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Ilfracombe Cottages

With rugged cliffs, handsome Victorian townhouses and villas, lanes that tumble down the hill to the sea, and a pretty harbour, Ilfracombe is a delightful seaside town.

This is a place to explore, with lots of independent shops, footpaths on the surrounding headland and amazing tunnels cut into the cliffs. Not to mention Damien Hirst’s famous sculpture and his bar and restaurant. Old-fashioned charm with a contemporary edge.

What’s there to do in Ilfracombe?

One of the real pleasures of Ilfracombe is wandering its streets, enjoying the delightful Victorian and Regency architecture and browsing the town’s many independent shops.

A perfect example of this is The Cotton Tree on Fore Street, which sells exquisite handmade toys and organic cotton clothing for little ones. It’s the ideal place to buy an utterly unique gift for a child or grandchild. Also on Fore Street, The Periwinkle is Ilfracombe’s first knitting café, which mixes the joy of knitting with a good cup of coffee and a slice of cake. The café runs workshops, helping visitors get to grips with basic granny squares, cable and beading and other knotty knitting issues. All accompanied by a large selection of teas, coffees and home-made cakes. And if you need to stock up on wool, the shop has a huge selection of yarns, sourced both locally and internationally. An Aladdin’s cave for both knitting experts and beginners!

If you’re after a more energetic experience and keen to explore the coast, then why not do it aboard a 10m RIB travelling at 20 knots? Ilfracombe Sea Safari departs daily between April and October, taking passengers on an exhilarating and fascinating journey up along the coast. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot seals, porpoises and even dolphins. But even if you don’t, you’re sure to enjoy the magnificent cliffs, headlands, beaches and coves.

Equally exciting, a day at Keypitts offers heart-stopping fun and, without doubt, a good splattering of mud! The farm is famed for its quad-biking and 4x4 experiences. Participants get full training from qualified instructors and are then able to get out on the trails and tracks. You can also go mountain biking on the farm. Hours of fun and a real adventure.

For adventures of a less heart-pounding nature, visit the Tunnels Beaches back in Ilfracombe. Excavated by Welsh miners in the early 1830s, the tunnels in question put inaccessible Crewkhorne Cove within reach of swimmers, helping turn Victorian Ilfracombe into a prime tourist destination. Swimmers were initially segregated for reasons of propriety but now it’s open for all to enjoy. Children (and adults) will love the sheltered tidal pool, refreshed twice a day by the sea’s advance, as well as the rock pooling. There’s also the stylish Café Blue Bar at the entrance to the tunnels, where visitors can sun themselves on the sheltered courtyard while their kids play in the outdoor and indoor play areas.

A final mention should go to Verity. Many art lovers head to Ilfracombe simply to see her and, once you’ve clapped eyes on this striking sight, you’ll understand why. ‘Verity’ is a huge sculpture of stainless steel and bronze created by Damien Hirst, which depicts a pregnant woman holding a sword aloft while carrying the scales of justice and standing on a pile of law books. Perched on the pier overlooking the harbour, she is a full ten inches taller than Anthony Gormley’s Angel of the North and was, at the time of her installation, the tallest statue in the UK. Quite a sight.

Where are the best places to eat and drink in Ilfracombe?

From down-to-earth boozers to upmarket dining, Ilfracombe is full of treats.

If you’re visiting the Tunnels Beaches, a stop at The Café Blue is a must. Offload the children in the play area and relax with a coffee or tea on the sunny courtyard, or enjoy the all-day breakfast, lunch or cream tea. The menu is a mix of classic British and Mediterranean – expect to tuck into a smoky bacon bap, Greek salad or gourmet burger.

If you’re a fan of contemporary art, The Quay is a must-visit. You’ll be treated to stunning views of the harbour and sea, while dining alongside original works by artworld enfant terrible, Damien Hirst (who also happens to own the restaurant). The menu takes its inspiration from British and European cuisine and prides itself on sourcing produce as locally as possible. Enjoy a drink in the bar or on the outside terrace facing the harbour, before moving into one of two dining areas. A slice of metropolitan sophistication in North Devon!

By contrast, the Ship and Pilot is a more down-to-earth venue. A no-frills pub that only serves sandwiches, crisps and snacks, it nonetheless attracts a loyal following for its exceptional range of real ales and ciders. At any time, visitors can expect six ales on tap, which will have been carefully chosen from breweries in Devon and Cornwall – among them Exmoor, Otter, Wizard (in Ilfracombe itself), St Austell, Bays and Teignworthy.

Just three miles west of Ilfracombe on the South West Coast path, pretty Lee is a lovely village that sits in a wooded combe. Famed for its abundance of fuschia and Victorian planting, the village is also home to The Grampus Arms. It’s a welcoming pub set in an ancient building, parts of which date back to the 14th Century. However history isn’t the big draw here, but an excellent selection of local ales and organic wines – all of which are sourced from Spain – as well as the food. Expect a menu of hearty dishes that mixes British classics like bangers & mash with more European style mains, such as Hungarian goulash. The pretty garden is a lovely spot for lunch in the summer while in the winter, the pub becomes a hive of games – with backgammon, table-tennis, cribbage, darts and skittles among the many played. Walkers and their dogs are very welcome.

Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer Northfield Cottage

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

Spacious character cottage on three levels, located in good proximity to many of Ilfracombe's attractions

  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • Private parking
£469 - £1170 per week *

NORTHF View property

  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 3 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.25 miles from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

A spacious and contemporary, architect designed, holiday home located in a lush green valley at Higher Slade The Fernery, Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

A spacious and contemporary holiday home with a hot tub that is located between Ilfracombe and Lee Bay.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • Hot tub available
£1099 - £2595 per week *

FERNER View property

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Hot tub available
  • Private parking
  • 1 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 1.4 miles from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

External view of Balmoral Balmoral

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

High quality, spacious duplex apartment with an amazing semi circular living space to maximise the sea and coastal views. Conveniently located for the town's attractions and facilities.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
£795 - £1765 per week *

BALMOR View property

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • Sea views from the property
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 3 Stars with Original Cottages

Rock House

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

A spacious, contemporary holiday home set over three levels with seaviews. Outside is a large decked terrace with a hot tub.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Friday changeover
  • Hot tub available
  • 0.4 miles to the nearest pub
£1115 - £2130 per week *

ROCKHO View property

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Friday changeover
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Hot tub available
  • 0.4 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 3 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.2 miles from the coast
  • Sea views from the property
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
Awarded 3 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer Beautiful Edwardian family home set in the heart of Ilfracombe The Edwardian House

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

The Edwardian House offers spacious comfortable accommodation, presented with a mix of period and modern furnishings,

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • Private parking
£750 - £1600 per week *

EDWAR View property

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.4 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 3 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.7 miles from the coast
  • Sea views from the property
  • Outdoor storage space
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
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New Property Beautiful large sitting room with comfortable seating for 8 people The Croft

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

Spacious terraced family home, with lovely sea views

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 0.1 miles to the nearest pub
£450 - £1250 per week *

CROFIL View property

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • 0.1 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • Highchair available
  • 1 miles from the coast
  • Sea views from the property
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

The Farthings

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

Great panoramic views, great outside decking area with hot tub and a wonderful holiday home

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Hot tub available
£1799 - £2350 per week *

FARTHI View property

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Hot tub available
  • Private parking
  • 0.5 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 1 miles from the coast
  • Sea views from the property
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Stars with Original Cottages

Special Offer A unique round home in an elevated poition with views over the town. The Round House, Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

A truly unique holiday home surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
  • 0.75 miles to the nearest pub
£655 - £2099 per week *

ROUND View property

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.75 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Cot available
  • 1 miles from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer

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Awarded 3 Stars with Original Cottages

Spacious Victorian House. Neptune's Cove

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

Spacious Victorian house with magnificent sea view.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • Private parking
£810 - £2140 per week *

NEPCOV View property

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.1 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 3 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • Sea views from the property
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer

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