Westward Ho! Cottages

The only town in the UK with a name that ends in an exclamation mark, Westward Ho! has plenty to shout about. The big attraction is the beach. A real family favourite, it’s one long strip of sand backed by a pebble ridge, with the natural paradise of Northam Burrows Country Park accessible at one end.

The town’s unusual name comes from the title of a book by Victorian writer, Charles Kingsley, which proved so popular that developers of the Northam Burrows Hotel and Villa Building Company proposed naming their new site after the story. Visit today and you’ll discover it’s just as popular now as it was in the late 19th Century. A town that truly deserves an exclamation mark!

What is there to do in and around Westward Ho!

With soft sand, rock pools and unspoilt nature, the beach is the town’s big attraction. It enjoys blue flag status and a RNLI Lifeguard service between May and September. Little wonder it’s so popular with windsurfers, surfers and swimmers. And your four-legged friend need not miss out either. Dogs are permitted from October to April on the whole beach, and all year round at the Northam Burrows end. The surf is also home to wild sea bass, making the beach a popular spot for anglers.

If you fancy a bit of peace and quiet and the chance to explore a natural paradise, head to the north end of the beach. Here you can access the Northern Burrows, a scientifically important area which juts out into the mouth of the estuary. A site of special scientific interest (an SSSI), it boasts sand dunes, salt marsh, grassland and rocky shore and is teeming with wildlife, including rare plants, insects, birds and stunningly vivid lichen.

Discovery of a different kind is available a short drive north east. The Lynton & Barnstaple Narrow Gauge Steam Railways is, without debate, one of the world’s most picturesque steam rail journeys. First opened in 1898, it closed in 1935 but reopened to visitors in 2004 thanks to the work of passionate enthusiast volunteers, who have plans to fully restore all 19 miles of it between Lynton and Barnstaple. Today you can board the train at Woody Bay, an original L&B station, and enjoy two miles of breathtaking Exmoor scenery – hills clad in heather, buzzards swooping over wooded valleys and deer grazing in fields. Disembark at Killington Lane Halt and stroll around the lovely village of Parracombe (and maybe have a pint at the Fox & Goose) or stay on the train for the return journey. This is the really exciting bit – when the steam engine climbs a 1 in 50 gradient to Woody Bay. Old-fashioned thrills and spills!

Where are the best places to eat and drink in Westward Ho!

You can’t visit Devon and not enjoy a cream tea. Westward Ho! doesn’t disappoint in this respect. Tea on the Green is a genuine one-off, a perky retro style café that’s open from 11am for morning coffee, light lunches and epic cream teas. This latter category is what customers book for – teas named after famous film stars (The Hepburn, The Grant and The Taylor) that come on large cake stands, overflowing with filled rolls, quiche, meringues, decorated fairy cakes, scones, butter cream and strawberry jam. We’re pretty confident you won’t need another meal that day!

When you’ve managed to work up an appetite again, check out The Pig on the Hill. A thoroughly modern take on a pub, it combines the sophistication of a restaurant with the warm welcome of a boozer. Spacious, stylish and relaxed inside, it serves up wholesome burgers, open sandwiches, Devon steaks, locally landed fish dishes and tasty vegetarian options and desserts. Ale enthusiasts will enjoy beers from the Country Life Brewery (based in Abbotsham near Bideford) – and there’s also Devon Red cider and delicious Luscombe juices.



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Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

NIRV1

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£506 - £1201
per week
From £389 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • In a most unique position offering spectacular sea views. This high quality, spacious and contemporary apartment is adjacent to the sandy, surfing beach of Westward Ho!
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles
10% Off!

Westward Ho!, North Devon Countryside

LOOKO1

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£461 - £1331
per week
From £355 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Special offer10% discount for the week beginning 19th October
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 1 mile

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

PD693A

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£346 - £726
per week
From £269 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Lovely detached bungalow within walking distance of the beach, Northam Burrows and all village amenities. Surfing, cycling, sailing and walking opportunities closeby.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.5 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
15% Off!

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

SEASPR

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£536 - £1686
per week
From £411 for a 3-night stay
  • 5 Star
  • Special offer15% discount for all available weeks in October
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
15% Off!

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

N0987

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£302 - £686
per week
From £196 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offer15% discount for all available weeks in October
  • 5 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 1.4 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles
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Westward Ho!, Instow, Appledore and Westward Ho!

52GREE

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£726 - £1566
per week
From £554 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Stunning new home within easy reach of the blue flag beach at Westward Ho!
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 0.6 miles

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

BEGROO

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£488 - £1161
per week
From £375 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A spacious and modern detached holiday home just a short stroll from the beach. ***Beggars Roost offers a special lower price for couples in low season***
  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.15 miles
  • Pub 0.3 miles

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

OCEANW

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£946 - £2241
per week
From £719 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A high quality detached contemporary house offering panoramic sea views and a hot tub. Just a short downhill walk to beach and village facilities
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Hot tub
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.75 miles
  • Pub 0.7 miles
15% Off!

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

BURROR

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£631 - £1736
per week
From £482 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Special offer15% discount for all available weeks in October
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

BHOUS

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£611 - £1701
per week
From £467 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Spacious high quality property within walking distance of the beach , Northam Burrows Country Park and all village amenities.
  • 8 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 1 mile
15% Off!

Westward Ho!, North Devon Coast

N1623

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£458 - £1301
per week
From £289 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Special offer15% discount for all available weeks in October
  • 10 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Pets
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 1.4 miles
  • Pub 0.2 miles