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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in Ilfracombe, Devon your home away from home

Located on the North Devon coast, Ilfracombe is a Victorian seaside town with a small harbour. The steep cliffs lead down to sandy beaches which are popular with families. The landmarks include the Iron Age fortress on Hillsborough Hill, the modern Landmark Theatre and St Nicholas Chapel on Lantern Hill. The town has a busy High Street and many charming restaurants on the roads leading down to the harbour. The notable architecture includes a corner shop built in Flemish style in 1899 and the historic Royal Clarence Hotel façade.

Things to Do in Ilfracombe, Devon

Walking

The area offers many delightful walks with breathtaking coastal scenery. The scenic coastal path leads westerly from the harbour over the headland to the bay at Lee where an excellent lunch can be enjoyed in the gardens of the local inn. The wild Exmoor coast starts just 9 miles from your Ilfracombe holiday rental.

Visiting the Theatre

Ilfracombe has a lively calendar of cultural events, many of which are centred on the Landmark Theatre. Beaches

As well as the main beach, Ilfracombe has a Blue Flag Tunnels Beach, accessed via a tunnel which was hand carved through the rock by miners in 1820. It has an old Bath House and a pump house which still pumps seawater into the swimming pools.

Places to Visit Near Ilfracombe, Devon Combe Martin

Combe Martin is one of the longest villages in England, straggling up the river valley for several miles. It has a small beach with a river running through it. Browse the local gift shops and look for the interesting Pack o’ Cards Inn, which was built in the style of a House of Cards, allegedly from the winnings of a card game.

Arlington Court

The National Trust property of Arlington Court includes a historic Carriage Museum. Located near Barnstaple, this Regency House has a wonderfully furnished interior and picturesque gardens.

Watermouth Castle

Overlooking Watermouth Cove, this impressive castle is the site of a family theme park. There are plenty of rides and activities including a nostalgic display of antique pier machines, rides, mystical water gardens and a maze.  

Weather in Ilfracombe, Devon

Located in the southwest of England, the area around Ilfracombe generally has mild winters and reasonably warm, sunny summers with occasional showers. Average daily high temperatures throughout the year range from 9-21°C (48-70°F) with the heaviest rain showers between October and January.

Travel to Ilfracombe, Devon

The best way to get to Ilfracombe is to drive. Follow the M5 south to Bridgwater then take the slow but scenic A39 coastal road and the A399 to Ilfracombe. Driving is also the best way to get around and explore this delightful area.

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                                                                                              Comfortable, relaxing house in beautiful location

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                                                                                              The Thornes is a very comfortable house, and was perfect for the six of us to relax, share meals, play games around the table, and enjoy sitting out in the garden. The owners have been very helpful and we had everything we needed to make the most of the stay (including the table football!) The house is old, with low doorways and lots of old-world charm and restful informality, which was ideal for us for 'getting away from it all'. Kentisbury is also charming, so we had a lovely week in one of the most wonderful parts of the country, listening to the cows as we woke up in the morning and really enjoying the remoteness of the location. Yet we found plenty to do very close by - walking the local lanes to discover prehistoric burial mounds and standing stones, visiting the pretty reservoir at Wistlandpound, and making short hops in the car to the coast and its wonderful beaches (Heddon Mouth was probably our favourite!) Overall, a great place - many thanks to the owners for providing such a comfortable and well-equipped place to stay.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              Fantastic relaxing week away

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                                                                                              Such a lovely house- we all enjoyed our stay and will definitely go back. 5 good sized bedrooms and an excellent kitchen/dining/living area. Highlight was barbecuing on the huge deck overlooking Woolacombe bay. Our babies had a huge safe space to crawl around and explore. The house was well equipped but when we did need one or two things the owner was so efficient and brought them to the house within 24 hours. Would definitely recommend!
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                              Unspoiled, cosy and luxurious all in one

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                                                                                              Excellently situated 15" from Lee Beach. Very well equipped and to high standards. Owners have done a very good job of restoring this cottage & making it into a very cherning and cosy location for a family holiday.
                                                                                              • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
                                                                                              • Date of Stay: Aug 2016