EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Golfing holidays are very popular in North Devon, which has some of the oldest and most spectacular golf courses (including links courses) in the UK.
If you enjoy golfing holidays but don't want to stay in the busy crowded resorts, then Exmoor Cottage Holidays, in the peaceful village of Challacombe and within the Exmoor National Park, is ideal for you. The five stone-built cottages are full of charm and character, all have log fires, and they are surrounded by large enchanting grounds. The cottages are only a short walk from an award-winning pub, and half-an-hours drive from several premier golf courses, including a few that have been established for over 100 years (Ilfracombe, Saunton and the Royal North Devon).
The charming holiday cottages are ideal for golfing holidays and short breaks, being only 50 minutes from the motorway network and the M5. The local pub serves excellent home-made food and real ales and is only two minutes away. Next to the pub is a local shop, with groceries, alcohol and snacks, where you can have a lovely clotted cream tea. You can arrange with the shop (or the local Sainsburys or Tesco in Barnstaple) to have groceries delivered ready for your arrival.
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 golfing 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 free basket of logs and kindling in the cottage (and you can have more if available) and we are happy to help light your fire and show you how to keep it going. We can usually provide a BBQ, high-chair, cot, stair gate and fire-guard, and a free laundry service so that you can spend more time golfing. There is a bird-feeder outside each cottage (filled daily), delightful walks in the grounds with lovely views, a children’s play area and a meadow ideal for exercising your dogs.
We know Exmoor and North Devon well and can help you to plan your days out, show you the best walks and places to visit on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow) and help you make arrangements with local services e.g. golf courses, taxi (to take you and your clubs to the course of your choice), vehicle repairs, guided tours, horse-riding lessons, restaurants, spa visits etc. – and we always have some special deals for our guests. We can provide towel and linen hire, self-cook evening meals (home-made by our local shop) and other house-keeping services including full cottage cleaning, B&B and dog-sitting.
The 18 hole golf courses at Ilfacombe and Woolacombe have some spectacular sea views. If you are interested in a course to USGA specification, there are two new parkland courses at Portmore just outside Barnstaple. The courses operated by Saunton Golf Club at Braunton Burrows (a beautiful area of natural dunes designated as a UNESCO Biosphere) are classic links with two championship courses; and the oldest links course in England, at the Royal North Devon Golf Club, sometimes called the 'St Andrews of the South', is beside the beach near Westward Ho!
For the non-golfers in your party, there are lots of other sporting activities available in North Devon, including swimming, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, paint balling, coasteering, kayaking and horse riding. There are numerous local walks: some of the better known are at Tarr Steps, a prehistoric clapper bridge; Watersmeet, alongside a wooded river; Heddons Mouth, a glaciated valley leading to a pebbly beach; and the Valley of Rocks at Lynton, which has spectacular rock formations and a stunning coast path populated by wild goats.
There are many interesting places to visit nearby, such as Arlington Court, which has a famous carriage collection; Tiverton Castle, where you may meet with the engaging owners; medieval Dunster, which has a fascinating castle, a C13th dovecote and a charming C16th Yarn Market; Ilfracombe, which has an ancient harbour and Verity, a controversial sculpture by Damien Hirst; the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, joined by a water powered cliff railway; and Clovelly, a quaint fishing village which is still privately owned.
Exmoor Cottage Holidays are perfect for your golfing holidays in North Devon. The cottages are charming, well-appointed, all have log fires and private gardens, and are surrounded by peaceful wildlife grounds. They are just a few minutes walk from an award winning traditional inn, and less than 30 minutes drive from some of the best golf courses (including links) in the UK.