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A cottage in Woolacombe is perfect for surf, sand and fun

Dog owners will be thrilled when they choose a holiday in Woolacombe. There are numerous dog-friendly cottages in this part of Devon near the beach along with plenty of fun activities in the area. Woolacombe Beach is a gem for holiday visitors who want their dogs to enjoy the trip too, as running along the water and making new friends while digging in the sand are great fun for kids and dogs alike. Pubs in Woolacombe are happy to welcome your pup, as are local parks and places to stay. Holiday cottages in Devon are quite dog-friendly, especially in Woolacombe.

 
Activities

Sightseeing in and around Woolacombe

Do you want to discover attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Woolacombe a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Big Sheep (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Lynton and Lymouth Cliff Railway (15.9 mi / 25.6 km)
Outdoor activities

Exploring nature around Woolacombe holiday cottages

With the roaring swells of the Atlantic Ocean on 1 side and the rolling green hills and farm fields of the North Devon AONB on the other, Woolacombe holiday homes are a perfect choice for lovers of the great outdoors. It's possible to book places that have coastal hiking paths squiggling out and along the clifftops right from their doorstep. The treks to windblown Baggy Point and across the grassy downs to Potters Hill are among some of the most popular. Local stables have steeds awaiting for those who want to get in the saddle for cobweb-busting gallops over the beach. And then – of course – there's the surf. Forever crashing and bashing against the North Devon shores, it ensures you're rarely short of a wave to ride in these parts.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Woolacombe

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, August, July, September and June are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 20°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Woolacombe

Travellers appreciate the pristine beaches and beautiful ocean views, which is just a taste of what Woolacombe has to offer. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Woolacombe is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Barricane Beach (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Woolacombe Beach (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Putsborough Sands (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Croyde Bay (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Saunton Sands (6 mi / 9.6 km)
  • Glen Lyn Gorge (16.8 mi / 27 km)
Beaches

Where are the best beaches near Woolacombe holiday homes?

  • Woolacombe Beach is the main draw of the town – it's long, wide and washed with some of Devon's top surf
  • Barricane Beach has rock pools to explore and interesting little coves to wander
  • The rugged bay of Grunta Beach is wild and filled with flat stones and pebbles
  • Croyde Beach is another surfer hotspot, backed by some seasoned surf schools
  • Long Saunton Sands is perfect for meditative coastal walks on breezy dunes
How to get there

Travelling to and around Woolacombe

Fly into Swansea (SWS), the closest airport, located 29.6 mi (47.6 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

How do I get around Woolacombe?

With everything from stacks of surfboards to wetsuits to piles of beach gear to lug along to your Woolacombe holiday cottage, it might be a good idea to opt for your own set of wheels. The good news is there are plenty of pleasant country lanes wiggling over this corner of the North Devon coast, so driving straight to the door of your pad should be nice and easy. What's more, links down to the M5 motorway tend to take just under 2 hours. There are a few regional buses that can transport those determined not to drive. They connect to both Ilfracombe and Barnstaple.

Essential info

Some essential Woolacombe facts and tips

  • Woolacombe is a small village with a population of just over 800
  • The beach can get busy in the summer months, so book a Woolacombe holiday rental long in advance if you're planning on coming then
  • Exeter Airport (EXT) is the closest place to land near Woolacombe
  • Be ready to drive on narrow country lanes if you're taking the car to that Woolacombe holiday cottage
  • Pack waterproof clothes for Woolacombe, even in the drier months – the weather can change quickly on the English coast

How many holiday rentals are available around Woolacombe?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,399 holiday lettings around Woolacombe. From 429 cottages to 429 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a beach property in Woolacombe?

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside... said every single person ever. Find the perfect home away from home for your crew and you'll be well on your way to beachy bliss. HomeAway has 620 beachside rental properties. Alternatively, you might like trying something a little different. HomeAway has a great range of properties to choose from, including:

  • 372 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 303 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 170 rural holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Woolacombe?

Rather than staying in a forgettable, cookie-cutter hotel room this holiday, you could go for a whole house. You'll feel like you're part of the neighbourhood in no time! There are 752 houses listed on HomeAway. Prices begin at £50 per night. If that doesn't suit your family's taste, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • Cottage: 461 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £50 per night.
  • Apartment: 335 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £59 per night.
  • Bungalow: 54 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £57 per night.

Can I stay in Woolacombe in a large group?

Whether you're embarking on a special getaway with the family or spending a week away with your old school crew, it's a whole lot of fun staying in a new place together! The great news is that HomeAway has options to suit. House holiday rentals are the preferred choice here for large groups of travellers. Our global database currently has 198 available. In this area, rental properties that are suitable for bigger groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we've got 388 properties to rent appropriate for that size. Stay a night for as little as £61.
  • Keen to find a holiday rental for 8 people? We have 171 that will be perfect. You can get one for as low as £105 a night.
  • Seeking out rentals catering to 5 guests? You'll be happy to discover we have 114 that'll be ideal. You can grab one from just £49 a night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you'll be able to bring your dad, your sister and all your besties to Woolacombe.