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Destination guide

Have diverse adventures from North Devon cottages

North Devon is mainly grazing land for local varieties of sheep and cattle but for the holiday traveller it still has much to offer. From rugged cliffs to romantic misty moors and golden beaches, North Devon caters to any desire. Walking trails and pet-friendly beaches make North Devon an ideal destination for travelling with your dog year-round. Finding a place to stay won’t be a problem here; there is a wide range of dog-friendly B & Bs, hotels and cottages that will welcome your pup. Even the restaurants are dog-friendly with a full stock of treats and water bowls at the ready. North Devon is ready for both 2- and 4-legged visitors.

 
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventures with North Devon District holiday rentals

North Devon District lures all sorts of travellers, whether international or local, who come in search of rolling moors, boulder-strewn valleys and endless skies. The region is a gateway to Exmoor National Park, a wild expanse of South West England laced with impossibly scenic walking trails. If connecting with nature is a priority, escape to secluded holiday cottages nestled in the North Devon countryside.

Beaches

Beach-hopping from your North Devon District holiday rental

North Devon District boasts some of the UK's top beaches, including award-winning Woolacombe. The lively resort lures sunseekers with 3 miles of golden sand, gentle waves and a lively town centre brimming with ice cream parlours, country-style pubs and fish and chip shops. The atmosphere is infectious, so why not stay local with North Devon District holiday cottages just steps from the sand? Across the bay, rolling waves make Croyde a haven for surfers. For North Devon's signature bathing experience, head to Tunnels Beaches, where stone-cut passageways wind down to glassy Victorian-era tidal pools.

How to get around

Getting around from your North Devon District holiday let

Resorts like Woolacombe and Croyde are easy to get around on foot, especially when you stay in the heart of the action with North Devon District holiday lets. Many travellers choose to drive to the area, which offers the freedom to beach-hop along the coast and explore North Devon District at your own pace. Barnstaple is the region's main transport hub and offers regular train connections to London, Bristol, Birmingham and other cities.

Food & drink

Wine and dine with North Devon District holiday cottage

From grass-fed Exmoor beef to freshly caught Atlantic lobster, North Devon District holiday cottages unlock access to a well-stocked local larder. Self-guided culinary tours of the region will reveal an eclectic mix of colourful farmers' markets, traditional country pubs, Michelin-starred restaurants and seafood taverns. Want to get serious? Download the North Devon Food Trail App for the scoop on the district's top places to wine and dine. And, of course, don't leave without devouring a Devonshire cream tea, featuring loose leaf Earl Grey and fluffy scones, topped with lashings of clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Essential info

A guide to North Devon District holiday rental stays

  • Take the car, for more freedom to explore the area
  • Pack layers, as North Devon District can get chilly, even in the height of summer
  • Plan your trip according to your favourite season: summer promises long days and plenty of sunshine, autumn ushers in golden foliage, spring sees the moors explode in a sea of purple heather, and winter calls for cosy nights by the blazing fireplace of your North Devon District holiday cottage