Our guide to holiday cottages in Holsworthy

Found in an unspoilt corner of North Devon, Holsworthy is a friendly and charming market town with stunning scenery. Many choose Holsworthy for a relaxing retreat in the beautiful Devon countryside and a traditional, quaint town. Holsworthy is close to the Hartland Peninsula, so those on holiday find that breath-taking coastal views and walks are never far away. With two regular markets, a variety of colourful fairs and carnivals, and some of Devon’s finest landscapes – holidays in Holsworthy are a great way to step away from it all.

Things to do in Holsworthy

We have a natural love for Holsworthy and we’re sure you will too. With plenty of things to do for both adults and little ones, it’s a real treat for all the family. Our first port of call in July is always St. Peters Fair. Lasting for a whole week, this fun event promises traditional fairground rides and live entertainment. Have a go on the horse carousel and grab a sweet treat on your way out.

Fairground rides are always fun but what if you could ride a real horse? At Cookworthy Moor, you can do just that. This stunning location in the hills of West Devon is the perfect place for a pony ride. Take a relaxing stroll on your favourite mare as you capture the intoxicating atmosphere of the countryside. See if you can spot a barn owl along your adventure or pop to Cookworthy Forest Centre for a pit stop.

We know that not everyone will enjoy nature and funfair rides, so we have something else in mind for those who are looking for an exciting day out. The Holsworthy Vintage Vehicle and Engine Rally takes place every year, normally in June. This enticing event allows you to get up close to some beautiful, timeless motors. Bring your camera or phone as you’ll want to get as many pics as possible of these incredible cars.

Holsworthy Attractions

Holsworthy is a stunning part of Devon that never fails to impress us. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the impressive attractions this area has to offer. One of our favourite spots is Dunsdon National Nature Reserve. This enchanting spot is ideal for an unwinding stroll as you view the pretty blooms, Culm Grassland and fauna. When we’re in a walking mood, we also like to visit Dartmoor National Park. This scenic area is what dreams are made of. You’ll love exploring the landscape and if you fancy taking a guided walk, there are several themed walks that’ll get your heart racing.

Adventurers and explorers will love to know more about the local history and there’s no better way to do that than with a trip to Okehampton Castle. These picturesque ruins were once the biggest castle in Devon and these days, its impressive ruins are a hot spot for painters. There’s also local tales of the castle being haunted by Lady Howard – a woman who allegedly murdered all four of her husbands. If spooky goings on don’t frighten you, see if you can spot her on your visit.

Far less scary places include the Okehampton Farmers Market. Taking place on the third Saturday of every month, here’s your chance to stock up on homemade jams, cheese, pastries and cakes. These tasty goodies go down a real treat so don’t miss your chance to visit.

Okehampton Castle

Okehampton Castle may be a picturesque ruin today, but it was once the largest castle in Devon. Built between 1068 and 1086, the castle was owned by the de Courtenays who later went on to become the Earls of Devon. The castle stayed in the same family for generations, before their involvement in the War of the Roses led to...

Dunsdon National Nature Reserve

The Devon Wildlife Trust Dunsdon National Nature Reserve is a popular great spot for a walk in Holsworthy, and it is set apart from the other reserves in the area by its examples of Culm Grassland. This heathy pasture is only found in the west Devon area and gains a distinctive marshy texture from the geology of the terrain -...
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