EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Beach and coastal holidays are very popular in North Devon and Somerset, which has some of the most spectacular coastline in the UK: with miles of golden sandy beaches; wide estuary views; hidden rocky coves; stunning cliff-top walks; scenic coastal drives, and historic coastal towns and villages. The coastline is extremely varied over just a few miles, with vast differences between those beaches facing west, which tend to be open and sandy, and those facing north, which tend to be hidden and rocky.
Exmoor Cottage Holidays are ideal for your beach and coastal holidays: the five cottages are full of charm and character, and each has a log fire and a private enclosed garden with a picnic table and bird-feeder. The cottages are in the peaceful village of Challacombe, within the Exmoor National Park, and in an excellent central location from which to explore the whole spectacular coastline of Somerset and North Devon.
We offer a beautiful place to stay and the personal attention you would normally receive in a B&B or hotel so that you get the very most from your coastal holiday. We are on site every day to help you with any enquiries and provide a chambermaid service (unless you don’t want to be disturbed!). We leave a basket of logs and kindling in the cottage and are happy to help you to light your fire and show you how to keep it going. We can provide a BBQ, high-chair, cot, stair gate and fire-guard and although there are laundry facilities for your use, we offer a free laundry service so that you can enjoy your day to the full.
The cottages are surrounded by large wildlife gardens, with an abundance of trees, shrubs, wild flowers and wildlife, including wild birds and pond creatures such as frogs, newts and dragonflies. After a long day at the beach, where better to relax than in a charming peaceful environment, away from the hustle and bustle of the resorts, while your children can (under parents supervision) search for life in the wildlife pond, feed our tame ducks, and explore the climbing frame and play equipment.
We know Exmoor and North Devon well and can help you to plan your days out, show you the best coastal walks and beaches on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow) and help you make arrangements with local businesses e.g. taxi, vehicle repairs, fishing trips, surfing lessons, coasteering, restaurants, etc. – and we always have some special deals arranged for our guests. We can provide towel and linen hire, self-cook evening meals (home-made by our local shop, who can also deliver groceries for your arrival) and other house-keeping services including full cottage clean, B&B and baby and dog-sitting.
Less than 300 yards from the cottages is a traditional Inn serving award winning home made food, real ales, and good wines; and a local shop which provides groceries, snacks, alcohol, guides, maps and lovely traditional clotted cream teas.
For wide sandy beaches, head to the west coast, at Saunton Sands, Croyde and especially Woolacombe, where the beach is 3 miles long and perfect for surfing. If you want a quiet sandy beach, then head for Crow Point and Braunton Burrows, which has huge sand dunes and is registered as a UNESCO Biosphere.
If you prefer historic resorts, try Ilfracombe, with an ancient harbour, spectacular Iron Age hillfort, and Damien Hirst's controversial statue of Verity; or Instow, a beautiful Victorian seaside town; Appledore, a charming fishing village with narrow streets; Clovelly, a privately owned former fishing village which must be one of the steepest villages in the country; and Lynton and Lynmouth, a Victorian resort and former fishing village linked by a unique water-powered cliff railway.
For hidden rocky coves there are Morthoe; Lee Bay; Hele Bay; Combe Martin; Woody Bay; Heddons Mouth (where there is a lovely coast path and a small Roman fort used to look out for the Silures in Wales); and the Valley of Rocks near Lynton, with a lovely coast path, amazing rock formations and a large community of wild goats. Both Hele Bay and Combe Martin beaches are very interesting when the tide is out and you can explore the many rock pools.
For stunning coastal drives the best roads are those beside the north coast, for example the toll road between Woody Bay and Lynton through the Valley of Rocks; and the road between Lynton and Porlock over the spectacular Countisbury Hill.
If you are looking for a beach holiday or coastal holiday away from the bustle of the resorts then you will not be disappointed when staying at Exmoor Cottage Holidays, which has charming accommodation in beautiful peaceful surroundings; an award-winning pub just a short walk away; and is central to the whole coastline of North Devon and Somerset.