Our guide to North Devon holiday cottages

North Devon holidays are the ones for those of you who like the path less travelled, who like your coastline rugged and unspoilt and who love a holiday where no two days are ever the same. To the adventurers, the ramblers and the energetic, the region is a wide open playground where you can expect a warm welcome and plenty of opportunity to experience Devon life in all its glory.

Exmoor National Park is one of the county’s most unspoilt landscapes, and if it’s been too long since you walked the dog somewhere beautiful then it’s the perfect setting for some serious wandering. One of the things we love about North Devon is it’s as much about the places you stumble upon as it is the places you plan to visit.

There are countless hidden little coves that’ll make you feel like the first to discover them, and if you fancy some real time out with your family there’s plenty of opportunity to escape the crowds and just see where you end up.

Speaking of family holidays, the region’s the perfect place to try something new, so just round up the kids, step outside and take your pick. You name it there’s a place to do it, and that includes coasteering, climbing, surfing (of course), cycling and fishing.

Now, on the North Devon coastline they’re only serious about one thing – surfing. Beaches such as Woolacombe, Saunton and Braunton are so renowned for their surf they have half the staff of our office travelling to them after work on summer evenings – and they’re lined with professional surf schools to help those of you who’ve never had the pleasure get going safely.

Many of them promise to have you standing on the board within two hours too, so don’t panic if you’re only visiting for a short break – they’ll have you out on the waves like a local in no time.

The Grove Inn

We’ll start with The Grove Inn’s accolades shall we? Well, this picturesque thatched pub comes recommended by Which?, The Good Food Guide, The Good Pub Guide, the AA Pub Guide, CAMRA Good Beer Guide and Alastair Sawday…so to put it simply it’s a foodie’s dream! You’ll find the inn in the pretty village of Kings Nympton, and its award-scooping meals...

Appledore Book Festival

We can't think of a prettier place to host a festival for bookworms, and The Appledore Book Festival's fast becoming one of the county’s most popular literary programmes. The festival usually runs over the last week of September and the first of October, and it welcomes some of the most successful writers and speakers in the world. The picturesque village...
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