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When you rent a holiday cottage or a holiday rental home in Woolacombe, Devon there's always something for the children to do, come rain or shine

Woolacombe is a seaside resort in North Devon. It is a west facing sandy beach and is called a "combe" because it lies at the mouth of a valley. Woolacombe sands stretches for three miles and as far as Putsborough. This is a good beach for those learning to surf, as is Saunton and it has been awarded "Premier Seaside Beach" and the "Blue Flag" for its water quality, cleanliness and facilities and has been ranked in the world's top ten beaches.

Places to holiday in Woolacombe

Woolacombe Bay is a popular destination for surfing and has many surf schools and places where you can hire equipment. The population in the winter months is small but this swells significantly with holidaymakers in the summer. Visitors used to stay in hotels, guest houses and holiday apartments, but times are changing and the best way to see all that this area has to offer is from the comfort of a self catering holiday rental because it offers so much more freedom than a hotel.

Most of the entertainment in the area is aimed specifically at tourists and the crazy golf course in the centre of the village features model buildings of various North Devon Landmarks at each hole. Woolacombe holiday cottages are perfect for exploring the coastal path and the many attractions that North Devon has on offer.

Woolacombe is a lively village with great café's, restaurants and pubs serving a la carte, pancakes, carvery and seafood, which is why so many people return to their coastal cottage year after year. If the weather turns bad the Play Hut in neighbouring Ilfracombe has an indoor soft play area with slides, ball pits, games, bridges and a great deal more.

Things to do in Woolacombe

A cruise on the Ilfracombe Princess, a passenger catamaran takes you past beautiful scenery with sightings of sea birds, seals and dolphins. The seals cruise takes you pass fresh waterfalls, Brandy Cove, Lee village, Breakneck Point, Rockham Bay and Bull Point Lighthouse. There is also a birdwatching trip around Exmoor. H2Outdoor provide an exhilarating range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, kayaking, surfing, climbing, abseiling and coasteering within the beautiful surroundings of North Devon.

Woolacombe Riding stables at Eastacott have been featured on Blue Peter. It is an approved stable, supplies boots and hats and offers a choice of rides for the experienced or the novice rider. A trip to Lundy Island on MS Oldenburg is a truly unique adventure as is the Tunnels Beaches with the four tunnels and tidal swimming pool.

Woolacombe and the surrounding districts have events and festivals throughout the year and at these times you will have to book cottages early to save disappointment. These include the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival, Devon County Show at WestPoint in Exeter, Earl of Rhone at Combe Martin, Braunton Carnival, Victorian Week at Ilfracombe, Strawberry Fair at Combe Martin, Gold Coast Ocean Fest at Croyde and Woolacombe, the National Sandcastle competition at Woolacombe and Mortehoe Scarecrow Festival.

Weather in Woolacombe

Woolacombe's climate is mild and neighbouring Ilfracombe is considered the third warmest town in the UK.

Travel to Woolacombe

Exeter and Plymouth airports serve Woolacombe. The mainline railway is at Barnstable and there are buses from Barnstable to Ilfracombe

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                                      Recent Reviews

                                      Lovely well equipped property

                                      4 of 5
                                      Lovely well equipped property which suited our 3 generational family plus dog very well in a very peaceful location. We enjoyed walking to Lee Bay and enjoyed the tea room and pizza evening. Some observations - shower room needs refurbishment, need to advise visitors of very narrow lane with limited passing places, some information about recycling would be useful
                                      • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                      Superb!

                                      5 of 5
                                      Our family holiday in Woolacombe (we were a party of 9) was excellent and my children very much enjoyed doing all the things they last did ~30yrs ago – surfing, fishing in the rock pools, walking along the beach to Putsborough, climbing round Morte and Baggy Points etc. and for the three grandchildren it was all new and exciting. The beach equipment in the garage was most useful, it saved us bringing our own. The house is superb in location, accommodation and facilities and everything is to such a high standard that it is difficult to highlight anything in particular. However after a time on the beach the warm outside shower and hot tub were much appreciated and the spacious entry lobby with its boiler/drying room was invaluable in helping get any wet clothes dry again. The view from the living room is fantastic and nearly every room in the house has spectacular views. Even when the weather didn't encourage sitting out on the verandah it was lovely to be able to enjoy the amazing views from the comfort of the spacious living areas. The grandchildren also loved the jukebox! We very much enjoyed staying there – thank you for the opportunity, the family are already asking for a return visit!
                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                      A perfect place

                                      5 of 5
                                      The apartment was just as described. Everything we needed was there for us, even checking the bedding for my allergy. To have the car off the road, and still be on the front is a winning combination. Many places say fridge freezer but mean fridge & ice box, but this was equal sized so if you want to shop & eat in it's perfect. So many places to go around, fabulous beaches if you want to stay close and so big you are not on top of each other as you settle down for the sun. It's on our list to return too.
                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2016
                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2016