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North Devon Beaches

Smythen Farm’s coastal cottages by the sea are close to some of the UK and Europe’s best beaches, many of which have reached award winning standards.

All the beaches in the area have good nearby facilities, shallow waters for youngsters to enjoy, surf for extreme sport enthusiasts and clear water for those who enjoy other water sports like sailing or canoeing. The vast expanses of sand also make them perfect for people who just want to enjoy a stroll on the beach.

North Devon’s sandy beaches and Smythen Farm’s seaside cottages make the perfect match, providing holiday cottages by the sea for anyone looking to enjoy a North Devon beach coast holiday.

Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay beach near Ilfracombe in North Devon

The closest and our favourite beach is Sandy Bay only 2.5 miles away from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages. It is the most picturesque looking beach it could be in the West Indies or in The Indian Ocean. The sand is slate colored but is fine enough for children making sand castles etc. It has rock pools ideal for children to spend hours with a net, the outlook is beautiful and best of all it is not used by many people. The only down side is that it has 244 steps going down to it and it is decent workout on the return leg but it is well worth it.

Toilets are not available but there is ample parking at the top of the path down to the beach.

Woolacombe Sands

Footprints in sand on Woolacombe beach in North Devon

Woolacombe Sands is an award winning beach 7 miles away from Smythen Farm Holiday cottages. It has 3 miles of beautiful golden sands boarded by sand dunes. The beach itself has a shallow pitch and is ideal for youngsters as well as surfing, wind surfing and general family beach life. Lifeguards man the beach during the peak season and Woolacombe has a first aid service as well as a lost children service. At one end of the beach you have the resort of Woolacambe with the beach hire, shops, fish and chip out lets, restaurants, hotels and toilets at the Southern End is the village of Putsborough.
Woolacombe has plenty of car parking and is wheel chair friendly.


Putsbourough is at the south end of Woolacombe Sands and is 9 miles away from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages. Putsbourough is ideal for families and youngsters, ideal for sand castles and bathing, surfing and windsurfing are also popular. A car park and café is situated at the beach, but it is not anyway as commercial as Woolacombe.

The view along Putsborough beach towards Woolacombe in North Devon


Croyde is situated 10 miles from Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages, and is also a beautiful sandy beach, not as large as Woolacombe but well catered for by the village of Croyde.
Once again Croyde is ideal for families with youngsters and has lifeguards manning the beach in the summer, famous for the surf, wheel chair friendly and has decent car parking. The village of Croyde has three pubs, shops and cafes.

Saunton Sands
Saunton Sands is located 12 Miles south of Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages. 3 miles of golden sands backed with huge sand dunes, Saunton Sands is manned by life guards in the summer the shallow pitch and is ideal for youngsters as well as surfing, wind surfing and general family beach life.
This beach is also wheel chair friendly and it has shops and toilets.

Westward Ho

Westward Ho borders the town of Bideford and is about 20 miles from Smythen Farm.  Approximately two miles of sandy beach and it is famous for its pebble ridge, which is sandwiched between the beach and the Burrows. Holidaymakers and locals all enjoy the beach which is ideal for surfing, canoeing and kite flying. This area is home to a variety of birds insects and wild flowers. The Royal North Devon Golf Course borders Westward Ho beach.

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

The Cottages

Honey Pot Sleeps 3

Honey Pot is a beautiful compact cottage, fully equipped, ideal for couples plus small child and is dog friendly. Change over day Friday.

Forest View Sleeps 6

A large, spacious, poppular, cottage that sleeps 6 / 7 ideal for large family or large group, large spacious kitchen and living area. Dog friendly. There is car parking in the carpark. .

Sea View Sleeps 5

Superb family holiday cottage, with stunning view across the North Devon coast. Just been fully referbished. Change over day Friday.

Primrose Lane Sleeps 4

A compact cottage just refurbished with a double bedroom. Can sleep up to 4 with 2 Zip beds

Meadow Sweet Sleeps 10

This cottage has been fully refurbished 2011 winter.Meadow Sweet is the largest cottage at Smythen Farm and is well sort after for large families or 2 families sharing. Beautiful views across the Sterridge Valley. Parking in main car park.

Sunalways Sleeps 5

An excellent spacious family cottage sleeping 5, with beautiful views of the Sterridge valley. The vaulted ceilings give a large bright spacious living area. Central heating included October to May, May to October a surcharge will apply Change over day Saturday.

Buttercup Sleeps 4

An ideal family cottage sleeping 4 located in the coutyard. Accepts Dogs

Honeysuckle Sleeps 4

An ideal family cottage sleeping 4 located in the coutyard. Accepts Dogs

Fisherswood Sleeps 5

A large spacious just referbished cottage with vaulted ceilings sleeping 5


Latest Renovations to Smythen Farm Holiday Cottages

Sunalways, Honey Pot, Forest View, Sea View and Primrose lane have all re totally renovated in the 2010 / 2011 winter.

All of the cottages above have had extensive work. Forest View and Sea View have had on suite bathrooms added to the master bedrooms. New kitchens in Honey Pot, Sea View and Primrose Lane including new appliances  All of the cottages have had new carpets, and furniture including new beds, new bedroom furniture,  new dining table and chairs, and in the sitting room new sofas, chairs and oak furniture.