North Devon Holiday Cottages

Explore the marvellous towns around Smythen Farm

Holiday Cottages in Ilfracombe, Coombe Martin & Woolacombe

A good location can make or break a holiday, and Smythen Farm is in one of the best areas in North Devon, with easy access to many beautiful surrounding towns and villages.

Situated on the fringe of Exmoor National Park, Smythen Farm is ideally located for scenic walks along the spectacular coast line. Here is a quick guide to what you can see and do in the local area, and the villages and towns nearby:


The selection of Holiday Cottages at Woolacombe is varied.  If you are after a holiday apartment  or a large holiday cottage sleeping up to 10 people, if it is in the centre of Woolacombe Village or on a Farm, with stunning views or if you require a cottage that is pet friendly, Woolacombe has a great choice of self catering holiday accommodation to choose from.


Croyde and Georgeham are nestled on the North Devon coast between Braunton and Woolacombe,  both villages provide a wonderful opportunity to have a really enjoyable self catering holiday in a North Devon coastal village.

Croyde and Georgham have lots of holiday cottages to choose from whether the self catering cottages in the heart of the villages or in the surrounding  countryside, such as Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages.  


Berrynarbor is a quaint village nestled in the Sterridge Valley just 2 miles from Smythen Farm; known for the flower pot men hanging from the village's lamp posts and houses.

Berrynarbor features a tea room and post office, and a pub call Ye Olde Globe which serves good ale and reasonable food. The village also includes a well stocked village shop and St Peters Church, whose tower dates back to the 15th century.


Combe Martin is a large village 3 miles away, full of amenities and claiming to have the longest village high street in the country at 2 miles long.

The most popular feature of this village is the beach which is a mixture of sand, pebbles and rock pools, but at low tide the pebbles give way to large areas of quality sand. A few secluded bays are within a short walk from Combe Martin, including Sandy Cove and Newbury Beach, both of which are ideal for rockpooling. Combe Martin is part of the North Devon Voluntary Marine Conservation Area which stretches all the way to Woolacombe.

Combe Martin has numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as a host of outdoor activities including horse riding, fishing, golf, surfing and cycling. Walking is also a popular activity in Combe Martin; footpaths and circular walks dot the landscape providing spectacular walks along the coast. The South West Path, stretching 630 miles long, passes through Combe Martin whilst en route to the South West Peninsula, and this route also forms part of the Tarka Trail. 

Combe Martin Beach

Combe Martin has numerous pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as a host of out door activities including, horse riding, fishing, golf, surfing and cycling.

Combe Martin Walking

Footpaths and circular walks which dot the landscape provide picturesque walks along the coast. The South West   Path, some 630 mile long passes through Combe Martin whilst on route to the South West Peninsula, this route also forms part of the Tarka Trail. The scenery is spectacular including the coastal views whist capturing the archaeology of the area.


Less than 5 miles from Smythen Farm, Ilfracombe is a seafaring town steeped in history.

The town and local area feature many sporting facilities including golf, swimming, fishing, sailing, scuba diving, cycling, walking and clay pigeon shooting. Ilfracombe also boasts a number of quality restaurants from traditional fish and chips to 5 star cuisine.


Barnstaple is the main town in the area, located about 7 miles away, with major high street shops, quality restaurants and the famous Pannier market.

Barnstaple has been North Devon's main market since Saxon times, when this then fortified town was considered important enough to be one of only four "Burhs" (or Boroughs) in Devon. These days the market exists as the infamous Pannier Market, built in Victorian times and featuring an ornate glass and timber ceiling that spans 107 feet. Renowned for its high quality local produce, Pannier Market has become one of the top food markets in the UK and even featured in the Independent newspaper's Top Ten Food Markets list. Market days are as follows:
Monday - General Goods, Crafts and Collectables. Tuesday - General Goods and Local Produce. Wednesday - Antiques, Collectables and Books. Thursday - General Goods and Local Crafts. Friday & Saturday - General Goods and Local Produce.

There are a variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs in Barnstaple providing good quality food and drink, which makes for an indulgent day out.

Monday - General Goods, Crafts and Collectables
Tuesday - General Goods and Local Produce
Wednesday - Antiques, Collectables, Antiques and Book's
Thursday - General Goods and Local Craft's
Friday - General Goods and Local Produce
Saturday - General Goods and Local Produce


Lynton and Lynmouth are two villages just 20 minutes' drive from Smythen Farm, perched on the north coast of Exmoor National Park.

The villages are joined by a unique 1890’s water operated cliff railway, with Lynmouth located in a gorge 700ft below Lynton. The surrounding countryside comprises spectacular cliffs, hills, wooded valleys, rivers and waterfalls making it an area of outstanding beauty, often referred to as Little Switzerland.


Smythen Fam Holiday Cottages is on the fringe of Exmoor, an extensive National Park covering relatively wild open and unspoilt countryside.

It is situated in the northern part of Devon and West Somerset and covers 267 sq miles extending from the Brendon Hills in the east to Combe Martin in the west.


The beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton, Croyde, Braunton and Putsborough are the best beaches that Devon has to offer, all within 20 minutes of Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages. Bideford is home to The Big Sheep park and Milky Way Adventure Park.

Dartington Crystal factory can be found near Great Torrington, and the famous fishing village of Clovelly can easily be visited on a day trip from here.

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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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