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!



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Shaldon, South Devon Coast

SHABH5

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£ 115
per night
  • 5 Star Gold
  • Special offerWinter Deal! Book to stay between 1st November 2019 and 31st March 2020 and receive 3 nights for the price of 2! Offer excludes Christmas and New Year Breaks
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.01 miles

Hartland, North Devon Countryside

STABHH

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£391 - £571
per week
From £302 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Offering rural tranquility in magnificent Devon countryside. One of 3 single storey barns ideal for couples and friends to get together.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 2.5 miles
  • Pub 2.5 miles

Torquay, South Devon

H28633

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£235 - £585
per week
From £185 for a 3-night stay
  • A stylish one bed apartment, with the most amazing views out to sea!
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.5 miles
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Ilfracombe, North Devon Coast

CAPVI

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£361 - £576
per week
From £280 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Special offer20% off in September and October
  • Special offer15% discount for all available weeks in October
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 1.1 miles
  • Pub 0.8 miles

Torquay, South Devon Coast

HESBAL

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£385 - £865
per week
From £298 for a 3-night stay
  • A romantic apartment with stunning sea views
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles

Tawstock Nr Barnstaple, North Devon Countryside

GRANAR

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£316 - £616
per week
From £246 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A pretty barn conversion, stylishly furnished and perfect for couples to use as a base to explore both the Devon coast and countryside.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 6.5 miles
  • Pub 1.3 miles

Shaldon, South Devon Coast

CCSHA2

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£425 - £611
per week
From £328 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • A simply stunning coastal retreat, this boutique bolthole for two is tucked away in the charming village of Shaldon.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed garden
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 0.1 miles
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Bratton Fleming, North Devon Countryside

PRICOT

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£312 - £696
per week
From £243 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Special offer15% discount for all available weeks in October
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 10.5 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles
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Braunton, North Devon Coast

TOWNF

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£331 - £786
per week
From £257 for a 3-night stay
  • A wonderful couples retreat set in the heart of the popular village of Braunton. The Grade II cottage is a convenience walk from the restaurants and cafes and close to the Tarka Trail
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 2.5 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Ilfracombe, North Devon Coast

STABIL

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£331 - £741
per week
From £257 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Detached barn conversion cottage in a quiet location. The town has a picturesque harbour, the famous tunnels beaches and a choice of shops, restaurants and pubs.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Woolacombe, North Devon Coast

SEABLU

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£356 - £826
per week
From £276 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Spacious apartment offering magnificent sea views both from the main living and bedroom areas as well as from the large private decked balcony.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Beach 0.1 miles
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Torquay, South Devon Coast

KILMLO

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£421 - £805
per week
From £325 for a 3-night stay
  • A one-level traditional apartment with great sea views
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Beach 0.2 miles
  • Pub 1 mile
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