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Short Breaks in North Devon

With magnificent sandy beaches, hidden coves, pretty villages and windswept moorland, North Devon sure packs in the attractions. So if you’re heading to this stunning corner of Britain for a short break, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

But the question that’s probably on your lips is: ‘With limited time, where do I start?’.

Well, we reckon the best thing to do is pick an activity, must-see attraction and cracking pub from our suggestions below. That way, you’ll get a taste of North Devon that will hopefully have you coming back for more!

What’s the best beach in North Devon?

Everyone has their favourite beach in North Devon. Woolacombe is repeatedly listed in the UK’s top ten beaches, while Croyde is popular with surfers. If you’re not one to run with the crowds, why not try Putsborough, near Braunton. It’s a real family favourite, with a fabulous mix of soft sand and rock-pooling.

What about walking?

The whole of the North Devon coastline is mapped out on the South West Coast Path, which includes dramatic treks along moorland and clifftops as well as softer jaunts along beaches, through woodland and pretty villages. If you’re pushed for time, we recommend the well-signed Coleridge Way. It starts in the Quantocks in Somerset but, for its latter portion, crosses the north end of Exmoor. It’s a route that takes you through the landscape that inspired the poet, ensuring plenty of pit stops in villages with tea rooms and pubs. There’s also a delightful short route near Liscombe, a circular jaunt along the riverside that involves crossing Tarr Steps, the longest clapper bridge in the country!

Where’s the best cycle track?

The level and traffic-free 21-mile Tarka Trail, running between Braunton and Meeth, is the perfect cycle track for those who’ve not got the time to plot their own route. There’s no need to bring bikes as they can be rented from Tarka Trail Cycle Hire at Barnstaple station. Simply enjoy the ride! Created along the route of a closed railway, it follows, for the most part, the River Taw (which was the setting of Henry Williamson’s 1927 novel, Tarka the Otter – which explains the trail’s name!).

What about pretty villages?

That’s a tough question as there are some lovely spots throughout the area. But perhaps the most fun introduction to North Devon – and a place where you get a two-for-the-price-of-one deal – is Lynton and its neighbour Lynmouth. Linked by a funicular lift that’s powered by water, these are lovely Victorian villages blessed with tea shops, pubs and a fair sprinkling of excellent restaurants. Be sure to take the lift for glorious views of Exmoor and the North Devon coastline.

What’s the best stately home to visit?

There are plenty of grand homes to visit in North Devon but the one blessed with both fascinating history and a stunning situation is Hartland Abbey. Unlike many National Trust or English Heritage properties, this is a house that’s still owned by a family, so it’s both a historical gem and a home. Even more interesting, the family are direct descendants of the original owner, who was keeper of Henry VIII’s wine cellar. Originally built as a monastery, the house was gifted to the family in 1539. It’s a treasure trove for those who love British history – with architecture, artwork and decorative objects from the Mediaeval, Queen Anne, Georgian and Victorian periods. The estate is just as magical, with paths leading all over the landscape, including one that takes visitors down to the beach.

Where’s a good pub for a short break in North Devon?

It depends on what you’re after!

For fantastic views, try the Hartland Quay Hotel (and its Wreckers Bar). Their garden offers diners a dramatic view of the sea and the drama of the surrounding cliffs.

For a special occasion, then it’s probably a toss-up between a coastal boozer and one deep in the country. For those who are staying closer to the sea, the Rock Inn in Georgeham is a lovely gastro pub which serves up legendary burgers, fish pie, local cask ales and wines drawn from a 48-bin list. For those inland, The Masons is just as popular with foodies. A 13th century thatched pub in Knowstone, just south of Exmoor, with oak beams, log fires and a Michelin star, it boasts a kitchen led by Michel Roux’s former Head Chef at the Waterside Inn, Bray – so fine dining is guaranteed!

Awarded 5 Stars with Original Cottages

New Property Elegantly styled sitting room The Barn

Croyde - North Devon Coast

Newly converted Barn, with a stylish and contemporary feel designed by the owners daughter. Under floor heating and oak beams give this property a warm and cosy feel.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
£440 - £885 per week *

BARNH View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.5 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 5 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 1.2 miles from the coast
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
Awarded 5 Stars with Original CottagesThis property can be found on Niche Retreats

A tranquil retreat in the heart of Exmoor, ideal for a romantic holiday for two Keepers Cottage, Brendon

Oare Nr. Lynmouth - Exmoor

A romantic country retreat in the heart of Lorna Doone country in Devon. Set within Exmoor National Park and relatively close to the coast this is a exceptional holiday cottage for a getaway!

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • Private parking
£408 - £875 per week *

KEEP2 View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 2.4 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 5 Stars
  • Travel cot available
  • 7 miles from the coast
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer

New Property The Studio @ Cobalt

Dartmouth - Torbay and South Devon

The Studio @ Cobalt is the perfect couples romantic getaway base, located in the scenic town of Dartmouth in South Devon, wonderfully situated less than a 2 minute walk to the middle of the town.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Thursday changeover
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
£308 - £548 per week *

BC3051 View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Thursday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • 0.2 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 5 Stars
  • 2 miles from the coast
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer In a tranquil setting and surrounded by beautiful countryside close to the Cornwall border this is a great location for couples Shippen At Hartland Holiday Barns

Hartland - North Devon Countryside

Lovely single storey barn conversion furnished to a high standard and offering additional facilities for walkers, cyclists and dogs One of three barns ideal for couples and friends to get together.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
£330 - £580 per week *

SHIPHH View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • 3 miles from the coast
  • On one level
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer

Explore the heart of Devon...

Because not all the best Devon cottages face the sea!

Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Crossways Court is where you will find Waves End in Woolacombe Waves End

Woolacombe - North Devon Coast

A wonderful property for couples in a lovely location with fabulous sea views. A good choice of shops, pubs and restaurants and Woolacombes three mile stretch of golden sands just a short stroll away.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
  • 0.3 miles to the nearest pub
£365 - £891 per week *

WAVES View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 0.1 miles from the coast
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Beautifully designed and decorated open planning living area Workshop

Bampton - Exmoor

Perfect for couples, this pretty Devon barn conversion has stunning countryside views and shares an outdoor jacuzzi spa pool. Ideal for exploring Devon and Somerset and the splendour of the Exmoor National Park.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • Hot tub available
£246 - £535 per week *

WORK View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Hot tub available
  • Private parking
  • 1.3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 24 miles from the coast
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

A calm and welcoming feel with a coastal theme throughout Farthings Nest

Ilfracombe - North Devon Coast

Annexe offering a great base for exploring North Devon. Calm and welcoming with a coastal theme throughout

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
£284 - £475 per week *

FNEST View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.5 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 1 miles from the coast
  • Sea views from the property
  • On one level
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

The perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of tea whilst planning the days adventures The Gearing

Bampton - Exmoor

Grab a taste of the country in this stunning barn conversion, which also enjoys quick access into the heart of Exmoor National Park. Offering stunning countryside views and shared use of outdoor hot tub.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Hot tub available
£246 - £535 per week *

GEAR View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Hot tub available
  • Private parking
  • 1.3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available
  • 24 miles from the coast
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer

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Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original CottagesThis property can be found on Niche Retreats

Special Offer The spacious open plan living/dining/kitchen looks out over a picturesque valley Threshing At Hartland Holiday Barns

Hartland - North Devon Countryside

A spacious single storey barn conversion with additional facilities for walkers, cyclists and those wishing to bring their pets. One of three barns ideal for couples and friends to get together.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
£355 - £600 per week *

THREHH View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • 3 miles from the coast
  • On one level
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original CottagesThis property can be found on Niche Retreats

Special Offer This high quality, single storey, rural retreat is in a most idyllic location with stunning views of Devon's wonderful countryside Crows Nest

Bampton - Exmoor

Detached stone built cottage with magnificent country views and a private hot tub in summerhouse adjacent

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • Hot tub available
  • Private parking
£326 - £720 per week *

CROWS View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Sorry, no pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Hot tub available
  • Private parking
  • 1.3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • 24 miles from the coast
  • On one level
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

Special Offer One of only 3 high quality cottages adjacent to the owner's own home, Stable offers an attractive and well designed base Stable At Hartland Holiday Barns

Hartland - North Devon Countryside

Offering rural tranquility in magnificent Devon countryside. One of 3 single storey barns ideal for couples and friends to get together. Ideal for walkers, cyclists and pet owners with additional facilities available.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
£310 - £570 per week *

STABHH View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 1 pet
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 3 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • 3 miles from the coast
  • On one level
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer
Awarded 4 Star Gold with Original Cottages

This delightful single storey annexe is an ideal quiet retreat on the edge of Northam village Cedars Lodge

Northam - North Devon Coast

Delightful single storey Annexe with wonderful countryside views.Within walking distance of the centre Northam village and just a few minutes drive to the wide expanse of surfing sands at Westward Ho!

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • Private parking
£295 - £632 per week *

CEDARS View property

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • Suitable for up to 2 pets
  • WiFi connection available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bed linen provided
  • Private parking
  • 0.6 miles to the nearest pub
  • Towels provided
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Highchair available
  • Cot available
  • 1.5 miles from the coast
  • On one level
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Tumble dryer

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