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Make a holiday cottage in Swimbridge your home away from home

Swimbridge is a small village situated roughly six kilometres from the larger town of Barnstaple in Devon. Swimbridge is known for its church, but even more so as the home of Rev. John "Jack" Russell, the man credited with breeding the first Jack Russell terrier. Visitors to the region may choose to explore the stunning walking trails, which wind through the rolling green hills that surround the village, or make their way to one of the nearby seaside townships for some sun, sand and shopping. Parents with children will also find the seclusion of Swimbridge holiday cottages the perfect place for a quiet family getaway.

Holiday accommodation in Swimbridge offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with a number of great cottages, homes and apartments on offer. Swimbridge holiday homes, which average around £340 per week, also provide budget-conscious travellers with much more for their money than holiday rentals in Barnstaple and other large and popular resort areas.

Things to do

-Beaches: While Swimbridge holiday cottages may not be situated directly at the seaside there are still a number of great beaches within easy driving distance. Coastal locations such as Combe Martin Beach, Westward Ho!, Croyde Bay and Hele Beach provide holidaymakers with kilometres of seaside to explore, in addition to some great swimming locations and sea caves.

-Geocaching: Geocaching is basically a giant game of hide and seek, in which participants use global positioning devices to locate hidden treasure (geocaches). There are numerous geocaches located nearby to holiday cottages in Swimbridge, and finding these is a great holiday activity for families with children (or big kids!). It’s also a really fun way to explore and learn about the Swimbridge area.

-Hiking: Swimbridge’s proximity to the Exmoor National Park means numerous great walking trails in the region. A great example of one of the fantastic long distance paths leading out from the park is The South West Coast Path, which stretches over 1,013 kilometres and encompasses much of the coastline in the region. Holidaymakers looking for something a little shorter, however, will be spoiled for choice in the area.

-Cycling: Cycling is without question one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Swimbridge area. This is due in no small part to the presence of the Tarka Trail (a walking/cycling path), which winds its way through Devon. Enthusiastic cyclers can join the 290-kilometre path in Barnstaple and utilise it to visit a number of the surrounding villages or to simply explore the countryside. Holidaymakers interested in walking parts of the trail can also do so, with public transport available. HomeAway also offers holiday cottages in Ilfracombe and other villages along the Tarka Trail.

-Churches: One of the most stunning buildings in Swimbridge, the Church of St. James, is said by some to be amongst England’s best churches. At over 1,000 years old, the building is certainly steeped in history, although it’s the intricate furnishings and stunning artwork housed inside that makes the church a definite must-see.

Weather in Swimbridge

Swimbridge generally enjoys warm, temperate summers and cool, damp winters, which makes the summer months the most popular with tourists. Holidaymakers who don’t mind the cooler weather, however, will find that the village is also a great place for a winter getaway; especially when considering the possibility of a great out-of-season deal on a Swimbridge holiday cottage.

Travel to Swimbridge

Swimbridge is extremely easy to reach by car, owing to the fact that it’s situated just off the A361 near Barnstaple. But visitors who don’t have their own transportation need not despair: the village is also serviced by bus from Exeter, or travellers may like to take a train to Barnstaple and cover the remaining six kilometres to Swimbridge by taxi (or bus).

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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Christmas in North Devon at Sommerleigh cottage

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We had a very enjoyable stay at the cottage,over the Christmas period the cottage had fairy lights around the house and a tree that made it very festive. I would recommend this cottage to anyone, there were lots of added extras that were left for us thank you Denise your home is amazing hopefully we will return for another visit.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely cosy cottage equipped with everything you need.

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Really enjoyed our stay at Prospect Cottage and the little village of Chittlehampton. The cottage was spotless and was well stocked with plates cups etc. The starter pack of bread,cereal, milk etc was a nice touch. We will definitely return. Lots to do in the local vicinity. Especially liked Clovelly Village; great for working off a few calories! Kids thought The Milky Way amusement park was fantastic. 80% of the activities were in doors which was perfect for the colder weather. Pubs are no shortage. We ate at The Bell a few times; food was nice. The Rising Sun at Umberleigh was also good and the owners very welcoming. Also recommend the Chichester Arms at Bishops Tawton. Steaks were very good there.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                    Beautiful cottage excellently furnished.

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The cottage is set in a good location to explore the region. It is very well appointed with everything you need.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Dec 2016