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Dog Friendly Beaches in North Devon

Smythen Farm makes the perfect holiday location for families with dogs, with acres of land and cosy cottages. Surrounding us are a number of excellent dog-friendly beaches to let your pooch stretch their four legs on! Putsborough Sands Nestled between Croyde and Woolacombe you'll find the vast s...


Holiday Cottages for Couples in North Devon

Our smallest holiday cottage, Honey Pot Cottage is the perfect holiday home for couples looking to get away in North Devon with its modern, cosy design and comfortable double bed. If you're looking to get away for a romantic break in North Devon, or the beautiful national park of Exmoor, we have th...


Learn to Surf on Holiday in North Devon

There's plenty to do for families on holiday at Smythen Farm North Devon holiday cottages. We can personally recommend some excellent walks, bike rides and local attractions. For those looking for something a little different, why not learn to surf at our local surf school in Westward Ho. The No...


Large Holiday Cottage in North Devon

Cottage holidays are a great way to bring large families together - offering the rare advantage of fitting the largest families under one roof. Often for customers staying in our largest self-catering cottage, it's the first time since their older children moved out of home that they've all been ...


Spring Bank Holiday in North Devon

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that for the majority of us, on Monday 29th May you wont need to head to work! If you're looking to escape for the upcoming Spring Bank Holiday on the 29th May, you're not alone! Tens of thousands of tourists will flock to tranquil North Devon that weekend, drawn...


Short Breaks in North Devon

Looking to escape for a long weekend this summer? Nestled away in the beautiful countryside of North Devon, Smythen Farm North Devon Holiday Cottages offer couples, families and large groups the perfect get-away for a short break in North Devon. Book a Short Break in North Devon Whether you're sho...


Family Fun or the Perfect Stag Do at Smythen Farm North Devon Holiday Cottages

Active Escape are a dedicated adventure and outdoor activities company operating in North Devon who supply a range of outdoor activities ideal for groups or families, including Rafting, Coasteering, Surf Rafting and much more. These activities are ideal for a family day out or a special event....


Jet Ski Safari on Holiday in North Devon

Here at Smythen Farm North Devon Holiday Cottages we're lucky to be surrounded by some of England's most beautiful countryside, there's a massive range of walks and bike rides for people of all abilities. However, if you're looking for something a bit more energetic on your holiday to North Devon...


Visit Lundy Island from Smythen From North Devon Holiday Cottages

In a place of wide spaces and big skies, without roads, cars or pollution, simply walking is a profound pleasure. Lundy has a milder climate than the mainland, with more sunshine and less rain. The particular character of Lundy derives from its varied terrain; on the west side, exposed to the Atl...


Woolacombe Beach Life Guards Resume

If you're planning a family holiday in North Devon for the Easter holidays, you'll be pleased to hear that the Woolacombe Beach lifeguard service will resume in time for your holiday! 2017 Lifeguard Season Dates Easter school holidays 1-23 April Daily 29 April-1 O...


Wet Days at Smythen Farm North Devon Holiday Cottages

Im sure this years going to give us plenty of beautiful summer spring days in the coming months, but with English weather it's always worth having a backup plan! Here at Smythen Farm North Devon Holiday Cottages we've got plenty of indoor local attractions and on-sight activities to ensure you'll ne...


10% Off All Holidays Until April

In order to celebrate all the work we've had done at Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages this year, we're putting all holidays until the end of April on sale. We hope this will allow more people to checkout all the brilliant changes we've made from our new swimming pool to the brand new games room! ...


Get some Air Time at Air Extreme Barnstaple!

We're always looking for new local attractions that our guests can visit on their north devon self catering holiday with us. Often we find great local markets, summer-time fates and local pub events, but the latest attraction to hit North Devon is something much more energetic! Air Extreme Barnsta...


Child Friendly Holiday Cottages in North Devon

If you're looking to get away with your family over Autumn, then book a short break or week holiday here at Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages. Set in the heart of North Devon, our child friendly self catering holiday cottages are the ideal location to get away with the kids. We've got a massive amount ...


Best Pubs in North Devon

As we move into Autumn, we'd like to remind everyone of the warm and cosy pubs on our doorstep! Whether you're more of a "relax on the beach" type, an adventurous hiker or a big family attractions sort of traveller, one thing we all have in common is the appreciation of a fine North Devon Pub! Reno...


Self-Catering Holidays Cottages in Exmoor

Self-Catering Holidays Cottages in Exmoor Located just 13 minutes from Exmoor National Park, Smythen Farm Self Catering Holiday Cottages are the perfect place for a self-catering holiday in Exmoor National Park. Exmoor is a unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland shaped ove...


Explore Watermouth Castle on Holiday in North Devon

Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages are located in the middle of a massive range of fantastic family attractions, including the family theme park of Watermouth Castle which is just 10 minutes away from our door. Just 2 miles from Smythen Farm lies Watermouth Castle. We recommend Watermouth Castle to al...


Plan a day at Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages are surrounded by a massive range of things for the family to do in North Devon, including the fantastic Coombe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park located just 11 minutes away from us. We often recommend the park to our guests, especially those with young children as ...


North Devon Holiday Cottages with Swimming Pool

If you're looking for a family-friendly cottage holiday in North Devon with a swimming pool, Smythen Farm is the ideal location. Last year we invested heavily in a large top of the range swimming pool with a eco-friendly BIOMAS heating system, which allows the pool to be kept at a steady temperature...


Self Catering Cottage Holidays in Combe Martin, Devon

If you've found us by searching for something like "Self-Catering Holidays in Combe Martin", chances are you already know about the beautiful North Devon town of Combe Martin, and we're not surprised your bookign to book another holiday there! The beautiful town of Combe Martin is set in the stunni...


See our new Sauna!

We're delighted to say guests can now relax and unwind on their North Devon holiday at Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages in our brand new sauna! Since buying Smythen Farm holiday cottages 5 years ago, we've spent hundereds of thousands of pounds renovating and improving the facitilites for guests, fro...


Why North Devon is Perfect for Holidays

Located on the fringe of Exmoor, Smythen Farm holiday cottages are located in the heart of North Devon making it the ideal location for a holiday in Devon. Stretching from the coastal town of Lynton to the North East of North Devon and stretching down to the beautiful town of Witheridge to the sout...


Short Breaks in North Devon

Whether your a large family, couple or single traveller, us brits love nothing more than a holiday. If you find yourself wanting to get away from it all, Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages offer the perfect short break in North Devon. There's lots of reasons why you may be looking for a short break in...


What makes Smythen Farm a perfect location for family holidays in North Devon?

Location Based at the edge of Exmoor National Park, and surrounded by beautiful countryside, walks and beaches, Smythen Farm holiday cottages are located perfectly in North Devon for great family holidays. Location is an impotant factor when deciding where to go on your family's holiday, you'll wa...


Four Halloween facts you may not have known

With Halloween only a few days away, many of you will be dressing up and hosting parties, either at home or if you are staying at one of our Combe Martin cottages. But do you know why we celebrate Halloween, or take part in the customs we do on the day? We have taken a look at some of the facts abou...


The 2015 British National Surf Championships as seen from the skies

This past weekend (24th & 25th October) saw the 2015 British National Surf Championships take place at the beach just a short distance from our holiday cottages Croyde. Having originally been postponed in September due to a lack of swell, spectators and surfers alike were lucky enough to be treat...


Three ways to celebrate National Apple Day

For those of you who may not know, today (21st October) is National Apple Day. There are many ways to enjoy the humble fruit, but we have taken a look at our three favourite ways to enjoy an apple! Cooking Starting with an old classic, using an apple in cooking. Of course, pork and apple sau...


Former Formula One photographer creates aerial footage of North Devon

A former Formula One photographer has returned to North Devon and started creating beautiful footage of the area, by using aerial drone filming. The four man team Altitude58 is led by Chris Catullo, who has returned to the South West after working on digital content in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for Fo...


Five of the best autumnal walks in North Devon

Autumn has well and truly arrived in North Devon, with a seasonal pallet of reds and oranges being seen across the region. Autumn is a perfect time to go for a walk, where you can enjoy all of the beauty that this time of the year brings. We have taken a look at some of the best autumnal walks t...


Take the South West Coast Path challenge to raise money, and sleep better!

This October, the South West Coast Path Association has teamed up with The National Trust for a month-long fundraising campaign, helping to raise money to protect the beautiful Westcountry coastline, as well as trying to set a new world record. The overall aim of the challenge is to get people i...


Three ways to keep the kids entertained this Halloween

For most adults past their twenties, Halloween passes by without much fuss – unless you have children, then it is a whole different ball game! Fate seems to favour the children this year, as Halloween falls in half term, meaning there will be a whole week for the kids to get excited! Hallo...


North Devon VW Club’s Final Fling Festival takes place later this month

North Devon VW Club’s Final Fling Festival takes place this October, with live music, a beer tent, and of course, lots of VWs! The event is held at Little Roadway Farm in Woolacombe, just a short distance from our Woolacombe holiday cottages. The event will take place over the weekend of Frida...


North Devon Christmas Market coming to Braunton

Residents of and visitors to Braunton will be treated to a taste of Christmas a few weeks early, as the inaugural North Devon Christmas Market comes to North Devon in December. More than 50 stall holders, all of whom are North Devon based, will join the majority of local businesses in the villag...


Ilfracombe celebrates win in South West in Bloom competition

Ilfracombe is in celebration mode after receiving praise from the judges of this year’s South West in Bloom competition. The popular seaside resort won a Gold award in the Sargent cup for its exceptional efforts, at which the judges stated “The town has much to offer and the Bloom community ...


Ilfracombe cinema set to hold brilliant film festival.

Near our Woolacombe self catering cottages is the popular seaside resort of Ilfracombe. This year, Ilfracombe is hosting its first ever film festival, an exciting time for residents and tourists alike. The film festival is due to commence on the 9th, 10th and 11th of October 2015, and will be he...


Top Tips For Dealing With Rainy Holiday Days

Experiencing rain during your holiday can be really irritating but unfortunately, during the later part of the year, it’s often unavoidable. To add to the misery of a rainy day, enduring this with children can be an additional challenge that you don’t need. With parents and children in mind ...


We are addicted to fish and chips but sssssh don’t tell a sole!

There is nothing better than booking our walking holiday accommodation in North Devon, grabbing your walking boots and pottering down to our local chip shops for some scrumptious Devonshire food. North Devon is known for providing the best fish and chips in the country. Here are our favourite fo...


Dogs use memory over sense of smell a new global study has revealed!

A recent study from a team of Scientists carried out a hidden treat test on dogs where food was hidden under one of two cups and the dog had to guess which one had the food, has shown that they don’t use their smell as much as us humans originally thought, instead using their memory. 500 pet d...


Locals join together for fabulous Barnstaple carnival

If you are staying in one of our Devon holiday cottages with a pool this week then you must head on down to Barnstaple carnival which takes place on Saturday. The annual event will begin at 6.00pm with floats and participants marching through Barnstaple town centre for a fantastic, colourful exh...


Archaeologists uncover intriguing historical findings on Exmoor peat-bogs

The bogs and peat-lands of Exmoor are casting a fascinating new light on the history of the moors, thanks to previously unknown archaeological secrets, revealed via a new book which studies the work of an exclusive project founded to increase and improve the great peat-lands, as opposed to destroyin...


Ilfracombe: The seaside resort with lots to see.

If you are planning to stay in one of our Ilfracombe holiday cottages with a pool then you must explore this wonderful seaside resort. Ilfracombe sits pleasantly on the North Devon coast. Surrounded by wonderful scenic views and dramatic clifftops, the hilly resort is a popular place to visit. ...


Cream Tea Anyone?

If you are planning to stay in our North Devon farm cottages you will be able to experience North Devon at its best. Of course, to make your holiday as Devonshire as possible you should definitely try our wonderful range of cream teas. There are many places in North Devon that offer a delectable...


Tales of the Riverbank underway in Bideford

Bideford Bay Creatives have been presenting a series of events in North Devon recently as part of Bideford’s culture festival ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, and make for the perfect activity to get involved in while staying at our holiday cottages in Devon. The festival, located throughout the town...


North Devon’s Croyde Bay set to host this year’s British National Surf Championships

It’s recently been announced that the 2015 British National Surf Championships are set to be held at a renowned beach close to Smythen Farm’s North Devon family holidays! Home to one of the world’s best breaks on its day, Croyde Bay will play host to the event thanks largely to the huge rec...


Devonian Doggy Delights

Your pets are important to us and we want them to enjoy their holiday as much as you; after all they deserve a well-earned break too. With this in mind we have compiled a list of doggy delights for your pet to enjoy whilst holidaying in fabulous North Devon. 1) Take a walk in our beautiful count...


Calling all art lovers ….

Calling all art lovers …. Woolacombe showcases their Artist’s Garden Exhibition this September where the very best of over 100 local artists display their work for all to see. The theme of the exhibition is focused around landscapes, seascapes and wildlife with some pieces specifically port...


Shutterbugs asked to enter Barnstaple Museum photo competition

Keen photographers visiting our North Devon holiday cottages, as well as local snappers, are being called on to send in their best photos for a new competition. Adults and youngsters can, as of now, send in their entries, with successful admissions set to be displayed in the Museum of Barnstaple ...


Sea lion seals the deal for a marriage proposal

This week an unsuspecting girl was left almost speechless after being presented with a marriage proposal from a sea lion at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park in Devon. The young woman Abbie fell in love with the sea lions at her birthday a few years ago, where she was granted the rare treat...


Don’t miss the Clovelly Lobster and Crab Feast!

What better way to enjoy holiday cottages in North Devon by the sea than to experience Clovelly once again welcoming the celebrations and festivities that come thanks to its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen. This is a wonderful day out for all the family, with a jam-pack...


5 reasons to visit Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is located very close to our Woolacombe self-catering cottages, providing exhilarating entertainment for everyone in the family. We’ve picked out five of the best things about the park to give you a little insight into what you can expect: 1. Beautiful b...


Get creative in North Devon’s photography competition

The North Devon photography competition is now open to the public, celebrating both photography talent and the beautiful countryside. Open to both under-16s and adults who would like the chance for their images to be seen in the Barnstaple Museum, the competition has several categories that incl...


11 fascinating facts for pooch possessed people!

Family, dog friendly holiday cottages, North Devon coast, and summer weather, what more could you want? You knew where you wanted to enjoy a break, you knew you wanted to spend it with your family, but we bet you didn’t know these facts about your pooch! 1. Dogs are able to understand as many a...


Sunwest Festival returns to Ilfracombe

This August bank holiday weekend brings Sunwest beer and music festival back to Ilfracombe with live music and local ales and ciders! Sunwest Festival is hosted by The Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe twice a year. The Theatre itself is the newest arts and entertainment complex in North Devon and ...


5 of North Devon’s best attractions

North Devon has such a large range of attractions that it can be hard to choose which activities to do, so we have compiled a short list of 5 of our favourites: 1. Get yourself a Hocking’s ice cream One of Devon’s most iconic ice cream vans, the Hocking’s is certainly a must. With five fl...


Woolacombe vying for success at this year’s British Travel Awards

The strong representation at this year’s British Travel Awards from the Westcountry’s tourist resorts and holiday businesses will be buoyed by the fact that they are being tipped for a night of success when the polls are in, as it is thought they will sweep up at the prestigious awards night. ...


Cinema unveiled as Braunton’s exciting new addition to the village

It has been announced this week that the village of Braunton will soon be opening the doors to a brand new cinema facility! The Friends of Braunton Library have recently managed to secure the launch of the Braunton Film Club by making use of the library in the village. This means that if you are...


Meteor shower will light up the sky in North Devon

The annual Perseid meteor shower will light up skies all over the world in the next few days. These meteor showers are the result of particles from the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle entering the Earth’s atmosphere at around 130,000 miles per hour, causing the particles to burn and create the ligh...


The Waverly is coming to visit Ilfracombe this September

The world’s last sea-going paddle steamer, The Waverly, is set to return to Ilfracombe on September 5th in celebration of the steamer’s 40th year of preservation. The Waverly is a paddle steamer purchased in 1975 for an incredible £1 by the Paddle Steamer Society in a bid to save this lovely...


Fly like a Bird

Fly like a bird offers hang gliding experiences in Devon so you can feel how it is to quite literally ‘Fly like a bird’. Giving you the chance to see the beautiful Devonian countryside or coastal paths from a unique viewpoint of the animals of the air, as if it wasn’t already eye catching enou...


Devon locals choose to ‘Staycation’

It’s a breath of fresh air to hear how proud the locals are of their heritage and their home - so proud that they don’t need a holiday to get away, happy to stay put with little travel to indulge in the local attractions and events. This has been shown through a recently conducted survey sho...


Blue Moon set to light up the skies over North Devon this evening

This evening (Friday 31st July) will not only be the first Blue Moon to rise over the skies of North Devon for the first time in 36 months, it will also be a Supermoon too. For those who didn’t know, a Supermoon occurs when the Moon is at its closest point in orbit to the Earth, known as perige...


2015 North Devon Show set to be biggest and best to date!

The organisers behind the highly-anticipated and much-loved North Devon Show are gearing up for the annual event which promises to be the biggest and best one to date. The one day event will be held in Umberleigh once again, on Wednesday, 5th August. If you haven’t visited the show before the ...


Don’t miss the thrills and spills of the South West Birdman Competition this weekend!

In what has got to be one of North Devon’s biggest and most popular events, the organisers of the South West Birdman Competition have announced that this year’s event will be completely free for the first time in ten years. The South West Birdman Competition will take over Ilfracombe Pier on ...


It’s National All or Nothing Day, how will you seize your moment?

The Romans are arguably the most well-renowned for taking this advice that they had their own saying for it: “Carpe Diem”, or seize the day. All Or Nothing Day embraces the whole spirit of Carpe Diem and urges people to break through their barriers, disregard the apprehensions that hold them bac...


It’s National Picnic Week, come help Smythen Farm celebrate with our 10 fascinating facts about picnics

It’s officially National Picnic Week in the UK, and what better way could you possibly celebrate it than to go and lay a blanket down in a picturesque spot, previously undiscovered while on your farm holidays in Devon with us? So to get you in the mood for the wonderful celebration of picnics feas...


Dust off the walking boots, National Parks Week is just around the corner

There’s nothing better than a good walk for any number of reasons, but enjoying it while you’re on holiday at our holiday cottages in North Devon with swimming pool facilities to hand will make enjoying National Parks Week even more satisfying. This July you are being invited to get involved wit...


Family-fun times ahead for Clovelly Maritime Festival this weekend

Head on down to the harbour in Clovelly this weekend as it gets set to host plenty of pirate-themed activities for all the family with the return of the annual Maritime Festival for 2015. You can expect to see a whole barrel of fun things including group shanty singing, a piratical re-enactment, ...


The Great British Countryside is now available in the palm of your hand

We have some wonderful news for all of the keen countryside walkers and smartphone users among you. In addition to redesigning all 607 of its paper maps of Great Britain, the Ordnance Survey maps have now been projected into the 21st century as they have now become available via mobile app on your s...


Come and enjoy some facts about Exmoor National Park

When you stay at our Woolacombe holiday cottages, you’re in the perfect place for a short and scenic drive to Exmoor National Park. But before you head off to Exmoor to enjoy the sights and wildlife, we thought we would provide you with some more useful information for you. 1. Europe’s highe...


Exmoor Zoo welcomes adorable new Puma triplets

It must have been the recent spate of sunny weather that has coaxed these adorable baby pumas at Exmoor Zoo to wander out into the sunshine for the very first time. The three pumas, who were all born at the same time, have recently left the safety and comfort of their den so that they can explore...


Take advantage of our handy tips for getting out on a ‘dawnie’ surf

When you are fortunate enough to be in North Devon spending time with the family or loved ones so close to some of the country’s most exceptional beaches, not only for their picturesque nature, but for their superb breaks as well, you will no doubt want to take advantage. A break in places lik...


Devon Beaches Top Country’s Latest Poll…Again!

Another poll has reiterated that the beaches in Devon and Cornwall are the most beautiful in Britain after fresh research saw the popular destinations. The poll saw members of the public quizzed in order to discover the most beautiful beaches in England, Wales, and Scotland. Once each country...


Ilfracombe welcomes new arrival of Shannon class lifeboat

In the seaside setting of Ilfracombe, near our holiday cottage complex, Devon there was a gathering of hundreds of dignitaries and members of the public who turned out to officially welcome Ilfracombe’s newest arrival- the town’s lifeboat. On Saturday 27 June a naming and dedication ceremony ...


Come and meet the animals who live at Smythen Farm

When you visit us here at Smythen Farm holiday cottages for a luxury break you are of course blessed with some of the most spectacular surroundings, award-winning beaches, Exmoor, and wonderful local villages and towns. But if you want on-site facilities as well, then you have come to the right plac...


Fresh report reveals English landscape is worth £20bn annually to the economy

A new report has revealed that England's premium landscapes contribute in excess of £20 billion annually to the economy. The recent publication, So much more than the view... via England's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks, showcases the wide range of benefits these i...


Croyde gets set to unveil brand new skate park

A new skate park facility that’s been "11 years in the making" will finally open in Croyde this week. The exciting new attraction for children of all ages to bring along their scooters and skateboards is going to be ready for use after its grand opening on June 26, following the successful £13...


The Hoff: “Baywatch could definitely work in Devon and Cornwall”

Former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff recently showed his admiration for the beaches near our Woolacombe self-catering accommodation as he praised the popular Westcountry beaches and stated that the TV show could easily be filmed right here in the South West. The Hoff, as he’s affectionately kn...


Historic ship Balmoral setting sail for Ilfracombe

The ship, MV Balmoral, will be setting sail in the direction of North Devon as it makes a memorable return to Ilfracombe on Saturday, June 20. The celebrated vessel, originally built in 1949, has been fully restored following a successful £600,000 project. Based in Bristol, Balmoral Fund Ltd ...


Barnstaple’s Real Food Market is BACK for June, this Sunday

If there’s one place you want to be on Sunday (14 June), it’s Barnstaple Pannier Market. For those who love real food, local food, and tasty food of all kinds in a huge variety, step this way! Essentially, Barnstaple Real Food Market is a monthly food market, regularly supplying high quality ...


Dogs Trust Ilfracombe unveils new children’s competition to help bring life to their canine play area

Do you have any schoolchildren who are simply barking mad about furry four-legged friends? If you do then they’ll be excited to learn that they could be in the with the chance to help add some life and colour to a canine play area in North Devon as part of a new competition. The popular and ded...


Wavefest returning to make a splash with nine day watersports event

Jet skiers and action sports lovers are gearing up in anticipation of the return of the adrenaline—fuelled event that is being warmly welcomed back to the waters of North Devon this Friday in the form of the second annual Wavefest. There’s something extra special about this event. It’s not ...


Helping “Giving Nature a Home” with the RSPB: How you can help

The RSPB are well known for the ways in which they strive to conserve the UK’s existence of wildlife, in order to protect and preserve the many spectacular species who are currently struggling to thrive within Britain. Cue RSPB’s new “Giving Nature a Home” campaign. This project encourag...


Car lovers get set to fuel their passion at this year’s Lyn Valley Classic car show

For lovers of all things car-related there’s only one place you will want to be in North Devon next week as the finishing touches are put in place for a fresh new car show in the spectacular setting of Lynmouth. The Lyn Valley Classic 2015 car show is set to welcome over 100 classic vehicles an...


Local Wildlife Park announce birth of UK’s first wolf pups to be born in the UK

Farm holidays in Devon for children at Smythen Farm wouldn’t be complete without a trip to local family attraction, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park. And now there’s even more reason to visit as it’s been announced that a litter of wolf pups born at the park are in fact the first of the...


“Tranquillity map” of England should be set out to safeguard and protect countryside, new research reveals

New research has declared that a national “tranquillity map” of England should be established, to give local councils a healthier chance of protecting areas of natural beauty, while also defending the most important areas of natural wilderness from future developments. Following a report by t...


VIDEO: Intuitive pooch makes great escape by using trampoline in the garden to follow owner to work

If you have a dog of your own, you’ll know that while you’re out at work they pine, they cry, they walk round in circles, and they’ll be thinking that their best friends aren’t ever going to return. However, there are some, just like Paddy the Labrador-collie cross, who will opt to take t...


Come along to the Woolacombe 10k charity beach run this June!

Runners will be stepping up their training on the roads around our holiday cottages in North Devon by the sea before they take to the sands of Woolacombe at 11am on June 14 as the third annual 10k Beach Run comes round again. This exciting and challenging event, proudly organised by the Compass ...


Olympic snowboarder Jenny Jones signs up for local cycling sportive'The Smuggler'.

North Devon family holidays are a popular choice for people looking to make the most of the amazing cycling routes around the area. And during the summer months there are a host of fantastic sportives to join, including the Smuggler Sportive. This will be the event’s second year and is set to be b...


10 Fascinating Facts about the popular seaside town of Ilfracombe

Visiting Ilfracombe, holiday cottages, and beaches in the North Devon area? You’re always set to be in for a treat. With popular holidays destinations like Ilfracombe, which are packed with things to see there’s almost always a rich history behind their success. So if you are planning a trip to...


Check out the latest addition to Lynton & Barnstaple Railway at Woody Bay!

If you can tear yourself away from our holiday cottages in North Devon with swimming pool facilities for a super fun family day out then head over to ride the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, they’ve got a marvellous new arrival waiting to be ridden on. A new carriage, Coach 11, recently arrived in...


Great news for butterfly lovers as rare butterfly found to be thriving on Exmoor

Ever wondered why people love returning to our holiday cottages? Exmoor is most definitely one of them! It’s a flourishing destination full of some of the highest calibre of beauty nature has to offer. And recent news has revealed that we’re not the only ones who enjoy Exmoor for its appealing c...


Benefits of staying in a holiday cottage with a swimming pool

Swimming is a fantastic way to not only stay fit and healthy, but to find relaxation too. It’s fun, and all the family can enjoy it as well, regardless of age or ability. Swimming is a healthy activity that you can continue for a lifetime. Here at Smythen Farm, our North Devon holiday cottages wit...


Croyde Ocean Triathlon heading to light up North Devon this summer!

If a stay in our North Devon holiday cottages with indoor pool facilities is your idea of winding down after a good run, cycle and swim, then why not sign up for the new Olympic distance triathlon taking place in spectacular North Devon? The Croyde Ocean Triathlon, which is right on our doorste...


Secret moorland garden forgotten for two centuries

A secret garden has been discovered amongst the wild moors surrounding Simonsbath, near our Exmoor holiday cottages. Archaeologists at Exmoor National Park have begun crucial development of opening up a secret moorland garden that has been lost for the best part of two centuries. This garden could e...


3 idyllic Exmoor locations for a quintessential visit

If there’s a day when you don’t fancy heading down to one of the array of award-winning beaches we have here in North Devon, and you want to experience what the chocolate-box villages and small towns in and around Exmoor has to offer, then we can help. We have picked out 3 of our favourite, most...


Competition chance to see big-wave surfing star in action

Tired of just watching British big wave professional surfer, Andrew Cotton, on surfing videos and want to see the man in action? Well you might just be in luck. You could win a chance to meet this North Devon star in the flesh, and also accompany him to one of two places in an all expenses paid tri...


North Devon beaches see the return of RNLI lifeguards in time for spring and summer

If you were visiting one of our beaches in the area while on a break at our Woolacombe holiday cottages during May Bank Holiday, then you will no doubt have seen the RNLI lifeguards back to work patrolling on the North Devon beaches. The charity is aiming to see people heading to the coast taking...


Wild Lynx set to return to the UK for the first time in 1,300 years, and North Devon could be their home!

Woodland areas in North Devon could soon be set to see the return of the glorious wildcat, the Lynx, with conservationists said to be considering suitable areas to reintroduce the species. As reported nationally, the Lynx UK Trust ran a public survey which showed support for the "re-wilding" of ...


Potential global significance for Exmoor Mires water project

A research project which has taken place not far from our holiday cottages showed how enhancing water storage on peat land can improve water quality and carbon storage could have global significance. The Exmoor Mires Project, which could help reduce the impact of floods, has won a national award....


North Devon beach, Saunton Sands, named UK’s best beach by Skyscanner

Following the recent tables from TripAdvisor revealing Woolacombe Bay as the best beach in the UK, and third in Europe, another top 10 from the online holiday search engine Skyscanner, has named Saunton Sands as the best seaside resort to visit in the UK. The beach popular for long boarders looki...


Don’t miss the Lyrid Meteor Shower TONIGHT!

Peaking tonight (23rd April), the exciting Lyrid Meteor Shower is set to continue to light up the night’s sky with its truly spectacular display of shooting stars, and you’re in prime position if you’re staying with us here in our holiday cottage complex, Devon. Thought to be the oldest-kno...


Seven fascinating facts about Exmoor you didn’t know

Exmoor National Park is a very popular place to visit and you won’t find many places that are as interesting to explore. If you were thinking of experiencing it for yourself on a day out, then treat yourself to some useful information before you set off. It’s a great day out for when you stay in...


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway reveal exciting £16 million plans for expansion

Choo choo! The local volunteers at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway have finally announced the plans for a £16 million expansion of the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway line over the weekend, and they’re hoping everyone will be on board with their thrilling new idea! Officially announced on Satu...


Classic Bentleys set to cruise into town the first Meander to Mortehoe

Something rather exciting is happening in North Devon this weekend, and if you’re staying near, or in, our Woolacombe holiday cottages then you’re in prime position to enjoy this event! We are of course referring to the host of unique and stunning examples of Bentleys that will be making the...


7 irresistible picnic spots in North Devon

Here at Smythen Farm we may have some of the finest North Devon holiday cottages with indoor pool facilities but should you want to venture out and enjoy what the rest of the region has on offer in the form of picnic spots – look no further, we’ve got a host of the best locations for you to see ...


Local bike shop unveils their newest addition to the team- a tasty new café!

One of Barnstaple’s longest-established bike shops has officially unveiled their newest edition- a café – located in Barnstaple’s town Square. The Bike Shed’s café opened on Sunday 12 April, and offered coffee and snacks to the growing number of cyclists who are making the most of the f...


7 super fun family-friendly activities for a visit to the beach inspired by children!

Our North Devon family accommodation is located near to some of the world’s best beaches and coastlines. So when we say that not many things beat a day by the seaside, we know what we’re talking about! But once you’re here with the family, what do you do? If this is a question you’ve pondere...


Combe Rail project hoping to see Ilfracombe & Barnstaple railway link making a sensational comeback

The popular tourist town of Ilfracombe, near our North Devon family holidays, could be set to see a nostalgic return of a section of its railway link with neighbouring town, Barnstaple, thanks to the efforts of a community group's determined project to bring it back. The community group, Combe Ra...


Don’t miss the Veritably Vintage Fair in Ilfracombe this Easter Sunday!

North Devon family holidays are very popular, and there’s no doubt you’ll be looking for something to keep everyone occupied. If you’re looking for something different and quirky to do while you’re here then The Landmark Theatre's Veritably Vintage Fair is sure to be a great place to head on...


Scrumptious Croyde Trail brings North Devon a run with a difference

A brand-new fun run is coming to Croyde, a short distance from our holiday cottages on Exmoor, this June, combining running (or walking) and spectacular scenery with some of the region’s best locally produced food and drink. Raising money for hospital charity Over and Above, the Scrumptious Croyd...


Public asked to help Exmoor National Park as part of Exmoor animal watch scheme

Visitors are being asked to lend a hand to rangers at Exmoor National Park as they build an accurate picture of the numbers of one of its fasting moving residents. If you’ve been for a walk on Exmoor while on one of our North Devon family holidays the chances are that you’ve seen a brown hare...


Ilfracombe Birdman event to be free for the first time in a decade

One of Ilfracombe’s biggest annual events, the South West Birdman Competition, is set to be absolutely free to all spectators for the first time in a decade when it takes place on August 1st. The event draws crowds of thousands, and sees plucky would-be pilots with makeshift wings and other contr...


Weather forecast in anticipation of solar eclipse as seen from North Devon

A partial solar eclipse is due to take place near our Woolacombe holiday cottages tomorrow (Friday) morning - but are we guaranteed to be able to see it here in North Devon?. The eclipse is expected to occur at its peak point at around 9.40am, and North Devon will see 80 per cent of the sun cover...


What’s on in Exmoor during the Easter holiday weekend?

Easter is a popular time of the year for holidays, with many holidaymakers, couples and families coming to stay in our self-catering holiday cottages. North Devon always has plenty going on, and a visit to Exmoor National Park over the Easter holidays is definitely recommended, as there’s so much ...


Neil Diamond tribute in Ilfracombe this weekend

A fantastic Neil Diamond tribute act will be gracing the stage in Ilfracombe this weekend when Hello Again play at the Landmark Theatre. JJ Jones and his band will be mimicking the unique voice and music of Neil Diamond on Saturday night, when they perform the music of one of the best-selling mus...


Croyde one of the UK’s most in demand destinations!

Croyde has been officially recognised as one of the most in demand locations for holidays in the UK by TripAdvisor! The North Devon village and its stunning beach has been named number nine in the travel and tourism reviewing giant’s latest list of places people love to visit on holiday. Tri...


4 great places to eat in Woolacombe

The seaside village of Woolacombe is well known for its gorgeous beach, with its miles of stretching sand and waves that are a surfer’s dream. There is plenty to do in and around the village for those staying in our Woolacombe holiday cottages, and when you fancy a bite to eat, there are plenty of...


Woolacombe runner’s stand-off with a grizzly bear

We’ve just caught the latest news from a runner from Woolacombe who’s on an epic round the world run! Kevin Carr set out from Devon in 2013 and has been running non-stop for nearly two years as he’s travelled around the world on foot. He may have come across bears, suffered heatstroke an...


Hand-reared baby mongooses to appear at Exmoor Zoo

A pair of adorable baby mongooses, twin brothers Mumbles and Wiggles, are set to be Exmoor Zoo’s newest stars when they make their first public appearance in around 8 weeks’ time. Just over a month old, born on January 30th, the babies have had to be taken into the care of zoo owner Lynn Reyno...


4 Famous Devon-inspired books

World Book Day was successfully celebrated in as many as 100 countries around the world yesterday, so in-keeping with this fantastic annual event, we thought we would feature four famous Devon-inspired books to indulge in while enjoying a break in our North Devon holiday cottages. Tarka the Otte...


Landmark Theatre gets set for a swashbuckling family delight in Ilfracombe!

Don’t miss out on a swashbuckling Sunday afternoon of family-friendly treats as Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs navigate their way to the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe this Sunday. The show will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday March 8, and offers an awe-inspiring performance for ages thr...


Headliners announced for GoldCoast Oceanfest 2015

For the 17th year running, top North Devon music and surf festival GoldCoast Oceanfest is returning to Croyde beach to entertain the crowds of local and visiting music lovers who come down to soak up the sunshine and atmosphere every summer. The festival’s two main headliners, closing the stag...


First ever Exmoor Food Fest a huge success

The first ever Exmoor Food Fest is coming to an end this week, after having taken place all month, offering locals and visitors alike the chance to experience the best food and drink that Exmoor has to offer for a special low price. Devised by chef and owner of The Café at Porlock Weir, Andrew Di...


Exciting brand-new Ilfracombe watersports centre shown the green light

The exciting plans for a multi-million pound watersports centre near our Ilfracombe holiday cottages have been given a highly anticipated and well-received final seal of approval. The planning committee at North Devon Council gave the green light for the centre to be built at its proposed Larksto...


Headliners announced for North Devon’s Somersault Festival

As one of the most promising new festivals on the music scene, we’re delighted to find out that top North Devon festival Somersault is back for its second year, and now with its main line-up announced, we’re now even more excited for the event, which runs from July 23rd-27th this year. The two ...


Yellow-cheeked Gibbons are enjoying life at Exmoor Zoo

A pair of Yellow-cheeked gibbons are happily enjoying settling in to life in North Devon, making themselves at home at Exmoor Zoo. The pair, who originally came from a rescue centre in Vietnam, but have also been cared for at the Rare Species Centre in Kent. It is hoped that the pair, named ...


Fun facts about our farm animal friends

If you fancy a true countryside getaway, it doesn’t get much better than a stay in our farm cottages in Devon! As well as a peaceful country setting and a comfortable cottage to stay in, you’ll also be able to meet and make friends with our lovely ponies, chickens, donkeys, lambs and pigs. Hereâ...


Woolacombe beach named 'among the best in the world'

And here we were thinking that we had a biased opinion by thinking that we had the best beaches here in North Devon. It’s clear that people share our opinion as a recent survey has seen Woolacombe Beach voted as one of the best in the world, surpassing some of the most idyllic, picturesque coastli...


5 amazing date ideas for a romantic time in North Devon

So you’ve decided to get away with a cosy break in one of our holiday cottages in North Devon – perfect for retiring to and snuggling up to your loved one at the end of the day. But how do you make this the romantic holiday of a lifetime, full of blissful and beautiful memories that you will nev...


World’s rarest sea turtle discovered on North Devon beach

North Devon has seen an incredible new discovery this week, with the world’s rarest sea turtle having washed up on its shore. The turtle, which was unfortunately not alive when it was found, was discovered by North Devon resident Ben Read on a seaside walk at Green Cliff Beach near Bideford. Foll...


Popular local family attraction announces biggest, highest and fastest roller coaster coming to the area in time for summer

Following half a decade of planning and preparation, it has finally been announced that the aspirations of one of North Devon’s largest attractions for people visiting on North Devon family holidays is set to become a reality- they’re bringing the “biggest, highest and fastest” roller coaste...


Wimbleball sailing club set to host finals of Exmoor Beastie race

One of the major appeals of staying in holiday cottages in North Devon is the abundance of outdoor facilities and attractions. Wimbleball Sailing Club in Exmoor is one of them, and the recent news that they are set to host the final races in a new competition to find the best sailors in the South We...


Why Devon is a romantic place to visit

With just over a week until Valentine’s Day, Devon has been voted in the top ten most romantic destinations in the United Kingdom, ranking higher than places like Bristol and Cardiff. But why is Devon such a romantic place to visit? Here are some of the main attractions: Exmoor: With Ex...


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Devon named the best place to live in England

A survey carried out by Country Life Magazine has named Devon as the best county to live in in England, crowning it with the country’s best quality of life. The survey rated counties across 19 different categories, ranging from health and schools to local heritage and even the quality of the lo...


Towns in North Devon you should visit

There are many interesting towns and villages to visit just a short distance from our North Devon holiday cottages with a pool, all with their own unique charm and plenty of fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Barnstaple The largest town in North Devon, Barnstaple is a lively place with...


First batch of rescued Combe Martin seals released back into the wild

The first batch of rescued grey seal pups, who have been looked after at the Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, have been released back into the Bristol Channel following a successful recovery programme. Recovered from the coast of the Bristol Channel as isolated pups, the four seals were fi...


World-famous Kangaroo Kid quad bike show gets new side-kick from Barnstaple

For those who love North Devon family holidays and enjoy getting out to experience the local attractions to keep everyone entertained, there may well of been a visit to Key Pitts for a spot of quad biking action. If you’ve had the fortune to have been then you may well have come across a man who u...


Mysterious fish washes up on Woolacombe beach

A mysterious fish has washed up on Woolacombe beach in North Devon, not far from Smythen Farm’s Woolacombe holiday cottages. The dead fish with a peculiar appearance was found by Delphine Sutherland, who was walking along Woolacombe beach when she discovered the mysterious creature. As it looke...


New local guide set to publish Exmoor's many holiday attractions for visitors

While staying at our holiday cottages, Exmoor is always a highlight that many of our visitors look forward to experiencing. And now this wonderful area is set receive a further boost by a national publication designed at showcasing the delights of rural tourism in the region. The new publication ...


4 of the best family days out in North Devon

With our Berrynarbor holiday cottages being the perfect place to stay for families, we’d thought we’d list some of the top attractions which children and adults alike will enjoy. North Devon is packed full of fun things to do, whether the weather is sunny or you’re better off staying indoors. ...


Local restaurant prepares to whet appetites and raise money for charity with return of 15 Shades of Bacon burger

Foodies from far and wide will be jumping for joy with the news that Barnstaple’s hottest burger joint is bringing back its exclusive burger. Expertly combining 15 different kinds of the meat – in one burger, and with a third of all the proceeds from burger purchases going to charity, why wouldn...


Smythen Farm excited to announce new swimming pool facility to be unveiled at Easter

Holiday cottages in North Devon with swimming pool facilities can be hard to come by, but at Smythen Farm our pool is a major source of enjoyment by our guests, and many of the families spend hours in the pool, enjoying the opportunity to have some quality family time. The current swimming pool a...


Open-air swimmers reach record numbers

The number of open-air swimming enthusiasts is set to reach record numbers in 2015, exploding in recent years to reach numbers in the tens of thousands engaging in the activity regularly. The past ten years has seen a sharp increase in people taking up the sport – the Outdoor Swimming Society, ...


Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon set for exciting £1.6 million extension

Visitors to our North Devon holiday cottages may have had the opportunity to enjoy the wealth of information and historical knowledge that is available at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. Now those returning visitors along with new visitors will, in the future, be able to experience much m...


New Year, new you: super cycling routes around North Devon

One of the finest ways to truly experience what North Devon has to offer its lovely visitors in terms of its stunning countryside, wildlife, and nature spots away from the crowds, is to see it all on two wheels. Lots of people will be keen to get some fresh air and some light exercise in the New ...


North Devon surfer strives for global success in 2015

Well known for its beautiful coastline and sandy bay, North Devon should come as no surprise as home to some of Britain’s top surfers, and 19 year old Laura Crane is yet another surfer living up to the area’s excellent surfing reputation as she plans to take on the world’s top surfers in 2015...


Merry Christmas from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages

With one of the most special days of the year just around the corner, we thought we would embrace the occasion and spread the festive cheer. We wish all of our readers and visitors a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year from all of us here at Smythen Farm (yes, even the animals!)! It’s alw...


First ever Chase the Elf race a success

A fun run with a festive twist running for the first time ever has been a recent success for local charity North Devon Hospice, with over 150 runners taking part. The Chase the Elf race saw a number of festively dressed runners chase the elf, Bideford AAC’s Dan Mapp, 24, on a ten mile route from...


The story of surfing: a brief history

Though it is a much-loved sport in Britain and around the world today, many of us do not know about the origins of surfing and how it evolved into the sport that we know and love today. Surfing has an elaborate history, spanning hundreds of years, with many pioneering surfers playing a role in how t...


Wildlife and Dinosaur Park rescues seals

A local wildlife and dinosaur park has done its part for nature this Christmas by providing homes for seal pups left abandoned on nearby beaches. The picture above shows two seal pups being released on a beach overlooked by our Combe Martin cottages, after being cared for at the nearby Combe Mart...


Swimming coach presented with Unsung Hero Award 2014

Did you watch BBC Sports Personality of the Year this weekend? While there was some controversy over the winner of this highly-esteemed accolade, there was a winner of another prestigious award that there could be absolutely no doubt over whatsoever. Coach Jill Stidever was presented with the 2014 B...


4 foods you must eat while holidaying in Devon

Besides its beautiful scenery and tremendous host of fun and varied activities, you can also expect to enjoy the wealth of delicious food that Devon has to offer when you come to stay in the county. You can find a number of fantastic restaurants around North Devon to suit all tastes, making the most...


Travel author settles in Woolacombe

What do Alaska, Chile and Woolacombe all have in common? They’ve been home to adventurer and author Julian Wicksteed. At first glance the picturesque seaside town may not seem like the kind of place a man who’s hitchhiked through Chile with only a stray dog for company, escaped Guinea as Ebol...


This won’t fit in your Xmas stocking! Mystery as giant Legoman appears recently on a Japanese beach

Just last week an undeniably unusual sight washed ashore on the coast of Yuigahama beach in the Japanese city of Kamakura. A giant Lego figurine no less. It came with a few clues reportedly noted by Tatsuya Hirata. Standing at more than eight feet tall, the freakishly big Legoman was dressed in blue...


New development could see Eden Project come to Devon

The Eden Project has entered into an agreement with developers behind the idea for a new leisure and retail complex to potentially bring their award-winning attraction to Devon. The 230 acre complex is planned for Westwood, which is just off Junction 27 of the M5 near Tiverton, and aims to promote ...


Arlington Court unveils giant knitted Christmas tree

A North Devon National Trust property has unveiled a giant knitted Christmas tree made by more than 1,000 volunteers from across the globe. Arlington Court is a great day out for people on North Devon family holidays and this Christmas it’s even better, thanks to the work of volunteers from all...


Woolacombe author writes about life off the beaten track

South African angler and surfer Julian Wicksteed has retired to the laid back surfing haven of Woolacombe for a winter of writing, following his incredible adventures in some of the world’s most isolated areas. Writing about his experiences in his Angler Walkabout series of books, Julian has some...


4 Fun tips to keep you and your dog active this winter

Dogs don’t hibernate in winter and neither should you, even when it’s cold out, just embrace it! If you’ve come down to stay in our Woolacombe cottages with your four-legged friend then you’re in the perfect location to get some lovely walking done that will tie in nicely with your dog get d...


Wind ruins Woolacombe to Wales kitesurf

We told you earlier this month how a group of kitesurfers planned to cross the Bristol Channel on their boards – but high winds have ruined their plans. The group from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David hoped to kitesurf from Woolacombe to Wales but saw their hopes dashed when wind con...


Ilfracombe’s Victorian Week captured on Google Street View

A leading seaside resort for North Devon family holidays, Ilfracombe has had its streets stored on the databases of Google Street View in a totally unique way. Users can now see Ilfracombe from anywhere in the world and witness that the people on the streets are in fact dressed in Victorian clothing...


10 facts about the Bristol Channel

Surrounded by some of the most well-loved and stunning coastline in the UK, the Bristol Channel can be seen from our holiday cottages in North Devon by the sea and provides some truly spectacular views. Below are some facts about this vast body of water, which creates the coastline for Devon, Somers...


Celebrate Thanksgiving in Devon

Next Thursday is a big day in America, as its when millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Here in the UK we don’t celebrate it – but why not break that tradition this year and enjoy a slap up Thanksgiving dinner in one of our beautiful cottages on Devon farm holidays? Thanksgiving c...


Meet Rajan, the world’s last swimming elephant

Although he weighs an enormous four tonnes, Rajan the Asian elephant loves nothing more than swimming in the sea, with incredible photographs showing him looking completely weightless as he moves through the ocean. These brilliant photos were taken by Brazilian photographer Cristian Dimitrius, 39...


Ten things you may not have known about Exmoor

With our Woolacombe holiday cottages situated less than ten miles from the border, Exmoor National Park is the perfect place to explore during your stay in North Devon, with its sweeping countryside views, diverse flora and fauna and its quiet, quaint villages. Here’s some interesting facts about ...


Take the kids for a fun foraging adventure on your Devon farm holidays

Come rain or shine, if you are on holiday in the vicinity of the countryside with the family and you are looking to do something exciting that won’t cost you anything then why not try something that is truly British in its essence and fun for all ages? That’s right, we’re talking about foragin...


Meet Roy, the swimming cat!

Roy is a cat like no other – unlike most cats, who cannot stand the water, he loves to swim and jump in the bath or shower! The one-year-old cat was adopted ten months ago by veterinary nurse Polly Noviss, 30, who also lives with three dogs, two tortoises, five horses, two guinea pigs and a rabb...


Ilfracombe firework night a success

Ilfracombe’s annual Bonfire night celebrations were a hug hit in the town this weekend, when thousands of people headed to the rugby club to watch a spectacular display. Many people donned creepy and ghoulish outfits for the fireworks extravaganza, which came just two days after Hallowe’en. ...


North Devon surfers win big at British longboard competition

A number of surfers from North Devon recently won big at the Bowgie Longboard Surf Classic at Crantock Beach in Newquay, part of the 2014 British Longboard Union Tour, with two claiming British titles. 16 year old Jack Unsworth was incredibly successful at the competition, coming first in both the...


Animals help us to stay healthy and happy

As well as providing loving and faithful companions, our four-legged friends help us to live happier and healthier lives, according to a number of experts and polls. Vera Scanlon, 63, who lives alone with her pets, testifies to this, claiming that they provide mood-boosting companionship, while the ...


Pups protected from the weather with new dog umbrella

At Smythen Farm, we love having dogs come to stay at our dog friendly cottages. North Devon has so much for us and our furry friends to explore that, when the weather turns, no-one wants to be cooped up indoors simply so we don’t get soaking wet! This is where the new Dog Umbrella comes in, all...


4 reasons why Woolacombe is worth a visit

One of North Devon’s most celebrated and tourist-friendly villages, Woolacombe can be whatever you want it to be, whether it be exciting or relaxed, and has something to offer for all the family. With our Woolacombe holiday cottages situated just a few miles from this popular beach resort, this vi...


Ilfracombe magician takes London by storm

A North Devon magician has upped sticks and found success in London, hundreds of miles from the sea views, laid-back lifestyle and holiday cottages in Ilfracombe, his home town. Simon Hill first got into magic at the age of 10, having been given a magic set as a present. Having enjoyed the magic...


North Devon Made in Chelsea episode airs on TV

The newest episode of Made in Chelsea aired on Sunday, this time featuring the backdrop of beautiful North Devon, with the cast enjoying cream teas in Woolacombe, close to our Woolacombe holiday cottages, riding horses on Saunton Sands beach, which was cordoned off especially for filming the show, a...


10 interesting facts about Ilfracombe

One tourist hotspot nearby to our North Devon beach accommodation is the lively harbour town of Ilfracombe, packed with things to see and do and areas of natural and manmade beauty to marvel at. Before you visit, here are ten interesting facts about Ilfracombe which will help you further enjoy your ...


Barnstaple records a new low in shop vacancies

While staying at one of our North Devon holiday cottages, shopping in Barnstaple town centre is often a popular activity and day out for our visitors. The good news is that the future is bright for our regional shopping hub, with the percentage of vacant shops in the town centre in 2014 recorded at ...


Kitesurfing lecturers race car from Woolacombe to Swansea

Two university lecturers are taking on the challenge of racing another lecturer between the North Devon seaside town of Woolacombe and Swansea, South Wales. This is not just a normal race however – while Kevin Couling will be making the trip between the two by road in a Honda car, duo Kelvin Lake ...


Ilfracombe golfer’s double hole in one

Golfers at nearby Ilfracombe Golf Club were left astonished this week when a golfer managed to hit two hole in ones in the space of a week. Ian Thomas, 55, hit his first hole in one in a club competition on September 25 and the 55-year-old knocked his second in on September 28. The first hole ...


5 wonderful dog walks around North Devon and Exmoor

5 wonderful dog walks around North Devon and Exmoor With a rise in the availability and popularity of dog friendly holiday cottages, North Devon has become a favourite spot for many holidaymakers to visit along with their four-legged friends. Walking is a popular holiday activity here in Devon, a...


3 simple reasons why swimming is super fun at Smythen Farm

3 simple reasons why swimming is super fun at Smythen Farm For many, swimming is already an incredibly enjoyable activity. Here’s a few reasons why we find swimming so great, and how using our pool while staying at one of our cottages can make swimming even better: It’s nice, easy, low imp...


North Devon man plans Atlantic rowing record attempt

A man from near to Smythen Farm is set to try and beat the World record for trans-Atlantic rowing. Jeremy Webb is from Barnstaple and hopes to become a World record holder along with the other crew members of the Toby Wallace boat. Jeremy will be heading off from Gran Canaria next month with s...


Are we looking at a mild autumn with more sunny days than usual?

As you may have noticed we have been lucky enough to have had a lot less rain since we entered this year’s autumn season. And if you were thinking of booking a relaxing break now that the hectic summer months are over with then you’re in for some good news. If the weather that our holiday co...


The Museum of British Surfing’s annual raffle- buy yours now!

Take a moment to indulge while relaxing in Devon holiday homes with a pool and take part in the Museum of British Surfing’s first-ever annual ‘surf heritage charity raffle’. This local charity are aiming to raise £5,000 so that they can further support their continual hard work at the Muse...


A rare and tiny Staurozoan jellyfish found in Ilfracombe rock pool

A peculiar jellyfish has been discovered on the coastline of North Devon, not far from our holiday cottages near Ilfracombe, during a public rock-pool survey. A local man made the discovery of the unusual Staurozoan or Stalked Jellyfish while participating in the final Coastwise North Devon summ...


Top tips to capture epic photographs now that Autumn is upon us

September 2014 in the UK marks the official beginning of the autumn season. You may have noticed that due to lower than average temperatures in late August the leaves have started to change in colour in early September rather than the usual early October. The combination of splendid sunshine and a s...


Celebrity chef Michael Caines set for new venture at Kentisbury Grange

If you’re enjoying our self-catering cottages with a pool in North Devon and you are looking to enjoy a fantastic evening of fine cuisine then the news that Michael Caines is set to bring his culinary skills to Kentisbury Grange will have you taste buds on high alert! Michael and his team are set ...


Experience the magic of Barnstaple Fair this weekend!

If you are enjoying a stay at some of the lovely holiday cottages in Ilfracombe this weekend and you’re looking for something fun to do then why not take a trip on over to Barnstaple and enjoy the annual Barnstaple fair which attends the town every September in Barnstaple town centre. You can b...


Hang loose at this year’s Surf Swap Meet

Our Woolacombe holiday cottages are just a short distance away from a wonderful collection of nostalgic history and lifestyle in the form of the annual Surf Swap Meet. The event which will be taking place this weekend will offer visitors a fantastic and interesting time that is sure to be packed ...


9 nifty facts about the starfish

No doubt when you come to the region and stay in our North Devon beach accommodation you have it in mind to visit the wonderful, award-winning beaches along our beautiful coast. When you visit North Devon’s beaches. Now that the school holidays are over the beaches will be quieter, so if you’re ...


Enjoy a great family fun day at the Donkey Agility Day in Clovelly

Vanessa Bee, founder of the International Horse Agility Club, will be giving a talk and coaching session to introduce the sport of horse agility and to show what donkeys can do too when they are asked in the right way! Come and see how clever donkeys are! The event is set to be a fantastic option...


VIDEO: Man dives into the deepest swimming pool in the world

People love to visit Devon holiday cottages with a pool so that they can relax and unwind in absolute comfort, and lots of people do not have the luxury of a house with a pool. We’re quite sure that not many visitors would like to do the same kind of leisurely diving that Guillaume Néry did while...


Keeping your dog safe: food to steer clear of while on your holidays

Let’s face it, you are pretty likely to indulge in guilty pleasures of some sort during your vacation. But if you’re staying in dog friendly holiday cottages north Devon because you want to enjoy a coastal trip with your four-legged friend then make sure you don’t let them eat anything they wo...


Don’t miss your chance to ride the legendary Waverley

The last sea-going paddle steam boat in the world, the Waverley, has made its greatly anticipated return to Ilfracombe in conjunction with its annual tour of the Bristol Channel and what a delightfully English welcome it received too. Just a stone’s throw from the Ilfracombe holiday cottages t...


Woolacombe club set to see exciting return of live music

If you find yourself looking to let your hair down while on holiday at north Devon farm cottage holidays then we have just the thing for you. The Crinkle Cuts are at the Marisco Club, Woolacombe on Friday, September 5, from 11pm, as the welcome return of live music graces the club following an eight...


Happy times for UK's saddest dog

We’ve seen some fantastic news here at Smythen Farm this week, after we read about how Britain’s saddest dog has been given a reason to smile. As the owners of Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages North Devon we like to keep an eye out for any dog related news and we’ve been touched by this story....


Crab Fest set to provide feast for visitors to Ilfracombe

Our holiday cottages near Croyde are the perfect place for visitors to stay when events like the one set to take place on Ilfracombe harbour happens next weekend. We are of course talking about the spinoff of the Sea Ilfracombe Festival- the Ilfracombe Crab Festival- working as a standalone festival...


12-Year-Old set for Lundy Island paddle

Around 12 miles off shore of our beautiful North Devon coast sits Lundy Island – a beautiful island which abounds with wildlife. Many people have attempted to swim, row or kayak to it – but none have been pre-teens. Which is why we were really impressed when we heard how 12-year-old Finn M...


Woolacombe is one of UK’s most expensive postcodes

Getting a slice of luxury on holiday is many peoples aim and Woolacombe offers that in spades. Proof of that has been provided by housing website Zoopla, which says Woolacombe sits in one of the most expensive postcodes in the UK. That means when you come and stay at our self-catering cottages...


Great news for the Lundy Island puffins

Lundy Island is undoubtedly a super day out for visitors who want to make the most of the local surrounding while on vacation in the area. Visitors who are staying in holiday cottages near Ilfracombe are often drawn to the three and a half mile outcrop’s untouched scenery and captivating collectio...


Family fun with a dog friendly scavenger hunt

With the beauty that surrounds us here in north Devon it would be a great shame to pass up the opportunity to make the most of it. If you are holidaying with your family in dog friendly holiday cottages north Devon offers up a splendid chance to get active and keep everyone entertained. We can h...


Lifeguards keep swimmers safe at North Devon beaches

Visitors to our holiday cottages in Ilfracombe can visit the beach, relax and swim in safety thanks to North Devon’s brilliant RNLI lifeguards. Every year the crews which police our beaches here in North Devon save dozens of people in difficulty and this year has been no different. While we ...


Woolacombe youngsters compete in surf lifesaving world championships

A pair of youngsters who live near our Woolacombe holiday cottages are off to represent the UK at the World Surf Lifesaving Championships. Many youngsters who live around Woolacombe are members of the town’s surf lifesaving club and the area’s strong links to the sea and to surfing mean the c...


A guide to what you’ll find while rockpooling in Devon

It would be a crying shame to pass up the opportunity, while being so close to the seaside and the magnificent array of wildlife and sea creatures, not to go rockpooling. If you’re staying in north Devon beach accommodation and you’re looking for an activity that will not only educate but entert...


The UK National Sandcastle Competition is back this month

The annual UK National Sandcastle Competition will be celebrating its 19th year in north Devon near our family friendly farm holiday cottages and the plan is to make this one the biggest and best event the annual event has ever seen. On Sunday August 31st the competition will no doubt be packed w...


Barnstaple to host the return of the stEeat Food Festival

Take a moment to enjoy the culinary delights that await a short trip away from your Devon holiday cottages with a pool on August bank holiday weekend. Barnstaple is set to have the sound and smells of the superb street food back again this month as it hosts the second ever strEAT Food Festival follo...


Woolacombe features in national press as sun shines on region

The beachside holiday destination of Woolacombe was making the national headlines again over the weekend. The award-winning beach near our Ilfracombe holiday cottages was clearly the destination of choice as holidaymakers flocked to make the most of the superb coastal destination as people basked in...


Car festival comes to Castle Hill this weekend

This weekend is set to be a big one for car fans, as the annual Castle Hill Car Festival takes place in Filleigh, just a short trip along the A39 from our North Devon farm holiday cottages. The annual festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday August 8 and 9, and is sure to be a huge success. ...


Successful return for Birdman

Ilfracombe’s South West Birdman enjoyed a successful return yesterday when thousands of people flocked to the town for the spectacular event. Birdman is a fun family event and charity fundraiser which sees entrants attempt to fly across Ilfracombe harbour on homemade flying machines. It didn...


Raise a glass to Croyde who are set to host first beer festival!

The popular coastal village of Croyde sees its fair share of visitors during the summer months and if you’re lucky enough to be visiting our holiday cottages near Croyde when the village puts on its first ever beer festival then head on down. You can expect to enjoy their firm emphasis and continu...


Half price tickets to Ilfracombe Birdman

Ilfracombe’s annual South West Birdman contest is back this weekend after missing last year, and the excitement on offer promises to be better than ever with entrants keen to make up for their missed opportunity to compete last year. The spectacular event sees teams build flying contraptions an...


8 great tips for a tip top holiday with your dog!

If you are taking your four-legged friend on a dog friendly holiday it's important that you have ticked the essential things off of the ‘to do list’ before you set off on your vacation. Taking the time to do some prior planning will ensure that you and your pooch enjoy the time away as much as y...


Strength to strength- survey reveals success for seaside resorts in Devon

It hasn’t always been plain sailing for the seaside destinations in the South West having steered through economic storms but now it has been revealed that the region has become some of the industry’s biggest employers in the entire country. A study by the Sheffield Hallam University which lo...


Shipwreck uncovered by low tide at Putsborough

A long forgotten ship-wreck has been revealed by an extremely low tide at Putsborough beach this week. The beach is just a mile or so from our dog-friendly holiday cottages North Devon and is popular with dog walkers and sun-seekers alike. Part of the fun of the beach is frolicking in the surf...


Somersault Music Festival kicks off today!

North Devon is set to welcome a huge new festival this weekend with the inaugural Somersault Festival taking place at Castle Hill in Filleigh. The massive music festival is set to see mega stars Jack Johnson and Ben Howard headline in front of an elegant mansion house in carefully manicured grou...


4 fantastic safari adventure tours on Exmoor

While you’re on holiday at your North Devon beach accommodation why not pay a visit to Exmoor and enjoy one of the top 4 safari adventure tours? It’s a fantastic way to see the region and everything there is to offer. Exmoor Safari For the last 3 decades Exmoor Safari have been entertaini...


Family fun at Clovelly Maritime Festival this weekend

Visitors to our local family friendly holiday cottages who are looking to enjoy the perks of the coast should certainly not miss out on this charity day in aid of the North Devon Hospice. The Clovelly Maritime Festival kicks off at 10am this Sunday and is set to be full of fun times packed with a ho...


O’Neill surf bus in Croyde this weekend

The O’Neill surf bus is in North Devon this weekend, spreading fun for people on a farm holiday in Devon. The bus, occupied by pro surfers, wake boarders and other extreme sportsmen and women, stopped off at North Devon Wake Park yesterday and is in Croyde today, tomorrow and Sunday. The cre...


Vintage flea market in South Molton

Shabby chic lovers will be in dreamland in North Devon this summer now it’s been announced that a weekly antique flea market is set to return to South Molton’s pannier market every Sunday. South Molton’s historic and traditional pannier market, which is just a short drive along the A39 from...


Devon is the place to be for Britain’s latest heatwave

Those planning a trip to stay in Devon holiday cottages with a pool will surely be over the moon with the latest news that the next two weeks are set to bring a delightful two-week heatwave with temperatures predicted to be hotter than some parts of the Mediterranean. Temperature levels could pot...


Honeymooning couple lose wedding ring on Croyde beach

North Devon has long been a honeymoon hotspot for young lovebirds who’ve just married. That’s been proved again this week as a young couple who spent time in the area to celebrate their recent nuptials has made the news. Unfortunately they’ve hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, afte...


This summer’s hottest beach sport: Ultimate Frisbee

An age old classic that will never grow old- Frisbee. Frisbee can be played with numbers from two and upwards so everyone can get involved. The best thing about Frisbee is that you can just play around between a couple of people. However, if you’re on a farm holiday in Devon with the family and yo...


Barnstaple set to welcome seventh Elephant Day Festival

Take a trip to Barnstaple for a fantastic family day out while you’re around the various farm cottage holidays Devon offer and enjoy the celebration of the history of elephants in the town as it prepares to take place for the seventh time this year. On Saturday, July 5 visitors and local resid...


Coastal staycations on the rise in the UK

It has been revealed in the last three years that domestic holidays in the UK are on the rise with a staggering 70% of households holidaying here in 2014, according to the annual survey. North Devon holiday cottages dog friendly, hotels, apartments and otherwise have all seen an increase, the rep...


Exmoor competition see’s region look for an official flag from the public

If you have some creative minds looking to keep themselves entertained with you while you’re relaxing during your ...


Ilfracombe Birdman is back in 2014

Visitors to our holiday cottages near Ilfracombe in August will be able to enjoy Ilfracombe Birdman this year, after it was cancelled in 2013. The event sees participants hurl themselves off Ilfracombe Pier into the harbour in front of a crowd of thousands. The winner of the contest is the com...


GoldCoast Oceanfest this weekend

GoldCoast Oceanfest is back for a 16th year in Croyde bay this weekend. The surf, sport and music festival, which was first held in 1999, takes place over the summer solstice weekend this year at its base in Limekiln Field, Croyde – just a five minute drive from our North Devon holiday cottages...


New exhibition The British Surfing Museum set to wow visitors

When in Rome the saying goes…. so when in one of the heartlands of British surfing why not spend the day away from your North Devon holiday cottages with pool facilities and take an insightful trip to The British Surf Museum in nearby Braunton this summer. The exhibition titled ‘The First Wave ...


Devon’s ultimate bucket list: top 20 things to do

So we know that there’s a great deal for all the family to see and do when you visit our North Devon holiday cottages but if you have always wanted to know what people think are the best things to do while on vacation in the award-winning tourist region then look no further. The tourism website...


North Devon’s best drivers’ roads

An annual classic car run which weaves its way around North Devon is set to take place again this weekend. The North Devon Sports and Classic Car Run is taking place on Father’s Day this Sunday and is set to see a variety of spectacular looking old cars drive past our Woolacombe holiday cottage...


North Devon’s first wakeboarding park finally here!

If you fancy doing something slightly more adventurous than a relaxing at your holiday cottages in North Devon with a swimming pool at your disposal then you can soon give wakeboarding a go after a Westward Ho! couple have set up North Devon’s first wakeboarding park. Sally and Joe Constable g...


Fun facts about Exmoor National Park

Here at Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages we thought it would be fun and informative to share some facts about Exmoor with you in preparation for your visit to the area as so many of our guests take excursions to Exmoor National Park. Most are largely uncommon facts we have for you so you’ll be that l...


Fashion designer prefers Woolacombe to Glastonbury

Many people think Glastonbury is an idyllic spot, but it’s got nothing on North Devon according to a fashion designer who has just moved to the area. Karleen Tammik moved to Combe Martin, just a mile or so from Smythen Farm and our dog-friendly holidays in Devon, earlier this year after falling ...


Olympic horse riders making their way to Exmoor

A great event for those on North Devon family holidays if you’re a fan of Olympic athletes and love horse riding. The Treborough Hill’s British Evening competition has confirmed that the well-known Olympians Mary King and Zara Phillips are among the preliminary entries for the event taking place...


Local Brewery expanding as Exmoor Ales receives £700,000 grant

Part of visiting Exmoor holiday cottages is about getting out and experiencing some of the local produce. Well now one product from the area is celebrating its success after receiving a £700,000 investment. Exmoor Ales, based in Wiveliscombe, which supplies beers to pub chains such as Weth-erspo...


Ilfracombe chefs offer up food heaven with new seafood trailer

Two Ilfracombe chefs have created an exciting new venture for visitors to holiday cottages North Devon to get stuck into, offering a fantastic way to try the local produce from local traders. The chefs joined forces to launch Seadog – which is a new Ilfracombe based seafood trailer, serving up...


Summer 2014 is the year for fruit it’s predicted

There’s nothing better than enjoy some fresh local fruit when you’re in the countryside or on the beaches on days out near our North Devon farm holidays. Well if you’re a strawberry fan then it’s time to get excited this summer – according to experts in the industry and local fruit produce...


Cancelled car festival back on again

A classic car festival is returning to North Devon this summer. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in August but was cancelled because it hadn’t been approved by the Motor Sports Association. But now it has approval from the body and is set to take place at Castle Hill in Fi...


Dog-friendly beaches given Blue Flags

Two North Devon beaches have been awarded prestigious Blue Flag awards this week. The stunning beach at Westward Ho! has been awarded the flag for the 11th year in a row while the nearest beach to Smythen Farm, Woolacombe, has also scooped the accolade. The Blue Flag award is designed to recog...


4 sublime cycling routes around North Devon

One of the best ways to truly experience what Devon has to offer visitors is to see it all on two wheels. A lovely cycle around is a great way to spend the day and the area is renowned for its unspoilt beauty, as well as its network of easily accessible cycle routes which provides you with the oppor...


Over half a billion pounds spent on tourism in the Westcountry by foreign visitors

The luxury cottages Devon have on offer are sure to see a frenzy of bookings during the summer periods thanks to their award-winning location and facilities for all. But it’s not just the British who enjoy the area as it was revealed that overseas visitors spent £552 million in Devon, Cornwall an...


Wildwatch scheme on Exmoor for Brown Hare

Visitors to farm holidays Devon who venture on to Exmoor for days out as well as regular users of the region are being asked to assist in the 2014 Wildwatch scheme to discover more about the brown hare. The brown hare can be identified by its long legs and its distinctive long ears with their black ...


North Devon’s top three surf spots

Every year we have people head to Smythen Farm on holiday who want to try out surfing, or who want to head to the beach - which is only natural since North Devon’s beaches are some of the best things about the area. We’re always able to tell our guests a little about the beaches and recommend...


Princess Anne visits North Devon

Royalty has visited North Devon today, with Princess Anne taking a trip to Clovelly. The charming fishing village, with its steep cobbled streets, played host to HRH the Princess Royal as part of her tour of the region. It’s thought Princess Anne is the first royal to visit the village, whi...


A North Devon food photographer has bagged four awards in international competition

Our cottages to rent in North Devon are often used by families with children and with today’s technology taking over the lives of the younger generation with social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram they can upload an image with ease. A lot of the time it’s something the like and thi...


BBC3 TV Star performing in Barnstaple

If you are staying in and around the North Devon area or you are a visitor to Exmoor holiday cottages and are looking for some first class entertainment then look no further than one of North Devon’s most popular bars. On Sunday 27 April Lilico’s Tapas Lounge & Bar on The Square in Barnstaple wi...


Vintage footage shows Woolacombe during World War II

Amazing old footage of a beach just a few miles from Smythen Farm has been released by a film company. British Pathé has released a series of videos containing historic footage of North Devon through the ages and some of it features incredible scenes from our own doorstep. One of the videos relea...


Catch the Tap Factory wowing crowds at The Queen’s Theatre

If you are looking for an exciting show to watch while you’re on vacation in your Ilfracombe self-catering accommodation then you should most definitely take yourselves to see some intense and awe-inspiring footwork with dazzling rhythms that the Tap Factory have in store for the crowd at the Quee...


Calvertstock Festival is back for 2014!

If you have been looking to book holiday cottages on Exmoor and the other areas close by in order to stay close to this fantastic local event over the past two years then pack your bags as Calvertstock is back for 2014- its third year running! CalvertStock 2014 is set to be bigger than ever. For 201...


Devon dialect- some fun words for your trip to North Devon

Part of visiting North Devon cottages for a holiday is soaking up the local charm in all its forms and following our recent blog article on the release of a book based around Devon dialect it got us thinking some more. Many people will argue that with the ever more popular trend of moving away from ...


Devonshire dictionary released

A lover of linguistics has released a dictionary of Devonshire terms and phrases. Ellen Fernau, who is from Norfolk, has put together a book called Devon Dialect, which highlights some of Devon’s unique phrases and sayings. To celebrate we thought we’d take a look at some of the stranger exam...


Veritably Vintage Fair at Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre

There’ll be old china, lace and vintage frocks galore at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe this Easter Sunday as the venue hosts its very special Landmark Veritably Vintage Fair. The fair, which gets under way from 10am and runs until 5pm this Sunday, is set to be the Landmark’s first vintage ...


Heritage Project of the Year: Lynmouth Pavilion

Visitors to holiday cottages Devon are often keen to explore the heritage of the region with it being so rich. The area is steeped in history and is home to many fantastic heritage sites. With the annual Michelmores/Western Morning News Property Awards on the horizon we take a step back in time to l...


Damien Hirst’s Autobiography to be published

Damien Hirst, who lives close to the Woolacombe cottages that host many art lovers looking for inspiration in North Devon, is to publish an autobiography that will cover his Leeds childhood as well as divulging the life as one of the world’s richest artists. Mr Hirst, who lives in a house in Co...


Four Easter events in North Devon

We love Easter here at Smythen Farm and believe it’s one of the best times of the year to head off on a Devon cottage holiday. With spring in full swing the countryside around Smythen Farm is teeming with life and it’s a busy time of year. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of oppor...


Spring sunshine for visitors to Devon this week

Those lucky ones who have decided to book stays in holiday cottages in Devon this week can expect to look forward to some fairly mild weather for this time of year. North Devon expects to see highs of 16C Wednesday falling only slightly throughout the rest of the week. Reasonably cold mornings wi...


Ilfracombe’s Verity at centre of fools day prank

A famous landmark near Smythen farm has been at the centre of an April Fools Day prank this morning. Damien Hirst’s 60ft tall Verity sculpture surprised residents of Ilfracombe, just a few miles from our holiday cottages in Devon, when they awoke to find her wearing a gigantic pair of brightly co...


Five dog-friendly days out around North Devon

Spring walks are a fantastic way to spend your day when you are on holiday. The days become lighter for longer, the sun shines more (hopefully), and the birds are singing. Our luxury holiday cottages Devon provide the perfect location for taking a leisurely walk through some of the South West’s mo...


Doggy selfies are the new craze!

With so many people visiting our wonderful region for holiday with dogs, you’ll have the perfect backdrop to join in the newest trend coming out of North Devon. We’re sure that most people are aware of the current craze of ‘selfies’ in order to raise awareness and to make donations to very w...


Exmoor activity centre opens new water sports pontoon

A major activity centre on Exmoor has opened a new water sports facility after winning £50,000 in a lottery competition. The activity centre at the Calvert Trust Exmoor, based at Wistlandpound Reservoir, has had the boost after winning a public vote in the Big Lottery’s People’s Millions com...


New dinosaurs move in to Combe Martin family attraction

Lying in wait for visitors at the Combe martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park are their newest and most impressive residents. So if you are planning on taking the family to North Devon on the wonderful cottage holidays UK have to offer then these new additions are not to be missed! Hidden in thee und...


Mexican food truck to serve up nachos for Smythen Farm visitors

Visitors to Smythen Farm’s luxury holiday cottages will be able to enjoy a taste of Mexico this summer, thanks to a North Devon man and his burrito truck. Harry Harvey has been travelling around the area over the last few months selling top-notch Mexican dishes, and is set to carry on all summe...


Woolacombe beach named 7th best in Europe

A North Devon beach has been named one of the best in Europe in Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Beach awards. Woolacombe Beach, which is the closest beach to Smythen Farm’s Devon cottages, was named as the seventh best in Europe and second best in Britain – beaten only by a beach on the...


VIDEO: North Devon dog stars on charity TV show

North Devon has a beautiful selection of dog friendly beaches and it’s quite possible that when you are enjoying them with your four-legged friend that you could bump into a local dog and his owner with some very impressive tricks up their sleeves (or paws!) Ilfracombe Dogs Trust used to...


North Devon set to host international children’s theatre company

Visitors to holiday cottages in Devon with young children can look forward to the arrival of the Blunderbus Theatre Company performing ‘How to Catch a Star’ in both the Landmark Theatre on Wednesday of next week (March 19) at 10.30am and Barnstaple’s Queen’s Theatre, on Thursday (March 20) a...


Made in Chelsea star offers free surf lessons in North Devon

Our beaches are usually populated with visitors from far and wide, many of whom stay in the fantastic coastal cottages here whenever they get the chance to make the trip to this exclusive part of the country. Soon to be joining them will be popular reality TV star Andy Jordan who has recently been s...


Puppy survives 12 mile trip stuck in car engine

Here at our dog friendly cottages we’re used to seeing hounds turn up in the back of their owner’s cars. But we’ve never seen a pup make the trip to Smythen Farm in anything like the same style as one unlucky dog made the trip from its home near Manchester to another small town around 12 mi...


Five great picnic spots around North Devon

It’s officially the end of winter, and that means only one thing- spring is upon us. You can now look forward to days that stay lighter for longer, more sunshine, and the birds back out to sing too. And after the recent unsavoury weather near our self-catering cottages we can’t think of anything...


Easter Eggstravaganza at the BIG Sheep!

Great news for families staying in Holiday Cottages in North Devon! When it comes to looking for an attraction in the area that will have the whole family entertained you need look no further than the BIG Sheep for their Easter Eggstravaganza! You’ll find The BIG Sheep just outside of Bideford ...


9 North Devon’s Own Legend: Lorna Doone

North Devon’s Own Legend: Lorna Doone North Devon can proudly boast fabulous scenery, beautiful beaches...and being the home of literary legend Lorna Doone. Published in 1869 by English author Richard Doddridge Blackmore (known more commonly as R. D. Blackmore), Lorna Doone: The Romance of Exmo...


8 Essentials to Pack on a Visit to Smythen Farm

There is a lot to think about when planning to go on a holiday, and packing all of the right things is just one of the items to tick off your list. We'd like to make it a little easier for you by suggesting some items that you really don't want to leave home without when visiting us here at Smythen ...


Exmoor

All About ExmoorOne of the best things about Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages is our proximity to Exmoor National Park, a 267 square mile area of stunning scenery, beautiful walking trails, views across the Bristol Channel, woods and moors, and quaint villages offering visitors a chance to stop for a p...


All About Devonshire Tea

A visitor to Devon shouldn't end their holiday without trying a number of things: enjoying the abundance of spectacular sandy beaches, walking through scenic Exmoor national park, surfing (for those willing to brave the waters!) and, of course, indulging in a Devonshire tea. Sometimes known as a Dev...


Discover Barnstaple’s Pannier Market

The History of Pannier Market:Barnstaple has been a market town since the Anglo-Saxon era, and inthe days before the market was built as we know it today, people would bring their goods and produce to Barnstaple in panniers (baskets) to sell on thestreet, which is how Pannier got its name.In the 185...


10 Things You'll Love About North Devon

Are you outdoorsy? Do you love surfing? Or are you more of a relax-with-a-good-book kind of person? Chances are, whatever your idea of a good holiday is, there will be plenty of things to fall in love with when you come to North Devon. Here are 10 reasons we think you'll love it here (but we'd love ...


Welcome to the Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages Blog

Hello, and welcome to Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages' brand new blog, coming to you from spectacularly scenic North Devon. We hope that our website provides you with all of the information you need to plan a holiday to one of our self-catered cottages, and prepares you for what to expect during your ...


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Lovely stay at Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages hosted by Bill and his farm animals. The kids loved it - especially the upside down cottage. Thanks for a lovely stay in beautiful North Devon.
Fiona Harrison on 2014-06-24 23:42:53
We stayed here for the May half term, in Honeysuckle cottage. There was plenty of space for two adults and two kids, the kitchen was well equipped and there was even a washing machine (very useful when you have two little boys!). The cottage faced the courtyard (the swimming pool). Some of the cottages face onto the field, so have an amazing view. The farm is lovely, there are animals to feed, a small heated and covered swimming pool, playground and play room. Kids
Veronika Tarasova-Newlands on 2014-06-10 18:04:04
Many thanks to all at Smythen Farm – we stayed in Fisherswood Cottage for a 4 night stay on 16th March. We found the cottage really well laid out and very comfortable. The location for visiting North Devon is as good as you could get. A great break.
Rob Cook on 2014-03-26 23:57:52
My wife and I have just returned from a week`s holiday in Honey Pot cottage at Smythen Farm and enjoyed every minuet of our stay. Despite it being the middle of march and the wind blowing full force outside the cottage was lovely and warm. It was well appointed clean and had all we needed to make our stay perfect. Despite dropping in on spec on a Sunday afternoon we were greeted with a friendly welcome from our host and nothing seemed to be too much trouble.In the h
Craig Johnson on 2014-03-25 23:37:53
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