relaxed way of life.

A row of barn conversions are reflected in the surface of a lake.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

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

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

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

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

Sleeping up to four in two bedrooms, pretty Royd  Cottage, a Holiday Cottage in West Down, just a few miles from the stunning North Devon coastline and Woolacombe Beach. This family-friendly country cottage has onsite fishing and a children's play area.

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A barn conversion overlooks a calm lake.
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

This North Devon holiday cottage with on-site fishing and a children's play area is at Lower Aylescott. Smithy Cottage accommodates up to four guests in two bedrooms. It is situated in West Down, a pretty village outside Ilfracombe in the glorious North Devon countryside, just a handful of miles from the beach at Woolacombe.

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Barn conversions are reflected in the waters of a lake.
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

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

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2

Blare Cottage at Lower Aylescott Farm stands amidst glorious North Devon countryside a few miles from the fabulous Woolacombe Beach. Guests can roam the grounds and fish the well-stocked lakes while children will enjoy the onsite children's play area. This lovely two-bedroom holiday home in West Down sleeps 4.

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If you're planning a North Devon holiday in a West Down holiday let, here are some recommendations for things to do and places to see:

1. Visit the village pub

The Crown Inn is a traditional country pub located in the heart of West Down. It serves delicious home-cooked food and a selection of local ales and ciders.

2. Walk in the countryside

West Down is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with plenty of walking and cycling routes to explore. The South West Coast Path is also nearby, offering stunning views of the coastline.

3. Relax, swim and surf on local beaches

The village is just a short drive from some of North Devon's most beautiful beaches, including Woolacombe, Putsborough, Croyde, and Saunton Sands.

4. Explore the nearby towns

Ilfracombe and Barnstaple are both within easy reach of West Down, offering a range of shops, restaurants, and attractions.

5. Visit the local farmers' markets

North Devon is known for its excellent local produce, and there are several farmers' markets in the area where you can pick up fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat.

6. Take a trip to Exmoor National Park

The park is located just a short drive from West Down and offers stunning scenery, walking and cycling routes, and plenty of wildlife.

7. Walk or Cycle the Tarka Trail

This 40-mile trail from Braunton to Meeth follows the route taken by the fictional character Tarka the Otter in the novel by Henry Williamson. The Trail mainly follows old railway lines, so is ideal for cycling and walking and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. There are plenty of bike hire facilities along the Trail with bikes for all ages, including tug-alongs for toddlers.

8. Take a trip to Lundy Island

This small island off the coast of North Devon is a nature reserve with plenty of wildlife, including puffins, seals, and dolphins. You can take a ferry from Ilfracombe or Bideford to visit the island for the day.

9. Visit local attractions

There are plenty of attractions to visit in and around West Down, including the National Trust's Arlington Court (and the National Carriage Museum), Watermouth Castle, and the Exmoor Zoo all within an easy drive of your holiday cottage in West Down.