The Round House or Clover Meadows could be your perfect spot to weigh anchor and join in all things Maritime this weekend, at the Ilfracombe Sea festival. In its fourth year this year, the festival offers an eclectic mix of events from a stretching Triathlon to singing Sea Shanty’s. There’s a host of great food providers on offer too.
Why not check out our late availability page for your North Devon Cottage holiday, with some cottages close to both Ilfracombe and Exmoor you could start the weekend with a nautical flavour, then perhaps find yourself on a wildlife safari looking for beautiful red deer on the stunning moors close to Combe Martin.
With fantastic coastal and country-side scenery to enjoy, you’ll be able to round off any event, or reward any exertion with a gorgeous Devon Cream Tea.
Moonstones is almost on the beach and Nessa Cottage, Barn Cottage and Bray View are close to Rough Tor. These cottages are just a small, diverse, Marsdens example, of why the readers of Countryfile magazine have just voted Cornwall as their favourite destination for a holiday, in the UK. The other competitors are no lightweights in the UK holiday industry either, with voters choosing the Peak District and the Lake District as close runners up.
Whether your interests are in walking, surfing, bird-watching, gardening, horticulture, speciality foods or eating out, then this County has plenty on offer to enjoy.
Moonstones is within walking distance of Holywell Bay surfing beach, as well as a short drive to Watergate Bay of Jamie Oliver’s 15 fame, and the iconic Padstow is just a few miles further along the beautiful scenic coast road.
Nessa, Barn and Bray View Cottages were a small farm and offer spacious accommodation for individuals, or a larger family group, or friends, to holiday in an idyllic location surrounded by peace, quiet and stunning views. They are in close reach of Trebarwith Strand and Tintagel, as well as Port Isaac of Doc Martin fame. The whole area has a growing reputation for eating out or bringing home Deli fresh meals, from local farm shop suppliers.
The team at Marsdens all realise how lucky we are to live, work and play in such an amazing part of the country. Our commitment to our unique landscape is shown at a personal and corporate level and we acknowledge our responsibility to help sustain the environment which provides so much enjoyment to us all. A great example of this is our innovative Visitor Investment Scheme, which has donated over £4000 to the North Devon Biosphere.
Proposals for the Atlantic Array planned for the Bristol Channel between Lundy Island and the Gower Penninsula in Wales are quite rightly contentious and it is easy to be confused by passionate views on both sides of the argument. We would recommend all our friends take 5 minutes to look at both www.atanticarray.co.uk and www.rwe.co.uk to understand the impact that this huge project will have on our world class coastline.
Stay in Birds Cottage or Corner Cottage in Appledore from September 28th and you could take part in the renowned Appledore Book Festival. Not only are there visiting famous authors, such as Ruth Rendell and Paul Torday, but interesting TV personalities will also be introducing themselves in session and there’s even a live recording of Gardeners Question time.
This really is a series of events not to missed, which can be combined with exploring the beautiful North Devon countryside surrounding the area. If a slightly livelier town would appeal as a base for you, then we also have three stunningly situated apartments in Westward Ho, available for the same dates, White Horses, Nirvana and Nemo. All three tastefully presented apartments, have far reaching sea views and overlook the fantastic surf beach of Westward Ho.
Don’t delay, book your perfect Cottage stay and then line up the events you personally don’t want to miss.
Gwel an Lagen and Bos Lowen offer couples a very quirky, modern studio cottage stay, with a great log burner for cosy evenings. Sited on the beautiful Cornish Colan Barton estate, country and rustic views surround the area. Porth surf beach is only six miles away, as are the further great beaches of Watergate Bay, Mawgan Porth and Fistral at Newquay. If you just love to walk and like Birdwatching then a short stroll will lead you to Porth reservoir, a nature reserve, with further walks in the immediate Hoblyn estate too.
These two lovely studio cottages offer a great economical retreat, they are very nicely equipped with luxury bathrooms and comfortable furnishings. If you are part of a larger group wishing to holiday together, then certainly consider adding Little Barton to the main Colan Farmhouse as well, and your party of 19 family or friends could relax in style together. Book to arrive before the end of September and you will have the delightfully situated, heated outdoor swimming pool to enjoy too.
Peppercombe Holt and Coastguard Cottage, are both as delightful as their names suggest. If you are wanting a self-catering cottage holiday, that is far away from the crowds filling some destinations and the busy-ness of daily life, then please consider either of these lovely country bolt holes. Situated in the North Devon countryside, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, both cottages offer country and coastal walking from the door. There are any number of quaint and historic villages to visit, including Clovelly, the only private village in North Devon and Hartland at the hub of the Hartland Pensinsula.
Clovelly is world famous for its stippy-stappy cobbled lanes and where donkeys ferry goods up and sledges bring goods down, the streets. It is certainly a unique place to visit.
The Hartland Peninsula is surrounded by the South West Coastal path, with incredible scenery to revel in. There are fantastic gardens to enjoy at Hartland Abbey and throughout the area a selection of Slip-Ware Potteries and Artist studio’s to visit.
Once discovered you will want to return time and again to just soak in the peace and quiet of this incredible corner of Devon.
Heron, Cormorant and House Cottage are all within two miles of beautiful Bude and its sandy beaches. They are all Five Star Visit England rated, with access to fantastic leisure facilities. Sited in Broomhill Manor Country Estate, all seventeen cottages and one apartment offer recently renovated accommodation with a very clean, modern, beach-chic style. The facilities available include the estate’s own riding school with qualified instructors and a training ménage, tropically heated indoor pool with jacuzzi, as well as an outdoor pool in a lovely sunny spot surrounded by charming flower baskets and tubs. There are acres of grounds to explore with ponds and thatched summer houses, activity areas to scramble over and lots of great places to pic-nic.
Some of the cottages have their own private Swedish hot tub for the family to enjoy and some also accept pets, so even your faithful companion can enjoy this fantastic estate too.
Why not browse through our Cornish Cottage selection, check out the new additions this week and before long you could be sampling the good life here in Cornwall!
Brauntons own Museum of British Surfing is featuring on ‘The One Show’ on Monday 13th August at 7.00pm on BBC1. So look out all you surf dudes, beach babes and the rest of us who just love to get to the beach, watch the surf and admire those brave and adept enough to catch a wave! The programme will cover just how the Museum came to be and even have some fun surf stuff on the beach.
If all this sea-side activity “wets” (sorry awful pun) your appetite for some quality time in a stunning location, then check out our North Devon coastal cottages. With surf lessons available locally you could be making history yourself very soon!
Moonstones conjures up a whole host of ideas when you think about it as a name. In the natural world it is a gem stone that reflects light, akin to the glow of the moon and some people believe it has healing properties. Well we at Marsdens think that our “Moonstones” is pretty special too. This spacious detached holiday home sits peacefully in Holywell Bay, with direct access from the garden to the beautiful National Trust sand-dunes, which lead to this acclaimed iconic Cornish beach. You may not want to move from the terrace which runs the full length of the house and gives views over the garden and the further area, which is protected and of special scientific interest. However if its a beach based holiday with great surfing that you are looking for, then Moonstones is in the perfect location. Offering great indoor and outdoor space, there is also a terrific utility room with hanging rails, perfect for wet suits and is also large enough and secure for your surf-boards too.
Walkers and Bird-watchers will love to be based here as the Cornish Coast path is adjacent and any number of other routes surround. Cornish Choughs have been spotted in the garden, as well as the area attracting migrant waders and many other feathered visitors.
Neptunes Cove, Priory House and Breezes are three exceptional holiday homes, offering a family or group of friends the chance to relax together in lovely surroundings. The areas they represent are as diverse as the houses themselves, Ilfracombe offers a traditional sea-side family resort, Barnstaple is full of lovely shopping, has an antique pannier market and is the gateway to all that North Devon can offer and Croyde has outstanding beaches for surf or play.
Depending on what your family likes to do to relax, you are sure to find something to please everyone. Ilfracombe have a whole series of events at the Landmark Theatre this summer, whether you fancy a day time or evening event. If you stay in Priory House Barnstaple then you will have a whole host of events to choose from including Scarecrow festivals and Exmoor Pony shows. Of course visiting Croyde means Cream teas and great surfing, a brilliant combination.
Curious? Then visit http://www.marsdens.co.uk/ or give us a call on 01271 813777, we’re always happy to chat.