Woolacombe and Mortehoe Cottages
As you drive down the hill to see Woolacombe Bay for the very first time – you are sure to think ‘Wow’. There really is no question to why it has been voted as the UK’s Best Beach. For the second year running, Woolacombe has kept its number one position in the top 25 beaches category of the TripAdvisor 2016 Travellers Choice Awards (February 2016). It also proudly ranked fifth in the TripAdvisor’s guide to best European beaches and top 15 worldwide.
There’s no doubt that Woolacombe is a definite favourite. What’s not to love!
This three mile stretch of golden sand lies between Mortehoe and Baggy Point. Its northern tip lies in front of the village, whereas its southern tip merges with Putsborough to form Putsborough Sands.
There is literally space for everyone. Great waves attract surfers, body boarders and swimmers.
Beach lovers and families enjoy sunbathing, sandcastle building, family beach games, and rock pool exploring and paddling in the sea of this most beautiful bay.
For your four-legged friends, dogs are welcome on the beach all year round. Although, there are some restrictions (between April 1st and September 30th) where dogs are only permitted south of the stream.
What else is there to do in Woolacombe?
Its beach is undoubtedly its star attraction but don’t let that fool you into thinking the village can only its award-winning golden sands.
There is plenty more Woolacombe can provide, with its lively range of pubs and restaurants to laid back cafes and coffee shops.
If you have kids to entertain, then a trip to Funder Island may suffice. This 15-hole pirate themed adventure golf course is a hit with kids of all ages and there are also self-controlled pirate boats, water-cannon games and racing cars.
For the more experienced golfers amongst you, there is a 9-hole pitch and putt course in the grounds of Woolacombe Bay Hotel. A small admission fee is charged for both of these, but hours of entertainment are guaranteed. Woolacombe offers a countless array of eateries and pubs for you to handpick from. It’s hard to pick a favourite from the ever-growing list, but for location and a totally unique experience alone it is hard to ignore Barricane Beach Café. On this sandy cove, just on the outskirts of the village, this wonderful beach café rustles up baguettes, wraps, jacket potatoes, cakes and coffees during the day, but come the evening the café transforms itself into a Sri Lankan beach shack serving authentic homemade South Asian curry. The choice is simple – a vegetarian or chicken-based curry curry with a lentil dhal dish, vegetable curry, rice and poppadums. An awesome setting – sitting on the beach, eating an authentic curry with the most stunning views and the friendly staff will even lend you plastic cups to pour your wine into. A true one off!
For a family restaurant and bar that certainly doesn’t hide anything, The Red Barn, right in the centre of Woolacombe is a popular spot. A large, in your face, red building that once inside could have you believing you are in Australia. Good food, drinks, music and surfboards are guaranteed. A fantastic place to enjoy a refreshing beer after a long day at the beach.
The Boardwalk is another top joint, with stunning views out across the Atlantic Ocean and another notable mention is Beachcombers.
Just up the coast, the pretty hilltop village of Mortehoe offers a quieter base for a holiday yet still provides easy access to the vibrant beach resort of Woolacombe.
You’ve got pubs, tearooms, cafes, a village shop, wonderful walking, amazing beautiful coastline and an ideal base for exploring the rest of North Devon. What’s not to like?
For walkers, there’s a spectacular circular-ish jaunt from Mortehoe that offers some of the very best coastal views and rock formations of any stretch of the South West Coast Path. Head north-east out of Mortehoe to Bull Point, then cut south-west along the coast path, taking in Rockham Beach and Morte Point. Gaze out to sea to Lundy Island, and inland at the extraordinary rock formations that bear more than a striking resemblance to the spiky armour of a stegosaurus.
There’s nothing that conjures up seaside holidays better than fish & chips. Well, Mortehoe village certainly has a fish & chip shop, but this one is rather special. Not content with just selling wonderful fish & chips, Mor-Shellfish-T-Eat in the village square also offers a range of shellfish platters, cockles, whelks and prawns in cartons, and the very popular ‘fish-in-foil’ for your barbeque or oven. You can take home tuna, cod, haddock, sardines, sea bass and more, with additional options of garlic, chilli, basil or lemon infused oils. Fish made simple and delicious.
Also in the village, The Chichester Arms offers visitors (and their dogs) a traditional village pub, with hearty home-cooked food and a good range of real ales and ciders on tap.
Take a little time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Woolacombe and Mortehoe We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly special Devon holiday.