Make a holiday cottage in Weare Giffard your home away from home
Sitting about 2 miles from Great Torrington, Weare Giffard is a small North Devon parish sitting on a hill overlooking the River Torridge. Of major historical interest, the village is home to 2 Grade 1 listed buildings, namely the Parish church of the Holy Trinity and Weare Giffard Hall. The manorial history is rather fascinating and the records survive in various forms for visitors to explore. Surrounded by pretty Devon countryside and with easy access to the lovely coastline of Bideford Bay, holiday cottages in Weare Giffard with HomeAway are a great choice. Other holiday homes in Weare Giffard offer guests everything from cosy apartments for two to gracious renovated barns for larger parties. Each of the accommodations has been beautifully appointed, ensuring that visitors have many creature comforts, without sacrificing any of the delightful country charm.
Things to do in Weare Giffard
Weare Giffard is a good example of a traditional English street village with a parish church and a local pub.
-Weare Giffard Hall: was a manorial hall that passed through a number of families. It fell into a state of disrepair in the 17th Century, but it was restored to its former glory in the mid 1800s. With beautiful architecture, fine art, excellent handcrafted Edwardian wood panelling, Jacobean fireplaces and stunning elaborate plaster work, it’s now a fine ethnographical exhibit of the life of the house.
-The Tarka Trail is a cycle and walking path, in the shape of a figure 8, named after the route taken by Tarka the Otter. Crossing over the River Torridge and a few old railway bridges, the trail is some 30 miles total. It forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route, and cycling it is a very popular activity with visitors in Weare Giffard holiday rentals. The trail passes several local landmarks such as the Rolle Canal and the Annery Lime Kilns.
-Rosemoor Garden is 65 acres of gorgeous landscaped grounds and home to a renowned collection of plants and flowers. Visitors can enjoy the Arboretum, some 2,000 roses in the Rose Garden, the Alpine House and various herb, fruit and vegetable gardens, as well as a plant shop, library, gift shop, restaurant and tea room.
-Westward Ho is one of the choice towns on the coast within easy reach from holiday cottages in Weare Giffard. Golden Bay can boast of 2 miles of sandy beach which adjoins Northam Burrows Country Park, home to a wide variety of local flora and fauna Holidaymakers can enjoy safe swimming as well as surfing, kite surfing and canoeing, and there are paths and trails for walkers and cyclists.
-Dartington Glass: has been operating in Great Torrington since 1967 and the visitor centre is a popular attraction. Learn the history of the company and see displays from skilled craftsmen on the factory tour who will work on a personal piece if requested or you can try your own hand at making glass. There’s also a shop on site.
The Weather in Weare Giffard
Weare Giffard is enviably temperate. Summer sees average temperatures of 23°C and winter averages of 5°C can be expected.
Travel to Weare Giffard
The nearest train station to Weare Giffard is 12 miles away in Barnstaple with an hourly service to London via Exeter. National Express Coaches also run to Barnstaple and road access to holiday cottages in Weare Giffard is off the main A39 via the M5.